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First taste of Rodenbach. It's past best by date. Is it bad?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by lookrider, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. lookrider

    lookrider Advocate (510) Pennsylvania Apr 22, 2007 Verified

    Hi all. I've been wanting to try a Flanders Red and tonight I just picked up a sixer of Rodenbach. As I was about to pour the first one, I noticed that the Best before date was 10/6/2010 or over 2 years ago! Does this beer age well? I know it's supposed to be a sour but I get a vingar smell and taste. Is that the way they taste or is it too old? Thanks for any advice.
  2. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Advocate (705) Florida Jul 15, 2011 Verified

    Does it have a good sour taste or a bad sour taste? I've seen people describe a vinegar taste in sour beers before, so it's hard to say. Rodenbach usually isn't too sour smelling though
  3. I had a 1960's rodenbach that tasted great, FYI.

    It does have a vinegary smell and taste.
  4. That is my experience with the beer as well, quite vinegarey. I'm not much of a fan of this one.
  5. lookrider

    lookrider Advocate (510) Pennsylvania Apr 22, 2007 Verified

    Thanks guys. I think I'll suck down another and see how much it grows on me
  6. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Advocate (685) Ohio Feb 27, 2007

    A lot of traditional flanders reds and oud bruins aren't really sour at all- the sour is pretty much vinegar. Duchesse De Bourgogne is another one like this (at least to my palate). Rodenbach was a vinegary experience for me as well.
  7. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,440) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    It's supposed to be sour. That could be vinegar-like to some people. It's fine.