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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: 2335   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3906) - - JUL 31, 2006
sour, red wine, grape, green apples, assorted berries aroma. murky burgundy with a medium sized off-white head. prickly mouthfeel. full bodied. extremely sour and acidic. flavors are similar to the aroma.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2006
be prepared to pucker up....A dark reddish brown with a fairly big head and good carbonation. Aroma is of sour fruits, vinegar, wood. Taste is sour fruit and vinegar, with an acidic finish. Give me a rolaids! then give me another sip...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Champagne bottle. Aroma is sour with caramel sweetness and some acidic notes. Color is a redish brown, somewhat cloudy with a thin white head. Flavor is dominated by sour and acidic...acidity is strong into the finish, which isn’t great...not nearly as smooth and clean as the Duchess. Overall, a very sour and acidic beer...great, but a little too acidic to balance out.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (3040) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2006
I’m still new to the flemish sour ale style, but this beer took me by surprise. Its got a very unique aroma of wood and yeast. The taste is of sory cherries and tart citrus. taste is smooth. I probaly wont be drinking Flemish sours on a regualr basis , but this is one I could have every once in a while.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
nick76 (4302) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 The aroma is very sour with vinegar and berries. The appearance is a nice deep red with a small head. The flavor is very sour with vinegar up front, malt in the middle and cherries at the end. Also it is rather acidic. The palate is typical for the style. Overall it fits the Flemish Sour Ale style but I don’t like it.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2006 Dark reddish brown slightly cloudy body with a large beige head that vanishes, leaving sheets of lacing. Nose of a Belgian sour with some sweet fruit, cherries rather than berries, I thought. Taste of sour cheeries, grapes, vanilla and woody oaky overtones from the aging. Long sour and bitter finish. Perfect with Alsacian Charcroute Garni — indeed, the sourness of the sauerkraut makes the beer almost sweet. Again, sweet fruit and oak, but the dominant flavor is definitely Flemish sour. // I just tweaked the rating on this one to normalize it. It’sjust a little better than some of the other beers I rated as a 4.2 so I needed to get it up to a 4.3.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Hazy light ruby topped by a huge, airy, off white cap. Aroma and flavor of must, funk, earth, oak, cherry, vinegar, and sourness. Medium body, well carbonated. Refreshing brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Pours a clear deep burgundy color with lots of bubbles and a nice amount of froathy offwhite head. Aroma is very winey, oak, sour berries and flowers- very distinct scent. Flavor is very sour - like unripened raspberries. Very acidic and an oaky undertone. Overall, too much sour for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (6553) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2006
Small beige head quickly disappears. Deep dark red body like slightly watery red wine, with some ongoing carbonation. Deep, acidic vinous aroma of wild berries, fruit, and wine, with a sharpish edge. Deep, intensely acidic taste, again of wild berries, wine, and wood. Sharp aftertaste. Excellent! A unique beer. (0.33l bottle.)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2006
The Grand Cru had me intimidated before I tried it, because I had heard how sour it was. I’m not a big fan of overly sour or sweet brews, but I went for the Grand Cru experience anyway. What a great suprise! The pour was dark red with an off-white head. The head dissipated rather quickly, and the aroma was of sour grapes. The mouthfeel was light and airy, with plenty of carbonation. The taste was great. The sourness is there to be sure, but it doesn’t completely overwhelm. I really liked the flavor, and could easily drink a few of these in a session.


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