bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml Bottle) Pours a reddish-brown body with a medium-sized faintly pink head. Aroma of cherry and a hint of chocolate. Flavor of sour cherry and oak barrel. Carbonation upfront and then finishes dry.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 750 ml. caged cork brown bottle with a blurb on the back, with a best before date on the bottom of bottle, 19.09.06. Sampled a cellar temperature in a flute glass.
Poured a red ruby hued brown with a small bubbly topped, foamy head that settled into a thin lacing.
Aromas of tart cherries, a fruity vinous, medicinal, earthy and traces of a oak woodiness.
Smooth, even carbonation and a crisp with a dry acidity, light bodied mouthfeel.
Very nice sour, tart and vinous taste, tart cherries and berries with a light sour apple, a subtle herbal spiciness, hints of sugar, earthy and woody, the alcohol is noticeable towards the end and a dry, sour apple finish that is pretty clean, washes out the palate, good Flanders red ale drinkability.
Rodenbach is just a quality Flanders red ale brewer, a must try for anyone who is exploring the world of beer.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 Pours dark ruby with a mostly receding tan head. Aroma of sour cherries, oak, leather, and dark cider. Taste is cherries, oak, light sweet and fruity, but also nicely tart. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry with lush, tingly carbonation. Interesting enough, I rated a bottle from Kentucky considerably higher than I bottle I had in Belgium.
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rodenbach pours deep ruby, nearly black, with a big fluffy tan head that leaves some lace.
First on the nose are tart fruits: black cherry, blackberry, grape juice, Then some perfumy qualities peek through.
On the palate, the beer is nicely carbonated, full bodied, and slightly sweet (off-dry) with a medium finish which is a touch metallic. Iím struck by the lambic-like qualities in the palate. This might be due to the blending of young and oaked beer.
As the beer warms, developing flavor of raisin and the not-quite-chocolate flavor of a Tootsie Roll come through. Iím putting this a little behind Vichtenaar. Weíll see how it stacks up against Grand Cru.
Skinnyviking (7235) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Off-white creamy high lasting and good looking head (thats the way it should be). Beautiful clear ruby body. Vinegar like aroma. Vinegar graprefruit sour flavor. Lovely.
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2006
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
ok not great pours reddish brown. smells like vinegar and raw beefand the paste i used to eat in kinderagrten. it taste lke vinegar but its watered down with seltzer. its half sour and has half the taste of others. but at least it isnt as whack as the grand cru crock of crap. if any knows sour ales that dont suck my ass holler
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown. little head. four, but not the sourest thing iíve ever had. pretty carbonated. i think i liked it a lot... always a fan of novelties.
CamdenD (1110) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reminded me of a flemish brown, nice, but a bit divergent in tastes. Better than the Douchesse (and Iím sure i didnít spell that one right), but still a bit lax on the tongue concerning individual tastes.
stinkystinky (10) - columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
in honor of herb spencer my beer guru, "ahhhhh thereís nothing better than a rodenbach" followed by a long deep chuckle, a toast and a drining of the glass, good olí herb we miss you
nick76 (4258) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2006
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
I have a hard time with sour ales but this one is the best of them. The aroma is sour, with fruit like raspberries and grapes, acid, and basement smells. The appearance is red brown with a foamy head. The flavor is acidic and sour with vinegar and fruit. The palate is somewhat thin.