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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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RATINGS: 2561   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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2008
nice sharp fruit with sour overtones and a hint of wood only Sisyphus has staggered up that mountain with greater burden

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
peterlueb (1) - Nuenen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2008 does not count
flavor of oak, and red fruit, Molasses, Caramel, red wine, bitter and sweet. Nice to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 Bottle 750. Wonderful aging! Aroma winelike with the oak present, sour fruits. Flavor includes sour apple, sour cherry, a bit of vinegar (but not misplaced) on the finish, and overall very vinous. Plenty of tartness too. Not as overpoweringly sweet-sour as the classic. Very impressed. 8-4-8-4-15/3.9

Rerate 8/6/08 Bottle, 750. Aroma upfront with wood, though never overpowering, then tons of fruit, cherry, plum, red apple, and a good dose of sourish malt beneath it all. Flavor really maintains the fruitiness with lots of tartness and a hint of sweetness, although more of a sweet-sourness. Retains a semi-dry tartness despite the generous quantities of malt and that "balancing" sweetness. Coming back to this beer after having now dabbled a bit in the world of more trendy, smaller-scale sours, I actually couldn’t be more impressed by this classic. 8-4-9-4-17/4.2

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BonVoeux (40) - Beveren-Leie, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle, 33 cl. Last friday. Deep, dark brown color, nice creamy head. Sweet aroma a mix fruit and dark malts. Flavor is complex, bit sour, fruits, dark malts, finishes with a bit sour cherry. GOOD.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2008
On tap at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale AZ. Pours a nice red translucent color with a decent sized head. Smells like sour cherry with a hint of vinegar. Taste is pleasantly surprising and plays a number on your tongue. Excellent balance between sour cherries and a underlying sweetness along with hints of oak. Delicious!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
armando629 (2455) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 6, 2008
0,33 l bottle. i was surprised because of the big head and the beautiful red-copper color. Nice appearance. In the nose is some cherry with a little acidic aroma. Fine sour taste with a light carbonation goes down on the tongue. You can feel the woodiness with cherry-sour finish Fine sour beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Really interesting red-tinged brown with a relatively white eggshell head developing. Aroma is quite acetic with prominent oak as well, cherries, dried cranberries, light acetone. Very punchy sourness up front which quickly fades, leaving sour and sweet cherries, complex woodiness and a lightly bitter, tobaccoey finish. Great stuff, ridiculously drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Brown ruby with a thin tan head. Aroma is alcohol, oak, a rum like tinge to it, a little bit of caramel, vinegar and dried fruit. Taste is a very pleasant sourness, light alcohol, black cherries.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
330 ml bottle from Holiday. Dark reddish brown with a fizzy head. Vinegar, fruit, and oak in the aroma. Really nicely balanced between the sweet and sour tastes, cherry, vinegar, and oak dominate with some lemon tartness to the finish. Quite good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goodgrief (1972) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 3, 2008
July 2006 - Aroma of vinegar and cherries. Flavor was sour from the vinegar and some sweetness from fruit (I think cherry). Of course itís tart, but sweet, too. Iím digging it....not that I know what Iím digging, as I havenít had many of these. This seems like the perfect blend of tart and sweet.


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