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Rodenbach Brewery

Rodenbach Brewery
Rodenbach Grand Cru

Category: Flanders Style Red Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Belgium
Alcohol: 6.0%
96 Points
Platinum Medal
Superlative

Rodenbach Brewery
Rodenbach Grand Cru

Category: Flanders Style Red Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Belgium
Alcohol: 6.0%
Murky bronze color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherry vinaigrette, honeyed cranberry bread toast, and pickled melon with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long yuzu-pomegranate chutney and marinated artichoke hearts finish. A sensationally flavorful, complex and artfully crafted sour ale of the highest order.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Rich & Heavy, Malty, Sour & Tart, Spicy & Complex & Sweet & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: dried cherry vinaigrette, honeyed cranberry bread toast, and pickled melon
Taste Flavor: yuzu-pomegranate chutney and marinated artichoke hearts
Bitterness Bitterness: Faint
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Hearts of Palm Salad, Pear and Blue Cheese Salad, Fontina
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A sensationally flavorful, complex and artfully crafted sour ale of the highest order.

The Importer

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Ridgefield, CT 06877
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Flanders Style Red Ale

Flanders style red ales are deep red to reddish-brown in color and range in alcohol from 5-6.5%. These beers are defined by a complex fruitiness ranging from cherries to apples to oranges and a bracing acidic sourness. This defining sourness is a result of having been aged for years in well-used large wooden tuns allowing bacterial interaction with the beer and imparting a sharp ’sour’ character. Hops do not play much of a role in the overall flavor profile of these beers. Similar to Flanders style brown ales, these beers are a result of careful blending of aged beers to achieve the desired flavor profile. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Duchesse de Bourgogne, Rodenbach and Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge.

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Flanders Style Red Ale