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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2380   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2007 Bottle sampled at the Newtown Brewfest with Beerded_one and the Mad Indian. Pours deep red with an off-white head. Aroma of fermented cherries and yeast. The flavor is sweet upfront, fruit, and a harsh tart finish. Good body, not my style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2007 simply irresistable...beautiful hazy, plum body with a reddish-brown hue...vinous aroma that is heavy in apple, grape, raspberry...tart, funky yeast present...finishes acidic...flavor of raspberry, yeast...has a very biting/sour/acidic appley finish to it...SUPERB!...this is what all flemish sours strive to become...finishes with a slight cork flavoring to the yeast funk...this beer is an achievement of all sorts; i am amazed that this isnt top 50

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2006
Bottle sample at WBF. To me, this is much better than the regular Rodenbach. More tart, more funkiness, more sour. Lots of oak. Although the Panil is my favorite flemish sour to date, this is also very good. Wish I could get my hands of the Alexander. But, donít we all....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2006
750 ml bottle. Deep red with a white head. Sharp, tart aroma of acidic sour cherries. Flavor is fruity, with sour cherry being the most prevalent flavor, with notes of pomegranate, lots of acidity, and you can definitely detect oak, especially in the finish. Great beer, but the somewhat thin body probably would benefit from skipping the filtering. Oh well, still a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2006
Red-brown beer with off white fluffy foam. Aroma is malty, sour fruity and woody. Taste is good ballanced and has a nice sourness. the body is a little to thin but the taste is good and fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Pours deep red, very clear, with a soft off-white head. Sour and acidic throughout with cherry tart flavor up front. Iím not a big fan of the acidic bite with the sweetness that this shows, the cherry gets a bit winey and has some vinegar after taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 11.3 oz bottle, poured into Rodenbach Grand Cru glass. Ruby/Chestnut color, with 1/2 inch off white head. Tart, fruity aroma. Sweet, tart, flavor, with notes of black cherry and wood. Complex, yet refreshing. Classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Pours out a nice red color with a thin head. Aroma is sour and fruity. Flavor is very much the same. Sour brews are somehting that i am not a huge fan.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2006 Beer pours very dark reddish brown with hints of violet. Head is tan, almost white - very thin. Smells powerfully acidic - like vinegar. Hints of balsamic vinegar, sour fruit, with some cherry and raspberry in the aroma, too. The flavor starts off extremely dry, extremely tart, but overpoweringly acidic. The flavors are reminiscent of vinegar and worcestershire sauce with hints of marsala wine. There is also a subtle fruit and malt presence. The beer has an almost non-existent finish - not particularly dry or heavy, and very shortlived aftertaste. Iíve enjoyed other Belgian and French sour beers, but this one was way too acidic - undrinkably so. Tasted like drinking a mediocre vinaigrette dressing - not beer. I faintly recall tasing this beer a long time ago and not being so put off by it, so this was possibly just a bad bottle. If I work up the courage to try it again, Iíll re-rate...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Bottle thanks to xproudfoot. Deep hazy red body, well-carbonated, thin off-white head. Tart puckering vinegar aroma with sour grapes, musty and potent; raspberry vinaigrette. Incredible flavor development; funky yeast notes and fermented grapes and raspberries pair with vinegar initially, followed by a puckering sourness richly backed by drying oak. The biting sourness cleanses the palate of the musty yeast notes, begging the next sip. The body is greatly enhanced by the tight, crisp carbonation that sharpens the sour notes and dissolves any lingering aftertastes. An amazing beer; truly one of the best Iíve sampled. Rivals my top beer (New Belgium La Folie); I give the latter a slight edge as my bottle had a tad less vinegar than this beer did, increasing drinkability while maintaining complexity. Eleven or 12 ounces of Rodenbach Grand Cru is enough for one sitting, but what a sitting it makes.

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