A Note on This Beer
Snow in Seattle makes the familiar and gray seem new and bright again. The hills become an adventure, the mayor gets nervous, and the kids get excited.
Snow is uncommon, allowing us to view things in a new and different way.
When it comes to beer – Belgian sours have the exact same effect. Sours blow away people's expectations of what beer should taste and look like. Sours pour from champagne bottles (actually they were used for beer first) and taste to many like a sparkling wine - something completely different than the lightly flavored lager yeast the average American is used to.
Today we are featuring a sour from one of the world's best breweries - Brouwerij Rodenbach in Belgium. Their 2011 Vintage Oak Aged [7% ABV] is acclaimed everywhere as one of the paradigms of the style. Likewise, the Belgian brewery behind this beer has a vintage that dates all the way to 1821, and like Old Dutch Masters, they've perfected their particular art. Today’s sour ale is aged in oak barrels, where it accumulates tart lactic acid from naturally occurring lactobacteria.
For beer experts, the Flanders Red Sour is a peculiar style dating back to the 16th century. It's a vintage Flanders Red Sour Ale which is a great entry point to sour beers or a new style to broaden your palate.
Once you uncork the bottle and pour into a goblet or champagne flute, voila: the entrancing color that gives the beer its name. Anticipate sour cherry, dry champagne, delicate fruit, and a complex finish. Maturity is the word here, so this is a beer to be sipped and savored, but most importantly, thoroughly enjoyed or added to your cellar for a special occasion.
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