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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: 2379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Pours off white orange maroon with a very thin head. Very distinct syrupy sour smell, with oranges and molasses mixed in. Taste is very sharp and tannic, sour funky apples and oranges come to mind. Actually, after the first sip you get used to the sharp sourness and it becomes rather pleasant. Still, extremely tart. You have to like the sour stuff to enjoy this beer. Luckily, I do.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1325) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Large bottle, BB 9-13-08, 6% alcohol listed, pours a dark bronze ruby, off-white bubbles, sour fragrance with soft sweet fruit and faint flowers, faint strawberry, caramel, apple and cider aromas, faint wood fragrance, good sour in the mouth with a small malt fruit taste, citrus and dry on the palate, sourness twinges my nose with every sip, a good pucker with each drink, tart apple with sweet fruit taste, grape juice flavor, faint malt flavor, light on the palate, finishes dry.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2007
750ml bottle, shared with VeloVampire - pours a beautiful dark ruby colour, with the gradient lighting towards the bottom. Aroma is extremely sour and vinous, vinegary and fruity (cherries, red grapes, apples). It’s great. Flavour is at first an intense rush of sourness, which then gives way to reveal all the beautifully fruity, rich flavours underneath. Some nice oakiness in there as well, unsurprisingly, as well as candied sugar. I love Flemish Sour Ale, and so far this is the best one I’ve had...though I haven’t had many. I want more. This stuff blows my mind.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2007
750 ml bottle, shared with StompBrockmore - lots of expectations going in to this one - they were all obliterated. Poured a dark brown with a descending gradient of darker to lighter. Aroma of red wine vinegar, sour grapes, sugar and yeast. Flavour is the most intensely sour thing I have ever had. So sour, like a sour key times 10. I loved it. It is also, earthy and lightly spiced. Beautiful, beautiful beer. Don’t know how much of it I could drink in a session, but then again it’s not really meant to be a session beer. Half of the bottle was a perfect amount for one sitting. I will definitely be getting this again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours a ruby color with minimal beige colored head that pretty much settles out. Aroma is oak, vinegar, sour cherry, green apple. Flavor is tart cherries, sour apple, vinegar, oak, vinous. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, acidic, tart, ultra dry finish. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 18, 2007
750ml. Probably the best Flemish Sour Ale that I have thus far. This one seems much more balanced than other FSA’s that I have had. The sourness is not overpowering. Pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - MAR 15, 2007
750ml bottle with a best by 13/09/08. Pours a dak garnet tinged brown with a on finger head that fades fairly quickly to a thin soapy cap. The isn’t very sticky, sliding down the sides of the glass when I set it down. Smell; sour apples and tart cherries come out right up front, followed by a bit of vinegar and oak. There’s a touch of some earthy funkiness floating around in the background as well. Taste; the tart cherries a very evident on the first few sips, and then some of the sour apples start to show through a little bit. Vinegar and oak barrels mix with a bit of a woodsy earthiness, and just some faint hints of a barnyard funk, with a bit of an acidic bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a carbonation tingle that adds a bit of bite to the tartness, and the drinkability is really good, but I really like this style of beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
Not the Duchesse but I can drink this. Page 388 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 284 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2007
Sweet and sour, almost like a chinese meal. Very special, I’d say this belongs at the extreme end of the beer world. Fruit, acid, not much body, really.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeinDahlem (1377) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2007
Cola color with red highlights, decent head. Aroma of sour cherries. Flavor is sourish, sparkling red grape juice with some dryness. Very vinous. Damn fruity. Not much finish.


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