yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 bottle all to myself. Served in a flute glass from America Online, engraved “I Survived Y2K!” A fitting celebration of passing the Series 7 Securities License exam for my new job. Clear brown beer with a ruby tint. Nice orange head that fades to a ring. Musty sour aroma. Flavor is sour/tart over malt, and rather dry. Very drinkable. Tasty and enjoyable, kept my interest through the whole bottle. Not very alcoholic, but a satisfying brew. I prefer the Duchesse, however this is an excellent brew nonetheless. A little expensive at $8.59 at ABC in Jacksonville.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity sour aroma, hazy chestnut body with glints of red. Good off-white head. Very sour taste, frothy mouthfeel.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very hazy brown body with a large creamy light brown head. Nice sour aroma with some malty hints. Light fruit flavor on a very gentle sour background, light oaked flavor in the end.
emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - SEP 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown colour, taste it some years ago but quite a nice memeries after tasting it. Nice taste soury bit as usual for rodenbach.
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 won’t quite give it a 5.0 but it’s a really close call wow. I think it’s that amazing aftertaste that just keeps this beer cruising down the hatch =)
Hope this is helpful.
shadey (2048) - 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 (12517) - 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.