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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: 2401   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2653) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Neato. Its nice to realize that even after 1400 some beers, I can still find one and say that Iíve never had a beer quite like this one before. Pretty unique. Very pungent, vinous aroma, with notes of chardonnay and concord grapes. Thereís a light woody character. Glowing red-orange color with a modest head. Flavor begins with a nice hard acidity that seems very tight and centered in the mouth, focused. Thereís a really big fruity sweetness right along side it, that begins with notes of raspberry and cherry, but transitions to oranges and lemons. The long dry tart finish is similar to the puckering effect of sucking on lemons. Nice medium body with just right carbonation. A bit difficult to drink a whole 750 by yourself, but not too hard if you put your mind to it!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1934) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
nice dark cherry amber colour, great nose of again cherry , slightly woody and some sweet malts, so nice and tart, great beer

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzerfaust (622) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle from Eurohappy, 6% ABV: Pours a great looking opaque reddish brown color. Head is medium, off-white color. It lasts for little but leaves a good lacing. Aroma is very complex, fragrant and full of sour, fruity notes. There are green apples, dry cherries, grapes, a lot of wet wood, vinegar, champagne and Sauvignon Blanc wine. This is so different from any beer Iíve smelled before. Oak gets more and more prominent. Flavor is sour, very fulfilling, mineral and intense. Similar to a good demi sec Champagne but more sour. It has hints of sour apples, white grapes, maybe some berries and even Martini. I can feel some mustard as Fukito pointed out. Complex but a little sharp. Full mouthfeel, pretty big body. Finish is astringent, and a little harsh. Carbonation is lively but smooth. Refreshing, sour aftertaste. A very complex but difficult to understand and appreciate brew.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marsiblursi (3063) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2007
(Bottle, thanks Gnoff) Pours light hazy nut brown to red. Vinegar aroma with berries, mostly cherries and notes of salt and acetone.Light sour and vinegar flavour with a salty touch but mostly sweet, yet dry-ish. Some green apples in both the nose and taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7712) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2007
Deep cherry red, thin cream head resolving into clear spots and clumps of froth. Mottled and spotty. Hums of Things You Should Not Inhale. Petrol, marker pen, solvent, trees and vinegar. Makes you cough itís so sour and strange at first. Cheap white wine sour, and beyond. An outrageously tangy assault on the mouth, stopping just short of out-and-out acetic unpleasantness. A mild electric shock to the tongue exuding strange metallic sensations. In fact, more of a sensation than a beer, but an oddly refreshing one. If youíre in the mood for it. In a masochistic kind of way.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tashi (32) - London, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2007
Not much to add to existing comments. Looks lovely, smells OK, but if youíre expecting a Belgian beer youíll be unprepared for Rodenbachís sourness. On the other hand, if youíve just drunk a decent cider, the malty beerness sings through. A difficult balancing act pulled off with style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3500) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2007
UPDATED: APR 29, 2007 Pours a clear dark red with an off white head. Some lacings. Smells a bit of alcohol. Sour with balsamico aromas and a slight hint of wood. Also some concentrated tomatoe paste. Full bodied. Sour and mildly bitter finish. Nice refreshing session beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1144) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2007
corked/caged 750 mL bottle listed at 6% abv.... aroma has remnants of arabica but not so sweet as something like bubbleyum. grapelike aroma, like a tart red wine, or apple cider vinegar added to a strong amber ale. no bitterness present other than whatís offered by the acidity (not really bitter, then, i suppose). tarter in the finish than in the flavor - as it hits the tongue itís sweet, fruity, tannic, woody; on the finish itís lip-puckering, imbued with acids that are more like sour candy than anything else. the light carbonation eases the liquid on the palate and lets the acidity stand for itself, and thankfully itís spectacular. close to panil with less wood. one of few beers worth its $10 pricetag. moldy blue (a stilton or roquefort) cheese would be spectacular, set on water crackers and chewed immediately after a swallow of this liquid.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1516) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2007
This beer reminds me much more of wine then beer. In aroma, palate, and appearence it strikes me as an interesting carbonated blush. The color is just a bit off for that, having a hint of brown. It does taste like sour raspberries, with a hint of oak. Definitely not my favorite beer, but a real eye-opener for neophytes (but warn them about the sourness first).

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kopestes (164) - Braine líAlleud, BELGIUM - JAN 5, 2007
0.33l bottle from supermarket. I am not fun of sour beers. It has good (but mostly sour) aroma and taste but you have to like it. I donít.


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