Rodenbach: The Ultimate Gateway Sour Beer

Photo: Rodenbach

Photo: Rodenbach

Sour beer can be an acquired taste for some, but The Weekender believes Rodenbach’s classic Flanders red ale is the perfect beer to convert non-believers—particularly those who identify as wine drinkers. The brew tows a rare line by offering “the beer nerd a lot of subtle nuances and complexities and the casual beer drinker a very unique and wonderful experience.”

At 5.2% ABV, the Belgian ale delivers hints of raisins, cherries, and figs, before it finishes on a tart note, says reviewer Derek Warren. While it’s quite versatile as a pairing for food, Warren recommends opting for shellfish.

Brewed by Brouwerij Rodenbach, the ale is a blend of 75% young beer (aged in metal casks for 4-5 weeks) and 25% beer aged for a minimum two years in oak casks. The brewery belonged to the Rodenbach family before Palm Breweries took over in 1998.

It’s always good to be reminded of a classic brew that you might not be checking fo when you go to your local beer bar. We’ll revisit this one over the weekend, and perhaps debate whether it should have made the 20 Most Influential Beers of All Time.

[via The Weekender]

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