Rodenbach Grand Cru & 2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96)
Here is a two for one review of sour ales from Rodenbach.
Grand Cru: This is a Flanders Red Ale that is 33% young ale and 67% ale aged 2 years. Sour cherry and plums, apple cider vinegar, a kind of odd vanilla “like” flavor (but not quite vanilla) and an odd lactic sour note on the finish. Overall this got a lot better as it warmed up, not quite as food as the 2008 Vintage (see below), but still pretty damn good.
2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96): A Flanders Red Ale that has been aged 4 years. Tart and mildly sour with fantastic flavors of cherries and apples. Getting notes of oak and vanilla towards the finish. This is fantastic, I think I can blame this experience with my new found love of sours!