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


on tap

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RATINGS: 716   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
halfwayhouse (14) - - DEC 6, 2013
Words can’t really describe this beer. Incredible aroma, incredible flavor--you taste cranberries and cherries, and just the right amount of sour.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
falco242 (378) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2014 Remarkable. This beer is just too close to perfect. Tangy sour aroma and taste is full of cherry and oak. Lots of fruit in the taste too. Incredibly well balanced. I can?t praise this enough. My first perfect 5.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kolymaTram (17) - brussels, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2014
undescribable? A very fruity ’simple’ Rodenbach. Best i ever had, at cellar temp, makes the taste even smoother

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huineman (589) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 31, 2015
Pours dark ruby with short-lived tan head. Aroma is raspberry, cherry, strawberry, hibiscus and milk chocolate. Very vinous, very dry and very sour, with no bitterness whatsoever.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2584) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 Bottle (Batch 1)... This beer rocks!… Cloudy caramel-colored ale with orange highlights and a small fizzy, off-white head that never fully dissipates. The bouquet is crazy fruity; providing cherries, loads of acidity, caramel, vanilla, raspberry and red currants with a light splash of pinot noir vinegar. Medium to full bodied and super creamy with prickly carbonation. The flavor is every bit as fantastic as Alexander, but so much more fruity. Both acidic and acetic, this brew presents notes of caramel, raspberry and cherry, accompanied by a dainty splash of red wine vinegar. Sour, fruity, puckering finish. Mathieu87 provided this world class bottle of beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Xenon (129) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2013
This is only the 3rd sour or so I’ve had, but this could be the one to get me into them. Medium clear cranberry color with a very thin head that remains. Does not taste Like a beer but feels like one to drink. Each of the cranberry, cherry, and raspberry flavors are easily found and very prominent. The motufeel is dominated by the tannins from the oak barrels which gives it that stinging and tart feel. Almost sweet like a soda for a second with all the fruit flavors then the sour takes over with the sting. I can’t really yell the hops and malts because I am not really familiar wiith sours. This was really enjoyable like a good wine.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daafisch (46) - New York, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Deep red color, minimal head. Aroma of cranberries, raspberries and slight oak. Taste is a smooth combination of cranberry and raspberry with a drier oak finish. One of, if not my favorite beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (964) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Huge aromas of sour berries and cherries. Lovely burnt amer color tiny bubble ring of head. Wonderfully tart raspberry and cherries long lasting slow fades. Smooth for how Sharp the berry tartness is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
knightstalker (15) - Florianopolis, BRAZIL - MAR 4, 2014
750ml bottle on tumbler glass. Pours into a reddish copper colour and a very soft, pink, quick to disappear head. Behind the sour aroma, you can feel a soothing hint of red berries. Tastes of red berries, very light hints of oak and has an acidic feel, with it dominating the sour berry aftertaste. It’s a shame they only made 900 bottles, but I guess for a beer so good you must use virgin blood and they ran out of it.

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