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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2436   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 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 you’re expecting a Belgian beer you’ll be unprepared for Rodenbach’s sourness. On the other hand, if you’ve just drunk a decent cider, the malty beerness sings through. A difficult balancing act pulled off with style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3542) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1148) - 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 what’s offered by the acidity (not really bitter, then, i suppose). tarter in the finish than in the flavor - as it hits the tongue it’s sweet, fruity, tannic, woody; on the finish it’s 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 it’s 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1571) - 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).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, 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 don’t.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Pours orange with a smallish head. Nose is vinegar and wine. Flavor is sour cherry and apple, and is very refreshing. The oak flavors are present, but are in the background. This is a delicious beer, but my stomach would not let me finish the bottle due the the acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2007
750ml, from memory, pours a nice red with good head. aroma is pretty complex with cherry, vanilla, oak, sourness. taste the same, nicely balanced, rather sour but nothing crazy, really drinkable and refreshing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fukito (976) - Santiago, CHILE - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle - December 2006 - Thanks Omhper! Pours a beatifull, clear shiny burgundy with some orange hues and a small but lasting and creamy beige head. Aroma is pure hedonism, sensual vinous streams reach my nose, seconded by touches of sweet vinegar, nail polisher and hints of red fruits. Taste is shocking... vinegary, sour, acid, ending in cherries and a touch of wood, I´m challenged in every sip. Mouthfeel is really refreshing, like a lemonade, complex and leaves a curious, maybe gentle but very lasting aftertaste of vinous fruit, mustard??. An experience on its own...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Deep copper pour with a large frothy off-white head. Sour brett aroma with notes of apple, pear, cherry, sweet dark fruit and oak. Strong sour cherry flavor that makes you pucker on the first sip and finishes with a deep earthy oak flavor. Nice medium body with a very gentle carbonation and dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2006
750 ml bottle. Pours amber with pinkish hues that make this one appear watered down. Aromas of model glue, vinegar and sour fruits. Taste is hot with plenty of alcohol vapor and sour cherries. Would have thought the ABV to be higher. Gets better as it warms.

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