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100
style
Brewed by Brouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roeselare, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 687   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Rodenbach Alexander was brewed for the first time in 1986 on the occasion of Alexander Rodenbachs 200th birthday and is now back by popular demand to the delight of beer lovers in Belgium and abroad. It is a blend of 2/3rd aged Rodenbach (100% 2 year aged beer) with 1/3rd younger ale, macerated with sour cherries. The natural flavour and taste of sour cherries brings a perfect match between the sour beer and the red fruit. Its aftertaste is reminiscent of a Burgundy wine and its freshness makes this beer the perfect aperitif or accompaniment to cheeses or dessert. Note: The 2016 version has the abv of 5.6%

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (6790) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2010
Bottle at 4:20 RBESG Rome day 2, pulled out of the cellar by Alex, huge thanks letting us try this. BB 1991, so probably 1989 vintage. Light amber colour, thin white head. Aroma is sour, fruity, woody, light sweet. Flavour is oxidized, wood, sweet raisins, brown sugar, light sour fruity finish. Light to medium bodied. Over the hill I think, still very sweet.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2010
bottle shared at RBWG(98 vintage) pours dark brown with a medium off white head. Aroma is tart cheery and apple skins with some acidic funk. Flavor is nice caramel malt and mellow bittersweet cherry with a red wine vinegar kind of finish that is tart, but mellow at the same time. Special stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2010
Bottle - Thanks BBB63, just an awesome surprise!! - Not sure of the vintage, pours clear and lt ruddy brown with no head really, but some pretty big carb bubbles....aroma is very soft cherry, vanilla caramel in the background with some vingear acidity as well...flavour is not like anything else Ive ever had, the first half is completely malty, brown sugar, vanilla and sweet fruit syrup...it takes a complete 180 for the remainder, once the initial sweetness passes, its all lemon, sour cherry, vinegar...finish is completely bone dry...awesome experience, incredibly unique...

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drowland (8466) - Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Sample handed to me at RBWG by Dakine (wow that guy was looking out for me!). I believe I was told it was vintage 1998. HOLY CRAP this is awesome. Amazing sweet and sour cherries and so much more going on. Awesome.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2010
1989 bottle. Pours hazy cloudy golden straw with a thick white head and minimal lacing on the glass. Nose is big on tartness, funk, lots of straw and hay. Flavor is amazing. Big on the tart, sour awesomeness, barnyard, dry grain, wheat and lots of yum. Could drink this every day. Love it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2010 Thanks ryan! Dark reddish brown, thin head, carbonation very light after all these years. Very pleasant aroma of chocolate, cherries, golden raisins, sweet fruit. Tastes quite sweet, with flavors of cherries, chocolate, and raisins with a subtle sour finish. Surprisingly balanced for something so sweet.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bottle (marked July 91) from my winter Secret Santa 09/10. Thanks very much, Dave. An impossible want fulfilled. Nose is impossibly awesome: huge vanilla, tender cherries (pits and peels plus sweet sweet juice), gingerbread and meringue. Color is a refractive, gradient ruby-garnet with brown low-lights. Flavor is deep cherry without a trace of artifice. Ends with a nice, gradual tart that builds just enough to make your tongue twitch. Aftertaste is like sucking on bing cherry pits. Absurd that this is nearly 20 years old.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Big thanks to Goldtwins who gave me this bottle about five years ago. Im sure sitting on it isnt doing it any favors so Ive decided to celebrate Alabamas National Championship by opening this. Pours a Coca-Cola caramel color with deep red highlights. A quickly dissipating head, also reminiscent of Coca-Cola. Fruity aromas fill the room simply from the pour. Somewhat biscuity, cherry aroma. Tart and leathery. Cherries, sweet malt and balsamic flavors. Slight notes of tobacco. Pretty thick mouthfeel. Much better years ago but still a nice beer. Overly acetic. Vinegar and malt. Acidic aftertaste. Roll Tide!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (12371) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2009
Bottle. [thank you, Sren and Feldthaus]
my Belgian rating #1001
Pour is clear red-golden with a small, creamy, beige head. Fine duration for a sour ale. Magnificent aroma! Cherries, oak, barnyard, raspberries, caramel, some toasted notes and slight herbal. Highish prickly carbonation, light but also slightly oily mouthfeel. Flavour is great, very tart at first. Cherries, oak, citric, fruity, caramel sweetness. It gets more mellow later in each sample. Caramel, Belgian sugar. Immensely drinkable and brilliant balance between sweet and tart. Yum!

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAXSON (591) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle, thanks Henrik! Pours a deep reddish brown with a nice soapy tan head. Cool color and look. Extremely vinegarish on the nose, so much so that its difficult to pull out anything else. Somme essence of wet wood and cherries floating about. Whoa, what a powerful, strange mix of flavors. Red wine vinegar, oak, deeply rich malt. Sweet cherries and oak unfold. Really strange, lovely progression. Endlessly complex. Deep, earthy, and a bit herbal. Almost hard to take the intensity of this. Perfectly bubbly, fine carbonation, sharp enough but soft enough. This is incredibly unique, much more complex and diverse than any Flanders Red, and more deep and rich than any sour Ive had. Cherries and raspberries really start to come out as it warms. Killer stuff, absolutely blows everything else by Rodenbach out of the water.


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