Ughsmash (6926) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Poured clear, lightly ruddy orange with a loose ring of head.. looked mostly flat (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). The aroma picked up rich darker fruit, cognac, and a kiss of agave nectar with toasted oak and warm alcohol accents.. very well balanced. The flavor found tart oak, vinegar, and spicy fruit skins on the tip of the tongue, with warmer fruity sugars and tart cherries behind.. finished with a lot more oak and cherry, with some follow-up belly warmth. Medium-bodied with very low carbonation on the palate.. moderate-plus sourness.. great balance.. this was excellent!
Martinus (2531) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber madeira colour, no head. Aroma of malts, sherry, ethyl acetate, cherry, cheese, raisins, red fruits and berries. Sour flavour, light sweet note, ethyl acetate, acetic acid. Full body, finish malts, sour, lactic acid, citrus and vinegar. Past it’s prime it feels, but still a nice beer.
(From 37.5cL bottle @ home. Bottle via 77ships, thanks Eugene!!)
boFNjackson (3921) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ a recent bottle share... (Thanks to BelgBeerGeek for this one) Poured golden brownish with little to no head. Nose had wood and lactic acid. Still quite hot with warming alcohol along with wood and tartness. Sour, over-riped apples came adding complexity and tartness. Finished with sour yeast, sweentess, and alcohol. Carbonation was mostly absent but that didn’t really hurt this beer.
MarcoDL (1006) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I expected a lot trok it, top much I’m affraid. It’s good, but not brilliant, a bit flat actually. I prefer the Vintage.
PriorL (912) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
At Delirium cafe Brussels. Shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: little clouded dark blond little red beer, little to no head.
NOSE: wood, sourness, some red fruits, vinous, Amazing!
TASTE: flat, very sour, still very fruity, wood, complete complexity, amazing beer!
skoisirius (1350) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Honestly, I don’t remember having this...but it’s in the notes section around 2009...which means I was probably right proper drunk. Being Rodenbach, aged, and sour, I’m sure it was fantastic!
Slipstream (1870) - USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A noticeable brew for sure - strong sour, vinous flavor, with some grain taste as well - as advertised by the name. Thanks to whoever it was paid $40 for a small bottle of this and shared it at Brian’s birthday. Better them than me. This brew spotlighted my mixed feelings about top shelf sour ales. It calls itself a wine, and tastes an awful lot like wine, and is priced similar to a very good bottle of wine. So why not just have some wine instead? There are very good bottles out there for 1/4 of the cost. This is a beer, masquerading as a wine, and then charging you for its ability to escape categorization.
mcberko (4847) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 Vintage. 375mL bottle at DHVL, pours a fairly clear amber / copper with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet liqueur, like cognac and sherry, red wine notes, and some sour red fruits -- you can certainly detect the higher alcohol. Flavour is very vinous, with complex notes of red wine, sweet liqueur and oak. Very sweet and sort of cidery, with also prominent vinous and liqueur notes. Bizarre stuff - the body is very thin, with an almost cloying sweetness. The aromatics were a lot more pleasant to me, while the body kind of cloys. Weird stuff - fairly good in small samples.
berntholer (574) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
no head at all. slight pinkish colour. aroma of red fruits, raspberry, strawberry and somewhat sour. delicious long sour taste with aftertaste of raspberry and some balsamico. great stuff! 37.5 cl bottle / notes from backlog
Flocci (35) - BELGIUM - APR 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have caught a double-agent. The owner of "d’Afspraak" in Mechelen told me it was hiding in his cellar. Un-be-liev-able it hadn’t yet been discovered there.
It’s a wine pretending to be a beer, and a beer posing as a wine. It is neither and yet both.
It doesn’t don the expected white hat, nor does it wear the classic frivolous lace. No-nonsense attire, and a nice tan to boot.
Suspicious already, I wanted to sniff it out. And oh, this Rodenbach was good at its job; it confused me even more. Cider, oak, chocolate, grass, malt: it was all there. An eau de toilette that could conceal anything and everything.
Now that I had my teeth into it, I was determined to reveal it as a fraud, but it threw everything it had at me.
Sweet and alluring, sourly contradicting my accusations, flirting and warm, such a smooth operator. Nearly had me calling it honey.
I may have caught it, but I have to admit it seduced me - like you might expect of the goodlooking spies in a James Bond movie. And I don’t regret it one bit, nor will I ever turn it in. There are few of them left in the world, and less every day - you’ll be lucky if you ever get to see one, let alone catch it.