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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: 2478   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1268) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2008 [Bottle] Pours dark amber with a light tan head. Very solid aroma, but doesn’t set itself apart from the pack with anything special (aside from some acetone). Taste is sour (although not overly so as with some) with a little cherry and acetone again. A little thin. Aside from the acetone, it isn’t bad stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Pours a nice deep reddish hued dark brown. Very tart cherry on the nose with a hint of brown sugar and barnyardy like earthy funk. Great tart bite on the front palate that leads to a good dose of ripe cheeries, and is finished with the earthiness. Great beer!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hagar70 (3) - Den Helder, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2007 does not count
The best alternative for the Rodenbach Alexander. Even beter after the BestBeforDate

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 Almost ruby or deep red in color. Cherry in aroma as you give it a swirl. Not overly sour but kind of like a dessert wine in mouth feel. Very nice beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2007
This beer is great. Its palate is complex with sour notes, its flavour is robust and yet crisp, its appearance is gorgeous, and overall a tasty delight.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5696) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2007
A deep red brown pour with a light off white head. An aroma that is very fruity it reminds me of cherries. A tartness that I really enjoy. Cherries come through in the flavor as well. A bit over the top on the carboantion even for the style but the palate overall is solid and rich. Overall an excellent beer that I’’ve waited too long to try.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - SEP 29, 2007
On tap at Map Room, Chicago. Tasted very fresh and just outstanding. Highly carbonated-- kind of fizzy-- reminded me a little of champagne mouth feel. Not overly sour and a very clean after taste. I drank this after several other big Belgian and IPA beers, so I can’t really comment on the subtle flavors. It was the perfect beer to finish off a great Friday night in Chicago.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours deep red / ruby with brownish head. Aroma is vinegary / sour at first but this quickly changes as the fruit, especially cherry quickly comes through. Taste is sharp and malty with woody / fruity / acidic. This ale is very well balanced and is a joy to drink.

0.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
glennmastrange (2526) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Bottle. First time with a Flemish sour. OMG did this suck. Aromas of hay, straw and dark bread for the malt, perfume for the hops, and mold for the yeast with wood, cherry, medicine and a heavy dose of vinegar. Head is fizzy off white with good lacing and is mostly lasting, color is hazy red/brown. Flavor is pretty rough, starts lightly sweet heavily acidic, acetic and sour then finished just sour and acetic like fruit juice gone bad. Palate is light to medium, watery with a fizzy carbonation and finishes extremely astringent. This would make a good oven degreaser or salad dressing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2007
330 ml bottle. Dark brown with a small haze, possibly from yeast in the bottle. Small coarse white head. Funky sourish oaky wooden aroma. Sharp acidic bite at first then a more rounded malt flavour. Nice balance between malt complexity and sharp acids. Finish leaves mouth dry with a wooden impression. A beer that stands out and has its own unique character. Excellent stuff.


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