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 (7905) - 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 (1018) - 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 (1118) - 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 (4315) - 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.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Redbones 7/26/06. Pours a dark red color with a small off white head. Nose is raspberry jam with some light sour hints. Palate is syrupy and flat. Flavor is more of the sourness with some light jam notes, seems kinda thick and sugary with some light fruit notes that are not overly pleasant.
yngwie (15568) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2009 Bottled. Dark brown with a reddish hue and a small beige head. Sweet and acidic aroma with some cellar. The flavor is much the same, but with berries. Medium body with some astringency. Feels a bit fizzy in the mouth, but not in a negative way. Long sour finish. It was pleasant with my mussels. Rating: 6-3-6-4-13-3.2. 060714
Bottle, 25cl. A finger-worth of dense beige head sits on top a reddish, muddy brown body. For most people I guess it looks bad, I like the looks of this one. Vinous, vinegary nose with a good fruityness, cherries and dark berries layering up. A note of cellar and prunes also shows up. Itís quite astringent, well carbonated, smooth and palate-cleansing. Thereís also a sweetish impression, even though itís quite dry. Vinous and vinegar-ish flavor with cherries, blackberry, prune notes, hints of cellar and lemon. Thereís also a sugary sweet touch to the beer, maybe a bit more than I would prefer. Overall a very nice beer, packed in an ugly labelled bottle. 091103
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at Indy tasting Dickís 96th - Aroma of dark cherry, sweet and sour sauce, oak, and malt. Pours hazy brown red with small head and good lacing. Flavor is dissapointing but still tart. More cardboard than oak and all the fruit is gone. Palate is tart and fizzy. I like sours, but not this one.