muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one has me rather conflicted. On the one hand, it tastes and smells like grape juice; not wine, folks -- grape juice. On the other hand, it’s the best damn grape juice ever. To be serious: extraordinarily sweet/vinous nose, overpowering and almost nauseating, accompanying one of the biggest heads and most perfect colors, leads to a strong grape/floral flavor which only manifests a beer character in the finish. Still, one-of-a-kind, and not at all like the few other Belgians I’ve been fortunate enough to try (La Trappe and Chimay, I think). A rare brew for rare occasions. 3/13/02 rerating. I originally put this rating in for the ’Grand Cru’ by mistake; having now bottles of both, I can put things to rights; the ’weakest’ of the 3 Rodenbachs; if only A-B had a ’strongest’ 1/10th as good!
omhper (18350) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-brown. Slightly acdidity. Some sweetness. Fruity and complex.
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a weird beer, sweet and sour, with a chocolate doughy and almost metalic fnish.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely fragrant aroma of sour cherries, wood, yeast. Color, cloudy reddish-brown. Insignificant head. Flavor also is fruity w. sour cherry and dried fruit flavors, woodiness, full flavor, pleasantly tart with a clean finish - somewhat astringent, but not a problem. Very refreshing beer, if you like sour beers - this is the classic Flanders red ale.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich beer, thick mouthfeel and tons of flavor for th alcohol content. Vinious and raisiny, but the most prominent flavor I get is that of sour cherries. A real treat.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Initial thought: SOUR. Man, I was looking forward to this beer all night and after I smelled it and thought I was in a stable, I knew I was in trouble. At first the sourness was too much for me to handle (almost that of a Cuvee Rene) but as it warmed and my palate gradualy became accustomed to it, the beer mellowed. The color was not a beautiful ruby as the label indicated, but rather a brownish red color. Overall I was somewhat disappointed with this beer. I will have to try another bottle.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As ecrvich said, almost like a Kriek lambic. I definitely could taste sour cherry flavors, but it was not as prominent as i like. Something just seemed missing from this beer. It seems to almost be great, but falls just short.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2001
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had a ’Rodenbach red ale’ and reading the reviews/descriptions, I think it was this one. This was an interesting beer, you could taste the alcohol, but it was quite tart or sour or something. It isn’t a great beer but I found it interesting. (draft)
Ernest (5905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of sour cherry, wood, some hops and bready malt character, hint of horse blanket, very slight hint of oxidation. Reddish-brown color with a moderate head which never fully diminishes, fairly good lacing. A bit less than medium body, slightly sweet, quite acidic/tart, fairly dry finish. Almost like a kriek lambic (with very little sweetness); wood, sour cherry, tart citrus and dry hoppy notes, straw/hay. A bit too tart and unbalanced for my liking; more body and malt character would improve my score.
tjbjcpmaster99 (5) - Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2001 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
World Classic, fairly easy drinking Flanders Red. Get it on tap if you can find it!