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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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RATINGS: 2545   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2007
A good sour ale, though I canít claim to have had too many. This one pours a clear, very dark reddish brown, with a fairly thin light tan head. Nose is...well...sour, with some noticeable vinegar notes. Flavor is sour, as well, but not in an unpleasant or overpowering manner. Mixed berry flavors come through, as the beer begins by biting at the front of the tongue, with a sour, and also sweet berry flavor in the middle, before a sour, dry finish. Also of note is the generous carbonation, throughout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (42843) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle. Clear dark amber red color with a average, frothy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate vinegar, berry sweet / sour, wood. Flavor is moderate sweet and moderate acetic (vinegar), salty, with average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is flat. ;o)) (241107)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Old rating off a pile of forgotten notes. Pours slightly hazy dark amber with ruby lights and lacy white head. Light body, active carbonation. Sour cherry and vinegar in the aroma and taste. Well rounded. Dry on the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bourbon colored, clear body with off-white head. Aroma is woody, vinegary with some notes of malty carmel and fruits ó†plum and raisin. The flavor is heavily sour and slightly sweet. Thin body, watery texture. Lively carbonation. Enjoyed sipping this though it didnít knock my socks off.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Pours an ruby brown colour with a small off white creamy head. Nose is very tart, cherries, red wine, sugar, and some vinegar. The initial taste is mouth puckering with a fizzy active mouthfeel. Tart cherries & cranberries blanket the mouth. Oakiness comes through with a unique funk that is enjoyable and doesnít get offpace. Apon the finish a sharp dry bitter rhine with the tartness of the red fruits still linger in the background character. Acidity is definitely up there. Good head retention and lacing of the glass. Palate duration is average. Definitely enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
330ml bottle. Pours mahogany brown with an inch of white head that quickly subsides but leaves heavy lacing. Aroma is sharp, sour fruit with cherry & apple in particular notable. Great mouthfeel and a sour tang that makes you shiver. Lovely long finish too. Not too complex, but a great introduction to sour ales and a good beer to have on hand to pair with strong food.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Pours a rich, amber mocha color w/ a modest, shortlived froth yet leaving a lasting clumpy canopy of lace. Strong aromas of sour fruit. Medium nectar w/ good carbonation. Mildly sweet balanced by sour acidity. Flavors of sour grannysmith apples provide the essential groundwork. Other nuances of pomagranite , cranberry, strawberry, leather, citrus, and herbs. The finish is quickly dissipated leaving a fresh tartness to enjoy. Highly recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3734) - Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2007
750 ml bottle purchased at Metcalf Discount Liquor. Pour is brown-red, clear with a normal white head. Aroma of wood (oak), sour, vinegar and some cherry fruitiness. Taste is initially quite sour/tart though this settles in quite nicely into cherry fruit, oak barrel and a nice earthy sour funkiness. This paired very nicely with Thanksgiving appetizers (brie, raspberry chutney, olives, etc.)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2007
11.2oz bottle, best by 4/25/08: Deep ruby pour with a smallish cap. The nose is sharp with notes of vinegar, plums, wood and raisans. The body is a bit thin and not as near as tart as I expected. The sourness does expand on the tongue as it finishes with extended notes of woody malt and caramel beneath the balsamic vinegar. Not a huge fan as I expected more complexity.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2007
Sharp nose with sour raspberry balanced with some licorice and cocoa. After this, it all goes to hell and back. Iíve rated it neutral as Iím not sure how to take this beer - itís kind of like a lambic but then also kind of like a sour sweet. Iíll give it time and try it again.


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