Thursday, 28 August 2008

Review: Rodenbach Grand Cru

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Rating: B+

Enjoyed at The Elm Tree pub in Cambridge.

Appearance: Ruby in color, with a rather thin head. Not quite bright. Leaves some lacing.

Smell: Sour malt and light fruit - strawberry?

Taste: Malt, pickle, and a hint of smoke. Cherry? Very little in the way of hops, but that's to be expected from the style. One comment at the table suggested "salt and (malt) vinegar crisps" as a tasting note. The barmaid suggested "pickled onion." Dry, which is appreciated.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated, light-medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: "Arresting" at first, but you get used to it. Acidity does burn at the back of the throat toward the end of the glass. On the whole, I'd have to say a little overrated.

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