Brewed by Brouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roeselare, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 455   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   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.

ianhuntley73's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ianhuntley73 (22) - - JUN 2, 2016
Received 3 complementary 2016 bottles from a good friend of the brewery that wants his name to remain anonymous. Sampled along side vintage Alexander 1986 and 1990. 1986 notes: Pours reddish brown with small white/brown head. Nose/taste of sour cherries , oak, bright berry, light caramel and smooth vinegar tartness. Medium body. Held up incredibly well. Little oxidation. Rating: 5.0 1990 notes: Pours reddish brown with little white head. Nose/taste of sour raspberry, oak, bright berry, light caramel and heavier vinegar tartness. Heavy body.Also held up incredibly well. Little oxidation. Rating: 4.75 2016 notes: Pours deep reddish mahogany with a medium head. Nose/taste of sour cherries, little oak and a medium to heavy tartness. Needs oxidation to compete with the older examples. Overall, a great beer.
Earlier Rating: 1/21/2013 Total Score: 5
(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
JBPortland (1480) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2016
750ml bottle 2016 release, pours dark blood red with light pink head. Nose has sole vinegar, tart cherry, leather, sweet fruit. Taste is crisp, medium tartness, cherry juice, cherey soda, sweet, light vinegar compared to nose, old leather and toasty crust, light oak presence, subtle vanilla. Solid stuff but not really a significant improvement over standard Grand Cru or Caracter Rouge for me personally.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ametras (1286) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2016
[2016] 750ml bottle. Deep brownish red with a foamy beige head. Flavors are black cherries, balsamic vinegar, vanilla and oak with vinous notes. Medium body, good, oily texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bellco33 (698) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2016
I really think people are screwing with this rating or I got a bad pour: Pours dark red with a thin pink head. Aroma of cherries, oak, and sugar. Taste is lots of cherry and a ton of syrupy sweetness, almost making the cherries seem fake. Way too sweet, barely tart at all. It’s not very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (5578) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2016
Bottle shared Bottle shared. Clear amber red pour with thick foamy white head. Aroma is really fruity, nice mild acetic notes with pulpy cherry notes. Taste is lightly tart, very fruity, nice cherry juice. Palate is med bodied with good carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beachmaster (444) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 7, 2016
On draught. Pours a deep pink, almost ruby, with a moderate pink head that persists. Nose is sour cherries and yeast. Taste follows, with noticeable oak characteristics on the finish. Superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jass87 (4) - Ponte de Sor, PORTUGAL - JUL 31, 2016 does not count
parência : Clear ruby matizado corpo de luz - castanha debaixo de uma cabeça rosada cremoso. Aroma: Vinous com notas claras de cereja apoiada por um sotaque ácida leve, mas quase vinegary . Sabor: Como o nariz sugere com a adição de um pouco de madeira e uma pitada de amêndoa. Frutado, com ginja e zippy com a acidez , o malte aparece levemente doce com uma gota de caramelo através do meio, e depois a madeira passos para adicionar o caráter e ajudar a trazê-lo para um acabamento limpo e seco

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
julian741 (7) - Milan, ITALY - JUL 31, 2016 does not count
Nutty , caramelle , caramello d’acciaio e la succosità fruttato tutto si mescolano al palato centrale con asprezza balsamico superiore prendere in giro le papille gustative con la ciliegia scuro , prugna, prugna , mela verde , limone e vino rosso secco . Terroso e pepato in ritardo , il gusto si chiude con sentori di cuoio , rovere indossato , cantina e crine in ritirata attraverso i sensi retro- olfattiva . Semi -dry e medio-leggera , finitura della birra è a secco di malto con l’asprezza di rinforzo nozioni di un croccante , palato -stripping e la sessione rinfrescante. Pepe , spezie vinoso e leggero calore alcol formicolio alla lingua con un bagliore di media lunghezza di ciliegio e rovere .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malopied94 (9) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2016 does not count
Gwnaed gan Gwlad Belg yn Brouwerij Rodenbach , Alexander yn cymysgu Fflandrys " foederbier " ( mewn tanciau derw anferth oed) fwydo gyda sur ceirios - a barnwyd ei bod yn rhyfeddol . Mae ei cymhleth, tartness vinegary ei ategu gan brag , asgwrn cefn coch - cwrw a awgrym o almon o’r pyllau ceirios .

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Antoine007 (9) - lyon, FRANCE - JUL 31, 2016 does not count
Rodenbach, Alexander was a blendes Flanders "foederbier" (aged in giant oak tanks) macerated with sour cherries and it was considered extraordinary. Its complex, vinegary tartness was complemented by a malty, red-ale backbone and hints of almond from the cherry pits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (3922) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Pours a deep reddish brown on tap with bubbly pink tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of funky barrel sour notes and big dark fruit. Taste follows, acidic and fruity, neither over the top. Bubbly carbonation, amazing to find on tap.

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