MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Found a 750 ml bottle at Jungle Jimís. Popped the cork to a delightful lack of carbonation. The pour gave a really nice soft earthy brown. Holding it up to the light reveals a glowing red hue. Aroma is a fine blend of musty feild of grassy after a late morning rain, combined with cherries and fresh wood. Palate comes off as having a feeling like tonic water. Mouthfeel then seems to taste a bit thin and relaxed, coming with some more of the wood flavor in the beer, so it makes some sense. The general flavor is only slighty sour, but packs some fine fruityness with it. This is clearly not as good as the Grand Cru, but still mighty tastey.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was excited to finally find this and the Grand Cru in my area. This didnít disappoint. Pours red-brown with a thick, luscious off-white head. Sour aroma full of sour cherries, grapes, cider, atouch of cider vinegar, and some barnyard funk. Perfect amount of tartness is tempered by a slight raisin sweetness. Some spiciness in the finish. I loved this beer, canít wait for to try the Cru.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber-brown with a nice off-white head. Very vinous aroma--tart cherries, sour grapes, and a little earthiness. Tastes like a kriek lambic blended with a brown ale--tart and sour, but much more "beer-like" than a lambic. Good stuff.
ALLOVATE (2411) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this sample for years in the back cellar and thought it might be high time to empty the bottle. The bottle battered and scratched, and the label barely legible, read Rodenbach Klassiek. Poured into a small chalice, time passed before a small lather of dense whitish foam formed a ring around the meniscus of the glass. The body of beer, a clear deep ruby red with the faintest hint of brown. Tart and zesty rose petal, red merlot grape and candi-sherbet nose, with an odd hint of animal fur and cured beef. Vinous in the mouth, like vinegar mixed with red wine (maybe a little too old), malt showed, dull and background, with sherbet again coming in and tickling the front of the tongue. Light bodied and very light in carbonation, it wasnít as full on as I had anticipated, but it seemed quite relaxed and could honestly go down easier than cask wine at a BBQ. Finish was long, tart and tannic with a mix of vinous and sour, bitter flavours that left a permanent impression in my mouth. Gratifying, but not one I savoured. It was different but the younger Grand Cru I tasted was a lot more enjoyable. Interesting!!! (25cL, Vintage Cellars, Adelaide, sometime 2001, and that is all I remember)
harrisoni (13733) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at Hotel Belfort Poperinge. Only for those that like sour beer. Ruby brown sour red beer with some fruity malt but sour nose and finish
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Winking Lizard Macedonia: Hazy brownish wi/ a lasting creamy lightly beige colored head. Some reddish highliights. Winey and raisiny tart aroma to start things off. A bit of the barnyardy aromas w/ some toasty malt w/ some dried cherry aroma as it warms. A bit musty and eathy as well as bready yeast. Well balanced overall. A bit tart up front in the flavor that is lightly acidic. Toasty malt as in the aroma w/ just a hint of bitterness at the finish which is dry and tart. There are some earthy and yeasty flavors as well as a bit of caramel. The aftertaste seems a bit more acidic though as it seems to have a bit of harshness like burping up stomach acid that seems to take away from it a little bit, maybe it was just me. No, I did not burp, thatís just what it tasted like in the aftertaste to me! Higher medium carbonation, lighter medium body, and smooth! Not as tart as I had initially expected, which I enjoyed! Nice complexities which probably would have been more evident had I not been in a smoke filled bar/restaurant. Iím sure I missed some of the more sublte characteristics. Very dry and lightly tart makes it very refreshing to drink in quantity. Not bad with a Chicken Parm. sandwich either!
Sten (632) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2005
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep red-brown colour with a big tan head. The aroma is sour and sweet at the same time. The taste is sour and the aftertaste is like red wine. (Bottle 25cl)
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I bought this while in Brussels from Beer Mania. Sampled from a 25cl bottle into my nifty new Alesmith Decadence glass. Pours a dark redish brown, has a garnet likeness, tops off with a light offwhite-tan head, doesnít leave much lacing on my glass. Aroma is quite the funk, smells of a barnyard backed up by sweet thick figgy malt and a hint of vinegar. Flavor is like figs and sour cherries, the scales sway back and forth between sour and sweet, slightly bitter and peppery spice. Quite a complex flavor profile going on here. Mouthfeel is crisp with carbonation that dances on the palate, medium to light coating and finishes with an astringent dryness. I like the Rodenbach, this is my second time trying it and I will surely try it again.
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark with a creamy head. Wine, grapes, cherry, juniperberry in aroma.
Fermented in barrique.Veryy acid.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this in the Parc de Bruxelles: a very dark amber with a small beige head. While enjoying the aroma, I found it quite hard to define. certainly there was cherry but some fruit cake as well. The taste was sour, full bodied and slightly dry, but as well as the cherry I picked up melon and tea. The aftertaste was more bitter. Very refreshing.