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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2137   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 (Bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with purple highlights and a medium-sized off-white head. Has a strong grape bubble gum and cherry aroma. Flavor of sour dark cherry. Lively palate.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2004
10th beer of the 2004 Montreal Mondiale. Red-brown, off-white head. Nose of sour grapes. Sour cherry flavour is possibly the greatest thing ever... it actually presents an interesting complexity after one gets over its immediate yumminess. Wish I could have a Rodenbach swimming pool.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
Bottle: Poured a reddish colored brew with a nice bubbly head with standard retention. Aroma is nice mix of oak and cherry with some acidic and tart note also noticeable. Taste is an extremely complex mix of oak, sour cherry (without the sweetness) and some tart and acidic notes also mix in there. The finish is quite bitter; carbonation is average and body is medium. Overall, this is a very complex beer that is also very refreshing. Now, if I can get my hand on some Alexander I would be a happy man.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TorbenH (805) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2004
Dark chestnut red, beige lasting head. Taste is very acid and sour. sour cherry flavours with a sour bitter finish. Not a beer for me.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2004
#700 Pours a deep ruby. So dark it almost appears brown. Small off white head with spotty lacing. I over zealousy poured, so I ended up with some floaties. Aroma is fairly complex. Dark cherries come out in the front. followed by a hint of sour alcohol. The barn yard aroma fills the olfactory nicely. Flavors. Well, first off I get a musty cobweb flavor, then the cherries come in along with some plums. Sour and I love it. Some wood, notes of vinegar. Everything is balanced so nicely. None are overbearing in anyway. The palate is simply wonderful. Silky smooth with just touch of stickiness. Slightly dry. The finish is a tart fruit. My thanks goes to Rastacouere for providing such a fine beer!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2004
I’ve been looking forward to this little treat for some time now. Thanks to Sham and Rastacouere for letting me try this beer. Sampled in a chimay glass so the nose and head are constantly replentished. The initial pour has moderate carbonation with some lacing on the side and a small island of head in the middle like a volcano erupting from the depths of this dark magma colored beer. The aroma has some very present and complex layers in every breath you take in. Light brown sugar malts are singing in the background while the light fruity tartness is taking lead stage. My favorite bacteria, brettanomyces has definately take a swim in this beer with barn, cobbwebb and horse blanket musty smells, the vinous nature balances all this out in the nose. The impact is strong yet subtle with a perfect balance of sweet and sour to fill the palate, I definately agree with what Oakes said about this one. The vinous qualities are not so overpowering as they are in other flemish sours (la folie) which makes this incredibly drinkable to me. The finish is mild, smooth, and lasting, very beautiful and filling at the same time. Damn, this is one fine beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Bottled, a year old; or so: dark, sienna brown copper. Full, luscious, slightly rocky tan head. Ancient, while elegant gold dust aroma with bitter cherries, tart red grapes and dirty barn yard. Perfect carbonation, delicately tart, zesty cherries and mouthwatering flavours: leather, horse blanket among a buffet of other fruits and tastes. Stellar brew.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2004
Bottle, (300ml).Pours dark, clear and a very slight head that stays around for a while. Winey/champagne aroma. This is a new experience for me, the beer is very nice, with a sweet/sour taste, slightly fruity, lots of Sherbet! it sticks to the lips! Very very nice beer, tart.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
Small fizzy off-white head as opposed to the beauty in the picture. Cloudy dark brown with hints of orange. Heavy malt aroma and light hops. Notes of cherry and wood and an edge of vinnegar. Medium but lively and zesty mouth feel. Flavour is tart and SOUR, first sip gives you goose bumps. A little sweetness and a touch of salt in the taste. Classy offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
Wonderful complex aroma including molasses, cherry, port. Pours a cloudy ruby with yeast floaties, off-white head. Lively mouthfeel with medium body. A roller coaster of flavour, starting with a fruit sweetness, slight hops and a very sour finish. All comes together very nicely.


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