Monday, April 9, 2018

Rodenbach Grand Cru


Fill date: 8/8/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 23B Flanders Red Ale

AROMA: Moderately-strong fruit-forward aroma with notes of tart cherry, sour grape and currants. The sourness is present, but only at a moderate strength with a clean lactic acidity. Some Brett character is also noticeable. Malt base is quite bready with an indication of sweetness. Perhaps faint confectionery notes. No hops (none needed). 10/12

APPEARANCE: Slightly hazy deep reddish-brown hue (17-22 SRM). Moderate tan creamy froth retains and laces fairly well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Strong fruity/juicy flavor throughout. Distinct notes of cherry, grape, currant, and slight orange flavor. Sourness is tame at first, but finishes with an acidic bite. Malt base creates for a slightly bready sensation. Certainly sweet, with subtle confectionery notes, though still very well attenuated. Finish is tart from the Brett, though it eventually fades away cleanly and completely. No vinegary notes or phenols. No hop flavor and just the faintest noticeable bitterness. 19/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a creamy texture. Carbonation is low, but does not feel flat or watery. Beer is quite refreshing and remarkably drinkable due to restrained sourness. Makes full use of its 6% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Delicious and highly drinkable, this is an absolute World Class example of the style. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 47/50

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