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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3277) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2008
750 - Pours a dark red with a small ring of an off-white head. The nose is assertively sour with rich berries and vinous character. A strong resemblence to grapes is here. Sourness carries into the flavor well with definite malt vinegar going on. A complex, sweet, juicy, vinous finish makes things savory and semi-sweet. I get a bit of cherries, grape, cheese, and some wool. This is a sour ale which is very tasteful, semi-dry, very well balanced, and accessible for the style. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2008 The aroma of this beer is very inviting. Sour, with a hint of berries, a lot like the Rodenbach Classic. However, this beer is darker, when held up to the light, it gives off a peachy red. The flavor is magnificent, much more sour than the Classic. A sip will make you pucker up with joy as the strong, yet gentle sour flavor takes you by storm. This beer has notes of cherry and more of a juicy peach or apricot flavor to it, without as much of the earthy berry flavor of the Classic. I would also describe it as much more refreshing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WhiteAlePower (92) - Long Island, New York, USA - APR 20, 2008
750ML bottle. Nice think head which diminishes rather quickly. Colour of ale is deep red, almost mahogany. Strong vinegar and sweet to sour notes in the aroma. Initial taste is very sour but quickly even out to a very nice, almost dry finish. Wonderfully full bodied!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2008
vinager nose.....but good tastes like great vinager mixed with a sweet ale......more vinager smell than most of this flanders style...but super tasty

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JazzBeerGuns (3) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2008 does not count
My first and still favorite sour. My lasting fascination with this beer lies in the fact that I can mentally conjure the extremely unique experience that it is with suprising accuracy at any given moment. The flavor and aroma are deeply memorable, which is a mandate for enjoyment in my book.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (8398) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2008
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark red/brown with a thin white head. The aroma is tart cherries and wood. The taste was really great; a smooth tartness, mostly sour cherries, some really strong oak flavors too. Also, some malt and perhaps candies too. Just amazing. I found this to be the perfect Sour Ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 18, 2008
pours brown with small head. smells very tart and acidic. flavor is great, very intense and fruity

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2008
Pours reddish brown with a small head. Aroma of cherry, raspberry, a little vinegar, can smell the sourness. Nice flavor, starts sweet, finishes sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2008
broke down and got a grand cru at erasmus. Yes JK, it is available in the states, but I hadn’t tried it yet. pours ruby brown, decent head with some lacing. Nice tartness with some cherry and currant?/dark fruits. Great beer. I love a sour beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2008
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 pours a cloudy (unfiltered) red/brown color with almost no head. aroma is very sour, like red wine, with some sweetness mixed in. flavor was surprisingly good. tart (not quite sour) cherry and red berry notes with a little bit of citrus. good carbonation makes this beer is quite refreshing. definitely different than what i’m used to, but very good for my first sour.


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