Rodenbach Fruitage

Rodenbach Fruitage by Brouwerij Rodenbach
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Rodenbach Fruitage is a new offering from Rodenbach brewery, makers of renowned sour beers. Light & refreshing, Rodenbach Fruitage is 4.2% ABV and is a blend of 25% aged Rodenbach (2 year matured beer in standing oak foeders) with 75% young ale, and infused with cherries and elderberries. It is offered in 4-pack cans and on draught.

Profile

ABV: 
4.2%
Judges Review 
James Link's picture
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Poured from what appeared to be an eight-ounce bottle into a nine-ounce snifter and subsequently reviewed as per BJCP 2015 style guidelines under catagory 23B European Sour Ale , Flanders Red Ale.

A complex blend of aromatics delight the nostrils upon first pour. Dark cherries are first evidenced and combine pleasantly with a light lactic tartness and just a touch of brettanomyces.

Burgundy in color and capped with a light pink head this beer reflects a slight haze which one might attribute to fruit pectin extracted from the cherries omnipresent here.

The flavor profile manifests a quintessential balance of  fruity character and tartness along with oaky notes while the malt remains complementary. The body is thin and leads into a dry finish while alcohol is present at subdued levels which enhances the refreshing quality of this effort.

A truly one of a kind easy drinking sour that delivers a complexity of flavors and aromas without the use of higher alcohol levels.