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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#345
Reviews:
223
Ratings:
805
pDev:
6.79%
 
 
Wants:
212
Gots:
157
Trade:
16
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Photo of Renobrew
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of garymuchow
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was so good is gave me chills on my first take. The smoothness of both the feel and the blending of the flavors is striking. The soft tart cherries with the foundational flanders ale and all it's fruitiness is superb. Seems like it could be too much but it's not. Just enough tart to cut the sweetness. The carbonation was perfect. Tight soft bubbles allow the flavors to burst on drinks and yet ran smooth down the back. The aroma was quite good, but not dissimilar to other cherry fruit beers I've had (such as New Glarus). It did not stand out as much.
Excellent beer and worth the price.

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Photo of steverx8
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AllOfTheCats
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 limited edition poured from a 750ml bottle. Pours an amber color with little head. A small bubbles ring clings to the glass and remains there for the entirety of the session. Smells like a sour fruit roll-up. The taste is magnificent and I immediately think this is impressive. Getting cherries, some wood, a muted mustiness that prevents the beer from becoming too tart - could be due to the age, too. Great mouthfeel - very smooth and not too carbonated. Really enjoyed this beer and wish I had picked up more. At the time, I thought it was a little expensive, but all bigger bottles are becoming expensive these days. $20/ea. Would and will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Pacioli1445
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deac83
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of addiwilliams
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Epiktetos
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kingjohnh
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(on tap at Pinocchio's 9th anniversary event... served in a 5 oz snifter)

First sampling in an afternoon of small samplings... the ripping sour bites then hugs the tongue up front, shocking it still while an electrifying, cherry-kissed, silky malt juice floods past... carries a bit more body than expected, bit of a subtle residual trail of sugars and acids in the finish, but is otherwise a force... seems to reflect some of the best character or the standard red and the grand cru... certainly sold me on buying a bottle, as the flavors are excellent and it'd be nice to get a larger sip

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

Photo of Tcsox
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

A: dark cherry color with some nice ruby red notes. Thin, tan head

S: dark cherries, tart vinegar and cherry. Oak, fig, sweet malt, and more tart cherries

T: huge hit of cherry. Tart and sweet. Sweet malt and oak. A little bit of tart vinegar. Sweet cherries at the end

M: medium/heavy with high carbonation

O: real good. It’s sweet and tart in perfect harmony. Easy to drink, but not too light

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

Photo of gopens44
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hard to not think of wine when smelling this, as the a dominant trait of oak, followed by massive cherry. Finally it settles out with the nuances of oak coming through, like the leathery tannins and the wood itself. Tart immediately before the cherry kicks in, and not too dumb down an otherwise classic beer but it really tastes like cherry sweet tart candies. Beyond that, a darker cherry morphs into a slight raisin before it finishes wet and with a light bit of flavor on the tongue. Like the flavor left behind from a cherry snow cone.

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

Photo of Sammy
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely perfect. Tart cherry, well integrated. Smells like a white wine and drinks like a good red wine. Spicy, as good a sour red as can be.Thanks Phil.

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Photo of metter98
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is rather hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that left a patch of white bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cherries are present in the nose along with notes of sourness and hints of oak.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of cherries and a bit of associated sweetness and then continues with flavors of cherries and a light amount of sourness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has pleasant aromas and flavors of cherries and the taste has a very good balance between sweetness and sourness.

Serving type: bottle

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

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

Bottled 06/20/2017, it pours red copper color with a 2 finger foamy beige colored head that crackled and dissipated on the fast to average side, leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of cherry, fruit punch, yeast, graham crackers, the warm inside of a cherry pie, green apple, light funk, white wine and oaky notes. Not sweet at all, and not really sour or tart smelling, this is quite fruity, yet complex with a lot of earthy notes which come off slightly boozy as it warms.

Tastes of dark cherry, Maraschino cherry, fruit punch, yeast, graham crackers, biscuit, cherry pie (including the crust), green apple, light funk, mild peppery spices, raspberry, white wine, fruity candy or a fruit roll up, and then trailing oaky notes. Hints of Cherry Coke and syrup pop up in some sips, as well as some mild booze which seems like a mimosa with red wine or carbonated red sangria. The mouthfeel is smooth with mild carbonation, a slight tartness and lots of fruity flavors that trail off with a slight sour pucker while remaining extremely easy to drink.

This brew has been on my hit list for a few years and it was as good as advertised. Overall it was complex and very tasty, and if it wasn't so expensive I'd drink it monthly as I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sweet tart cherries, oak, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate notes

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