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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Rodenbach Alexander


330 mL bottle, reddish-purple foiled and capped. 30.06.24. Pour is a dark purplish, burgundy body with decent clarity, and a light pinkish foam. The head is not very well retained in general, but it does leave a thin film and a decent ring around the edges. Nose has a decent, ethanoic acid, sinus clearing note about it, but this doesn't manifest itself quite so aggressively in the tastes. Decent sourness up front, but the sour cherries really do have a big presence that dampen down the acidity...

Rodenbach Grand Cru

Rodenbach Grand Cru

750 mL, $6.99, Corked & Caged, thick gold foil on the neck. Poured into a large wine glass. No lace, and a spotty head that looks like patchy mold on the surface of the beer. Nasty looking, murky brown body. Pop is absent on opening. Nasty, nasty ethanoic acid, sinus-clearing, eye-watering aroma. Reminds me of red cooking vinegar. Overwhelming acid that does not let up. Gets even sharper in the finish. As the "beer" warms the edge is taken off, but this is still a beer that I cannot...

Rodenbach Grand Cru

Rodenbach Classic (Red)

750 mL bottle, $6.99. Nice red/brown body with a decent head but not much lacing. Aroma begins to tempt the acidic sourness straight out of the box, and this is reflected immediately in the taste. Taste is all dry, acidic tartness with a little bit of fruity cherry character. Slight medicinal feel. Just not really my cup of tea. I found it to be not especially drinkable because despite knowing that the style and what to expect, it still is not easy to enjoy and get down.