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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Pours brown with a thin head. Smells of vinegar, oak, cherries, sugar. Tastes extremely sour...in the best kind of way with vinegar, pepper, sugar, some hear and tarte cherries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Full malt flavor with a big smack of acidity all over the place. Oak smooths and settles the sharpness of the acid, building a nice layering of flavors. Sourness really tickles the tongue. Missing the cherry ( or other fruit) flavor that other sour ales are largely dependent on.Very dense, velvery mouthfeel with sharp tingling on the tongue. It’s not Alexander, but it’ll do.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 Grand Cru pours red-brown with orangey highlights. Lighter than the Classic. Firm off-white head with staying power. The nose is (of course) sour. I’m calling it a mix of malt vinegar and madeira with some nutty woodiness from the oak. Flavors are more of the oakiness with strong acidity of something like red grapefruit. The palate is very full and rich with a long drying finish with some minerals, especially as the beer warms. This beer is fantastic. It’s more complex and more polished than the Classic (which is also very good). I’d save this for a special occaision (like when you can find it!).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2006
Bottle. Deep deep red. Incredible aroma, wine, balsamic vinegar. Really tart and sharp. Dry. Very.. very.. good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy rubiyish/deep coppery pour. The aromas are huge oaky cherries, raspberries, cabernet, some funky yeast. It tastes very tart, not nearly the level as a Cantillon, but it stays very tart and red winey and krieky throughout, with some intermingling oaky cognac, and funky peaty yeast flavors. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (8073) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2006
Bottle. Light brown creamy high and good looking head. Hazy red brown body. Vinegar grapefruit aroma and flavor. Acid without being unpleasantly sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bierotherapeut (43) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 16, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2006 Arôme fruité de raison et de fruits des champs. Au goût, les fruits ressortent accompagnés d’une acidité rafraichissante. Assez sucré pour balancer l’acidité. Léger goût de bonbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2007 smells like acid but candyish too. tastes like some sour candy. champagne all over. ugly metal in the finish. burgundy red. rereate: dark caramel color. nice dark mustard head. sour cherry aroma. simple, great taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Bottle: Dark amber color, virtually no head. Aroma sour, some sweet fruity notes, and a bit of wood. Flavor, apples, some spice, a pleasent sourness to it. Reminded me a bit of Panil. The sour was there, but not overbearing. Very drinkable, I need to buy more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Vinous, vinegar and leather aroma. Woody, red-brown beer, fair label. Smell reminds me of elementary school somehow - new oil paint? Sure enough, sour. Mild metal, moderate astringency. Krieky. Medium sweetness. Well done, but I’d heave if I had a belly full of this stuff. Boozy in the tart finish.

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