Rodenbach “Grand Cru”

      Think about everything you like about beer. There is a huge range of flavors that one can enjoy. I have talked about a lot of those flavors, from funky hops and spicy pumpkin to sweet chocolate and bitter coffee. I have reviewed over one hundred beers on this site so far and it occurred to me that I have absolutely neglected a wonderful style of beer. I have yet to talk about a Sour Beer. I don’t know how I could have let you all down! So let me introduce those of you who don’t have any clue about this style to a great starter.
       RodenbachGrand Cru” Sour Ale according to the commercial description is “A blend of 1/3 young beer and 2/3 of beer aged two years in large oak vats”. It pours a dark reddish brown with a thin off-white head. The aroma is fruity, oaky and tart with hints of cherry and grape. It reminded me a little of champagne and a little of vinegar. The taste was very tart, fruity and sour, with a light flavor of apple juice. However, more than anything this beer reminded me of a tart grape soda. The mouthfeel is medium with bubbly carbonation. The 6% ABV is barely detectable. The finish is fruity, sweet and dry. I have had many complex Sour beers, but I really think this is a great beer to try if you have never had a Sour. Spring time is a great time for trying new brews! Here’s to Good Beers!
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