JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Burnished golden colour with almost no head at all. Fresh bright aroma. Oaky vanilla, peach/pear and a bright acetic character. Good mix of flemish red tartness and pale fruitiness. Flavour is initially bright and acidic, but there is plenty of pale grainy malt and sweet apricot/berry behind it. Strong Rodenbach house character, which isn’t a bad thing. Very nice.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Pours without any head. Aroma is funky and also also a bit sweet. Flavor is nicely tart with orange, tangerine and white grape. looking further, theres some cherry and dried wood. Delightful.
FatPhil (8089) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle (One Pint Pub, Helsinki, Belgian Beer Week 2008)
Clear dark orange, no head. Beautiful aroma - complex combination of things. Quite sharp, and pleasantly sweet too, but tainted by clear butter-popcorn a.k.a. diacetyl. Taste is full of heavy esters, and dominated by the diacetyl. Behind that it’s sharp and appley, very zingy on the tongue, and even chip vinegar - oh so sharp, and oh so tasty, but alas the diacetyl is too prominent to have this really shine. (Without that, it would have scored more in almost all categories, so it’s been punished hard.)
beastiefan2k (2190) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My friend Artem dragged this back from Belgium for me. I was excited as a giddy school girl. Saved this for last. So weird to see this pour out as it is slightly lifeless with just a bit of lacing. Its completely clear with a very light orange colored body. Again, weird to see the uncolored Rodenbach. Aroma starts with malt biscuit with cereal graininess. Then there is light oak, light cleaning product (not vinegar enough), a cheap sweetness akin to a lot of Chapeau brews. Blind I would have never guessed this is a Rodenbach. Taste is faint sour and vinegar with a bit acidity at the end. Really not much else going on here, some alcohol heft to it. A pretty dry finish. In general a malty brew with a light "future-promising" sourness. Can’t believe it’s 10% and really not impressive compared to the other Rodenbach products.
375mL paper wrapped bottle, stamped 010474, elongated thin Ommegang 10th Anniversary goblet glass.
Jerre (2360) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, 37,5 cl. Thanks to Tom.
Almost clear gold-orange color, no head.
Aroma bit sweet, sour, fruits, wood.
Taste complex, very great !
Sourness, woodimpression, fruits, dry.
Don’t have the feeling it’s 10 % alc.
Perfect lovely beer !
JoeinEscazú (1325) - San Jose, COSTA RICA - JAN 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh my. I’m still recovering from this beautiful bitch, drank at Delirium in Brussels from the paper-wrapped 37.5 cL bottle. Pours a deep old gold, with sparse bubbling on top but no real head. Might as well have come from the cask. Very sourish aroma with citrus esters. The punch is in the tart, juicy flavor, vary tangy but only lightly acidic, and mild tannins. Substantial alcohol is totally hidden by that beautiful sourness. It’s even refreshing. Delicious. Dangerous. Outstanding.
diabel (1589) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled Coppery orange, totally clear body. The head instantly fizzes away. Reminds me of an old lambic or a little bit of Oudbeitje (when it comes to the appearance). Very complex aroma of wine, liquor, malts, calvados, wood, fruits, (peach, strawberry) and some hints of alcohol. This has a great aroma, I could sniff this for hours! Heavily sour, lightly sweet initial flavour. Harshly sour, moderately sweet finish. An overwhelming complex flavour that grows stronger to the end. In the flavour one can distinguish fruit and sourness (bit acidic however). No alcoholic flavour whatsoever, but still heavily bodied without any carbonation. Woow, this is just great, I have to buy more of these (if they are not too pricey). The name is perfectly choosen, it’s very winey.
DruncanVeasey (6595) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Erasmus, Brugge. Brilliant honey-gold-pinkish stillness without any suggestion of a head, lacework or carbonation. The palate is somewhere between Rose and a sweet German white wine, the delicate tartness bears Rodenbach’s thumbprint. Dusty hayloft, sour apple and strawberry shortcake aroma. Mellow, vinous acidity, apple bubblegum, strawberry fruit, and a lingeringly, initially shockingly sickly aftertaste of popcorn and vanilla. Massive malty length and breakfast cereally afters. Could vividly taste this beer an hour after drinking it. White Merlot over cornflakes. As unabashedly cornflakey as a Lebanese pilsner. A ridiculous balancing act of incongruous flavours. Vile, shocking, tangy and addictive. Totally uncharted territory. Alcohol taking a very distant backseat. No more acidic than standard Rodenbach. Pasteurised and sweetened? Outrageous, and so unconventionally beery I wasn’t 100% sure it would be valid for inclusion on Ratebeer. At 8.50 Euros a bottle, would I drink it again? If someone else is buying, absolutely YES.
Wim (2463) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
red pink coloured body with no head a fruity aroma a fruity sour taste and a strong sour fruity finich
Bart (2944) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Den Spytigen Duvel, light amber pink coloured beer with some little, very fine carbonation and no head. Strong oaky and woody fruity aroma. Very special. Flat body. Finish is strong, light sour with a light alcoholic and fruity touch. Very special and nice.