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Rodenbach Alexander | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Alexander Rodenbach Alexander
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:
#259
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
693
pDev:
7.01%
Bros Score:
4.84
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

6000th review! 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/19/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge sweet/sour/tangy red/black cherries, raspberry, apricot, plum, lemon, green apple, red grapes, almond, fruit skin/pits, hay, straw, grass, oak, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, cherries, dark/bready malt, and oak notes; with big strength. Taste of huge sweet/sour/tangy red/black cherries, raspberry, apricot, plum, lemon, green apple, red grapes, almond, fruit skin/pits, hay, straw, grass, oak, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sweet/sour/tangy red/black cherries, raspberry, apricot, plum, lemon, green apple, red grapes, almond, fruit skin/pits, hay, straw, grass, oak, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Insane complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, cherries, dark/bready malt, and oak flavors; with an amazing malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with zero puckering flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from fruit tang/tartness and oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is insane. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.6%. Overall this is a mind blowing fruited Flanders red ale style. All around insane complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, cherries, dark/bready malt, and oak flavors; very smooth and amazingly easy to drink, with the mellowly lactic/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Extremely rich, jammy, ripe cherry flavors; with perfectly balanced malt, wild yeast, and oak foeder presence. Not overly lactic, with great well rounded Brett complexity. This a perfect example of the style in every way. One of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Samdaddy
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gardner254
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucoli
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craftaholic
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little too sweet for me but nice and tart!

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Photo of Nunya
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of beertunes
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cork & Caged 750 poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a lightly hazy dark red color, with a bit over a half-inch of reddish-khaki colored head that had moderate retention, and left light lacing.

The aroma had an immediate blast of cherries, with oak behind that, blended with a pleasant base tartness. On the tongue, it was all that and more. Lots of cherry flavor all across the palate, enough oak for a counter-point, and just enough sourness to intrigue, but not become tiresome.

The body was light and crisp, with a finish that started lightly sweet, but ended crisply dry. Drinkability was awesome, with it's low ABV, knocking back the 750 was no chore at all. Overall, a great beer, truly great. A must try, no matter your favorite style.

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Photo of gman1602
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice and tart but very accessible with a great cherry finish. Pour is perfect for the style and the smell is a nice hit of those tart cherries with some ascetic acid spice. Taste goes down with sour tartness upfront and sweet cherry at the back and a lingering finish of vinegar which works very well.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roguer
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly good head production and retention. Brew is a clear brown color with pink highlights.

Nose is sour and funky, like any Rodenbach. A touch less vinous than Grand Cru. Cherries, tannins, oak, vinegar.

Smoother and less sour on the palate, and a touch sweeter. Cherries more prominent on the back third. Quite drinkable, with moderate puckering, restrained sweetness, lovely cherries and oak, and just a touch of rustic funk.

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4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sinzanasti
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of knicks19947
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sanchezrox23
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petrusek23
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Franziskaner
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish amber hued with a fingernail of beige around the rim and most of the middle of the top. The aroma is horse blanket and tart cherries. I'm tasting those lovely tart cherries, plenty of funk, raspberries, and a touch of dark malt. The mouth is acidic and moderately carbonated.

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4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattsander
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foggy garnet with a thin, barely pinkish-tan foam that quickly recedes to a thin ring.

Smell is slightly smoky oak, but also grape and raspberry Gushers.

Alexander splashes onto the palate all jammy and juicy with a pretty fruity, not very tart raspberry-like cherry essence. There's also not as much oak as I'd expected, and overall Alexander is a lot less like the Flanders Reds that I'm used to. Tartness and slight oak do emerge with time as complexities bloom with a little peppery, lactic edge.

This one has light carbonation with a wet middle and a semi-dry, sticky-lipped finish.

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4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Rodenbach Alexander from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 693 ratings
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