Style Flanders Red Ale · ABV 7.0% · 750 ml bottle
Brewed by Brouwerij Rodenbach · Roeselare · Belgium
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Brouwerij Rodenbach (nowadays a subdivision of Palm Breweries) started out as small family brewery in the year of 1821, specializing mainly in barrel-aged sour beers. Today they have an annual production of some 18 000 000 liters. In addition to their standard line of beers including the Rodenbach Classic and Rodenbach Grand Gru, annually they release a Vintage Oak Aged Ale and Rodenbach Caractère Rouge.

Appearance 3/3

Ruby in hue with bits of brown and yellow. Sitting on top is a tiny but perfectly fine head.

Aroma 10/12

Sweet and sour, just like biting through the skin of a plum only taste the sweet inside.

Flavor 17/20

A favorable encounter between the sweet and sour sides, packed with estery rhubarb, slices of unripe mango and  dry-cider-like tones.

Mouthfeel 4/5

Rodenbach body’s is light and emits a slow string of bubbles float around caressing my mouth.

Overall impression 9/10

I like this brew, a lot, from being a happy hop head just months ago I’ve rediscovered the vast kingdom of beers that Belgium holds. Especially the Belgian sour ales.  Although this beer stands tall on its own I could easily vouch for it that it goes great with salty food. A place that came to my mind is a tiny tapas bar called Quimet Quimet in the Poble Sec area, Barcelona that serve the best seafood tapas ever. They also have an amazing selection of vines and liqour. If you’re lucky enough to be in Barcelona, head over there right now. Quimet Quimet on Google Maps.

Total Score 43/50

Excellent – Exemplifies style well, requires minor fine-tuning.

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