Rodenbach Alexander
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #320
4.43 | pDev: 7%
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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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colts9016 from Idaho

4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Monday at 03:42 AM
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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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-steve- from Canada (ON)

4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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Anders91 from California

4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this on a checklist since reading Michael Jackson’s review so many years ago. Finally showed up as a single. Delighted by availability and low cost, yet unprepared for just how good this beer is. Wonderfully smooth richly complex Flanders ale. The depth of cherries surrounded by wood, gentle tannins and hints of vanilla and tartness was extraordinary. Went extremely well with cheeses.
Will be seeking this out more aggressively now that I know what a special beer this is.

Aug 01, 2020
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mactrail from Washington

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

Beautiful amber tinged red brew. Cherry adds such a wonderful color to beers. Plentiful foam in the Affligem chalice. Lovely sudsy, creamy mouthfeel that adds to the pleasure of the best Belgians. Taste is all cherry with a dark undertone and that woody barrel flavor.

Rather sweet, lip smacking, but countered by a wild taste and an edge of acidity. I think brewers forget what a real "sour" should be. It's all about the balance of sharp and mellow, instead of the ghost of fruit circling a vinegar skeleton. A great fruity brew that everyone interested in beer should try.

From the 11.2 oz bottle picked up at a local beer store. Costs less than Modern Times IPAs! I think it's time to go back to Belgian beers for some re-education and recalibration after about a hundred too many murky hop sloshes.

Jun 21, 2020
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting on this one for a few years. Finally opened it up and I’m pretty mad at myself for waiting so long. Perfect beer for a hot summer day, will be buying more!

May 24, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most sophisticated beers I have had in a very long time.

Absolutely beautiful beer, deep ruby red color, excellent pinkish head and great curtain lacing. Wonderfully fragrant smell of cherries and leather. The taste is incredibly complex and pleasant. Seem almost too sweet at the very first but then the spiciness and earthiness fills your palate, and the overall taste is sweet yet satisfying in a warm, wonderful way. Sweet dark berries! Excellent beer!

May 23, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good God this is good! Brownish red, slim tan head in a tulip... Big, tangy, and juicy - plump and mildly tart cherry and the cleaning tannins of oak - notes of grape and raspberry are bright and highlight the zesty but plump fruit character of this beer... Medium-light-bodied, tingly and sweetly tart - a treat to drink - recommended...

May 21, 2020
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daveonarrival from Canada (ON)

4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No vintage listed on the bottle, but purchased a few months ago, and has a drink by date of March 2021.

L: Deep, ruby red with a garnet-hued halo. The head is off-white and fine, with a little retention. A decent amount of lacing gathered on my tulip glass.

S: Cherry notes are predominant, with a lovely balsamic back. Faint hint of grape popsicle and nail polish but in an appealing way.

T: Bright, tart red cherries again dominate up front. The acetic acid starts to move in, creating a pleasant tartness that's rounded out, giving the overall sensation of a cherry compote. The dry, faintly tannic finish exemplifies the yeast characteristics, and there's a very slight, almost herbaceous bitterness in the finish, which is clean and leaves you wanting another sip.

F: On the lighter side, with some nice tingle from the carbonation and, of course, the acid.

O: I was a big fan of Rodenbach before I tried the Alexander, and this just became my favourite beer from them. Great balance of flavours that give this beer enough refinement to be enjoyed alongside a fine dinner or on its own.

May 13, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not really sure what vintage this is, but the production code reads JD 9.071
14 13:06
Somebody let me know if they can decipher this, but my guess would be 2014

Pours a pretty dark brown, a bit of red and purple light shining through, about a finger of pink tinted head that fades to a cap pretty quickly, a swirl brings it back to life

Real sweet cherries in the aroma, almost candy like with a hint of barrel aged funk, but not much else going on aroma wise, other than an occasional vinegar note which is off-putting in this context

The taste bounces back and forth constantly between tart and sweet cherries making for an interesting drinking experience. Some other dark fruit flavors like plum and a caramel sweetness come into play as well. Not overly complex, but genius in its simplicity

Assuming this is a 6 year old vintage, the carbonation is still pretty much in tact. Not over the top, but enough to keep it from getting too heavy, which could easily happen, as this finishes just a bit too sweet. The tart counterpoint is there, but even its candy like character contributes to the sweetness

Overall I thought I would enjoy this more, but for $5 it certainly wasn't a big hit, I've heard of people paying all sorts of prices for this as well. I think a fresher bottle would probably retain its sour character better than this, so I'll be sure to find a fresher bottle, hell, maybe even older vintages. Good stuff nonetheless

Apr 08, 2020
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from, I believe, 2016 - the best-by date is 2019. Oops, my cellar has a way of doing that. Poured into an Oerbier chalice.

