Brewed by Brouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roeselare, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 2266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2006
The Grand Cru had me intimidated before I tried it, because I had heard how sour it was. I’m not a big fan of overly sour or sweet brews, but I went for the Grand Cru experience anyway. What a great suprise! The pour was dark red with an off-white head. The head dissipated rather quickly, and the aroma was of sour grapes. The mouthfeel was light and airy, with plenty of carbonation. The taste was great. The sourness is there to be sure, but it doesn’t completely overwhelm. I really liked the flavor, and could easily drink a few of these in a session.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUL 9, 2006
Bought an old bottle(Green)from stuffed sandwich on wednesday, couldn’t wait for it! Poured with no head, I could smell the aroma from a foot away. Very sour, but mellow aftertaste, woody. dry on the palate. Sam took good care of this one, great brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagobears (424) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 Pours a rustic red. Aroma of vinegar, oak, and sour grapes. The flavor starts of acidic and very tart. Once my tastes settled I noticed the oak, cherry, lemon and saltiness. The sourness is balanced with a complex woody aftertaste. Incredible beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2006
750ml bottle. Pours a clear dark red with a thin off white head that gives off a fine lacing through the glass. It has a very sour vinegar nose but it is a wonderful smell (hints of wood, malt and sour grapes). The flavor is sour as well. Grapes, cherries, vinegar with a sweet malt finish. Its all over the palate! Amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13895) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2006
Bottle. Shared with Mette at home. Clear dark-red/brown, good off-white head. Aroma: sour, rubber, vinegar. Taste: Smooth start, sweet - brown sugar (Farin). strawberry/cherry, the finish is sour and sharp. Medium carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5136) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2013 I have been wanting to try this one for several years now. Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a reddish-brown color with a small tan head. The aroma was sour and tangy cider vinegar with some light sweet fruits underneath. The mouthfeel is moderately thick. The flavor is very bitter and tangy cider vinegar with some bitter ripe fruits underneath. Too much vinegar for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Corked and caged 750. Pours a dark reddish amber with a small off white head. Well carbonated. Sour apple, dark fruits, sour grape. Tart flavor, with a very fizzy body. Fruity, a touch of honey flavors after you get past the intense tartness. Leaves a slight burn in the back of the throat after each sip - not alcohol, more acidic. Considering the big, sharp flavor, the finish is only lightly sweet and tart, very crisp. Very interesting, but I sure can’t drink much of this, as much as I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a medium head. Aroma is sour, with notes of honey, brown sugar, dark fruits and caramel. Taste is roasted malts, brown sugar and red fruits with notes of wood and a crispy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2006
pours a golden orange with a creamy colored head that fades very slow. aroma of sour grapes and green apple. the flavor is almost completely sour, it could use a hint more of fruit to it. very dry finish with a bit of oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2006
33 cL Bottle. Pours a rather dark orange-red with bubbly cream-colored head. The aroma is quite floral and somewhat sour, with some prune, chocolate, and wood notes. The flavor is sharply sour at first, with crabapple and green wood tastes. It mellows quickly, though, into a berry and honey sweetness and a fairly crisp, woody finish.

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