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Rodenbach Alexander

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

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RATINGS: 402   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Extra-fermented beer with a fruity bouquet and a sharp, sweet and sour flavor. Matured for two years in oak casks.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
phredrik (1024) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hoprider (367) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beeranarchist (232) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MOLA_DK (378) - 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

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Pour out of 250 mL bottle, big thanks to Aaron for this brew, celebrating my wedding. Dark cherry red pour with thin to no white head, but to be expected. Aroma brought notes ofslight oxidation but works very well, some of the caramel, toffee notes go into a sherry note, nice cherry, bread, some hints of sour fruits, lemon, nice hint of acetic vinegar leads into a nice lactic note, slightly funky adding to the complexity. Taste is a wonderful mix of sour cherry, both in lactic notes, nice sherry mixing into the caramel, toffee, slight biscuit, touch of earth, nice dark fruits, finishing slightly tart, slightly sweet, perfectly balanced.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (7816) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2012
15/X/2012 - 25cl bottle from De Heeren van Liedekercke (Denderleeuw) @ home - BB: 18/V/2000 (2012-1138)

Clear reddish to dark amber coloured beer, bit aery off-white head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very fruity start, earthy, tobacco, some acidity, cherry is clearly present, sour, lemony. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very fruity start, cherry, some cherry candy, sweet but with a sour touch, pretty lemony. Aftertaste: sour, little bitter, earthy, almost vinous, fruitiness, cherry pits, dry tart ending, bit lemony.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7387) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2012
bottle shared by david. huge thanks! pshttt... really!? almost clear - huge yeast amount bottom of bottle, light reddish, pink tint, with a small off-white head. tons of raspberries and dusty yeast notes, light chocolate, vinous, lightly oaked, spiced fruitcake. light soft tartness. soft carbonation, light body - very oily, very nice lightly sweet and acidic finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (3210) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2012
Bottle (Wrapped in paper) [Best Before 1996] Thx David. Pours mahogany with almost no head, some lacing. Aroma is of red fruits, malt, "sourness". Good, fine aroma, but somewhat faint. Taste is of fruits, sweetness, faint sourness. Very mellow. It doesnt seem to have been too spoiled by aging, but I would be very surprised if that beer was meant to taste like that. All is fading away. Overall: Sligth to no oxidation. Easily drinkable. Pretty good, but clearly, and without a doubt in my mind, over the hill. Glad I had a chance to taste it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tom10101 (5005) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
Rating # 500. Small pour from a bottle (best before 1996) generously shared by David M., huge thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this one! Clear reddish brown with a small lacing. About 20 years old and still well carbonated. Intense raspberries aroma with other red fruits, some sweetness and slight sourness. Not overly complex but perfectly balanced. Taste is sweet with red fruits and slight sourness (far less than what I expected though). The red fruits of the aroma and of the taste are completely different (same fruits - mostly raspberries and cherry - but different effect ), the aroma is more like fresh fruits (even after 20 years) and the flavor is more syrupy. Mouthfeel is syrupy. Almost no sign of oxidation. I don’t think the beer could benefit from more aging, it may be a little on the decline, but it’s still a wonder. Superb balance and nice complexity. Merci David!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
mathieuc (3138) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
This gem was generously shared by David M., thanks a lot man! Best before end of December 1996, I was a little worried that this one wouldn’t drink anymore. Boy I was wrong! Smell was amazing with red fruits and some sweetness. Taste is more of the same with a good sour but not a bracing one like someone would expect. This 33cl bottle was shared 8 ways but I believe if we had 8 bottles it wouldn’t have been enough. It was really THAT amazing! PS. We had this back-to-back with the Classic and Grand Cru and this one really stood out!


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