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

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RATINGS: 760   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Rodenbach Alexander was brewed for the first time in 1986 on the occasion of Alexander Rodenbach’s 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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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ianhuntley73 (22) - - JUN 2, 2016
Received 3 complementary 2016 bottles from a good friend of the brewery that wants his name to remain anonymous. Sampled along side vintage Alexander 1986 and 1990. 1986 notes: Pours reddish brown with small white/brown head. Nose/taste of sour cherries , oak, bright berry, light caramel and smooth vinegar tartness. Medium body. Held up incredibly well. Little oxidation. Rating: 5.0 1990 notes: Pours reddish brown with little white head. Nose/taste of sour raspberry, oak, bright berry, light caramel and heavier vinegar tartness. Heavy body.Also held up incredibly well. Little oxidation. Rating: 4.75 2016 notes: Pours deep reddish mahogany with a medium head. Nose/taste of sour cherries, little oak and a medium to heavy tartness. Needs oxidation to compete with the older examples. Overall, a great beer.
Earlier Rating: 1/21/2013 Total Score: 5
(Bottle 1986 first year) Have had this on a number of occasions. Each time it seems to get even better. Top 10 all time beer for me. Most recently served in a Rodenbach Alexander Glass.Pours a nice garnet color with an off white head. Nose is really, really nice with cherry, sherry, balsamic vinegar, and a bit of oaky earth. Taste is definite sour cherry, acetic acid, balsamic, oak, and some light fruitiness. Mouthfeel is quite creamy with good acidity. I am fortunate to have 24 cases of this beer in my cellar.


4.6
rodenbachvintage (53) - Roeselare, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2017
Heerlijke terugkeer van een legende! kleur, diepgang, smaak, geur, ... Dit bier heef allemaal. de perfecte balans tussen het romige, de eik en de aciditeit van het zuurbier met de (no pun intended) kers op de taart in de fruitige afdronk (kersen dus). Welkom terug Alexander!

3.9
mrjez (636) - Osaka, JAPAN - AUG 20, 2017
New version, bomber. Pours browned ruby with a beige head the coats the side of the glass well. Big sour cherry aroma with lactic acid, gentle oak, simple yet pleasing. Similar in the flavour, balanced and easy, yoghurt, cherry, a little sugary sweetness. Medium feel with low tart and sourness. An effervescent first half that segues into a softish backend. I didn’t feel the oak foeders have added all that much character to this. Balanced and very tasty, yet I’d go for Caractere Rouge for something with more complexity to offer.

3.3
Trolleo (1619) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 15, 2017
Bit hazy dark red cherry color, minimal sized white head. Sweet cherry aroma. Taste is lots of cherries, more on to sweet side. Thin body, soft carbonation, bit creamy aftertaste. Had better.

4.1
Erzengel (8896) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2017
Bottle shared with Koelschtrinker, Beerhunter111 & Zlotta. Great deep red-woody beginning. Moderate sourness, very deep and round. The wood from the barrel aged Red/Brown Ale is there, the sourness of cherries and dry plums, great and deep. Long typical woody sour Red/Brown Ale aftertaste with not too sour cherries and smooth sour wood. Fantastic.

3.6
ippopotamo36 (2417) - Rome, ITALY - AUG 9, 2017
Tap @Birrifugio Trastevere (Rome). Reddish amber color, quite clear. Ivory foam with great retention. Nose: berries, balsamico, wood. Mouth starts sweet, too sweet imo. The sweet candy goes a bit wilder, sparkling aftertaste, rosee-wine.

3.8
Rask0lnikov (1313) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 4, 2017
750ml bottle. 2017. Pours slightly hazy reddish colour. Thin white head. Berries, cranberries, burnt caramel, sweetness in the aroma. Berries, candy dugar, burnt caramel, baksamico, slight acidity. Cranberries and burnt caramel in the aftertaste. Light bodied, medium carbonated, well drinkable beer. Classical flamish red, but maybe too sweet for my taste.

4.3
cmacklin (1211) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 4, 2017
750ml bottle. (5.6% ABV) Pours a hazy ruby-red with a medium, creamy, long lasting, light pink head that leaves curtains of lace. Sour aroma of cherries, vinegar and oak. Sweet fruity flavour of cherries, red wine and oak with a dry, tart, mildly acidic finish. Light body with a thin texture and average carbonation. Fantastic, a world class Sour Red ale.

3.5
Rune (12989) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2017
Many thanks to djoeye for sharing a big bottle, 6 % abv, of this classic beer. A white-pinkish head resting over a clear ruby-red body. Spotty lacing. Inviting mid-dry berry fruity aromas. Taste of raspberry, wood, and mid-tart marmalade. Tart, sweet and dry berry fruit to the ending. Rounded mouth feel. Well bodied. Pleasant. (Rating session with Finn and djoeye, Tromsø 26.07.2017).

4.2
larsniclas (7108) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2017
Bottled from Systembolaget. ABV 5.6%. Thx Christian Clear red/copper with a small head. Sweet and sour in both aroma and flavour along with cherries and wood.

3.8
Beerhunter111 (21515) - P´Castle, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2017
Bottle shared with Zlotta and Koelschtrinker. Leicht trübes dunkel bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit einer mittelgroßen weißen schaumkrone. Geruch nach sauren Beeren, Himbeeren, Kirschen, leicht holzig. Geschmack ist mild säuerlich, reife Himbeeren, erstaunlich süffig, toll.


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