L: Clear, brilliant garnet body under an inch of off-white foam. Decent retention, minimal lacing. Worth a high score for the gorgeous color alone.

S: The cherries are still prominent, but have faded significantly from when this was fresh - and that's a good thing. The beautiful aroma of the underlying Flanders Red comes through elegantly, with a perfect balance of rich dark fruits, sweet caramel maltiness, subtle oak, and bright acidity. As it warms, some deeper notes of leather and tobacco appear as well. I can't imagine a better aroma for the style.

T: Most of the complexity of the nose carries through, but with the balance thrown far in the direction of the sweet fruit up front and the bracing acidity on the finish. Sour cherry is the primary flavor, with raspberry balsamic close behind. The depth of the base beer doesn't quite carry through, but it's still pretty damn tasty.

F: A bit on the thin side with a moderate dose of prickly carbonation and a puckering quality. Ok.

O: The aroma alone makes this a standout beer for me, and like all Rodenbach products it suits my tastes excellently. It leaves a bit to be desired only because its flavor can't quite measure up to its world-class aroma. Terrific beer.


Apr 05, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I rated my two other Rodenbach's way below the BA average. I also rate in the red the 11 other Flanders Reds I've had... so I am consistently hardly a fan of the style. But this above average rating of Alexander indicates I might have changed. A dozen of those ratings came as I had just started my BA career and was rapidly recording my notes from a few books representing the world's best beers. Flanders Reds were too foreign to me then... despite being a malt-head. Maybe I've matured.

Or maybe Alexander is just a wonderfully refreshing and complex ale as most reviewers say. Let's say that it is.

Last, let me explain my unusually high OA rating. First, Alexander paired very well with several cheeses and my garlicky vegetable soup; making the meal more interesting. Second, Rodenbach deserves accolades for keeping the brewery and this brewing tradition alive through economic turmoil and wars and, to this day, inspires a new generation of blenders. But don't take my word for it, get a copy of MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" and read his twelve pages using Rodenbach to explain the style. The master selected the masters to describe the style.

Mar 11, 2020
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stunning, glimmering ruby body, slightly hazy; builds a dull, faintly pink head that recedes in a minute to a thin layer.
Sour cherry leaps from the glass, also bringing to mind raspberries, and accompanied by a whisp of must. Smells promising.
Sweet & sour red fruit, yes, but also an indescribable unctuousness, like umami. A fantastic whirlwind of flavours, complex and distinct, but playing off each other beautifully. Almost a sense of vinegary barbecue sauce, or barbecue sauce. Enough acidity to balance the sugars, and linger with a mild burn through the long finish (though it is a little cloying). Medium body and carbonation, fine and effervescent, yet slick and silky.

Huge fan. Loads of flavour, exciting feel. Dial down the sugar a tad and it would be one of top choices.

Mar 08, 2020
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1,850th review. Review from notes. Delighted to have finally found it. 750 ml cork and cage bottle. Best before March 1, 2021. LCBO purchase for $12.75 CDN. Served well chilled into a snifter.

Appearance - Mildly hazy, dark ruby colour with a small finger of off white head and minimal retention. Near carbon copy of the appearance of most other Rodenbach brews.

Smell - Signature, balsamic, woody, oaky aroma with a little extra berry fruit thrown in. Cherry as raspberries most prevalent of those berries.

Taste - Light and tart, fruit with cherries and cranberries and raspberries. A touch of balsamic but much less than the Grand Cru. Some tartness but not too much. A lighter slightly less fruit Caractere Rouge is another way of looking at it.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, carbonation is modestly dry and some astringency from the tartness. Just right to match with the flavor profile.

