Friday, February 20, 2015

Rodenbach (2015 re-review)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1285) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Rodenbach is a classic Flanders Red, and pretty much invented the style single-handedly. And while not the most delicious sour ever made, it’s definitely a safe bet and makes for a great introduction to the style.

I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a flute glass. It had a best by date of 9/7/15 and cost $4.49 ($0.40 per ounce).

Appearance: Hazy shade of cherry red/rusty mahogany. Murky, but no sediment. Pours to a two-finger, tan, soapy head which mostly dissipates but still leaves some lacing.

Smell: Oak aroma with dark fruits and berries. Slight vinegar or Brett-like character.

Taste: Palette begins with a light sourness with a dark fruit flavor. Raspberry, black currants and other tart berries and dark fruit flavors are noticeable. The oak flavor is pronounced as well, complementing the natural fruity flavors from the bacteria and yeast (there’s no actual fruit used in the brewing of this beer). Little to no hop flavor or bitterness, with a strong tart sensation on the finish. Some confectionery notes of chocolate and toffee or caramel emerge in the aftertaste momentarily. Some notes of vinegar, too, but it’s quite faint and easily tolerable. Definitely a tasty beer.

Drinkability: I tend to associate sour beers with big beers, so I’m always impressed when a fairly sessionable brew like Rodenbach – at only 5.2% ABV – is sour. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with a virtually clean aftertaste (a little too clean, actually). Not really refreshing (unless drank ice cold – which would kind of defeat the purpose). 
Grade: 8/10

NOTE: Read (and watch) my 2011 original review here:

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