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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Wow, this is sour, pungent-smelling, nearly like stinky feet with cherries. The flavor is interesting - tart, and fruity, but not overpowering. The flavor is much more pleasant than the aroma. Peppery, woody and juicy cherries, rasberries too. Very complex beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Bright, clear, red/amber, with a compact white ring that has a slight reddish tint - aroma of tart raspberries and cherries, oak, yeast, aged cheese, some malt way in the back - the oak is very pronounced in this, almost fighting for dominance with the strong tart/sourness of the beer - cranberry and raspberry are in the forefront of the many fruit flavors - sourness subsides a bit to reveal vinous qualities (an almost tannic, red wine flavor) - gentle, lingering tartness and an almost lambic-like funk way in the back - I may like this better than La Folie.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2005
I thouroughly enjoyed this on tap at the Brickskeller in D.C. Pours watery and red, nice color retention bright fruit flavor, almost hi-cíishí but much more complex with a cheery disposition that ultimately produces strong favorable feelings toward this great beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Nilay. At least 2 years old, with a much different label than that pictured. Shared with Edward, Drew, Nilay, and Andy. Tried next to La Folie, and although I liked La Folie a bit better, this was wonderful stuff. Cranberry and raisin notes join nutmeg and ginger and walnut in a fruit-cake like taste that brings in the Christmas season. A nice sourness and acidity lend a hand to leave a sharp residual bite on the tongue. Excellent stuff, and aged well.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle, 33cl. Hazy red colour with a light beige head, that doesnít last long. Strong acidic vinegar nose, with notes of fruits that reminds me a kriek or a framboise. Flavour is very complex and bitter, too much for my taste. Flemish sour ales just arenít my type and this one was no exception. To tell yo the truth, i canít see why this beer deserves such a high score. A question of taste, i suppose!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 Pours brown with a medium, off-white head. The aroma is balsamic vinegar, cherries, cola, lemons and oak. The flavor is very sour and very sweet with tart cherry, vinegar, cola, lemon, oak, quite vinous and caramels. The finish is long with a lasting tartness. The mouthfeel is light and sparkling. Simply a magnificent brew, I only wish it were stilll unpasteurized and unfiltered.

The last two bottles Iíve had were very sweet and fairly disappointing. The old bottles I put in the mid 4ís the recent bottles in the low 3ís. Rating is a mixture.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Pours dark walnut brown, moderate head, fades fast to nice lace. Aromas are balsamic vinegar, berries, citrus, malt, and yeast. Flavor is like sparkling wine meets balsamic vinegar. Definitely different. Odd taste at first but the vinegar novelty wears off to reveal a delicately complex blend of fruit sweetness, malt and yeast. Hops donít seem to figure in. Undertones of sour cherry, port, sherry, madiera, brown sugar, soy sauce, salt, sweetgrass, earth and mushrooms. Good mouthfeel but very effervescent and puckeringly astringent. An acquired taste but worth acquiring. Keep in mind my numbers are not in comparison to more mainstream ales.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2005
My first Belgian Sour and it was an experience Iíll not forget soon. Not as good as my first "make- out session" but still... A light beige head that mostly diminished topped this clear brownish-red brew. THe aroma warns you a little of the coming tartness, but is mostly of grapes, and then opens up a little sweeter...like plumbs. In the mouth the first thing I noticed was some sweet carbonation, but the sourness really kicked in midpalate and in the finish. WOW, thatís tart! Sort of sweet, but the tartness balances it out and makes for a refreshing drink.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2005
750. Looks beautiful, dark reddish-brown with a good, long lasting head. Good aroma, sour cherry, oak, an earthy mustiness, and last but not least, a little bit of cider vinegar. Very tart and sour mouthfeel. Iím talking lip puckering tart. Talking, goddamn! Something just hit me in the mouth! Aplle cider vinegar is the most notable flavor, but thereís a slight underlying sweetness. Still getting used to the style, and I enjoyed this more as it went on. Now, if it only didnít give me heartburn.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Excellent Lambic. Has that pesticide kind of bitterness that a good lambic gets when it goes beyond sour. It seems to be artificial but itís a result of great fermentation. Some cherries and deep ruby red color. Excellent!


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