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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: 2174   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Small tan head, a touch rocky, fair retention and lace. Ruddy brown color with a soft red glow. Vinegar aroma up front along with notes of cherry, light woodiness and an earthy background. One tart pup, medium body thats coating with a nice carbonation level. Fruity flavors, cherries, spice, maybe some citrusy notes? Dry malts and vinegar behind the scenes. Lots going on but gets a bit tiring on the palate. Finish is dry, tart with a light astringency, fruity and woody. A tough drink.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2005
What a beer ... It was a clear, medium amber-brown color with a small, short-lived frothy head and nice lacing. The aromas were mouth-watering and complex: Raspberry, balsamic vineager, sour cherry, citrus, honeysuckle flower and five-spice powder with trace yeasty aromas of mold and cellar lending earthy balance. The palate was light-to-medium with a luxurious velvety texture and fizzy carbonation. The flavor was equally complex—full, nicely balanced and sweet with a smooth average-length finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (5696) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 22, 2005
Bottled(330ml).-nice dark ruby coloured, almost no head, wine nose, aroma of raspberry, cherry and lemon with wet wooden oak notes, too strong and sharp acidity for my taste, good beer but it’s not in my top50

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Creamy and fading tan head. Nice enough lacing. Reddish chocolate brown body. Sour brown sugar, dry. Woody apple crate and various vinous liquor notes. Tannin fruit taste. To me, predominantly sour concord grape skins with decent sweet sugary backing. Quick dry finish. Fizzy body. Sadly a little too fizzy. My overall opinion can compare it to a nice fresh, perfectly ripe and in season ruby red grapefruit. Its sour, sure, but still very delicious. I should have sampled this side-by-side with the Alexander, because this is very good, and I want to see what more I liked in the other.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Maddog (392) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2005
An unbelievable beer. I love Belgians, naturally, but this one was over the top. Love the dark amber color and the beautiful aromatic nose, but the tart, sourness in the flavor makes it truly one of my all time favorites. Sour, yet fruity, would make a wonderful companion with raspberries or cherries.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2005
Cherry wood color, quickly dissipating head. Smell is balsamic vinegar, woody, some cherry, tart, and sweet. The taste is almost lip puckering, grapefruit, and lingering tart.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Ruby body, off-white head, sour, fruity nose. Extremely tart start, astringent yet fruity middle, acetic and citric finish, lingering. Complex.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Dark ruby brown with a light off-white head. Pungent aroma of vinegar, raspberry, cherry, wet oak, and hints of burning vegetation. Initial sips hit like a large spoonful of hot and sour soup, harsh, astringent, burns and burns. Incredibly sour (and I love gueuze), and for the first few minutes this beer pushes you to the edge of insanity. It’s a little tough to get past that. But then it warms, a mysterious fog lifts, and subtle glorious complexity emerges. Layers of tart rasperries, vanilla laden pastry dough, and lemons slice through every taste receptor you didn’t even know existed. And though it continues to burn, the mouth’s resilience is rewarded with a long sugary malt finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Vanilla,oak,cinnamon and an almost Armanagnac(SP?) dominate the nose. Bright ruby red,slow traveling bubbles, with a lingering head but a quick fading lace. Huge mouthfeel with long finish,rich but dry,tart and keeps your mouth watering. Sweetness is evident but is washed away quickly by the tart acidity.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3318) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Bottle sampled side by side with the Rodenbach Classic. Vinous, sweet aroma with hints of chocolate and berries. A bit more sugary and fruity than the Classic. Almost seems too sweet for style, but this is still a nice aroma. Amber.rusted color that is the same as the classic. Moderately hazy with a smaller light tan head that is not very resilient. A more aggressive flavr to say the least when compared to the Classic--more vinous, sour, acidic, and astringent. This is more to style as it is more sour, but I still can’t get into the whole sour beer thing. This beer almost burns the tongue because of the massive acidity. The aroma is great, but the palate is just not as pleasing to me as the Classic is.


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