Rodenbach – Palm Breweries (Roeselare, Belgium) – 5.2% abv
A beer the colour of gravy browning (albeit with a ruby red tinge when held to the light)? Do I give an utter toss? Smelling of cherries with an undernote of tart raspberry and balsamico, no I most certainly don’t!
The tartness is dialled down but there is a distinct sourness to this – less than I was expecting though (BBD 14/07/2011 might have contributed to the mellowness!)
Cherry, sour plum. Really fruity and slightly sweet but with an abrupt dry tart finish. I’ve had some actually rather pleasant sours over here (think Quantum Stockport Sour – Pineapple & Scotch Bonnet), but when the Belgians do it so well, why bother?
“On the 8th Day of Xmas, my true love sent to me….”
Grand Cru by Rodenbach
As I may have inferred on many occasions, I am no connoisseur of Belgian Beers. I have tried a few over the years, but Belgium hasn’t been a “go to” beer country for me, too many great beers in this country that I am yet to try really. That said, I intend to make an effort and try more in 2014. So, I might as well get started in 2013 eh? And with a beer, described by Michael Jackson – The legendary “Beer Hunter” (not to be confused with the Berlin baby dangler!) as a “World Classic”!
This is a deep reddy brown, with the hue (when held up to the light) of a rich red wine. The thin white head didn’t hang around and the aroma is slightly sour with cherries and more than a suggestion of a red wine bouquet. My oh my this is tart in the mouth! I wish I could video the faces that I must be pulling! Cherries, raspberries, blackcurrants, MAN this is fruity! After each and every sip I am drooling like a vampire over a virgins neck! Such a dry finish too (once the saliva subsides!). Tart, sour, fruity, massively refreshing. WHAT a beer! I better stop, because I don’t feel that I could come up with more words to do this beer justice.
I suppose, to summarise, there are a lot of UK brewers (consciously avoids use of C word!) making sour beers. Don’t bother. You’ll NEVER match this. Superb
Guess I’ll be drinking more soon!
On that note….’til next time….