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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#335
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
794
pDev:
6.79%
 
 
Wants:
211
Gots:
157
Trade:
16
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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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Photo of RollTide7
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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Photo of npolachek
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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Photo of soundaurora
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CoachBrobb890
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Dentist666
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Snowcrash000
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby red coloration with a small, creamy head. Smells of sweet and slightly tart cherries with some light esters in the background. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by a mostly sweet, but slightly tart cherry flavour. There are some light earthy, woody notes and just a hint of estery spice to this as well, but the cherry is quite dominant. Finishes quite sweet, with slightly tart cherries lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. I honestly prefer Grand Cru over this, which is just too sweet and one-dimensional, to be honest. The cherry fruitiness is quite intense, too intense for my taste. What saves this is a decent tartness that almost balances out the sweetness, but almost, mind you.

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Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Had this beer on-tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, poured into a snifter glass. Had a dark, reddish color and a somewhat hazy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An enticing aroma of cherries, oak, Belgian yeast, and some other fruits.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of Belgian yeast (not overly pronounced), a ton of sour cherries, some mild oak notes (mostly in the finish), and a light vinous quality. Cherries, cherries, and more cherries - that's what this flavor's about. It's not one-dimensional by any means, with the inclusion of the oak barrel aging. Complex and tasty.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an extremely likable, easy to drink beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of frozyn
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, translucent ruby/garnet color with an off-white head that has a slight rose/pink tint that quickly dissipates.

Sour cherries, a little sweetness, and vanillin. A light maltiness at the end of the scent. Some definite oak character.

Sweet and sour cherries, tart acidity, some jaminess/slight candy sweetness. Vinous. Some earthiness as it gets warm, but it’s much more a clean beer than something funky. Quite complex in the way the flavors interact throughout the sip and letting it sit on the tongue for a bit.

Nice carbonation, delightful tartness. Easy drinking medium body. Slight feeling of acetic acid at the back of the throat.

Love this beer. Really delicious. Each time I’ve had the chance to drink this, it’s been a great experience.

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

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