Overall - World class stuff, yadda ya etc. [Insert comment about Rodenbach's excellence with the Flanders Red]. Another phenomenal beer that is a slightly dialed back Caractere Rouge with a lower ABV for even more drinkability. Getting through the whole bottle was not a problem as it sometimes can be the case with sour beers. Well worth a bottle or two while in stores as sours of this caliber don't come around often.

Jan 30, 2020
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octortus from Canada (ON)

4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL Bottle. ABV 5.6%.
Appearance: Clear cherry red, One finger of frothy beige head with a pink tinge, Under medium carbonation, Ok retention, Collar remains.
Aroma: Raspberry, Red and black cherry, Jolly rancher, Red wine vinegar, Oak, Slight grass/barnyard, Slight green apple, Slightly musty, Well integrated.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Velvet soft, Light carbonation, Mouth coating on finish.
Flavour: Sweet cherry, Candy sweetness, Green apple.
Overall: Very smooth drinking. It's like a less intense (more approachable) Caractère Rouge.

Review: 102

Dec 29, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330ml bottle. It has a dark ruby red body, with a small off-white head with poor retention.

The first impressions of the aroma had a strong whiff of vinegar in it, which died down after a moment. Other than that the aroma feels sweet and sour with fermented cherries in it.

The taste is slightly sweet and pleasantly sour, with cherries and a note of plum in it. Light bitterness. Medium carbonation. Slightly sour aftertaste. It has a nice wine like feeling to it overall.

An excellent red ale with well balanced sourness and sweetness.

Oct 25, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brownish red with ample foamy off white head. Aroma is massive tart cherry, amazing. Sweet with a touch of tartness, this is like adult cherry juice. Very smooth with a slight tanginess on the finish. medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall this is a fantastic beer, will buy again.

12 oz bottle dated 9/27/18
4.5 rating

Oct 18, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At the brewery on tap.
Brown reddish color with a huge beige pink with great retention
Aroma with notes of red grapes, sour cherries, mild wood, raspberries and mild lactic acid.
Flavor with notes of sour cherries, mild acid lactic, a bit of wood, malt sweetness, dark fruits, red grapes and pears. Dry aftertaste with a sour sweet finish.
Light to medium body with carbonation of tiny bubbles.
This is very flavorful and elegant with the friendliest sourness possible and fresh sour cherries notes.

Oct 08, 2019
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Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a combination of ruby and tan with a spritzy tan head that fades quickly. Almost no head exists after the first minute, resembling a still beer.

Aroma: sweet cherry, candy and light oak. There is just enough lactic acid in the nose to hint this might be sour.

Flavor: cherry cough drop candy-like sweetness. There is some sour, but this has been heavily sweetened. This is a desert beer. The cherries come through well. This is fruit forward. The cherries taste natural. Oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, syrupy almost. Very fine carbonation and a spicy sensation.

Overall: very good, but unbalanced toward the sweet side. The cherries come through very well. I don’t get any of the other stone fruit characteristics of standard Rodenbach. Enjoyable, and a good value by comparison to many other fruit sours available and better too.

Sep 26, 2019
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.83/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Deep dark red color, very thin head, excellent thin lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Cherries, fruity, slightly sour. Smells wonderful!

T: Cherries, fruity, juicy, slightly sour. Just WOW!!!

F: Light to medium bodied, lots of flavor. Extremely drinkable.

O: Hands down, the best sour I have ever had. World class.

Aug 27, 2019
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky burgundy with a creamy, off-white head that faded away fairly fast with minimal lacing.
Aroma is dominated by cherry with a sharp acidic note, a touch of funk and some oak presence.
Cherries lead the flavor, followed by an acidic sourness, sweet jam, and a little lingering astringency. Nice balance of sweet and sour.
Mouthfeel is medium and we'll carbonated. Quite dry.

Aug 18, 2019
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Murky cherry, good lacing, good density - red amber glow
S - Things get interesting - oak (no vanilla), vinegar cherries, you can smell the damn acidity
T - This HAS to be healthy for you; like drinking a cherry cider, with vinegar and some oak notes. DAMN.
F - Perfect in almost every way. Jizz in my mouth?
O - Amazeballs beer; if you haven't had it, try it, you're in for a treat.
My new fave Flemish red.

Aug 08, 2019
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