Rodenbach Alexander
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #419
4.42 | pDev: 7.01%
Mar 10, 2022
Oct 19, 2001
Rodenbach AlexanderRodenbach Alexander
Notes: 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.
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4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a muddy, near opaque, burgundy-brown with a berry hue to it. Head is a couple fingers of off-white foam. Aroma is cherries right off the bat. They're ripe, semi-sweet, with a funky, tart after taste. Oak, earthy malts, vinegar, and stone fit in behind cherries, but cherries steal the show. There is a brief hint of yeast esters, adding a little further sweetness to the total. Acidity is kept in check, countered by the bold, thick cherries.

Flavor profile is still cherry led, but it diverts to more of a twangy, funky, sour profile. Despite this funky finish, the cherries lead a sugary sweet start. These cherries lean into a fleshy, fruity taste, alongside black cherry. Stone, grass, earthy malts, and oak fill in the gaps, but make no mistake, this is The Cherry show. Sourness is very light, creating just enough to cause a minor and brief jaw twinge of tightness, and then lets the palate and tension go. Acidity starts to accelerate about half way through each sip, building to the finish, although it's kept within balance of the beer.

Mouth feel has a velvety effervescence, that is to say, tight bubbles that come across consistent and constant. Thickness is medium. Overall, this is an incredibly well done Flanders Red Ale, or "sour". It's got just enough lactic sour twist at the end to create contrast, and give it the 'sour' moniker, but not enough to distort the tongue, or wreck the palate. Cherries are just divine here.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegelau tulip from a 11.2oz bottle.

Mar 10, 2022
4 by TLA from Pennsylvania on Mar 05, 2022
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4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by dnmyrick from Minnesota

I'm gonna be brief. I hate sours. I love this. Nuff said.

Feb 06, 2022
4.92 by dmwils from Massachusetts on Feb 01, 2022
4.31 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Jan 23, 2022
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4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by misteil from Ireland

great use of cherry, the sweetness nicely cuts the serious acidity of the beer, salty, vinegar, wood, red wine, some brown bread, lovely levels of sourness, no real bitterness to report, medium bodied, highly carbonated, dry, not quite as nice as the grand cru in my opinion but still a very nice beer, need to get my hands on the caractère rouge now

Jan 07, 2022
4.48 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Dec 25, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by chinchill from South Carolina

11.2 oz bottle served in a beer goblet.
Appearance. Clear brownish and orangish red body with a very durable off-white head that displays a touch of pink.
Mouthfeel. Excellent! Smooth with seemingly perfect carbonation.
Aroma. Fruity with a clear cherry note. There's a hint of oak and a faint suggestion of vinegar.
Flavor. Wow. Pretty amazing and balanced mix of sweet and tart, both at relatively high levels. Plenty of sweet and sour cherry notes with numerous minor notes that heighten interest and complexity.

Nov 30, 2021
3.85 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 27, 2021
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Nov 14, 2021
4 by Birdlegs from Washington on Nov 06, 2021
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4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by SBS

Right from the pour there is an apple cider vinegar aroma. The smell is a bit more sweet than the normal vinegar scent. The look is similar to an amber which makes sense because of the cherries. There is a bit of a tart taste at the beginning with high carbonation. This is a good beer with a great taste. The flavor profile is clean and transitions well from the front to back. There is a tart, clean, and final sweet taste. Definitely a beer I'd drink again and would share as a recommendation for sours.

Oct 20, 2021
4.44 by Dgman8053 from New York on Oct 11, 2021
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3.03/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by RaulMondesi from California

Plain and simple: this beer doesn’t vibe with Raul (or vice versa). It pretty much tastes like cough syrup to me. Good and smooth cough syrup, but cough syrup. Think of a liquid Flinstones vitamin that’s organic.

Aug 20, 2021
4.5 by arzt from Russian Federation on Jul 30, 2021
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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
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours a clear russet brown ruby highlights; the head builds to three fingers and has a slight orange tint; streaks and squiggles of lacing

Smell: Sour cherry, oak and vanilla; hints of caramel and chocolate

Taste: There is a really interesting blend of the fresh sweet cherry and deeply complex oak/vanilla/sour cherry that sways back and forth across the tastebuds; hints of chocolate and caramel; the finish is tart but there is some residual sweetness to complement

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: This is really good and l love the contrasting elements

Jun 23, 2021
4.75 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Jun 14, 2021
4.19 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Jun 10, 2021
4.39 by Kiro from Russian Federation on May 26, 2021
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4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by colts9016 from Idaho

Review 1512
I am hoping to finish my night with an awesome beer. I have seen this beer time and time again, I have never picked it up until today. The beer is 44 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer created a light tan one-fingered head. The retention of the head is excellent and left some lacing on the glass; furthermore, the head is rocky, billowy, and creamy.
The color is a reddish mahogany hue, probably from the cherries in the beer. The beer is clear with some carbonation activity. The beer is beautiful. Looking forward to consuming it.

