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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2544   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Avatar (84) - Gliwice, POLAND - MAY 27, 2007
0,33 bottle. Brown head was creating itself loudly while I was pouring it slowly into a glass - great carbonation, feel fizzy especially in the back roof of your mouth. Colour is deep brown, quite sexy appearance. Aroma is sour, cherries marzipan and spruce - extremely interesting to me. Texture is slick. Finish is astringent. Flavour really sour. Sour beers are not me type but this one - oh, my! Wonderful!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3119) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2007
bottle, from trade with JCapriotti. best by 25/04/08 Good aroma, sour. Cherry,red wine vinegar,green apple. Hazed dark orangy brown color, small head that faded slowly to a ring, then nothing. Sour flavor. Cherry tartness, hint of a sugary sweetness, quick hint of a yeasty funkiness. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet sour finish. Tasty. I really liked the way I got sugar sweet hint in the middle of the flavor. Enjoyed the whole way down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4777) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2007
UPDATED: APR 25, 2009 Original Rating, May 25, 2007. Dark red color with no head. Tart cherry aroma. The cherries really shine through in the taste, but the tartness and sourness fade into almost nothing. Solid, sweet malt base. Very good, but I’d like my Flemish Sour to be more sour. Re-rating, April 18, 2009. SourFest II. Best By 090807. Tasted April 18, 2009. Cloudy copper color with a large head. Aroma and taste are primarily vinegar. A little sweet and tart fruit is left in the flavor. Malty base is still there. 6/5/7/3/15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2450) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 24, 2007
From 750ml bottle in generic goblet. Pours beautiful garnet red with lasting ring head. Aroma of sour cherries and wood and yeast. Delightfully tart flavor of wood and sour cherries with a little brown sugar. Medium body and carbonation. Awesome. More, please.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Hazed Rich Brown with Red Hue and Sandy Head. Strong Sour Notes, Some Dried Fruit and Malt As Well on the Nose. The Flavor is Quite Nice. One of the More Balanced Sours I’ve Tried to Date. Wonderful Sour Flavor, Fruit Notes..and a Very Nice Malty Foundation That Keeps This As Balanced As it Is. Very Easy to Drink a Mouthful At a Time. Alcohol Level Means You Can Afford to Be Greedy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11878) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2007
Bottle. 33cl. Pours a hazy reddish brown with next-to-nothing head. Aroma is powerful, sour with dried fruits. Flavour is slightly smoky, with a nice balance of sourness and caramel - the end is slightly tart. Good example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Aroma was dominated by a very smooth sourness.Pours a dark red with a medium off white head.Very well balanced flavor of dark fruits and a nice sourness.Medium to full mouthfeel with a tart cherry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2007
750 ml bottle

Having tried the ’Classic’, I was excited to find this at a local store. While not exactly a wishlist beer it is one that I have been wanting to try for some time now. After tasting it, it might fall into my regular rotation along with North Coast Old Rasputin and New Glarus Hop Hearty. If you like sour beers, give it a try. If you don’t, tread carefully because chances are this one will not please you.

Aroma / Appearance - Oak, sour cherries and blackberries form a dense intoxicating bouquet of aromas. Cinnamon sits underneath if you focus long enough. It is extremely balanced and very tempting. The appearance is also nice - a deep brown body that swirls around the glass as the ephemeral head sinks back in to join the rest of the wonderful liquid.

Flavor / Palate - Tart oak washes over the tongue followed by a cascade of black cherries. Chocolate shavings play against the carbonation as the mouth begins to dry. The body has a nice consistancy; it is neither too thick as to be suffocating or too thin as to be watery. Overall it makes for an excellent sipping beer and a prime example of the style. This has displaced the Duchesse as my favorite of the most accessible Flemish Sours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 12, 2007
BBD 13/09/08: Deep, fruity,vinous, oaky nose with lots of black cherry; sweet and tart, sharp and acidic; dark, plummy flavor with a balamic vineger and metallic notes; very snappy finish. A unique, intense and wonderful exbeeriance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peridot (17) - Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Pours dark reddish brown with light head. Smells of red currants and berries. Medium body, good carbonation. Tart, with a flavour of currants and muscadines and a long finish. A great bottle of beer.

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