Sunday, 20 November 2011

Rodenbach Grand Cru.

So I went to Bryne's wine shop in my home town of Clitheroe to peruse the usually interesting beer selection. It did not disappoint, although £2.29 is quite expensive for a 330ml bottle of beer at 6% abv I had not seen it before and I love to try new beers. As you can see from the picture it is quite dark which you might expect from a Belgian ale but this was not reflected in the taste. Anyone familiar with Lambic beer will be aware of the citrus sour flavours these beers are characterized by and although this partciular beer had the citrus zing it was followed by a much sweeter taste than I was expecting. The nose gave off strong peach aromas with the unmistakeable citrus zing. The first sip was amazing and was only outdone by the pleasant sweetness that followed. I was expecting sour and to be fair to call it outright sweet would be wrong but I must say in the grand scale of Flemish brewing this is definitely sweeter. It did not taste as dark as it looked, it had the consistency of a more golden/amber beer which led to me drinking it a little faster than I would the darker ales due to the heavier warmth darker beers usually carry.
After drinking and thoroughly enjoying this beer I did a little light reading on it and found it commonly described as winey, I can't agree with that maybe it's just me but the notion of this beer being sour and winey was not my experience and I drink a lot of beer and consider myself to be pretty good at identifying various flavours and styles. Still if we all agreed it'd be rubbish wouldn't it. I'll end with this, should you have the chance to try this beer do so. You won't regret it.

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