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Alexander - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

85 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 157
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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Reviews by davod23:
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davod23

California

4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Cantillon wine glass. A good beer for Review #100.

Pour is a deep brown-gold color, with slight hints of ruby. Virtually no head, as most of the bubbles that arise were due to the vigor of the pour. Good clarity.

Smell is pretty nice, I must say. Sour cherries, balsamic vinegar, a vague sweetness. Hints of random fruitiness in there too, perhaps strawberries.

Taste is better. Very nice. Perfect balance between sweet and sour, just like a good Flanders red should be. Sweet and sour cherries, raspberries, vinegar, sweet malt. Nice balance of acetic and lactic. There's a slight bit of oxidation here, but it doesn't detract much... just adds a layer of sherry complexity.

Mouthfeel - I'm going to dock it a little bit, but not too much because of the age of the bottle. It would have been better to have a few more bubbles, which would have lightened the load considerably. As it is, it's a bit heavy on the palate... but only just.

Overall - Really great experience, honestly. This bottle is about 14 years old, I think, and it's held up really well. It's a travesty that this isn't brewed anymore, because it's probably a better beer than any other Rodenbach offering around today. If this beer is as good as I think it is when it's fresh, I would have it on hand all the time.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 20:04:17 | More by davod23
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle poured into a Alexander flute glass. This bottle is from the first bottling produced in 1986 to commemorate the breweries 150th anniversary by naming the beer after one of it's founders. Stored in a cool wine cellar in Belgium since being purchased in the 1980s. Has a consume by date that isn't visibly marked but only goes up to 1988, now it's about 26 years old.

A- Pours a fairly translucent reddish brown with about two fingers worth of white frothy head that has excellent retention (not even considering it's age) leaving spotty white lacing along the sides of the glass and receding to a thin layer. After all these years there is still perfect carbonation with excellent consistency, even after 10 minutes sitting in the glass it hasn't died down. This beer has held up remarkably well, by appearance it doesn't even look like it's more then two years old nevermind 28 years.

S- After taking the cap off a burst of intense fruity sour cherries escapes from the bottle. Once letting it settle the cherries die down a bit but still remain very present along with some vinegar, hint of must, and very light (almost undetectable behind the cherries) cardboard oxidation in the back.

T- Very fruity tart cherries, light balanced vinegar, touch of oak and some very light cardboard oxidation that balances out the cherry sweetness, finishes with smooth balanced sweet cherry syrup flavor. The amount of cherry presence in this is absolutely insane, tastes like it was brewed a year ago nevermind 30 years ago.

M- Medium bodied, slightly syrupy, fairly minimal carbonation, very easy drinking.

O- This beer completely blew me away, I've never given a beer all 5s but this deserves that and more. The fact that this was brewed 30 years ago (aged two years in barrels before being bottled in '86) is almost unbelievable. This beer still has more of a cherry presence then most cherry fruited beers brewed only a year ago. It's a shame this isn't made anymore, however the bottles that do exist seem like they could hold up forever. Definitely seek this out if you can!

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Huge thank you to Andrew MacWilliams for sharing the small 33cl bottle with myself and two others. Not sure if its the 96' or 2000 bottling.

The beer pours a nice lighter brown color tinged red with a great golden core, and a good ring of bubbly head around the glass. Nice clean look.

The smell reminds me of an apple cider farm near my parents house in north Connecticut, it has that earthy apple rind with a nice tinge of sour cherry and hints of vinegar. A very nice smell that shows no signs of oxidation or age surprisingly.

The taste has a very warming and supple flavor, almost like a hot mulled cider with some light spice and definite apple cherry fruit notes, a nice light vanilla oak overtone presides over all. A nice touch of tartness and vinegar too that is not overpowering but compliments the fruit and malt very well. The age has actually added a very composed roundness as opposed to a mustyness which I found really pleasant. A very refined beer, it almost drinks like a fine aged red wine.

The feel is very nice, enough carbonation and enough body for the style, it's elegant and silky on the palate.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised how composed and settled this beer was, if only there was more to drink!

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33 cL bottle poured into duchesse de Bourgogne goblet.

Beer pours a beautiful ruddy, amber brown color with a small, but adequate, layer of white lace. The nose is amazing....sweet and sour cherries, dry oak, a slight bit of musty funk, a touch of sweet apple. The smell is absolutely sublime and very complex. The taste is sweet dark cherry with a slight bit of vinegary sourness to balance it. I also get just the right amount of barrel character, very smoothing. Everything about this beer is in perfect balance. Still perfectly carbonated for being 14 years old. This beer has held up incredibly well, and this is one of the masterpieces of brewing. This is an absolutely phenomenal sour that I wish was still in production.

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M: Mellow, smooth mouthfeel.

O: A sipper, a true gourmet, dessert bier!

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Alexander from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
98 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.