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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: 2595   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkMagus (501) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2008
I think Iíve seen this a million times but never actually had it... Pours a dark red-brown with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma was woody, funky, sour, and a bit malty-sweet. SUPER sour and fruity... sour cherry, green apple, a really nice funky bacteria-sour flavor with some nice woodiness and a hint of acetic acid. Well-carbonated, light and a bit syrupy. Great stuff, would drink this any time...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Pours a beautiful deep brick red with a good looking light tan head. What a great aroma! Sour cherries and apples, but has a noticeable sweetness to it. Dark fruits and malt also join in. Iím a fan of this beer before Iíve tasted it. Tart. Cherries, and cranberries. Cider like. The sourness loosens up as you continue to drink, but stays tart in the finish. Body is full and rather bubbly.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - FEB 24, 2008
Pours a clear, dark garnet brown, with fizzy, collapsing offwhite head. Nose is very vinous, with a strong oaky character, like wooden balsamic vinegar. On the palate tart cherries leap to the front, to slowly recede into mild dark caramel and faint chocolatemalts and medicinal tingly hops. Really well balanced, with a nice moreish finish. One of the better flemish sours Iíve tried, and much, much better than regular rodenbach.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Pours dark reddish brown with a mostly receding wispy tan head. Aroma and taste of oak, balsamic vinegar, sour cherry, and lots of acid. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation and highly acidic. Honestly, I like sour beers and I considered this to be much too acidic. Not very far removed from drinking vinegar. Might be good with some salty food though.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JAXSON (536) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Pours like coca cola from a 12 oz. bottle with a quickly dissipating beige head with lively bubbles. A light sourness followed by a huge vinegar kick dominates the aroma and flavor, and to me, nothing could overcome that vinegar phenomena. Kind of tough to get through the whole bottle, to be honest. Not great at all; no cherry, oak, or other expression making it complex or noteworthy beyond the slightly unpleasant vinegar character.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Felsenbrau (44) - Middletown, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Pours a deep rootbeer/amber color with short-lived tan head, absolutely no lacing. Wonderful aroma of apples, apple cider, (exotic fruits?). Light taste of apple cider swiftly turns sour apple and apple vinegar. Finishes sour sour sour! Interstingly complex, will try with seafood next time.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2008
bottle at OpusK Lohja Color dark cherry red ,very small head scent: sour Taste: very sour almost vineqar but pleasant way,cherry. very long aftertaste

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Pours Reddish borwn with a light head that disappears quickly. Aroma of sour cherries with a hint of chocolate. Taste is sour throughout and lasts. Strong and consistent from begining to end. Has med-high carbonation and a full mouth feel. Can detect some aromatic hops in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 on tap @ papago... sweet! this pours dark brown with red tints. it has no head on it but you can see the carbonation jumping out. you can smell how sour it is before your nose hits the glass and when it does it stings a bit. the aroma is mostly sour and fruity with some underlying grain and caramel. it reminds me of wood aged sherry vinegar. the flavor is initially sweet but turns really quickly to dry and sour. notes of wood, tart apples, fresh red cherries and grains play a secondary role. the finish is crisp, clean and dry. medium bodied with a puckering mouth feel and lip drying qualities. they get more satisfying the more i drink....8/4/9/5/18=4.4

from the bottle... aromas of mineral/slate, grassiness and wood are added. the flavor is woodier than the tap version. itís not as sour and itís missing something on the middle palate but retains the creamy mouth feel 8/4/8/5/17=4.2

3.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 16, 2008
The other flemish red ales Iíve had so far had something in common with ale. This one does not. The sourness is complete and total, and really something that compels me to keep drinking it... fast. I really enjoy this style a lot.


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