Den Albrecht, a cocktail laced in beer

Brewery Rodenbach, Love(d) that brewery! Last year the brewery was acquired by the Dutch brewing company Bavaria. As a proud Belgian citizen I wasn’t too happy with that. One of our most iconic breweries in the hands of the Dutch… However, I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt and see what direction the new management would take.

Let’s be honest the Rodenbach beers have always been very niche and their core Rodenbach product is not mainstream enough to have decent volume. Same problem their cousin beer Palm has btw… So, how can you pick up the slack and get the ball rolling again?
Some breweries build on experience and innovation (DeKoninck) others however try to reinvent themselves. And for Rodenbach that’s where in my opinion it all went wrong…

I have a feeling that Rodenbach has entered an identity crisis which seems peculiar for a brewery with such a rich history.  Changing their labels to a more retro look and feel is definitely part of that crisis. Wanting so hard to reach a younger audience, but by doing this they seem to lose more authenticity…

The one thing they have going for them is their products. I was lucky to have their brewmaster Rudi Ghequire as a teacher and must say there are very few people in the world who know more about beer and have more passion about the product than him. Btw,
he was the brain behind the Rodenbach Vintage series (something I already covered back in ’13 with my post “About Rodenbach and aging beers”.)

For me the vintage is at the moment the only product I still buy from the whole portfolio of Rodenbach and Palm beers. Since I started to collect them back in 2008 (Rodenbach Vintage 2007) I’ve been using these beers to compare the taste evolution to other editions.

However, this time, I'm not going to compare editions! I wanted to use the vintage beer in a cocktail. For this cocktail I used the 2013 edition. It’s a fairly easy cocktail to make and perfect as an aperitif.

How to make this one? Combine about 2 ounces of rum. I use the Bacardi 8 rum because I like the nice contrast of smokey and dark berries with the vanilla cherry flavor in this beer.
Then add ice, a squeeze of lemon and a dash of Peychaud’s to a shaker. Shake away and add the mixture to a cooled glass. Then top it off with the Rodenbach Vintage. I love to use a bit of lemon as a garnish adding some extra freshness.

 Den Albrecht, Ingredients:
-       2 ounces of rum Bacardi 8
-       4 ounces Rodenbach vintage 2013
-       Peychaud’s bitters
-       Lemon
-       Ice

Tell me what you think! Have you tried a Rodenbach cocktail before?

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