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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: 2175   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (13555) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2006
Bottled, 0.33ltr. Light brown color with nice carbonation and lacings. Small beige head. An intense aroma hits you the second you pop the cap. Cherry, black currant and raspberry at the same time in the aroma, along with tart vinegar notes and oak. Flavor is more balanced, with cherry slowly beeing overtaken by sweeter raspberry. Astringent towards the tart finish that has sweet notes too. Reminds me of a champagne in the mouth, and I can feel the sourness on my teeth. (060124)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2006
For starters.... my first flemish sour. It took us nearly 10 minutes to get the cork out of this thing.... it finally took a pair of pliers to get it to turn at all... and then another 5 minutes of work to weasel it out. Pours medium amber, with slight white head... Aroma is acidic (vinegary) tannic, and notes of vanilla and oak. sour sour sour. i had no idea this is what they meant when ísourí was denoted... but holy hell. this is nice. a nice contrast to the hoppy beers i love and drink regularly. wish i could find stuff like this locally - a roommate picked this up at Jungle Jimís in Cinncinati.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2006
33cL bottle. Murky brown-orange red with a medium sized light tan head. Acetic and tannic fruit aroma, some caramel and phenolic plastic notes underneath. Sharp sour bite, some vinous complexity. Comingling sweet and acetic fruit flavors in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium light, very dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Dark reddish-amber color with a medium thick eggshell white head that lasts fairly long. Thick sheets of lacing. Aroma of sour cherry and grape, with a touch of sweet malt too. Medium-bodied and super tart and vinous and first, but smoother as it warms. Sour fruit is the name of the game here, with cherry and apple being dominant. Some light spices and malts are there as well. The finish is dry and fruity. Admittedly I usually struggle with this style but this is a complex and well-crafted beer.

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.


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