A trip to Ledger’s Liquors in Berkeley turned up some nice finds: North Shore Distillery Gin No. 6 (Hi Sonja!) Fee’s Grapefruit Bitters, Coruba Dark Jamaican Rum. But, coolest of all, they had a number of Rodenbach Beers.

Now I know Rodenbach has been making an effort to re-establish itself in the US, but I don’t think that it is currently distributed in Northern California, so I was quite excited to see it.

Rodenbach is a Flemish Sour Ale. If you were to blind taste test it, you’d probably wonder if it was a beer at all. You might think it was a tart cider, or perhaps some sort of sparkling wine. Light in body and dry in the finish, these complex beers are often love ’em or hate ’em propositions. I love ’em, myself.

From this label, you can see a portion of the beer is aged in oak, and then blended with fresh beer before being bottled. The interesting beasties and flavors of the oak contribute to the beer. We’ve talked about Brett (Brettanomyces) before and it is definitely present here. With its wine-like character, Rodenbach is a great food beer. I just hope we’ll see this wonderful brand more widely available in California soon. I hate to drive across that pesky Bay Bridge, and well, even worse, up the vehicle clogged nightmare that is University Avenue in Berkeley.

On to dinner… I baked some apples with brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and lemon zest for dessert.

Marinated some Chicken with crushed peppercorns, garlic, lemon and olive oil (Pollo alla Diavola).

Apples looking tasty…

Mmmm… Rodenbach, served with cheese and pickles.

Convection roasted Chicken is done. Served it with leftover vegetables and potatoes from last Monday’s Pot Roast.

Another wine we picked up on our trip to Paso Robles wine last year. Dover Canyon Old Vine Zinfandel. Delicious stuff.

Apples and ice cream.

7 thoughts on “BOTW–Rodenbach

  1. Hi Erik! Thanks for the shout out. Ledger’s is the only store in the SF area (and all of California, for that matter) where you can find our gin. If you got some, I hope you enjoy it (and that you’ll let me know what you think)! Now I’ll be off to hunt for some Rodenbach beers in Chicago…

  2. HI, Erik! It was great fun visiting with you and the Lady ‘Estad in October. I’m glad you enjoyed the Benito Dusi, always one of my favorites. The apples and ice cream are to die for. I had forgotten how scrumptious such a simple dessert can be.

  3. Hi Erik! Matt found more Rodenbach in Milwaukee last week! Besides the favorite Grand Cru, we were able to try the “regular” in tiny and convenient 8 oz. bottles. Perfect for packing in your lunch.

  4. You and Mrs. Underhill are welcome any time, any weekend! (Although today’s weather will make it difficult to get up the driveway, but the sledding will be great!)

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