Rodenbach Alexander Foederbier with Sour Cherries (Limited Edition Sour Series)

This one might not go well, but I know that going in. I'm not a sour beer guy, but the fine folks at City Sliqours said this was a good one, and I trust them implicitly. So, I have a beer I think I can pronounce that I'm still going to look forward to having.

Not only does the beer have a distinct red hue, but even the head has a red tint. The beer is so red that you might think it was just a red soda that had gotten tinted a bit too dark. The aroma is very sour cherries, raspberries, and it is very acidic. As I'm not a huge fan of sour beers, this might be trying.

First sip is not nearly as bad as I thought it might be. I mean, it hits with sourness and the berries (not just cherries, as far as I can tell), but it doesn't stay that way. The sweetness seems to mellow it out by the end. Strangely, this isn't that bad of a beverage, but I didn't taste much that I would call beer in there. I have nothing against non-beer alcoholic beverages, but I expected a bit more beer. Maybe a full swig...

Tip-in is sourness and carbonation tingle, and the cherry is very pronounced. The middle swings in with dark fruits and cherries on top. The sourness is very gentle, and it's not annoying me nearly as much as others have. The whole middle is actually just kind of a sour cherry soda, and that's not a bad thing. It may have a bit of oak added in there to give a certain richness to the berries, and that's actually pretty nice. The finish hits with a sour wave, but it retracts quickly enough to allow the calmness of the rest of the beer to just deal with it.

Bottom Line: Almost nothing like beer, but not a bad way to go. For the money, you may be better off finding yourself a good beer.



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