Initial aromas in the beer are cherries, vinegar ( in a good way), oak, and fruity sweetness. Nosing further I smell, cereal grains, lemons, oak, earthiness, and some floral esters.

The flavors in the beer are cherries, lemons, sourness (acidic vinegar-like), fruity sweetness, floral esters, earthiness, oak, lightly, and toasted malts.

The body of the beer is tart and bright.

The mouthfeel of the beer is light, medium carbonation, and full finish.

This beer is amazing. I can not believe I did not drink this beer before today. I love this beer it bright, tarty, and flavorful. I could drink this beer all the time. This beer will be my staple beer.

May 03, 2021
4.13 by Rothobinide from California on Mar 22, 2021
4.25 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina on Mar 20, 2021
2 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 19, 2021
4.5 by ahbithwabm from Illinois on Mar 18, 2021
4.53 by Dweedlebug from Pennsylvania on Mar 04, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

Bottled: 06/20/17

L: Pours a deep amber to amber brown with good clarity. A gentle pour results in a nice finger of rouge head that quickly falls to a 2 mm ring around the glass leaving no lacing as the beer recedes.

S: Cherries, red wine vinegar, a hint of acidity, and just the lightest note of oak (barley perceptible on first pour but becomes more apparent as the beer warms). The nose is dominated by cherry, seems a bit faded, and lacks the complexity of the palate.

T: Waves of sweet cherry and maybe some notes of sweet red grape on the front end flowing into the mid palate where there are some earthy tobacco notes. The back end presents a light spiciness, a note of woody funk, and a gentle sourness that balances out the preceding sweetness.

F: I get a medium body with carbonation on the low side of medium but still imparting a bit of zippiness. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel that becomes more syrupy as the beer warms. The finish has a light vinous quality and a bit of dryness.

O: I am not sure what the suggested serving temp is for Alexander, but in my opinion the complexity of the palate fully revealed itself once the beer had had a good 10 to 15 minutes in the glass from fridge temp. On the other hand the mouthfeel loses it's gentle creaminess and zip as the beer warms. I would love to try a fresher version of this as I felt the 3.75 years age negatively impacted the beer a bit: especially the nose, but also the palate slightly. Even edging up on 4 years old this is still a great beer which is a testament to the skill of the brewers. Recommended.

Mar 01, 2021
3.78 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Feb 07, 2021
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4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by -steve- from Canada (ON)

Always exciting to pick up a world class beer at the LCBO in Ontario. Mostly because it happens too infrequently IMHO. This slightly cloudy ruby red beauty smells of cherry and vanilla atop a slightly vinegar backdrop. The blend of the tart sour and sweet cherries is divine. Wow, that is smooth. Vanilla and oak finish. Heavenly.

Jan 23, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by oldmankoch from Tennessee

Excellent interplay of sweet meets sour; creating an almost umami flavor. Good amount of funk/horse-blanket that is enveloped by lovely crisp cherry. Great beer! Do wish it was just a touch more tart...otherwise incredible. So happy to find this in 4-pack bottles.

Dec 25, 2020
4.38 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Nov 28, 2020
4.63 by wc94wc from California on Nov 26, 2020
4.5 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Nov 20, 2020
4.31 by DaPan from Canada (ON) on Nov 13, 2020
4.05 by Allurex from Kansas on Nov 05, 2020
Photo of Anders91
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Anders91 from California

Look: ruby red hue, medium white head

Smell: cherries, apple cider vinegar, and a slight oat note

Taste: follows the nose very closely

Feel: smooth small bubbles

Nov 02, 2020
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4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the bottle, it pours a slightly hazy reddish brown/ruby color with a modest, though long lasting head. In the nose, it is cherry forward. In the mouth, it is smooth and creamy, with abundant cherry notes and a sourish tang. Wow!

Oct 28, 2020
4.37 by yuno from New York on Oct 17, 2020
4.42 by Insomniac from Canada (ON) on Aug 02, 2020
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