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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%
Reddish mahogany color. Complex aromas of salami, blueberry pancake, balsamic vinaigrette, sundried tomato, and arugula and bib lettuces with a silky, tart, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long pomegranate glaze, mace, ripe strawberry and feta, fig, and meyer lemon spritz finish. A very appetizing and balanced Flanders-style ale that will delight enthusiastic diners.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Crisp & Light
Aroma Aroma: salami, blueberry pancake, balsamic vinaigrette, sundried tomato, and arugula and bib lettuces
Taste Flavor: pomegranate glaze, mace, ripe strawberry and feta, fig, and meyer lemon spritz
Bitterness Bitterness: Faint
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Italian Sausage and Peppers, Pot Roast, Fontina
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very appetizing and balanced Flanders-style ale that will delight enthusiastic diners.

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