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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2541   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Nose is of sourness, yeast, bread, cherry. Pours murky broen with small reducing head. Taste is sweet with a long malt then very long hoppy/sour finish. tastes much stronger than 6.5% as it goes to work immmediately. Light carbonation, cherries on the palate, and other complex tastes working up to a warming of the tongue and a smooth burst a reduced alcohol. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KimJohansen (10409) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 [At Chez Moeder Lambic] Dark red nearly brown beer with beige head. The sour aroma contains balsamico and prunes. Nice sweet sour flavor with hints of vinegar and berries. Nice complex beer that finishes with a delicious acid bite.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Bottle. Ive not had a sour ale so I probably shouldnt rate one. But, pours amber, thin off white head. Smells of spoiled vinegar, tastes about the same. Very sour, but it finishes clean and had a civil cherry after taste. Not my cup ’o tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2008 [Bottle] Pours dark amber with a light tan head. Very solid aroma, but doesn’t set itself apart from the pack with anything special (aside from some acetone). Taste is sour (although not overly so as with some) with a little cherry and acetone again. A little thin. Aside from the acetone, it isn’t bad stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Pours a nice deep reddish hued dark brown. Very tart cherry on the nose with a hint of brown sugar and barnyardy like earthy funk. Great tart bite on the front palate that leads to a good dose of ripe cheeries, and is finished with the earthiness. Great beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hagar70 (5) - Den Helder, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2007 does not count
The best alternative for the Rodenbach Alexander. Even beter after the BestBeforDate

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 Almost ruby or deep red in color. Cherry in aroma as you give it a swirl. Not overly sour but kind of like a dessert wine in mouth feel. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2007
This beer is great. Its palate is complex with sour notes, its flavour is robust and yet crisp, its appearance is gorgeous, and overall a tasty delight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2007
A deep red brown pour with a light off white head. An aroma that is very fruity it reminds me of cherries. A tartness that I really enjoy. Cherries come through in the flavor as well. A bit over the top on the carboantion even for the style but the palate overall is solid and rich. Overall an excellent beer that I’’ve waited too long to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - SEP 29, 2007
On tap at Map Room, Chicago. Tasted very fresh and just outstanding. Highly carbonated-- kind of fizzy-- reminded me a little of champagne mouth feel. Not overly sour and a very clean after taste. I drank this after several other big Belgian and IPA beers, so I can’t really comment on the subtle flavors. It was the perfect beer to finish off a great Friday night in Chicago.

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