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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 2152   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.


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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Bottle from axilla. The beer pours to a nice red-hued brownish body with a nice light tan head. The aroma is light cherry, light balsamic vinegar, oak casks, leafy hops, french bread. The flavor is balsamic vinegar, tart cherries, olive oil, and french bread. Very interesting flavor that blends very nicely. The palate is very carbonated, almost overly so. Tart. Acidic. Iíd buy (trade for) this again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2541) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2006
a light woody brown color w/ hints of orange. Large frothy off white head w/ sticky lacing. Full aroma sweet & tartlots of green apples & cherries. Palate is full well caoted and nicely sour. Sour apples & cherries hints of maybe cranberry a light sweet finish. Good Stuff.


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