kraddel (1901) - some beerplace, - AUG 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a more straight forward taste of the rodenbach , withoud going over the top. i think this is a good one, though it’d never be my style of beer. enjoyed this in a 33cl bottle as a gift at work, but its rather easy to find this one if you like ’em
ElDesmadre (1191) - Mikołów, POLAND - DEC 6, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Aroma is red wine, vinous tartness, cherries, apple zest, notes of vinegar and wood. More sour than tart taste, very dry. I get the feeling taste overpowers aroma in this one. Some interesting notes of wood in the finish, however, due to its quite sour taste the complexity seems to fade during drinking. I am surprised to find that the basic version is a lot more drinkable. I guess I just like less sour sour ales a lot more.
allmyvinyl (995) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg at The Hanging Bat. Didn’t want to miss this during their limited ’foreign beer’ run! Pours a clear dark brown, nice off-white head. Nose has dark cherries and wood. Taste has an amazing sweet-sour thing going on. The yeastiness adding another layer. Then more fruit. A great journey of flavours.
ineedbeer (420) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is fairly fruity with tons of cherry notes and lighter berry and plum notes. The fruitiness is fairly complex and well balanced with the acidity. Light oak note and very faint toasted bread malt character. Light sweetness to the fruit.
Pours a fairly clear reddish brown with lots of amber highlights. Moderately thick tan head with average retention.
Flavor is moderately to fairly tart with a huge fruitiness and light malt character. Lots of cherries, ripe grapes, various berries and overripe plums. Faint oakiness and medium sweetness to balance out the acidity. A light lingering fruitiness and a bit of oak.
Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low to medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a pretty great Flanders Red. This has a the complexity I would expect: nice balanced acidity, tons of fruitiness, some light sweetness. You can really pick up that it is a blend of young and old beers. Acidic but not an acid bomb.
Creedence (222) - Cork, IRELAND - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Abbots Ale House. Pours a deep red brown with a half inch bubbly beige head that dissipates. Not much lacing. Cherries, cloves and vinegar on the nose. Quite acidic but not unpleasant. Light fruity sweetness and a good dose of sourness to taste. Very tasty. Not too tart, medium carbonation, light sour aftertaste. Personally, I don’t like sours, but the balance and complexity of this serves it well.
Sebilinz (208) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle nice dark amber color with nice head aroma is malts with the typical belgium aroma taste is sour with nice malts aftertaste is caramell with some malts great brew very balanced between sournes maltiness
Lupulucid (167) - - NOV 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rodenbach Grand Cru has restrained sourness which allows a impressive complexity to emerge, particularly on the finish when an amazing expression of malt emerges. Though aged in oak casks contribution from wood is integrated and does not make an appearance without its expression interacting with other components of flavor, either sourness at first or malt on the extremely long finish.
bellco33 (46) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, poured into tulip: Pours a dark brown with a thin head. Aroma is barnyard, fruit, and funk, but quite pleasant. Taste is fantastic, very tart but nicely balanced with a good amount of funk. Full bodied and just the right amount of carbonation, this is an excellent sour!
MisoW (521) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from berntholer, many thanks - my new style #64. Pours clear dark reddish color, lightly beige head. Aroma is sourish, wine, raisins, dark fruit, cherries. Taste is sour, very fruity - cherries, raisins, blackcurrant, wine, oak. Finish is sourish and dry. In general very nice beer.
GhostHardware (9) - Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 into red wine glass. Appearance murky red/brown from a distance then beautiful ruby with a light behind. Thin rim of bright white foam. Carbonation soft but med-high. Aroma of oak and wine, raisins and dark fruit. Taste: sharp and tart, balanced with a touch of sweetness. Cherries. Restrained sourness up front with a nice, lingering acidity. Refreshing with high carbonation release on the tongue. Fruit candy/jolly rancher on the finish. Mouthfeel: effervescent and thin with a pleasant, little astringency from the oak. Overall a lovely, approachable sour experience. Understandably recognized as a classic. A beer for a special occasion.
BubbleBeerBabe (3) - Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown beer, but when you shine a light through it, this beer looks ruby red. The aroma is just like fruit cake. This is my first taste of a sour beer, and I was surprised! It is light, highly carbonated and tastes like fizzy cranberry juice. It has a slightly sour and bitter aftertaste just like cranberries. This is something I’d like to try again in the hot summer months because it tastes very refreshing. I shouldn’t have had this on a cold winter’s day. This beer is the most unique and different beer I have ever tasted. Definitely worth trying!