Not what you'd expect. At least that's how Brouwerj Rodenbach advertises its beer. The dark red beer combines many opposites: For example, it is brewed very traditionally, but does not taste traditional at all. It also looks strong and powerful, but comes across as light and fresh. And the color does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about the taste. Rodenbach celebrates the expectations that never come true and the moments when expectations are exceeded.
Then a cool Alexander !
The Brouwerij Rodenbach has its roots in Belgium in the nineteenth century: in 1821 the doors of the first Brouwerij Rodenbach opened in Roeslare. Much has changed since then, but not the way in which the beer is brewed at Rodenbachs. Beer has been bottled in barrels since 1878, where it matures into a beer with a very special, unexpected taste. This way of brewing and aging beer is very typical of West Flanders and has its origins in the Flemish red-brown ale, a beer that is popular all over the world and has received countless awards. The oak barrels, some of which have been in the brewery's halls for more than 150 years, have now been declared an industrial culture worthy of protection and can be viewed.
The first prize that Brouwerij Rodenbach received for its beer was awarded to them as early as 1894. At the world exhibition in Antwerp they were awarded a gold medal for the outstanding taste of their Rodenbach Classic. The streak of luck has lasted ever since, and her current crowd-pleaser, the Alexander , is also internationally decorated. The Flemish sour beer goes perfectly with earthy game and forest dishes such as deer or mushrooms. With 5.6% ABV it is quite light and is a perfect companion for heavy, hearty dishes. Another specialty of the Rodenbacher beers is the mixed fermentation: Here, matured, "old" beers are cut with fresh, "young" beers. In this respect, the beers resemble wine and the style of sour beer is also reminiscent of sour, slightly fruity wine in terms of taste.