Utrecht Strong Ale - Microbrouwerij Rooie Dop
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4.19/5 rDev +2.7%
330ml bottle. What makes Utrecht the market cornering experts at making/drinking strong ales?
This beer pours a murky, dark orange brick amber colour, with two fingers of bubbly, loosely foamy tan head, which leaves a bunch of random European peninsular (is that Denmark?) lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.
It smells of pungent orange marmalade, candied grapefruit, caramel malt, sticky toffee, pine resin, a further bit of honeydew and cantaloupe fruitiness, and some distinct warming alcohol. The taste is equally heady - orange, mango, and grapefruit concentrate, biscuity, somewhat musty caramel and toffee malt, floral, piney hops, and a well integrated booziness. Simple, and damned good at it.
The bubbles are pretty tight and controlling, the body a stocky medium weight, and rather smooth, with the odd hop tic, but that's alright for now. It finishes off-dry, the gooey malt still well tempered by the stellar citrus, pine, and floral hops.
One well-wrought Yankee strong ale, an almost slavish ode to Arrogant Bastard and the like. Hoppy, malty, all in a barely restrained over-the-top manner, with some duly bristling alcohol. All is contained, but it feels like something just has to give, yet doesn't. Awesome stuff.
11-26-2013 02:38:08 | More by biboergosum
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
Hazy red-brown colour with a smooth, light tan head. Fair head retention.
Big fruity aroma. Lots of malt which then flows into a sharp hoppy aroma. Citrussy and crisp. Nice.
Big malty flavour that bags up with bitterness, yeast esters and hop flavour. Lovely balance. The citrus works well here. The bitterness is lingering.
Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.
A really solid beer. Nice balance of malt and hop that is intense, balanced and delicious.
02-06-2013 10:57:35 | More by dgilks
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam. A local brewery that is defintely making some noise around here.
From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled at De Molen on 30 October 2012
APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, thicker looking, cream-white head with good retention. Head fades to a thin wisp and bubbly ring, sticking to the sides of the glass. Maroon red, opaque, with no carbonation evident. Splotchy wisp and some decent lacing is left down the glass. Good looking beer.
SMELL: Hoppy nose with floral notes, light orange peel, mango, and some pine. Caramel and pale malts in there as well. Bold and hoppy nose for sure, with notes of fruity cantelope and honeydew melon. Good stuff.
TASTE: Piney and floral hops up front, with caramel toffee and some booze through the middle into the swallow. Bold and lingering aftertaste of floral bitterness, pine, as well as some orange peel and mango sweetness. Some piney and grassy hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol lingers. Solid again.
PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Oily body with some lingering bitterness. Good feel.
OVERALL: These guys have done a great job so far. This is a flavorful, hoppy, and well executed beer. There is not much of this stuff around and some of it is being cellared, but I'd beg to have it drunk now, as the hop presence works great in this one right now. Very impressed with the beer and with Rooie Dop in general so far. A welcome addition to Dutch beer culture.
12-20-2012 21:04:31 | More by Jeffo
3.99/5 rDev -2.2%
Thanks to Jeffo for hooking me up with this one! Slightly cloudy amber-orange pour with a one finger+ creamy white head with decent retention and great lacing. Malt forward nose with hints of pine sap, caramel, maple, and tea, along with some subtle mango and brown bread. The taste is malt dominated as well with huge notes of resiny pine along with hints of toffee, orange zest, butterscotch, and mango. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick and syrupy with very little carbonation and a smooth, bitter, slightly boozey finish. Overall, this is a solid interpretation of the style and another great offering from Rooie Dop.
09-05-2013 17:00:30 | More by beerdrifter
4.48/5 rDev +9.8%
Jeffo gave me this. Thanks man.
Poured into my snifter. Great looking dark amber beer. Nice 1.5 finger head.
Smells like an overripe mango that's hanging from a pine tree. It's that nice.
Bitter hops with a nice balance between what the nose promised and the sturdy malt profile
A medium body with a good amount of carbonation
This is a strong ale that wants to be a double ipa. It's awesome and I want more.
Jeffo, you are pretty much the bomb.
12-21-2012 17:02:29 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
Utrecht Strong Ale from Microbrouwerij Rooie Dop
88 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.