It’s a very different kind of beer. It’s not a beer-beer, if you like, and it is not an easy beer for people to accept unless they have some real sophistication of taste. It’s a beer for people understand not only beer, I think, but also wine, and who are enthusiasts of wine and food.
The reason for the acidity, and also in part for the color, is that this beer is aged in wood. It’s not aged in normal wine barriques, or in the sort of barrels used for bourbon whiskey, or scotch whisky. It is aged in huge tuns that are as high as the ceiling in the halls that they are in. They have hundreds of these tuns at Rodenbach, and there is no other brewery like it in the world. You can go from hall to hall, lined with these ceiling-high wooden tuns full of maturing beer.
They mature this beer for over 2 years. The first time I tried this beer, I just could not believe the taste of it, which is something that I have experienced several times ;-)
Sourness makes beer very, very quenching. For me, that’s the advantage that this type of beer has. It is very refreshing, indeed.
This is one of the best of the Belgian sour red ales. In my view, this individual product is the most refreshing beer in the world. It is also very food friendly because of the acidity. I think that’s one of the things you really need to have a truly food friendly beer.
A votre santé, Rodenbach, and bon apetite while we are at it, because you could have a whole meal with this beer. I’m about ready for one, actually.
Rodenbach was a brewery (and literary and brewing family) from Roeselare now part of Palm Breweries and is still a brand of beers.
The brewery was opened in 1821 by Alexander Rodenbach, a blind middle-class man who became an important figure of Belgian Revolution in 1830. From 1836 to 1864 Regina Wauters, wife of Pedro Rodenbach, led the brewery; the direction was next assigned to Edward Rodenbach, their son, under whom the brewery developed and expanded greatly, adding a new malt factory, new fermentation cave, and other such facilities. The last Rodenbach to lead the brewery was Eugène, the son of Edward, who conducted operations from 1878 to 1889. In 1998 Rodenbach was bought by Palm Breweries. Rodenbach has continued production of its full line in its traditional location, however.
There are three different types of Rodenbach beers:
- Rodenbach Original, a Flanders red ale (5% ABV) blended from aged and young ale;
- Rodenbach Grand Cru, a rich winey beer (6% ABV) consisting of just the aged portion of Rodenbach Original;
- Redbach, a blend of Rodenbach Original and cherry juice in a manner akin to the lambic style.
There used to be a fourth one named Rodenbach Alexander (5.1% ABV).
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