Two of the most popular trends right now, oak aging and sour beer, combine in Rodenbach’s Vintage Oak Aged series. We picked up the 2007 and 2008 versions of the limited release for a mini vertical tasting (meaning we tried multiple vintages of the same beer side-by-side) this week and were surprised by what we found. Both beers had a delicious funkiness mingled with oak. The 2007 was more tart with layered fruity flavors like cherry and plum. The fruitiness of the 2007 was followed up by strong oak flavors in the aftertaste. The 2008 tartness was focused into more of a green apple sourness than dark fruits. The oak was more restrained and oddly allowed the earthiness of the beer to shine come through more.
The beers are limited release but shouldn’t bee too hard to get your hands on – we found ours at a Whole Foods. We have seen the beer in 2007, 2008, and 2009 versions in stores and hope that the series continues.