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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: 2178   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.


3.3
   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 I’m 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 (644) - 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 I’ve 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....there’s 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 (3177) - 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 (2394) - 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 it’s lesser brother. The Grand Cru leaves a short lingering aftertaste that is unique to the few Flemish Sours I’ve 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 it’s just as refreshing. Double wow! Don’t drink it cold, drink at cellar temp or warmer. This stuff is unbelievable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 27, 2005
The aroma is of tart fruit. The color is a golden brown with hues of reddishness. The head is a decent size tan. The flavor is sour and fruity with an acidity finish on the palate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Pours an opaque mahogany with a small head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The nose is pleasantly barnyardy, apple cider vinegar, and slightly herbal. Very interesting on the palate! Immediate sourness and the strong sting of carbonation give way to a burst of fruit, lemon, apple, and cherry. Acidity is strong throughout and rough on the throat in the finish, like vinegar. So rough, I don’t think I can finish this bottle. Otherwise this is a very enjoyable ale.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Dark clear red color with a small beige head. Aroma and flavor of sour fruit and vinegar. Finishes with an acidic burn to the throat.


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