Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.14/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750ml C&C opened up and poured into CCB snifters to share with 3 friends yesterday, 5/25/2013.
Aroma: Tart and sweet up front. Not like dark fruits like cherries but something more like apple cider but less sweet and more tart. A good bit of vinegar and oak. Not super complex but you can't miss the fact that its a sour beer! You can smell the underlying sweet fruit which boded well for the malt contribution. (4)
Colour: Ugly-looking bubbly reddish brown body that comes with a 2cm tan head that dissipates quickly into the body. Leaves a small sized collar. Lacing is solid but nothing to write home about. As with some of these Flanders reds, the appearance is definitely not the strong suit. (3.5)
Flavour: Very nice! Lots of earthy tartness rolled up into green apples, a bit of raisin, a little cherry and a good bit of oak on the back end. It's not a vinegar bomb by any means. Lots of acidity but it doesn't burn as it goes down, not at all. A well balanced sour'n'sweet beer. (4.25)
Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side, fairly typical for the style I'd say. Well-carbonated with a nice fizziness to it. The aftertaste is basically drying earthy oak flavour. Refreshing but not something you'd want to throw down. (4)
Overall: Excellent sour, very tasty and refreshing. Its not too sweet, not too sour but everything is put together just right to make it a nice sipper on a summer or winter evening, whatever season it is. It's a versatile sour beer that would be a good introduction to sours due to it being balanced and not too over the top.. and the price is right for a barrel-aged Belgian sour- $8-12 for a 750ml is a great deal. (4.25)
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2013 08:34:37 | More by Stevedore
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