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Rodenbach Alexander

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roeselare, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Extra-fermented beer with a fruity bouquet and a sharp, sweet and sour flavor. Matured for two years in oak casks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (2389) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2013
1999 vintage bottle in Brugge. A red/brown coloured pour with a very small off white head on top. Sour, berry fruit aroma. Tastes sour, raspberries, cherries, tart. An interesting experience trying this, not really my thing though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Martinus (3711) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2013
Clear reddish brown colour, small white head. Light sour aroma, cherries, caramel, yoghurt and raisins. Quite sour flavour, still a slight sweet touch, light cherry syrup. Sweet finish, raisins, malts and old fruit.
Very nice! Long time want, and it isn’t disappointing! Couldn’t be happier!
(From 25cL bottle @ The Vintage Tasting during Brugs Bier Festival. 1999 vintage. Courtesy of Jay. Thanks for sharing!!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (5405) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 Procured @ DHL. Splitsies with Kraddel / Dylan. 25 cl. bottle with BBF 18/05/2000 so presumably 1998 Vintage. Shares some similarities with Vin de Cereal but that one is a bit better. Pours a reddish, raspberry copper, only some brief bublles for a head. Smell is aged Rodenbach, some of their foederbier, quite heavy vinegar, sharp very sour cherry & cherry pits. Taste is bit oxidation, was this sweetened when fresh because I get some similarities here with aged sweetened sours, vinegar, very sour berries & cherries, tad musty, cellar, cobwebs,lingering vinegar in the back, bit affected by age, light bitter cherry pits, touch barrel / foeder, sour base foederbier but ligher, tad wattery. Bit affected by age, thinned out slightly & close to flat. Good but not the best by them nor topping Vin de Cereal. Originally meant as #1800 tick, now I have done all of Rodenbach, wow, whalez bro! // wow at the dude below me who claims to have 24 cases of this one in his basement from 1986 // crazy

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ianhuntley73 (21) - - JAN 21, 2013
(Bottle 1986 first year) Have had this on a number of occasions. Each time it seems to get even better. Top 10 all time beer for me. Most recently served in a Rodenbach Alexander Glass.Pours a nice garnet color with an off white head. Nose is really, really nice with cherry, sherry, balsamic vinegar, and a bit of oaky earth. Taste is definite sour cherry, acetic acid, balsamic, oak, and some light fruitiness. Mouthfeel is quite creamy with good acidity. I am fortunate to have 24 cases of this beer in my cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5892) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
25cl bottle pours a spritzy looking cherry red with zero head. Nose of apple, celery, bright cherry, cranberry, a little malt, some light vinegar. Flavor is lightly tart, grassy, cherries, celery, some passion fruit. Tart, prickly finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
250mL thanks to Mac! Pours a clear deep reddish brown, thin tan bubbles, still carbonated! Thin, layer of persistent foam with spots of lace. Nose is fresh cherry, oak, chocolate, no oxidation, some savory soy/miso, brown sugar. Taste is sweet cherry up front, clean with lactic acid, sugar cube. Palate is spicy, lemon, chocolate, long lactic finish with spice. Warming alcohol. Very clean and enjoyable despite its age. A real treat!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
phredrik (1023) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
1st bottle is unknown vintage, 33 cl bottle, courtesy of Enjoyit. Pours chestnut with no head. Very good looking. Aroma is far out. Prunes all over the place, vanilla, old dark cherries, delicate spiciness. I can tell that this is old, even older than me. Fuck. Me. Tastes a lot like black currants, a bit of acetic sourness, keeps the delicate balance between sweet and sour. Classic Rodenbach. Magnificent. 10-4-8-3-17

Next bottle is best by 14/3-1994. More of an amber colour, this is lighter in colour, and probably younger than the one we just had. Aroma is brighter - not at all as dense in the vanilla. More spicy - more fresh - some raspberry, acetic aroma, raisins, cherries. Taste is very balanced between the sweet and sour once more. Notes of cherries, raspberries, a small iron note, slight chocolate, oak, caramel. Tastes better than the other one, by a nose. This one even has a bit of carbonation. 9-4-9-4-19

All in all it is a great honor to taste two vintages of this magnificent beer. I believe that only a hand full of beers in the world will keep up as well as this has. Thanks to Ølkonsortiet for sharing this great experience.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hoprider (160) - DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
Pours elegantly clear and dark - like cognac. The nose is stupid good. Sorry about that, but this is In a league of its own. We have prunes galore with vanilla, chocolate (Dark and milk) raisins, krohn 1966.. Okay now.. Thats enough. The ballance is of course is not on point but it doesn’t matter. The taste coresponds with the nose but the nose is 60% of the experience. Seriously good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beeranarchist (231) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle thanks to enjoyit. Clear, no head. True amber coloured. Slightly oxidized, however prunes, dark raisins and cherry notes dominate the aroma.The taste is sweet and flat. The flavour has quite a lot blackcurrant compared to the flavour.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MOLA_DK (370) - DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle at ØlKonsortiet julefrokost. No carbonation. Aroma is all dark fruits, prunes, dades, fantasitic! Blueberry taste, surprisingly fresh. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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