dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark red with small off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt with a hint of cherry. The flavor is very tart and it somewhat reminded me of a cranberry drink I had as a kid. I have had only a few Flemish Sour Ales, and this is definitly one of the best I had.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 Revisited this one several times since my original rating, and I just keep coming back to it. This is such a great everyday sour. This one definitely falls into the "desert island beer" category. I could drink it every day!
Original rating 9/7/07. Pours a fairly clear, reddish-brown color. Small white rim for a head that leaves virtually no lacing. The aroma is of apple cider, sweet caramel, a little white desert wine, and fresh, sour cherries. Smells fantastic, and the taste does not disappoint. The flavor is heavily based on tart apple cider and fresh cherries. Ample amounts of freshly caramelized sugar balance out the fruity tartness. Medium body that drinks like soda. High carbonation is quite apparent in the fizzy mouthfeel. Short, pleasing, tart oaked cherry finish. Brilliant beer that is so incredibly easy to drink.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First flemish sour tasting. The smell almost put me off, but since this was at a tasting with a lot more good ones, my drinking partners showed me the way. What a great surprise! The end of the taste reminded me of the bottom of a bag of Sour Skittles, with a vinegar-y scent. I need to find more Flemish sour.
Wobbler (46) - IRELAND - SEP 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Having read alot about this before tasting it, I was worried that it would be just too sour. Not at all! Strongly sour but not in an offputting way. Strangely warming and really moreish. Difficult to get hold of at home (I had mine in Belgium) this is a great beer.
burkekamp (4) - USA - SEP 5, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bottle. One of my favorites. Deep red-orange pour, very sparkley. Aroma of tangerine and yesterdayís dishwater, very acidic... like a fine Roquefort, enough to turn away the weak. Flavor of tart cherries and cranberries, very tart and very strong. Oak comes through in the finish. Absolutely refreshing and delicious.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 Bottle. Pours a deep red with nearly zero head. Aroma is of cherry and vinegar. Flavor comes in with a balsamic like intensity. Highly acidic. Finish is complex, with some sweetness mixed in with the sour. Very interesting stuff and Iíll have to sample more, as well as more of the style. I really like this stuff and hope to try more of the style to see how it stands up.
Iíve had two more bottles now. I really like it. Still not sure where it stands style-wise but I keep buying it even though itís pricy as hell in my area. Bumped up my score.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 Unfortunately the Rodenbach Grand Cru has changed over the years, becoming less assertive to please the masses. Still, it remains one of my favorites because I am a fan of Flemish sour ales. The sour cherry flavors are scrumptous. In the old days this beer would smell like dirty laundry if dirty laundry could smell could. The Rodenbach Grand Cru used to send shivers down my spine. Now it still entertains me and satisfies my craving for sour but itís just not quite what it used to be.
dankman (255) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 I was kind of surprised to find that I didnít like this beer more than I did. It had a sour tarty nose, a pleasant brown appearance and, drank nicely; the flavor had something to be desired though, it sems a little too bitter on the finish. Maybe Iíll like it more next time.
Next time: On tap and I had to give it a higher rating because of the ability to session this beer until the end of time. I drank this all night at my regular pace and didnít get too wasted, it helps that I enjoyed the flavor too.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
33cl bottle, BB 4/35/08. Crystal clear pour with the shortest lived foam ever, big frothy bubbles at first and then nothing, not even a ring around the glass. Aroma is just an explosion of oak and ripened fruit, I could just smell it for hours. Everything else about it just falls short, Itís got all the tools to be just knock down drag out fantastic, just in very small amounts. I give Rodenbach in general mad props for blowing my mind in general for what beer can taste like when you start fooling around with oak aging and strange yeasts, but I think that so many smaller breweries have embraced the wild while Rodenbach continues to almost run away from it screaming. That my friends is a damn shame.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source: map room, Chicago
dark amber, whispy head, sweet-n-sour malt aroma, dark amber, puckering sour malt flavor, semi sweet, very complex
clear dark brown, big tart cherry aroma, lots of tart flavor, very dry,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.