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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: 2161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Slightly hazy reddish garnet supporting a firm but silky, tall and lasting head. Thin veils of lacing cascaded the length of the glass. Pleasantly sour aroma of cherries, granny smith apples, vinegar and a touch of alcohol. Sour but balanced dance of fruits all over the tounge with just enough carbonation to make for a refreshing and lively sip, one after the other. Smooth and silky mouthfeel and very long, sweet, sour but still somehow clean finish. Overall, this is an extremely complex beer and quite unique - very flavorfull yet not overpoweringly so. Not for everyone and not for every occasion or food pairing, but worth trying if for nothing else but the experience.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hagar (4) - Den Helder, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2006 does not count
Looking forward to open one. I have set myself to a limit. I open them only when itís 30 degrees outside... but itís for me one of the best beer there is in summertime. Real refresshing taste...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours a redish brown with a nice off white head. Aroma is strong of vinegar with some sour fruit notes, cherries maybe black berries. Flavor is a strong sour with a notes of woodiness in the acidic finish. Medium mnouthfeel. Very complex. First experience with the sour ales and will surely try some more. yum!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Nilay was surprised to share something that I had not already had. And a style Iím not fond of. But this was quite good. The chestnut body, topped by a fleeting tan head, gave off a fruity aroma: cherries, prunes, raisins, trebbiano grapes. Lively carbonation and a smooth but thin mouthfeel. Sour tasting but no offensively so. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
Bottle 330ml: Appearence: Reddish brown colour. Aroma: vinegar, sour cherries. Flavor: sour cherry, vinegar. Complexe beer (wow). Thank JoeMcPhee.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Pours as expected (reddish brown with minimal, uneven head). Aroma is mild and varied: cheese, vinegar, apple, wood. Sharp sourness, but thinner than Duchesse and less fruity and sweet than Petrus Aged Brown. This sits in the middle of the style in almost every respect, except the exceptional complex aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2006 From 750mL Bottle.The color is a clear ruddy brown with even transparency. The apple cider vinegar nose carries swiftly from the nose to the palate immediately. Medium bodied, sparkling mouthfeel. Very edgy, acetic palate with loads of cidery, vinegary flavors and an oaky undertone. Extremely tart.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2005
This is one of those "Unsolved mystery" beers, I know Iíve rated it before, yet the rating is gone....Oh well, it gives me another chance to enjoy this tasty tart treat! Marked with Nov 2002, not sure if it is bottled date or expiration date. Has a strong sun tea color with a beige head. Strawberry jam blended with Balsamic vinegar....thereís a few oak chips tossed in for good measure. This beer walks a fine line between tart and sweet. Having aged, this is tart yes, but smooth, not overly acetic but still brings a pucker to your mouth and gets the juices flowing. Like a Framboise lambic, light sweetness but fruity, not syrupy. Tangy refreshing finish. My advice is to let these age, around three years. I will search the dusty shelves of small stores looking for more of these!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Aroma of fresh raspberry and strawberry with wicking volatiles and rich lambic sourness. Pours a clean brown ruddy, with a heap of off-white head. Flavor of varnish and champage vinegar and a lot of fermented fruit flavor. Some mild belgian wheat flavors. Extremely acidic. Makes this one a little unpalatable to me, much like drinking a vinegar. Finish is pretty harsh.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2361) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2006 Whoa. Reddish brown body with a moderate head and good lacing. Usual sour aroma with vinegar and cherries, but also a really nice oak aged character, much different than Panil and more powerful than regular Rodenbach. The sour character is much more potent than itís lesser brother. The Grand Cru leaves a short lingering aftertaste that is unique to the few Flemish Sours Iíve had so far. By unique, I also mean far superior. Wow! This can be enjoyed as a sipper because of its huge complexity or you can guzzle this (if you can afford and/or find them) because itís just as refreshing. Double wow! Donít drink it cold, drink at cellar temp or warmer. This stuff is unbelievable.


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