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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Sampled at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA Ratebeer Gathering 11/20/04. Clear dark amber with a beige head. Sour, fruity aroma. Taste has notes of cherry, caramel, lemon and citric tart sourness with some wood. Full and round and smooth on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 Reddish brown color with nice head and hardly any lacing. Aroma of bret, cherries and wood. Taste is both cherries and wood soaked in a wood cask. Sour tartness and toasted maltiness balance this out to be less tart than the Alexander. Some vinegar taste as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2006 Bottle from the shipment that hit the U.S. and Canadian shelves in 2004. Though I enjoyed it, Iím surprised it is as highly regarded as it is. I tried a bottle at the DC/MD/VA/WV gathering and a second bottle purchased from Whole Foods, later that week. The first sample was very appealing, but the second sample didnít do as much for me. I think the heavy filtration and pasteurisation really suck the life out of this stuff and make it drinkable and refreshing, but not a tour de complexite, so to speak. I think that a general disdain for heavy filtration and often times even pasteurisation, is one of the characteristics that make Belgian beers so special and this just seems to work against that. It tends to get rather boring, and even a bit too sweet and syrupy as you drink more of it. Granted I havent tried the pre-palm bottles which are sitting in my basement. So I have nothing to which to compare. But Iíll try one soon.
Joris told me that Rodenbach Grand Cru was unfiltered/unpasteurised (canít remember if it was both or just one) for a time back in the 70ís (if I recall correctly). That must have been some stuff! I would think this might be perhaps one of the greatest beers if I could only try a live, unfiltered sample. (note to self, go to the brewery and beg to be given a sample).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
Cloudy but somewhat translucent red-brown w/ some sediment. Small, delicate, frothy beige head. Fruity, sour aroma of cherry & grape w/ a charming vinous/oak character & notes of carmel & vanilla. Light, slightly creamy feel. Clean, fruity flavour w/ a sharp, tannic acidity & lovely notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla & oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2004
This showed up at my local liquor store yesterday. YES!!!. Pours a rich mahogany colour with a thick toffee coloured head. The aromas given off by this brew were sublime, basamic notes, cherries, wood, damp basement mustiness, malt. The flavour was fantastic. A strong acidic tart throughout, oak, musty, cherreis, medium malt, blood?, nice carbonation. What an excellent brew. Iím going to need more.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2004
Red-brown color, heavy sour light fruity aroma and taste, medium body, heavy sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Bottle: Dark mahogany/brown, small diminishing head. Wow. This is my first time trying a Flemish sour...and itís damn good. Very sour aroma of sour grapes, fruit rind, yeast, barnyard, leather, horse blanket, cherries. Reminds me of a gueze with some darker malt backbone. Taste is very, very sour. Cranberry, raspberry, sour yeast, red wine, sour grapes, vanilla, balsamic vinegar. Finishes very dry and acidic, with hints of cranberry, merlot, metal, and a slight nuttiness. Carbonation and body are perfect for this beer. Wow this is damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2004
Dark mahogany colour, very small and quickly disappearing head. Interesting aroma, uncommon taste (first time I tried something pretty sour) but not totally my thing, I missed something to compensate for the sourness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2004
Dark murky brown body with small off white head. Aroma has some fruit but is mostly sour. Flavor is in the beginning sweet, but ends with a strong sour taste. Palate is rather thin and fizzy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8598) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2011 Bottled. A mahogany coloured beer with some white head, but this doesnít hang around long. The aroma is sour with fruit skins and a funky spritziness. Taste of unripe apples, furniture polish and sour fruit. Good but not great. Score 3.2
Subsequent rating scored 3.5. Average becomes 3.3

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