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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2383   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotty (1088) - SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2007
Lovely deep tawny colour,good firm tight off -white head. There is a persistent bead of small bubbles....looks superb, there’s a nice lace too.Still has that distinctive slightly vinegar like nose, although it seems less "in yer face" than when I first tried this, granted, that was about 5 years ago so the old memory might be playing tricks again! The sour character dominates the palate but that gradually softens and is replaced by an increasingly mellow fruitiness combined with a gentle acidity. A unique brew (or is it?) complex, yet refreshing. Unless you knew otherwise, you’d probably pour it away and never buy it again, and put "infected" as a rate. Unusual and delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Bottle: Pored a dark reddish brown with thin light brown head. Sour bitter grape fruit aroma. Tangy sour flavor with dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 Unclear reddish brown color with little head. Aroma of vinegar and sour rotten apples and formaldehyde... not my favorite. But I’ll forgive anything if it tastes good, and this does not disappoint. Quite tart of sour cherries and cranberries, yet balanced beautifully with just the right touch of sweetness before the acidity becomes too much. Subtle oak character rounds it out. My co-tasters couldn’t get past the nose, so I had to finish the entire 750 by myself. A challenging beer and maybe an acquired taste, but I loved this at first gulp. A memorable experience and one of my favorite beers which the rating can’t really express enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2007
Robe rouge légèrement voilée aux reflets bruns surmontée d’une mousse beige qui s’estompe. Arômes de cerises sûres et de bois. Saveurs de cerises sûres, de bois et de cassonade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerre (2976) - Waregem, BELGIUM - FEB 18, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Red brown color with little head. Sour aroma. Taste is good, tart of sour cherries and cranberries, yet good in balance with the right touch of sweetness. Top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Reddish brown pour with a large light tan head. Aroma of vinegar, fruit, yeast, hops, and flowers. Flavor was overwhelmingly of vinegar and yeast with a nice mix of cherries, cranberries, and malt. The palate was overwhelmed by the vinegar but the finish was excitingly tart and crisp. Flemish Sour Ale’s aren’t for everyone but if you like them, you will definitely like Rodenbach’s Grand Cru.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 16, 2007
Bottle 750 ml. Wine aroma immediately hits the nose after cork is off. Deep brown reddish color and not much head. Aroma in snifter is fruity/prune with vinegar notes. Taste is a bitter/tart cherry and vinegar. Also the finish has a sour effervescent twang to it. A really odd/unique beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (2307) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Pours a beautiful deep brick red with a good looking light tan head. What a great aroma! Sour cherries and apples, but has a noticeable sweetness to it. Dark fruits and malt also join in. I’m a fan of this beer before I’ve tasted it. Tart. Cherries, and cranberries. Cider like. The sourness loosens up as you continue to drink, but stays tart in the finish. Body is full and rather bubbly. I’m glad I waited this long to try this beer as I don’t think I could have appreciated before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours reddish caramel, off white head. Aroma is sour, grapes, tangy, earthy. Flavor is sour, wheat, grapes, tangy, vinegar & salt potato chips.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 10, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 750. Tulip. Pours a red brown, very tart, more tart than the duchess, vinegar aroma, taste of sherry vinegar, soy sauce and iron. Very acidic I finished the bottle but had too eat something to calm down the acid in my stomach. Definately not for the uniformed. it was good but I would not drink another 750 alone.

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