larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear red-brown with a fine cream coloured head. Grassy vineously sour aroma with some almond. Lactoacidous on the palate. Flavour contain almond and red currant. Refreshing beer.
WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally found this bad boy on tap at Eli Canonís (Middletown, CT). It smelled like wine, and packed a sour cherry flavor. A bit pricey, but I liked it.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - A red/brown color. A quite pugnent aroma. Lots of cherry flavor with a bit of a bite.
jcwattsrugger (10903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle-pours a thick creamy tan head that reduces to thin, with patches of remaining thicker head. Color appears dark brown, held up to light-itís a clear dark amber. Aroma is vinegar, malty. Taste-nicely done. Interesting balance of vinegar and malty that comes across light and refreshing, somewhat like an apple spritzer/cider. My first Flemish. While this seems to be an acquired taste & it didnít jump out at me to be a Ďregularí, I will be back to retry this style.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on draft at Monkís Cafe...
Appears a reddish brown with an ivory head and lots of retention. Tiny lacing speckles are left behind.
Smell is of the trademark Rodenbach funk yeast smelling almost like a fresh cut steak with some sour notes of vinegar and cherry mixed with a ton of sugar.
Taste is almost equal to the aroma, which truley defines this beer.
Mouthfeel is slightly watery with sweets and sours resounding.
I actually remember Rodenbach being a bit better the last go íround in the States but maybe itís just me.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate:
Not much I can say really. Does exactly what it says on the bottle. Just like the Grand Cru but not quite so much all round. Lovely stuff but I will stick with the Grand Cru if I have the choice.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured red with a nice tan head. good head retention. Aroma had vinegar, cherry, grape, cider and vanilla. Same with the taste. Good tartness throughout. I must try the Grand Cru.
Rballs01 (278) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 Out of a 750ml bottle it poured a deeper brown than the Grand Cru. Same vinegary chemical aroma but the flavor was much fruitier and the finish was longer. A so so beer.
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Had on tap at Brickskeller in DC. Red in color. Sour lemon taste. Sourness was bit much for me. Almost wonder whether it was a bad batch.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml. bottle. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Small tan head that really sticks around. Sour, vinous aroma of cherries and a bit of oak. Sweet cherry flavor that turns slightly tart at the finish.
Those who have tasted both the Classic and the Grand Cru, why would you ever try the Classic again? Donít get me wrong, itís quite good, but the Grand Cru is so much better IMO.