Rodenbach Alexander | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium
rodenbach.be

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flanders Red Ale- a blend of 1/3 young and 2/3 two-year old ale matured in oak foeders, that is macerated with sour cherries.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#364
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
774
pDev:
7.01%
 
 
Wants:
212
Gots:
155
Trade:
16
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Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Snowcrash000
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby red coloration with a small, creamy head. Smells of sweet and slightly tart cherries with some light esters in the background. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by a mostly sweet, but slightly tart cherry flavour. There are some light earthy, woody notes and just a hint of estery spice to this as well, but the cherry is quite dominant. Finishes quite sweet, with slightly tart cherries lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. I honestly prefer Grand Cru over this, which is just too sweet and one-dimensional, to be honest. The cherry fruitiness is quite intense, too intense for my taste. What saves this is a decent tartness that almost balances out the sweetness, but almost, mind you.

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Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Had this beer on-tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, poured into a snifter glass. Had a dark, reddish color and a somewhat hazy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An enticing aroma of cherries, oak, Belgian yeast, and some other fruits.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of Belgian yeast (not overly pronounced), a ton of sour cherries, some mild oak notes (mostly in the finish), and a light vinous quality. Cherries, cherries, and more cherries - that's what this flavor's about. It's not one-dimensional by any means, with the inclusion of the oak barrel aging. Complex and tasty.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an extremely likable, easy to drink beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of frozyn
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, translucent ruby/garnet color with an off-white head that has a slight rose/pink tint that quickly dissipates.

Sour cherries, a little sweetness, and vanillin. A light maltiness at the end of the scent. Some definite oak character.

Sweet and sour cherries, tart acidity, some jaminess/slight candy sweetness. Vinous. Some earthiness as it gets warm, but it’s much more a clean beer than something funky. Quite complex in the way the flavors interact throughout the sip and letting it sit on the tongue for a bit.

Nice carbonation, delightful tartness. Easy drinking medium body. Slight feeling of acetic acid at the back of the throat.

Love this beer. Really delicious. Each time I’ve had the chance to drink this, it’s been a great experience.

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Photo of emincems
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aleigator
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark red colored beer with a pinkish head, which collides to a film of lacing.

Smell of jammy, acetic cherries is profound on the nose. This gets more complex due to old leather, spiced wood and toasted cherry piths.

Has a very effervescent, lighter mouthfeel, making this, despite its sweetness, quite refreshing.

Tastes of sweet cheery jam with an uprising tartness to it, turning a bit acetic, mellowed by oak, once the beers sourness becomes more apparent on the tongue. Has a mineralic, effervescent middle part, blending sweet and sour together quite well, with just the lightest amount of funk showing. Finishes heavier on the tartness with the cherries continuing to shine, developing complexity from dried earth and smoky stone piths.

This displays an intense use of cherries, ranging from very sweet to surprisingly sour with its focus staying on the fruits throughout with a sparkly balance. It also got the typical rodenbach acidity, less pronounced though compared to their other beers and well entangled into the leading cherry fruitiness.

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Photo of RBuckley73
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beersgud
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnsons1
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bum4ever
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Very good looking beer. When you poor it starts as a light brown with a tint of red and a lot of head, but as the beer settles it changes to a dark Burgundy hue while the head dissipates and leaves some lacing.
Smell - Pleasant. A touch of sourness with some oak and fruit. Smell lets you know the balance of the beer you are about to consume
Taste - Absolutely dynamite Flanders red. Extremely well rounded, everything compliments the other attributes. A nice cherry taste with a beautiful oaky dark taste and a slightly sour overall taste and very minimal bitterness. An absolutely outstanding sour beer.
Feel - Nice and light despite the complexity of the taste. Leaves me wanting more after every sip.
Overall - One of the best representation of a Flanders style red you can find. At $15 for a 750 ml it's worth every penny.

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Photo of Andarel
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bruno74200
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Alexander... Grand Cru with sour cherries, I had a lot of expectations with this one. Anyway a classy beer.

Wonderful look for this beer. I don't easily give perfect rating for the look of a beer but this one is damn near perfection.
Perfectly clear red to dark red colour. Consistent two finger white head.

From the nose you've got a restrained sourness then cherry upfront. It almost smells like a red candy

As it warms up the beer gains in complexity. Sour cherry upfront, some citrus tartness is present too but balanced by some candy sweetness. You get some vinous notes as in Rodenbach Grand Cru but this one is not about that. It's a liquid candy.
The balance is perfect.

My oh my this mouthfeel... First you've got a bite on the tip of your tongue then the a smooth impression comes all over your mouth. The carbonation is important for a barrel aged beer.

Overall this is not the classy Caractère Rouge, this is the kind of beer which reminds you of your tender childhood. Thank you Brouwerij Rodenbach!

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Photo of Eziel
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sigmund
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared 750 ml bottle at local tasting, many thanks to gunnar. ABV is 5.6%. Red colour, slightly peachy head. Lovely vinous aroma and flavour, notes of red wine vinegar and berries, marzipan and cherries. Very complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergorrilla
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaphog
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful amber color with nice carbonation, head and lacing .
I just sat here and enjoyed an entire bomber from a snifter glass and it is one of the most enjoyable sippers . This brew is the closest thing to wine that you may find .
Highly recommended to any Belgian Red fan .
OUTSTANDING !!! :)

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice red flanders that tastes less acidic and more fruity than regular versions of Rodenbach or even Grand Cru. Very smooth and easy to drink it can be enjoyed by itself or with some food. Oakiness is kept at a very low level that is hardly perceivable.

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Photo of morrowd3
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JOBEERFB
3.79/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matthewsween
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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