Rodenbach Alexander
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Style:
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #3
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
97
Ranked #312
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 6.77%
Reviews:
248
Ratings:
869
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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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4.33/5  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!

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JLK7299 from North Carolina, May 24, 2020
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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!

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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...

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Greywulfken from New York, May 21, 2020
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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.

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daveonarrival from Ontario (Canada), May 13, 2020
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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

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KRug from Massachusetts, Apr 08, 2020
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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.

Cheers!

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woosterbill from Kentucky, Apr 05, 2020
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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.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Mar 11, 2020
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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.

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BGDrock from Ontario (Canada), Mar 08, 2020
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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.

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taxandbeerguy from Ontario (Canada), Jan 30, 2020
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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

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octortus from Ontario (Canada), 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.

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Photo of Tony210
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.

10/17/19
12 oz bottle dated 9/27/18
4.5 rating

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Oct 18, 2019
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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.

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FLima from Brazil, Oct 08, 2019
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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.

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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.

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rex_4539 from Greece, Aug 27, 2019
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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.
Excellent!

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SD-Alefan from South Dakota, Aug 18, 2019
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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.

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eppCOS from Colorado, Aug 08, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle, production date 9/27/18, poured into a tulip glass. Once I see the word Foeders on a bottle, I am in. A clear, dark ruby red, with orange and purple highlights, with a one finger head that dissipates within moments to a thin layer of lace. Active sizzle on the pour. The aroma is cherry, some vinegar/sour, pear and mixed berries. The taste is....cherry, almost cough syrup like at first (which thankfully goes away quickly), and melds into a mixed berry middle and wood overtones before finishing back in the cherry zone (check). The carbonation is right at medium, with a medium amount of heft. Macerated indeed. Let it sit in the glass for a few before diving in.

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Apellonious from North Carolina, Jul 10, 2019
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4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark raspberry red. Very little head that dissipates to nothing. Very little carbonation after letting it settle. The color is beautiful. Definitely get the cherries on the nose plus I get cranberries. Get the cherries on every taste, I mean gulp. Just a very nice sweet and tart/sour balance. Damn this is a well done beer.

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Flickib41 from Indiana, May 01, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, bb in 12m.

Colour of strawberry juice, very clear. Dense head of impressive longevity.

Aroma is that of candied cherry, a bit of oak and just a dash of vinegar. Childhood pleasures with an adult layer keeping it interesting.

Taste starts with sweetish malt and oak notes that are quite subtle but fill ones palate just noticeably, lingering until the end. Vinegary flanders red follows, receding when faced with a long fadeout of cherry candy.

A subtly complex classic that is actually sweeter than I remembered. Wondering when my palate wearies of the sweetness keeps up the interest while introducing an element of danger, but there is just enough of counterweight to keep things in balance until the end. A bit more acidity would improve this even further, but on the other hand, this is clearly a deliberate choice.

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KooVee from Finland, Apr 30, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage
This cherry sour pours a medium to deep Amber with a pinkish tan head that fades quickly. Lots of candied cherry and cooked apple on the nose with a hint of caramel. The flavor is a great candied cherry that isn’t too harsh, oak, cooked apple, and a hint of vanilla, caramel and vinegar. A light+ mouthfeel with a very smooth finish for a 3+ year old sour.

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sfielder001 from California, Apr 29, 2019
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4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle best before 26/10/19. Poured into a tulip.
Look: Pours a kind of maroony/burgundy brown colour. about 1.5 cm of head. Little and big bubbles. Head stays around for a while before subsiding to a thin film.
Smell: Nose is tart cherries straight up, a touch of sweetness in there too. A little vinegary and a touch of sourness. Oak comes through as it warms.
Taste: That tart cherry hits you from the get go. There is vinegary sourness there too, but a little less prominent then it was on the nose. The oak comes through afterwards. Everything seems to meld together really well.
Feel: mid to light bodied. Really fills the palate, not much bitterness, but a decent length of flavour.
Overall: The cherry flavour is excellent and balances very well with the oak and tart red ale. Very good (though I prefer the Grand Cru.

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shambeano from Australia, Apr 11, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

September 2018 bottle. Really wonderful nose on this, it starts out with with a mix of cherry and oak notes but becomes much more cherry dominant as the beer warms. My first taste left the impression I was drinking 2 different beers mixed together (yep, I do realize this beer is actually a blend). It initially had a dry start with the cherry funk hitting the tongue on the back-end. After a couple sips it becomes more cherry forward. Its almost like the beer reverses itself as it warms and the oak notes play a greater role on the back-end. I'm not describing this well, but trust me this is a very well-done, very interesting beer. Glad I was able to try it.

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4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
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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garymuchow from Minnesota, Jan 30, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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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AllOfTheCats from Illinois, Jan 10, 2019
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