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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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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Bottle: Filtered.
A blend of 1/3 young beer and 2/3 of beer aged 2 years in large oak vats. The more important proportion of oak matured beer contributes to its fruity taste, complexity and intensity. The finish is worthy of a great wine.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5360) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2006
Whole Foods, Sarasota, Fl. handsome corked 750 ml bottle. Dark chocolate colored pour with a light khaki colored head, sticks around quite a while. Red-wine vinegary aroma, sour, but pleasant. some subtle cherry notes mellows the sourness somewhat. Flavor is of course sour with some rhubarb notes and a vinergary finish. Some black pepper finds its way in there as well. Mouthfeel is thick enough, slightly stinging. Not for the unitiated - or one to try and win a novice over to good beer - takes some warming up to.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2006
This green bomber was adorned with a silk-screened label, dull gold neck foil, wire cage, and cork, all combining to give the appearance of a package meant for a special occasion. The beer came out deep amber red in color, and had a slightly hazy appearance. The persistent head was one finger thick and the carbonation was light. The aroma of sour cherries and oak combined to form a wood glue like smell, which was quite mouthwatering (and no I donít usually sniff glue). The taste was balsamic vinegar sour and somewhat spicy as well. Both of these tastes made for a very dry beer that demanded to be gently sipped and be paired with some food, so I pulled out some Irish cheddar cheese from the refrigerator to accompany it. The earthy sharp cheese cut out the peppery spiciness, but the sour flavor became even more accentuated. The oak aged notes were never quite detectable under the evident acidity. I found this to be quite drinkable, despite being very different than the hop bombs I always seem gravitate towards. The mouthfeel was naturally dry and the body was on the thin side due to a near absence of residual sugar. Not one I would order very often, although that being a deficiency in my character rather than that of this beer.

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2006
holy crap this beer sucks. i like flemish sours but this tasted like straight up malt vinegar and smelled like nail polish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2006
I like this beer once. I would never buy another bottle but by no means do I dislike it. Pour is a murky brownish with a big sour appley nose. As previously mentioned it is quite vinous and full of acidic notes. Flavor brings in a nice tangy oakiness with the apple sticking to the tastebuds. Big juicy fruit flavors show up too in a big way making for a pretty nice experience. A bit sour, but good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
henrikb (1258) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2006
Bought 2001 Ė Best before 08.2005 Ė Beautifully red with a brown shine, huge bubbles in a beautiful head that leaves beautiful laces; The nose is super huge, super deep, complex and GREAT, full of oak, loads of acidity, very vinous, some dried plum and a very little dust; The body is super complex, deep, of course with loads of sourness and a little well fitting sweetness; The finish is great too, it builds up amazingly well and lasts very, very long, it has a great sourness with lots of oak and vinous character. It ends of like a great young vintage port, huge and fresh, with sweet plum and black cherry. This is a fantastic beer. It has definitely won with ageing. UHHHH!!! I am so lucky, I still have a few of this gem in my secret-stash.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
330 ml Bottle dated 01/03/06. Via trade with Rastacouere. Pours a dull, dark garnet with a slight, light tan head. Fruit and vinegar aromas but also has some vanilla notes and a bit of mustiness. Flavor is balsamic vinegar with a slight phenolic quality to it. Notes of apples and oak. Clean, dry finish thatís not insultingly sweet.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boognish (1) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2006 does not count
I lived in France for a few years and this reminded me of drinking homemade hard cider at a farmerís house down the road... it was such a fond memory. My wife hated it and likened it to vinegar - it must be an acquired taste. Bottom line if you love French style ciders then this is a treat.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Poured deep mahogany with a small tan foam. The nose was tangy cherries, apples, and oak. Incredible flavor. The perfect balance of tart cherries, sour apples, and dry oak keeping it all in check. One of my new favorites.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2006
My taste must be changing as I get older because this beer really hits the spot. Of all the Flemish reds Iíve tried this is IMHO the best. Iím not sure how a beer can have a sharp nose and bite on the palate and yet still be very smooth but this beer accomplishes this paradox. Reminds me of high quality hard cider but to me is much more enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Hazy brown body with mahogany highlights. Foamy tan head thatís roused with a swirl. Acidic aroma with a peppermint, nutmeg and gingerbread backing. Acidic sliage flavor, tastes just like the juicy part of corn sliage (leaves and kernels). In beer terms that means it starts with a sharp acidic bite leading to sweet macintosh apple and peppermint.


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