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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2624   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Brown ruby with a thin tan head. Aroma is alcohol, oak, a rum like tinge to it, a little bit of caramel, vinegar and dried fruit. Taste is a very pleasant sourness, light alcohol, black cherries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
330 ml bottle from Holiday. Dark reddish brown with a fizzy head. Vinegar, fruit, and oak in the aroma. Really nicely balanced between the sweet and sour tastes, cherry, vinegar, and oak dominate with some lemon tartness to the finish. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goodgrief (2000) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 3, 2008
July 2006 - Aroma of vinegar and cherries. Flavor was sour from the vinegar and some sweetness from fruit (I think cherry). Of course itís tart, but sweet, too. Iím digging it....not that I know what Iím digging, as I havenít had many of these. This seems like the perfect blend of tart and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Had a glass at Busterís on 28th. It wasnít quite as sour as regular Rodenbach, but very smooth and a very welcome option at a local bar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quinten (1060) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2008
Brown colour, thin beige head. Sweet malt aroma under lots of sour/tartness. Complex flavor - sweet (sugar/brown sugar), some oak, fruity (cherry, raisin, lemon), and very sour. But thereís enough sweetness to make this very refreshing. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Pours dark ruby/raspberry color with 1-finger head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of cherry, raspberry, a bit of wood, but not much. Initial flavor is tart cherries, less so than Belgian Red but very noticeable. The finish is sour, but not overly sour in a bad way. Well balanced between the sweetness and the sourness. Thought this was pretty solid, would buy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2008
12 oz. bottle, 2007 pours with perfect appearance, fantastic deep, dark raspberry color, but head rapidly fades to almost nothing. Aroma is a mix of sweet fruit and vinegar, offputting at first but inviting towards the end. Flavor is complex, producing different accents of flavor with each taste. Predominant flavors are cider vinegar, rhubarb, raspberry; finishes with a little sour cherry. Finally a sour ale I really enjoyed. Found the balance between, sour and sweet exceptional. Overall, impressive and unique. Now for a little to cheese to finish it off with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2008
UPDATED: APR 9, 2016 12 oz bottle; fresh, 1/30/08

Dark brown with red and amber highlights, near-white fuzzy head of modest scale. Aroma of gentle malt vinegar meeting strawberry-rhubarb pie atop an oaken picnic table; nice, not stinging at all. The flavor is almost sweeter than expected, much less sour than say La Folie, fresh pie cherries with wood, carbonation occasionally lifting it to string the sinuses but usually just going down mellow, sour, but supremely drinkable. Iím having a hard time sipping instead of quaffing. Very nicely balanced. A fascinating sweetness plays along the sides on the tongue late in the flavor profile, just as the sourness is starting to peak but replacing the sourness, leaving cherry cider and wood for the final lingering flavors. 7/4/8/4/16=3.9.

8/6/2009. As part of the Naked City sour tasting, this one comes off as good but strongly balsamic (heading toward Duchess but not anything of that magnitude) and sweeter than La Folie. Rating of 3.9 is about right.

4/8/2016. 750 ml bottle from 2006. People say on-line that you shouldnít age this one. Bullshit! This is epic. Fully -- almost aggressively -- carbonated after a decade. Beautiful chestnut pour with modest head. Great aroma, lots of sherry with hints of aged hops atop the richest and most complex Flemish sour balsamic aromas Iíve ever experienced. Flavor is an explosion of awesome. The expected tartness, of course, surprisingly rich raisin flavors, wonderful balsamics, tannins, wow. Sweet, but splendid. 8/5/9/4/17=4.3. Bumping upward, but not quite all the way. Because whoís going age for a decade?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Pours a dark reddish brown with a fairly big head that dissipates quickly and lively carbonation. Aroma is of sour cherries, vinegar and oak. Taste is nicely sour, fruit but not overwhelming. Sticky texture. Long sour finish. Very nice "sit down with a snifter after a long days work" beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours dark amber with a quickly gone head. Aroma is woody, fruity, slight acidic brettish and solid note of acetone (which I donít enjoy) - seems dry. Flavour is sweet/acidic, with a blend of fruit and sour notes. Shows a strange chemical note into the finish. Otherwise a very controlled flemish sour, nice.

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