Saturday, May 7, 2011

Rodenbach Classic Red (2011 original review)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (627) - Albany, USA - APR 29, 2011
I poured a 330ml can into an oversize wine glass.

Appearance: Beautiful mahogany hue, mostly hazy but translucent. Forms a small, off-white, soapy head that fizzles away quick and doesn’t retain or lace very well.

Smell: Almost exactly like grape juice. A very sour/tart scent with a distinct grape or berry aroma. Not as cutting as some more potent beers, it’s actually very inviting.

Taste: I’ve never tasted a beer that was so close to red win with such a low ABV. Rodenbach is technically a Flanders Red and not a dubbel so it has the lighter, crisper body with the vinous qualities coming from the niche yeast strain. It’s noticeably tart, somewhat sour, but surprisingly sweet throughout. The juicy/fruity scents are equally present in the mouth, with just a slight bitterness on the second half. The sourness lingers lightly so it’s enough to notice, but doesn’t go to any extremes. A very tasty beer in many ways!

Mouthfeel: thin, slightly sharp but not like a liquid sword.

Drinkability: This is probably one of the best starter sour beers available today. The fruit and juice flavors and thin mouthfeel make it easy to drink as it slides across the tongue with no resistance. The beer is only 5.2% ABV and the palate is restrained enough that it isn’t a sipper, although I can be drank as such and still be enjoyable.

Overall, a very impressive beer. Especially considering it come in a can!

Grade: 8/10 

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