Now, a few weeks ago I was helping out the Total Wine staff, off the clock. There was a dude in the beer aisle that wanted to try a "sour beer" that his friend told him about, and he thought he might be on a mythical snipe hunt. I was asked which to recommend. Even though I had never tried this Rodenbach beer, I knew the reputation. I also suggested Jolly Pumpkin La Roja to quench the guy's desire. He insisted on trying the one from Belgium because he wanted to see how it's supposed to be done. LOL. He kept asking if the beer is really sour. LOLz. Hope he loved it!
So ever since then, I've been thinking about this beer. Finally grabbed one yesterday. There is a story on the wine bottle that give you some details about the beer. First, it is a Flemish Red Brown Ale. This beer is a blend of young ale 33% and two year old matured ale 67%. Best before 7/3/14.
About that time, you can start to enjoy the more subtle intricacies, like the wine-like spiciness and tannic, acidic grape flavors. At the same time, a sugary sweetness manages to survive against all odds and add an awesome relief. Carbonation is great yet the beer is terrifically smooth. Your 6% alcohol is really nowhere to be found, except that you do know this is an adult drink. Enjoyable! Terrific! I hope that dude agrees.