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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2594   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9465) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2007
Bottle shared with Casey, Loz, Traci in a Belgian beer tasting night Poured sort of browny/red with an off white head. Aroma sour vinegar notes maybe some sour cherry. Tasted slightly sour with a hint of that cherryness rushing through again, also a sweetness there but quite clacky with a crab apple edge to finish proceedings off, very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Sour fruity feet aroma with a slight cider vinigar twist. Grape, current, apple at the start followed by a sharp sourness of tart cherries. Smooth upon the front of the sip but full of zip as it darts across the tougue at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2007
750 ml Bottle - Pours a copper/amber color with a small, quickly dissipating head. Nose of tartness, sourness, acidity, cherries, other fruits, oak, and metal. Taste is sour, tart, cherries, lightly citrusy, oak, slight sweetness, and slightly metallic aftertaste. I like this a lot, but honestly would have liked it to a be a tiny bit sweeter and more APV and/or more noticable alcoholic presence. Still very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Ruby red/brown colour, cloudy. Great tart cherry nose. Flavor of candied sour patch kids and a hint of metal. Metallic taste disappears as this gem warms. Really amazing balance of sweet/sour keeps this ale as a most drinkable speciman. A very intriguing beer in a previously unknown style in my library. Top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2007
copper with almost no head, sour fruit and mild hops, very pungent, alcohol slightly noticeable. taste quite sweet with an interesting sour finish. an interesting bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Bottle. Pungent sour fruit nose. Vinuous, lots of red wine character. Hazy reddish brown without much of a head. Opens smooth and mild with a wave of sourness following behind, which rolls out through to the finish. Balance, not puckering, sourness, with grape and cherry notes. Refreshing palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2007
lately im really getting into the sour beers. i wasnt sure what to expect since with grand crus there doesnt seem to be any one particular flavor characteristic. i really liked the balance of sweet and sour represented here. initially you get a cherry like flavor that slowly fades into a berry like linger with a little bit of the vanilla oak in the finish along with the sharp lactic bite. im looking forward to drinking another bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 I’ve had it before but seems I didn’t rate it. Lucky I did when I revisited it at Akkurat. May have overated it; it is sweeter than I remembered but still an amazingly complex and fascinating ale. Used to be my favourite, but the dryer character of lambics now have my allegience. Malty caramel aroma with a blend of sweet and sour lactic characters; reminiscent of cherries. Lots of tartness balanced by quite some malty sweetness. Complex aftertaste with berries, oaky vanilla, some bitterness and really the whole shebang. ------ vintage at Akkurat: Ar 8, App 4, Fl 8, Pal 4, OA 17 = 4,1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (13588) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 30, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 330ml bottle (7:4:8:4:15=3.8)
Rich clear brown, light fizzy head. Sour graininess rather than fruits on the nose. Update - gentle berry-fruit component found too today - bumping up aroma by 1 point. Palate is incredible, a very mellow nutty oak feel, with hints of the impending sour rush and smooth maltiness. Sure enough - there’s a light but still potent sourness at the back of the mouth as you swallow, and the vapours waft more mellow woody sensations around the mouth.Almost cantillon-like finish, but a bit more sour, and much much darker - more mid-roasted malt and vanilla oak.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Stockmann, Tallinn) (6:4:8:4:14=3.6) - acetic aroma too prominant.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) (7:5:8:4:15=3.9)
Poured into a straight glass with plenty of space, so had a massive head, which it kept for a very long time - looked beautiful, such a deep red. Beautiful soft sweet aroma, hinting at cherry and purple grapes. There’s a gentle sourness, more like a tartness than anything acetic, fortunately. A little bit of toffee later. In the mouth - wow, an instant cherry rush up the back of the nose. Served quite cold, but fullish in the mouth; residual sugars weighing it down a little, but crispened up by pleasant carbonation and the gentle sour prickle. Cherry fades to oak, and that sweetens as it mellows in the finish. This is the beer as I remember it at its best, it’s a world class sour red, one might almost say the definitive one that others should be compared against.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2007
I thought this was a very nice sour beer with a very cherry/fruity sourness nicely complemented by a pleasing amount of roastiness. It was a bit like a chocolate covered cherry, but a good bit more sour! Quite nice.

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