Brewed by Brouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roeselare, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 481   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Extra-fermented beer with a fruity bouquet and a sharp, sweet and sour flavor. Matured for two years in oak casks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (5463) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Draft sample during Zwanze 2016. The beer is a clear amber with a beige head of foam. Aroma has berry and woody notes. Some berry notes and sweet notes come through in the taste. More sweet than sour. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2016
On tap in Louisville (KY)
The hits just kept on coming at Holy Grale. Following the globe east I moved from the UK to Belgium to try a beer I’ve been wishing to taste for a long time now. Bottles aren’t that tough to come by though the price stretches the budget. After having some on draft I may take the plunge.

Aroma / Appearance - Cherry red liquid licorice fills the glass with a warm glow. Velvety cream cheese colored head radiates calm. Tart cherries and malt elevate Rodenbach to a new level that is more mellow than the Grand Cru I remember.

Flavor / Palate - Cherry pie filling, sweet custard, and tart fruits burst onto the scene. The flavor lingers in every corner of the throat for minutes after each sip. A robust full bodied and world class profile shines from the first sip to the end. Once again Holy Grale and Rodenbach both deliver.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (10232) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Never had the old one to compare to this. Seems to me like a Grams Cru with cherries. Maaaaaybe a touch more complexity but definitely a similar beer. Luckily I really like grand cru. Softly sour with oak and sweet n tart cherries. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10500) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2016
10k Rating! Bottle thanks to Texasjeep at my 10k/Rick going away tasting. Pours a cloudy amber with medium off white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is strong oak, cherry skin, funk. Thin body, tart cherry, funky, leather, yogurt, light oak, really enjoyed this. Cheers to everyone that has helped me get to 10k, what a long strange trip this has been!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (2422) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
2016 version. Ruby red with a pale head. Aroma is sour cherries, light funk, hint of other red fruits. Medium bodied, lightly sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a nice tartness. Taste is cherries, forest berries, cherry yoghurt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourilevesque (1409) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2016
Un liquide rouge aux reflets rubis tel une cape d’hermine. Des allures nobles et princières accompagnent cette tête rose pleine de cette noblesse prétentieuse. De sublimissimes saveurs et arômes de cerises noires - celles cueillies dans la vallée de l’Okanagan, plus précisément à Osoyoos, où les cerises noires atteignent un paroxysme de profondeur. J’ai l’impression, à chaque gorgée, de me nourrir d’une crème glacée à la cerises noire - celle qui contient ces magnifiques morceaux de fruits noirs que l’on achète à la crèmerie. Ormis le fruit, le foudre occupe une place importante dans ce mélange sweet and sour. Le liquide est d’une irréprochable souplesse sans jamais manquer de corps. Il est très difficile de faire mieux dans le style à mon avis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Clownoisseur (428) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2016
2016 Vintage received in a trade via OKbeerfan. Cheers! Pours a murky amber with maroon and red hues. Small off white head fades to light lace. Aromas of caramel malts light funk, oak, cherries and some bread. Taste is malt forward and a bit heavy on the palate. Cherries are present but don’t shine like I hope. Gets to kind of muddled among the malt bill. Light tart into a medium funk over medium fruit sweetness. Finishes semi sweet and semi tangy. A bit underwhelming in the fruit profile. Was hoping for a more defined character but still a sold beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (1849) - California, USA - SEP 11, 2016
750ml bottle pours a purple color with a bit of head. Wonderfully balanced fruit and sourness. Delicate yet full of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (1161) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Pours a cherry red with a reddish wire lacing. The aroma is cherry and berry with a hint of vinegar. The flavor is rather sweet, but finishes tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (5130) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2016
Vintage 2016. Belle robe rubis et tête mousseuse épaisse et plutôt tenace. Mon nez déborde de fruits rouges aigres et doux. Les parfums boisés sont magnifiques et alléchants. Les saveurs me plaisent énormément. Belle touche balsamique, cerises et autres petits fruits rouges et douceur montée avec une très grande justesse. Une bouche légèrement sirupeuse, modérément bataillée par les bulles. La finale est fruitée, douce et aigre, en équilibre sur un fil tendu entre la perfection et l’amusement extrême.

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