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Style Flanders Red Ale · ABV 6.0% · 330 ml bottle
Brewed by Brouwerij Rodenbach · Roeselare · Belgium
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From Palm-owned Rodenbach comes the predecessor to Rodenbach Vintage Ale. It’s a red ale blended using 67% aged ale and 33% young ale.

Appearance 2/3

Maroon and ruby in a murky liquid, just like its sibling brew Rodenbach Vintage ale. Rich but almost no little foam sitting on top of the beer.

Aroma 8/12

Rodenbach hits me with another strong and dominant sweet and sour vinous bouquet, digging deep into my nostrils. It has a somewhat musty but pleasant charm to it.

Flavor 15/20

This flavor bursting and intense brew initially jumps off to a sweet start then a weird bitterness creeping around the circumference of my tongue landing in the back of my mouth. The sweet comes in tune with flavors of apple cider, plums perhaps a slice of unripe mango.

Mouthfeel 4/5

Medium, with a natural and smooth carbonation that only enhances the flavors.

Overall impression 6/10

Similar to its better half the Vintage Ale, the Grand Cru does the job (as some would say) but arrives with and leaves behind an acrid sense that is not all too pleasant. Who knows, maybe this is due to the blend of young and old ales. The Grand Cru is a balanced and tasty beer but if I had a bottle of single cask Vintage ale I’d go for that in a split second.

Total Score 35/50

Very Good – Generally within style parameters, some minor flaws.

Style Flanders Red Ale · ABV 6.5% · 750 ml bottle
Brewed by Brouwerij Strubbe · Icthegem · Belgium
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The second bottle of Flanders Red Ale in the limited release from Systembolaget this spring. About a week ago I had a stab at Rodenbach Vintage 2008 which left me longing for more of the stuff. Just like the Rodenbach this one’s oak aged, let’s see what similarities or perhaps differences there are between the two.

Appearance 2/3

Dark red with lots browns. Medium head. Once again the color of a beer makes me think of a soft drink, funny enough this time namely Cherry Coke.

Aroma 8/12

Mostly a sour nose, but also a whiff of whiteheart cherries.

Flavor 17/20

Sweet and sour, accompanied by tree-dangling fruits like plum and whiteheart cherries.

Mouthfeel 4/5

Medium mouthfeel and smoothly carbonated.

Overall impression 8/10

Perhaps not the first thing that came to mind when they were drafting the recipe for this drink at the brewery, but Ichtegems Grand Cru Cuvee, goes damn well with and washes down a buritto lunch a blazing hot May day in the archipelago of stockholm. In my opinion this brew only tastes better if you serve it somewhere in the vicinity of 10 -15 degrees Celcius.

Total Score 39/50

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

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.