Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ML bottle screen printed and corked bottle with a new logo from the displayed above.
I have only had 3 Flanders Reds but I have decided it is my current favorite style and I am going to seek out as many of these as I can find. I love the teeter-totting from sweet to tart and the berry bite in the end wow. I did enjoy this beer more than the Grand Cru but not quite as much as the Duchess De Bourgogne.
Suggestion: Let this warm signifcants on the counter before opening. It really mellows. Also take your time; start before it has reached room temp and re-cork (if you have a 750 ML) and try a small flute again and again as it warms. Absolutly *fasinating* the flavors that continue to come out, especially the coco.
Appearance: Pours a dark raspberry brown/copper color that does not let the light through the body but looks lighter around the edges. It had a small light brown head that fades to a spotty frothy cap and descent lacing.
Smell: Raspberries, cherry, brown sugar a hint of smoked barrel wood fill the nose and send my taste buds in a frenzy of anticipation i.e. salivation.
Taste: Sour, with wine like attributes it is cherry with a hint of coco and a flood of brown sugar it slides smoothly and is somewhat nonchalant the way sneaks through the fist part of palate without causing much ruckus; then, all of the sudden it erupts with flavors of berries and spices that that are simply exceptional. As it warms there are hint of coca and nuts and oak along with the sour cherries. It is similar to the Lambics that I have had in acidity and bite. The aftertaste lingers forever! mmm.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very nice. I do not have much within the style to compare it to yet but it is extremely active and poking and prodding the palate while dancing around with great energy on the taste buds. That said the carbonation is not as crazy as the Grand Cru was, which I personally prefer. It was a little rough on the swallow sometimes with the acidity but overall, very nice in the mouth.
Drinkability: I hardly know what to say. Typically I would not consider a sour beer sessionable but maybe I am converting to a new way of thinking; this beer was so east to drink it was hard to believe. I wonít quite give it a 5.0 but itís a really close call wow. I think itís that amazing aftertaste that just keeps this beer cruising down the hatch =)
Hope this is helpful.
shadey (2020) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown pour with wisps of white head. Aroma is an earth sour. Full flavor is very quaffable. Sour dryness in the finish. The oak agins is very evident. Easy to drink and quite tastey.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours brown with a thin head. Smells of dark chocolate, tarte cherries, hints of vinegar and some peppery elements. Tastes mildly sour with some decent fruity elements. Its hard to believe these guys can pack that much flavor into a 5% beer.
bu11zeye (12367) - 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 (8075) - 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.