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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: 2237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14104) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2006
Dark red with fuzzy white head. Bier rouge family. Smell of vinegar & sour fruits - cherries. lively carbonation. Very sour and refreshing. The finish is long and again refreshing and has a little sweetness. Fantastic, but not easy drinkable! "Must taste this style of beer more than once before you judge it" (Oerbier, duchesse etc.)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Pours a clear deep red color with a thick slightly off white head. Aroma of sour cherry. Flavor is full of cherry flavors with a biting sour finish. Surprisingly refreshing on a hot day like this one. Delicious.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
If beer nirvana is possible, I’d say that I was just a few steps away while drinking this beer. I realize that this beer may offend some people, but screw ’em. Don’t expect your everyday beer here, because what’s inside the bottle is amazing. Aroma was sour apples, oak, vinegary, and dark cherries. Appearance is dark reddish brown. Flavors are simply out-of-this-world good. It’s tart, sharp, cherries, yeast, and sweet malt. Truly an experience to be shared with others. This has some complexity of an excellent wine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2006
From a caged cork 750ml. green bottle with a blurb on the back label and a best before date stamped on bottom of bottle, 20/09/07. Made a good appearance, poured a hazy red hued brown with a foamy tan head that settled into a thin, foamy lacing, good carbonation. Had a tart cherry nose with hints of lemon, oak and caramelize malts in the background. A crisp, tartly smooth full bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability. Tart and dry, cherry juicy, nicely crisp and sour, a lightly balancing caramelize maltiness, a subtle oaky alcohol warmth in the palate and a dry and tart finish. The best Flanders Red Ale I’ve had so far, sour, tasty and balanced overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrik (41) - Århus, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2006 Beautiful dark red colour. Complex fruity aroma (lime?), quite sour for a flemish’. Palate is very dry -- like a dry white wine. Lively carbonation. Very refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2006
33cl - Best before 30/06/06 - Thanks ClarkVV - Aroma is sour red grape and cherry. Port wine and red wine vinegar as well. Pours hazy red-brown with a quickly fading head and great lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is surprisingly crisp and refreshing. Sour of course, but a little thin and not sour enough to match the aroma. If there is such a thing, this would be a session Femish sour. Doesn’t carry the depth of others I have tried.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Picked this up @ the new European Street cafe location on Beach and 3rd(jax Beach). Sadly the next day Lew Zarka, owner and propieter of the first E-street on Park Street in Riverside was killed in a car wreck. RIP to my first boss ever and a good guy! Poured from a 750 bomber. Pours a brown/red hue with a off white pink head. Nose is standard Flemmy but a bit sharper on the vinegar. That actually plagues it a bit as it’s not as well balanced in the nose, nor taste, as say, Dutches. Taste, as mentioned, carries black cherry, some bitter black currant, and oak-vanilla cask. I never really got the "Bouqet" I had waited for, cold and warm. I even topped it off with a Rosanthal versace wine stopper and drank a day later to see what happened. Sure enough the carbs were still active and blew out on me when I opened it back up, so that was cool.

3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingdavid (18) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 11, 2006
ok, so your running a trianthalon, you see your buddy holding out a cup of that water they alwasy seem to have on hand. As you reach for the water, he pulls it back, and your grandpa, surprisingly strong for his age comes out of nowhere with an aluminum lousiville slugger, which doesn’t evenr exist, and crushes your jaw. this smells like vinegar and tastes like what the devil would call "sour."

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vyvvy (4133) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 Dark reddish brown pour with a light tan head. Aroma is very tart with some oak, vinegar, sour apples and essence of dark cherries. Medium bodied with light spritzy carbonation. Taste is very tart and oaky with sharp cherries and vinegar ~ the vinegar taste actually works for this though. The sourness starts to be almost like tannins. Later the beer starts have more oak to the taste and less fruit. This is quite a complex beer in the taste, but the taste does not change that much down the bottle. A wonderful beer, but best if shared with someone - a 750 ml of this was very overwhelming to the palate. (9/4/8/4/16 - 4.1) <P> <b> Rerate notes - </b> Glad I came back to see my notes and score on this. After having MANY of these my palate has changed drastically. After becoming adapt to the style this has become my favorite of the style and I find new excitement with each bottle. I must change from my previous review that this does in fact evolve as it warms bringing new depths with the oak and sourness. Also I no longer find a 750 overwhelming, now it is welcoming. As close to a perfect beer as I’ve found.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
macbar (30) - ITALY - MAY 10, 2006
Ruby body, off-white head, sour, fruity nose. Extremely tart start, astringent yet fruity middle, acetic and citric finish, lingering. Complex.


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