This is a 6.0% ABV Flemish Red Brown ale from the Brewery Rodenbach of Steenhuffel, Belgium. It consists of 33% "young" ale and 67% ale aged for two years in oak vats.
The beer pours a hazy dark brown with red tints. There is a
short head of light beige, bubbling foam. The aroma is tart, woody, earthy, with
balsamic vinegar notes. The taste follows the aromas, refreshing tart sourness,
a touch of fruit to it; lots of earthy wood, like turning over a soft, dampened
log in a forest; along with the astringent dryness and flavor of oak. Beneath the sour there are some sweet notes,
particularly caramel. The beer has a light, tingling carbonation and drinks
with a tart, palate cleansing refreshment. It made a nice contrast to my savory Christmas ham.