Rodenbach Alexander
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #413
4.42 | pDev: 7.01%
May 30, 2023
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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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A 750ml corked and caged bottle. Poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.

Appearance: A nice clear maroon red colour with a half finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly white leaving only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Tart, cherry, strawberry, oak, with notes of vanilla and fruit vinegar.

Taste: Lightly sour, sweet, cherry, strawberry, oak, and fruit vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Good enjoyable aroma and flavours that is balanced and very fruity. My preference is still Caractère Rouge though.
May 30, 2023
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
330 ml bottle poured into a Tulip.

L: Hazy, red-hued brown, 2 finger pink head, fizzy foam has moderate retention, lively pour.
S: Nose is mild but pleasant, light berry, rainwater and spicy hop aromas.
T: Medium-high lactic sweetness, no bitterness, notes of red fruit (cherries/berries), hint of oak, finishes sour with the sweetness drying quite a bit.
F: Light bodied, smooth and slightly soft, hardens a bit toward the finish, no bite, somewhat chewy.
O: Good, never gets too sour for my palate and remains easy to drink, seems similar to a Fruit Lambic.
May 08, 2023
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Rodenbach Alexander pours a reddish/brownish color with lots of bubbles and not much head. The aroma is the tart cherry. The flavor is big tart and prominent sweet cherry notes, almost candy-like, that linger just a bit on the palate. Great feeling. Overall, a sweeter Flanders red with a tart kick. Lots of cherry flavors.
May 04, 2023
Rated: 5 by myterpsr1 from Maryland

Apr 10, 2023
Rated: 4.44 by JamarcusMarinovich from California

Jan 16, 2023
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 330mL bottle into my BeerAdvocate teku.

Appearance: rich amber-ruby hue with a clear body and a thin layer of frothy foam that is perhaps light tan with a hint of pink. Pretty!

Smell: rich aroma with a hint of sourness and wonderful cherry character. It's just sweet enough to be very candylike; I'm super duper into it.

Taste: holy cow, it's even more candylike than the aroma! The extra tartness in the flavor, combined with the sweetness and cherry, give almost a Jolly Rancher like character to this thing. That said, there's definitely malt underneath the candy. Is there such a thing as *too* much candy in a beer like this? I am not sure, but if there is, this might be approaching it. Still -- very good indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice carbonation and a good creaminess. It comes together well.

Overall: I mean, this beer is definitely my speed. I love cherry and I love Flemish beers, so really this ticks a lot of boxes for me. It's extremely good, but I want to say it's almost too much even for me. So, excellent, if not transcendent.
Jan 04, 2023
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Reviewed by augustgarage from California

4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Production date is difficult to decipher - October, 2021? Consumed on 12/30/2022. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Rodenbach flute.

Cloudy old rose body with auburn highlights and a lasting ivory collar and faint surface slick. Fine sandy lacing; delicate legs.

Fruit forward aroma, fairly vinous (like fine aged balsamic with a hint of blood orange), with a complex sweet graininess.

Intensely juicy palate entry, suffused with pressed cherry juice, orange blossom honey, and an almost savory malt note. Light acidity (more from fruit than lacto), very little oxidation; faint cocoa, plum, vanilla and rosewater. Medium finish with hints of apple and raspberry. Vague hops, diacetyl, and oak, all complimentary to the malt base and ongoing fruit.

Creamy, medium-bodied, sufficiently carbonated.

Was expecting much more acidity (and more tannins), but this is nearly a dessert beer given the prominence of smooth (almost artificial/jolly rancher like) fruit flavor.
Dec 31, 2022
Rated: 5 by BilleGibbons from Pennsylvania

Dec 25, 2022
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into a champagne flute because it seemed like the right thing to do. Not much left to be desired with this one. Slightly hazy dark reddish orange, with a bright reddish-orange highlight and a pinkish head that settled to a beautiful ring. Tart, funky, and fruity, with a cherry Jolly Rancher thing going on. Medium bodied, with a slightly oaky finish with lingering notes of tart cherry. Overall, it just doesn't get much better than this. Highly recommended.
Dec 16, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by not2quick from Missouri

Dec 03, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Nov 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Falcon91Wolvrn03 from California

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I really like the Rodenbach Caractère Rouge, so I thought I'd give the Rodenbach Alexander a try.

Look – Looks a lot like the Caractère Rouge, with just a bit more head. A beautiful clear amber red with a head that doesn't last very long.

Smell – A nice cherry scent, that isn't overly sour. Also oak and Flanders' funk. This smells really nice!

Taste – The taste is very much like the smell. Not sour at all. In fact, this is the first sour that I think could use just a bit more sourness, though I much prefer this to overly sour sours. A bit dry, but very good.

Feel – A nice carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall – This is another great beer from Rodenbach. I'm generally not a huge fan of this style of beer because it's usually too sour for my liking, but this one is nice.
Sep 18, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by altrio

Sep 15, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Aug 22, 2022
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Murky reddish brown with a little, fast fading head.

Smells of musky oak, apple cider vinegar, dusty cellar, and balsamic.

The taste follows the nose, but is a balance of puckering sour and sweetness. Cherries are in there as well.

Thick and acidic, somewhat woody texture with moderate to low carbonation.

I got this a long time ago, somewhere in North America, probably the USA, likely California. Brought it to Phuket with me over 18 months ago, where I’m drinking during our second Covid quarantine, June 21st, 2022. Great brew, survived a lot, but not this time of isolation!
Jun 21, 2022
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Cloudy sark red,brown,cranberry appearance.
Plenty of effervescent champagne like carbonation with maybe just a hair above average body.
Aroma is fresh black cherries,cherry juice,red wine,vinegar,wood,earthy bread..
Flavor is sweeter than expected but definitely is sour along with tartness and a little funk.. similar to aroma but its dryer than expected but very pleasant.
Overall this is an excellent top notch beer that even if you don't like sour beer this might still be enjoyable
Jun 19, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle into a teku. Bottled 9!14/19, so over 2 1/2 years old.

Body looks good, clear dark red wine color. Smally bubbly head disappears quickly.

Decent sour aroma with some cherry and oak notes.

Delightful tasting beer. Sweet, tart, & sour notes mesh beautifully. Faint oak notes, sour cherry a bit more prominent.

Mouth medium, finish lightly sour and a touch drying.

Overall, nicely crafted and quite easy drinking. Great balance between sweet and sour, tartness more pronounced.
May 29, 2022
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Reviewed by andypeters1971 from Georgia

4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Somewhat like a Kasteel Rogue but better. Not too much cherry but definitely enough cherry to taste it. Enough other things going to make it additionally complex. Worth finding and buying an excessive amount of it
May 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4 by TLA from Pennsylvania

Mar 05, 2022
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Rated by dnmyrick from Minnesota

4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
I'm gonna be brief. I hate sours. I love this. Nuff said.
Feb 06, 2022
Rated: 4.92 by dmwils from Massachusetts

Feb 01, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.48 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Tenebris

Dec 15, 2021
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 3.85 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Nov 14, 2021
Rated: 4 by Birdlegs from Washington

Nov 06, 2021
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Reviewed by SBS from Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.44 by Dgman8053 from New York

Oct 11, 2021
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

3.03/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
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
Rated: 4.5 by arzt from Germany

Jul 30, 2021
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.75 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Jun 14, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by NightINgale from Russian Federation

Jun 10, 2021
Rated: 4.39 by Kiro from Russian Federation

May 26, 2021
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.51/5  rDev +2%
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.
May 03, 2021
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