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


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RATINGS: 2159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2006
From a 750 ml bottle from the local package store. Pours a reddish-brown with an off-white head. Aroma is fruity and... vinegary. All of those wonderful, fruity flavors in Rodenbach Classic are there, working in the background-- but holy cow is this a sour beer! That flavor really hits you. Only a hit of oak flavor/aroma that I can detect depite the claim that it is oak-aged for 18 months. A nice treat, but I think I prefer the sourness in the background as in Rodenbach Classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 Cquiroga and I compared an ’04 bottle and a ’97 bottle, both from his cellar (and by cellar I mean his girlfriend’s closet), summer of 2005. The rating is a creative combination of the two; if sampled after two-three years, I think it would be perfectly between the two.

2004 Vintage: This was crisper and more agressive than the older bottle; the converse of that is that it was less developed, especially in the flavor. Glowing ruby orange with a light caramel head of medium size and fizzy texture, diminishing to an island of large bubbled foam surrounded by a dusting and a thick ring around the outside. Erratic lacing. Smells: sour cherry, perfume alcohol (somewhat cheap perfume, like from 1/2 Price Store), acetone. That doesn’t sound good, but it was. Acid bomb from the first sip, mouthwatering and crisp with a Granny Smith apple flavor mostly, mixed with softer cherry and a lurking dark maltiness. The finish begins dry and flat, with an acridness emerging and a very light sting late that seems like hops, but none that I remember having before. 8/4/9/4/18 = 4.3

1997 Vintage: Color takes on a brownish orange tinge at the edge. Head is grayer and less resilient, grainier in appearance. Smell is funky, sour cherry lurks beneath a heightened acetone character, and it’s developed a fermenting/over-ripe, wet wood aroma which sucks. Racing is more active, carbonation hasn’t dissipated at all. The acid in the mouth is toned down, but it’s still nicely tart and lasts longer into the finish (I would say it’s at a perfect level throughout). The flavor is earthier and reminiscent of sawdust, a nice counterpoint to the lively sour grape and Granny Smith apples. Really, the flavor is much more in control and balanced, nicely complex. 5/3/10/5/17 = 4.0

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - APR 18, 2006
Wow...this is my first sour...kind of a kick in the ass. Pours a hazy redish yellow and has a fizzy whte head. Aroma is kind of unpleasant...sour fruit and yeast...but not so much in a good way. The taste...that is more like it...man this is pretty damn good...as long as you sip it. Taste has complex sour fruit and sweet malt...really interesting...and amazingly balanced for what it is. Mouthfeel is much like champagne. This was a pleasant surprise...am I going to attempt to drink a 750ml of it by myself, no. Would I share one with 2 other people again, yes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2006
(04.01.06) 330 mL brown bottle purchased at The Tree pub, Beijing, China. ABV 6 %. Bottle states that best before 9/9/06. Poured hazy red amber with small white head. Good lacing. Soft carbonation. Sour cherry in the nose. Medium bodied Belgium ale that starts dry with tiny malt sweetness with a blast of intense sour fruit (cherry?)/cider flavors. Sourness dissipates in the middle. Finishes dry with light malt fade. No discernable hop presence. Very flavorful. Good aroma. A very good sour Belgium ale but definitely not for the meek.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slcbrewer (44) - USA - APR 11, 2006
Drinking this right now out of a brandy snifter. This might be the best colored beer I’ve ever seen. Beautiful red-brown, not much head. Sour as all get out, and can taste the oak. Would be good in hot weather

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5470) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (951) - 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 don’t 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
henrikb (1258) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2006
Bought 2001 – Best before 08.2005 – 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.

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