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

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RATINGS: 2400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.


2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Sampled in Belgium....not a bad beer overall, but I found this very astringent and way too over-the-top acidic for my tastes. Stick with the classic Rodenbach or something similar.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5602) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2011 I am shocked to read how highly RateBeerians have rated this beer. I must go against the crowd. To me it tasted more like vinegar than beer. It was very cidery and difficult to finish. Re-rated after beer tastes have improved. This is very nice. So much fruit in both the nose and flavor. Cherries, apples, peaches, raisins, etc. A bit of wood, too. Some vinegar. This is a really good beer that has wonderful flavors and aromas.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Floback (541) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Enjoyed frequently. Pours amber with mild lacing and small head. Cloying aromas of wood, vinegar, very mild citrus toward the back. Sour tartness spikes the tongue with a balanced body and cloying palate. Enter flavors of cork, sour apple-ish cherry, and fizzy champagne. Better than the orig

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 Wonderful beer - had this in Spain, ironically. Complex aroma of cherry, dried fruits, and sourness. More enjoyable for me because while it had a nice mild tart finish, it wasn’t over the top sour. Yum.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpjuart (1094) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Tasted at Nate’s House, poured into snifter. I really have to thank him for this libation. Pours an amber to brown color with little head, what was there was pretty fizzy, almost champagne-like. Very intense, complex nose. Had a sweet, almost grapie aroma with hints of balsamic vinegar. This was my first Flemish Sour. It had a very sweet start to it, surprisingly, a bit oakie, with an intense, sour finish. The sweet start diminished as the beer warmed. Overall, very, very good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2007
330ml bottle poured into a sniffer. Pours brown with a small fizzy off-white head. The head mostly fades, leaving a small film on the top of the beer, there is no lacing. The aroma is very complex. First there is a sour vinigar aroma, then there are hints of soy sauce and then a slight hint of oak. The flavor is a little more one dimentional. The flavor is of sour apple, then there is a vinegary finish. The body is medium-full with a dry yet syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall it is allright, I didnt know what to expect on this one, it is something that I have never experienced before.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nejhleader (1346) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2007
sour almost borderline vinegar flavor, nice redish colour to it. flavour was very tart powerful element of cherries, not really my thing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goblincat (394) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Light mahogany in color, with a slight off-white head. The nose is an interesting mix of sour, bubblegum, Concord grapes, cherry pie filling, and soy sauce. The taste comes off in a similar fashion, with strong sour cherry coming on strong. Quite interesting and a really neat thing to taste.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
altonbrownd (3933) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Bottle at home. Another wickedly sour ale from Belgium. Dark, wheaty colour with barely any foam. Smells very sour indeed. Quite strong. Apples and vinegar definitely shine through. I’m sure this is tops in its league - but not my thing. Sweet/sour combo nice, as aforementioned.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5116) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2007
[Taster – Seattle International Beerfest]
Dark reddish brown color with a slight haze with a thin head. This was served way too cold so once warmed up the fruity essence was awesome. This was a true Belgian delight. Lots of spices and fruity flavors. Very vinegary like a apple flavors. Did I just color Easter eggs? Interesting flavors with the use of strong Oak.


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