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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2006
33cl bottle: What an amazingly flavorful beer. dark redishbrown with hardly any head. aroma is quite astringent and woody with sweet malts playing into the background. The flavor is quite comxplex and it evolves as you drink it. For me the first sip was just very sour and interesting, didn’t like it and didn’t hate it. But as a progressed through the beer I saw the marriage of the tart complex acidity with the sweet malts, and balance of hops. It really is an amazing and complex beer. vinous notes, accidic, woody, carmel in some of the malt. All in all delicious. I need to try some other flemish sours now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Reddish-haze pour with frothy white head that is alive with carbonation and fizzy activity. Nose is intensely dry with a sour cherry overtone. Mouth has heavy carbonation and an inviting dryness. Flavor starts astringent that becomes very mellow and rounded out with a nice oaky, nutty malt character, before finishing long and tart. A great sour that is given depth and drinkability by the pleasant interlude provided by the oak. A rich example of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle. Had a perfect level of tan head, but no lacing. The color was a dark cherry. Had a relatively mild cider aroma. This beer was tart and sour with seemed to flow from tangerine to cider to grape, and finished with a strong tanginess than I felt in the back of my throat. It did seem to be a bit too much though, even for this style. I noted a medium body and strong finish, with a lingering tang. Interesting, but can think of other sour ales that I would be able to enjoy a whole glass of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - NOV 17, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2008 Overall very enjoyable, almost like a fine red wine with a very vinuous taste and a lingering bitterness

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
11.2oz bottle - color of rust brown– small whitish head short in duration - nose of sour dark cherries , malt , cinnamon , molasses , milk chocolate , and plum – taste of sour dark cherries , plum , and earthy / woody notes perfect balance of tart and sweet – body is light acidic / sweet – aftertaste plum sweetness and sour / tart of cherries

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7256) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Dark red brown...shoe leather lipstick beetroot sweet ketchup WOOD smell...sweet tart (i mean, TART!) cherry like taste..offsetting at first, but grows on you. the wood taste is really present. a crazy different beer i look forward to trying again in the future...hopefully. ...wood is the word! had @ the forum and after opening 4 bad bottles (other brands) there, i thought this was off to (and the bartender was NO help with beer knowledge) so eventually tasted in Holland and found out it was supposed to be like that. hey, a flemish sour can be strange when u have no clue.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2006
What a great aroma. Wood, vinegar, cherries all combined to produce a sour and refreshing bouquet. It is also amazingly drinkable. Obviously the dominant flavour is sour, but there is a nice touch of sweetness that smoothes the edges and has me wanting more as soon as the glass is put back on the table. A bit of metallic/blood/iron taste in the finish, but there is enough going on that it doesn’t seem too bad. Leaves a nice warming (acid burning!) in the stomach. Contains the alcohol very well, which my bottle registers as 6%. A very tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2006
bottle, my first grand cru and this was not what i expected. very sour, tart with a lot of flavor. no bitterness and yet balanced with the other flavors. a new flavor profile that my palate needs to get acclimated with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Reddish brown color - aroma is slightly sour, with hints of fruit Flavor is tart, yet wamingly smooth - silky texture and flavors of cherries and other fruit. Finish is sharply sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
allfreej (554) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Bottled. Poured cloudy brown with a tan, foamy head. Nose was fruit, grapes, sour, wine-like. Flavor was very sour, fruity, acidic, biting. Finish was dry and the mouthfeel fizzy and carbonated. This was my first try of a Flemish Sour Ale, and I really enjoyed it!

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