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


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RATINGS: 2266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
leebotton (257) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2015
330ml bottle from Brewers Droop, Bristol [BBE:22.09.16]

Aroma of dark, complex berry fruits on the nose with a wine like dryness. Cherry and raspberry tart, as well as sweeter notes are particularly identifiable with the subtlest hint of chocolate. The colour is very deep ruby like a transparent but dark red wine. Very beautiful actually. The colour is off-white, tinged with orange/pink. On sipping, the brew is very tart on the palate giving way to a clearer acidity. The actual flavour is berry fruit, mainly raspberry, at the front of the tongue, growing in complexity as it moves back, exhibiting more wine like charcteristics until at the end it is dry, extremely complex and almost cheese-like, also producing flavours reminiscent of brandy, oak and a touch of smoke. The lingering aftertaste is mainly sweet, of cherry and, well, booze soaked barrels. The carbonation is pretty high and ’small’ feeling, whilst the liquid itself is quite thin. I suspect this level of carbonation and thickness is optimum for the flavour but I think I would prefer a little less carbonation or a slightly thicker mouthfeel, however, it is overall, an absolutely excellent beer which is right up there for me in the top three of all the world.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (281) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Pours a clear brown with a dark ruby cast. Above normal head volume, good lacing and retention for the style. Excellent nose of slightly sour tart raspberries (most prevalent) and cherries over a light caramel sweetness with notes of oak. Almost light medium bodied with a nice smooth texture that has bursts of creaminess in the finish. Well carbonated with effervescence from the middle on. The flavor profile is World Class and hits the marks on intensity, complexity and balance. It begins with a slightly sweet burst of raspberry with cherry undertones. These flavors effervesce into a nice tartness in the middle with just a touch of sourness underneath. Coupled with these are notes of oak over a balancing caramel sweetness. As these progress towards the finish, tartness becomes prevalent and a mildly sour puckering effect sets in. The somewhat dry finish is a fade of fruit flavor remnants over a lingering mildly tart sourness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rob_D_UK (1016) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2015
Pours dark red brown, very cloudy and small tan head. Aroma is very grapes and cherries, oak is prevalent and this carries a strong wine aroma. Taste is immediately tart cherries and grapes with a transition into woodiness. Tartness lingers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HIGHB4LL (713) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2015
On tap at the Forge. Appearance: slight tan head, copper brown color, cloudy, head does not last, nolacing. Aroma: tart fruit, oak, earthy malt, caramel, cherry. Palate: soft carbonation, light body, dry tart finish. Taste: tart to sour cherry fruit into more caramel and cherry, finish is caramel. Overall, very nice tartness, into well balanced body and very good in general. Really amazing on tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CRock (74) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
On tap at beer bistro. Dark fruit aroma and sweet flavour. I find it is almost like drinking a full red wine - but better because it is beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilverAce (2) - BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015 does not count
Absoluut mijn favoriet in deze stijl! Van het vat vond ik hem net iets minder dan van een grote fles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Batavi (10) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
Rodenbach Grand Cru, uitgeschonken in St. Crispijn bierglas. De kleur is koper roodbruin, met lichtbeige schuimkraag, die snel terugvalt. De geur is eikenhout. De smaak is speciaal en complex wijnachtig, uiteraard licht zurig met tonen van eikenhout, balsamico azijn, maar ook aardachtig, en licht zoet, met tonen van kersen en bessen. De afdronk is waterachtig medium, droog en citrus. Absoluut een heerlijk bier in zijn stijl, wel een bier met karakter, niet aan iedere bierliefhebber besteed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ForlornHope (117) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
33 cl bottle at home. Deep red-brown in colour with no real head, only slight foam against the glass. Exceedingly complex aroma of wood, leather, balsamic vinegar and fruit. The taste is also very complex, sweet and fruity before becoming tart and lip-smackingly dry. No real bitterness, this is more of a wine tasting experience than beer. Slight carbonation, acidic and very moreish, tannic finish. Exceptional.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bork (355) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Gorgeous beverage more suitable for when you are in the mood for a glass of wine rather than a beer. Pleasant fruity and earthy sourness all the way from the start through the long finish. Complex and intense are indeed good adjectives to use.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatthijsE (879) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle @ home. Brown colour with off white head. Fruity and wine aroma. Sweet, fruity, wine taste, slightly sour and acidic. Medium body.

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