Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The award for the best beer of the night goes to this. Once again from the cellars of miketd I was glad to have tried this. If it ever makes an appearance in the United States I may have to procure a few bottles for my own storage. The combination of sourness and vinuous characteristics make me wonder what would happen if Russian River were to get the chance to play around with New Belgium’s La Folie.
Aroma / Appearance - The carbonated bronze body had a nice bit of life to it. White grapes, apple, pear and tartness blended nicely in something that most closely resembles some of the stuff to come out of Russian River’s sour experiments.
Flavor / Palate - Sour dry apple fills the throat and nose after a delayed release. The tartness almost immediately sets to work removing all moisture from the throat. While not the most intense beer I’ve had this is definitely a contender. There are none of the aspects of the Grand Cry/regular/Redbach series here. This is a different beast worthy of seeking out.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Going from a winy sour and vinigar-like start to to a fruity and sweet body. The appearence is completly clear and the golden colour and the bubbles is similar to cider or a rosé-wine with no head at all. A heavy finish wtith notes of nuts and buttery fudge. You can´t tell that it holds 10 % alcohol.
The bottle appeares in a very cool design.
ekstedt (5082) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (37 cl) at a Göteborg RB tasting. Clear amber, low head. Strong vinegar aroma, with some wooden notes. Sour in a weird way. A disappointment.
Christian (10757) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber colour with no head. It has that unique fruity, funky, fresh Rodenbach aroma, with a little caramel and malt. Tart, yet rather sweet. Fruity like a chardonnay. Has a powerful fel to it, yet doesn’t show the 10% alcohol. Finishes sour and refreshing.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Multiple bottles shared at the Cleveland tasting. Really was looking forward to this beer...but ended up finding a sour ale that was more reminiscent of a white wine. Poured a pretty boring clear golden yellow with not much carbonation. Had a nice bit of sourness with some oak and tart fruitness in the flavor profile. Very very dry and clean finish much more towards the end of the brew. This beer definetely blurs the line between beer and wine. A very interesting brew that I enjoyed...but I just want my rodenbach alexander back!
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml bottle, courtesy of Mes, shared with renffisch and tashi as well. Golden amber appearance. Amazing cereal aroma - like rice krispies but somehow great. Muesli meets a sour ale and somehow, it works! Great weight, alcohol so well hidden. Well worth getting hold of, if you possibly can. by the way, I think it’s barrel No. 132 actually :-)
gnoff (7328) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(375 ml bottle) ON March 14, 2008. Bottel no. 09274. Clear pale copper color, small white head. Acidic, vinous, wood scent. Acidic to sour taste, vinous, wood, lemon. Mouth puckering sour mouthfeel, low bitterness. Tart almost like a lambic, but not quite.
rlgk (9020) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to larsniclas. Reddish/orange/amber color, no head. Vinegar aroma, cork, woody, sourish, fruity, woody notes. Fklavor first brings vinegar and rather sour notes, then turns alittle moer fruity. Sour finish with some fruits and citrus.
Furseth (1919) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Thanx to Niclas: Clear red colour, with a flat head. Aroma of citrus, big sournes,some maltynes in the end. Flavor was almost the same here, has the sournes and the maltynes, and has a medium body and a dry fruity fnish.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008-03-03. Crisp headless amber body. Fruity notes are first impression, lightly funky sourness, cherry or peach pits, sweet caramel or brandy notes struggles and fails to make a showing. Aroma gets sweeter as it warms. (7+) Sour flavour is refreshingly lightly mouth puckering, muted malt undertones are gently over powered by the sour. Mild fruit accents fair slightly better, making brief but more frequent appearances. Alcohol is virtually invisible in the flavour. [Random insertion - Holy cow the trappist cheese croquettes are amazing!] Smooth average palate. (3+) Sourness is refreshing but conversely limits how much of this I would like to drink in a sitting. Quite interesting.
Bottle at Cambrinus, Brugge