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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 667   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The brewer allow the beer to macerate with fresh cherries, raspberries and cranberries. After this maceration in oak, the beer re-ferments in the bottle. The result is RODENBACH Caractère Rouge, an exceptional RODENBACH with fruit maceration and a 7% alcohol volume. The brew is more than unique and extremely exclusive, as only 900 75-cl bottles were produced. Geunes serves this wilful beer as part of his other unique range of beer varieties in his restaurant, ’t Zilte, at the Antwerp MAS museum.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bp (855) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle: pours murky reddish brown, strong sour cherry aroma, tart, fruity, earthy taste, dry finish, medium carbonation. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hikeg (227) - - DEC 17, 2015
Small, fizzy, pink, mostly diminishing head. Normal, medium red body. Moderate malty aroma, with notes of cookie, grain and nutty. Light hoppy aroma, with notes of flowers and perfume. Moderate yeasty aroma, with notes of barnyard and earth. Notes of cherry, raspberry, cassis, white wine, cask wood, butter and sulfur. Moderate sweet, light bitter and moderate acidic initial flavor. Average, moderate sweet, light bitter and moderate acidic finish. Medium body. Watery texture. Lively carbonation. Light alcoholic, light astringent finish. Best I’ve had in this style. Excellent

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mariuspoenari (703) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2015
One of my favourite sour beers, I keep going back to it over and over again - tons of fruit and sourness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Unde (765) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2015
Orange to red colour and small head. Aroma has cranberries, cherry and raspberries bringing sourness and sweetness together really well. Taste is quite sour, same cranberry, cherry and raspberry are in the taste. Sweet and sour taste that is really nice. Medium body and medium carbonation. Exceptional beer, from the bottle to the taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marko (4646) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 12, 2015
At the Magic Beer Room, split between several people... now where on earth did my booklet go. Aaanyway. clear red-amber body. D Aroma... dried figs, cherries, sweet maltiness. Taste... dried fruit, cherry,carbonation slightly stronger than it should be, but generally fine. Lovely balance. Very mild tartness to round things up.. in the end just simply lovely. L to the ovely.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (636) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2015
UPDATED: APR 10, 2016
Aroma:
Medium aroma of red fruits, berries, cherry, raspberry, red wine and phenol.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque red/brown beer with a slight off-white head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium/heavy sweet with red fruits, berries and raspberry; ends slightly sour with phenol.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Pours a cloudy dark ruby red color with copper/mahogany edges and a one finger pinkish, off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Beautiful color in this beer. Sweet vinous aroma with luscious fruit, acetic acid and a strong barrel presence. Decent amount of oak but not overpowering with delicate char. No toothpick character which is surprising given it aged in oak for two years. Strong acetic acid but more of a vinaigrette sweetness, not harsh or solvent-like. Lots of luscious fruit juice. The cranberry and sour cherries really stand out countering the acid and barrel with a really pleasant juicy fruit presence. Smells incredible. Tart and puckering with the perfect balance of sour acidity, earthy oak and vinous fruit sweetness. Subtle funk and acetic acid but again, it not solvent-like, providing mostly vinegary sweetness. Some dark malt flavors in there along with prominent vinous dark fruit. Tart cranberry and sour cherry really stand out along with other dark berries. Well balanced and surprisingly drinkable considering the complexity and sour acidity. Subtle mineral flavor and somewhat kriek like with dry fruit skins, jammy seeds and sweet fruit juice.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2470) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2016 Cloudy reddish brown colored, moderate head, good lace/retention. Aroma is fruity with notes of strong cranberry and raspberry, but also sour cherry. The usual notes you’d expect like vinegar and oak barrel are present as well, this is Rodenbach we are talking about. Medium bodied, moderate to high acidity with a fruity sweetness to match it; it certainly has Caractere. Alexstrasza is the ’red’ (get it?) dragon that brings life and hope, this gives me hope that Palm will bring life to more great sours. An absolute world beater. The best beer I have ever had. If you read this please send me a bottle of Alexander and I’ll make it worth your time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
witthatsbier (484) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 18, 2015
75 cl Bottle Aroma is sour soft fruit Taste is cherry sourish dry tones long dryish finish,bit thin for strength nice but a bit disappointing given it,s reputation

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (2405) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Draft ar Eulogy. Hazy reddish brown pour with off-whiye foam. Tons of dark red fruit. Aged dried raspberries, plums and cherries. Dates and figs. Blood oranges. Enough tartness to exactly balance out sweeter fruit notes. Reduces to a complex pleasant juicy sour. Definitely "browner" than the normal Rodenbach. In balance more interesting but on par with the more red fruity Grand Cru.


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