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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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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2610   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 6, 2008
750ml bottle with a 9-21-2007 drink by date. Clear mahogany color with a fleeting head. Fruity sweet tart smell of cherries pears vinegar with some oak, vanilla and caramel. Mouth puckering flavors of pickled cherries pears oak and smooth vaniila waltz across my tongue leaving me with an insatiable desire for more of this nectar of the gods. But alas, there is hope as i glance gleefully to the cellar at those three sibling 750 bottles resting peacefully, patiently awaiting their day in the sun.... ;-)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (4293) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2008
dark red with medium head. fruity nose: cherries and peaches. very sour taste with some spice behind it. pepper and clove. cherry, sour apple, vinegary. this was a lot to take at first but grew on me. Iíd had similar beers while traveling in europe, but this is the first Iíve rated. need to explore the type more. (K: 7)

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2008
On tap. Deep garnet colored with nice thick head. Nose is somewhat harsh, chemically sour, notes of epoxy with cherry aromas building as it warms and sweet tobacco coming through at the very end. Flavor is tart and acidic. Grape soda, sour cherries, malt vinegar. Quite a dry finish with some sweetness remaining on the palate. Very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Poured from bottle a dark reddish brown with tan head. aroma of tart sour cherry and wet wood. Flavor comes off with a candy sweetness leading to a mouth puckering sour cherry and sour apple. There is a aging oak flavor that permeates the beer ending in a vinegar-like dryness. Overall a good beer but the overaged oak flavor detracts from the overall experience.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stonesour (1) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2008 does not count
Raspberry taste, smells wonderful. Mmmm mmmm. Smooth finish. I want one right now.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkMagus (503) - 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 (550) - 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.


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