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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2561   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7765) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Dark red brown...shoe leather lipstick beetroot sweet ketchup WOOD smell...sweet tart (i mean, TART!) cherry like taste..offsetting at first, but grows on you. the wood taste is really present. a crazy different beer i look forward to trying again in the future...hopefully. ...wood is the word! had @ the forum and after opening 4 bad bottles (other brands) there, i thought this was off to (and the bartender was NO help with beer knowledge) so eventually tasted in Holland and found out it was supposed to be like that. hey, a flemish sour can be strange when u have no clue.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2006
What a great aroma. Wood, vinegar, cherries all combined to produce a sour and refreshing bouquet. It is also amazingly drinkable. Obviously the dominant flavour is sour, but there is a nice touch of sweetness that smoothes the edges and has me wanting more as soon as the glass is put back on the table. A bit of metallic/blood/iron taste in the finish, but there is enough going on that it doesn’t seem too bad. Leaves a nice warming (acid burning!) in the stomach. Contains the alcohol very well, which my bottle registers as 6%. A very tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2006
bottle, my first grand cru and this was not what i expected. very sour, tart with a lot of flavor. no bitterness and yet balanced with the other flavors. a new flavor profile that my palate needs to get acclimated with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Reddish brown color - aroma is slightly sour, with hints of fruit Flavor is tart, yet wamingly smooth - silky texture and flavors of cherries and other fruit. Finish is sharply sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Bottled. Poured cloudy brown with a tan, foamy head. Nose was fruit, grapes, sour, wine-like. Flavor was very sour, fruity, acidic, biting. Finish was dry and the mouthfeel fizzy and carbonated. This was my first try of a Flemish Sour Ale, and I really enjoyed it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Served on tap at Monk’s cafe in Philadelphia. The ale poured a mulled reddish brown that was somewhat opaque with a light, off-white head. The aroma, as well as the flavor, is dominated by dried fruits and a slightly evident alcoholic undertone. The flavor is sfruity and sour, though well balanced with an almost tannic astringency that was very refreshing. Overall, in my limited experience, the best reperesentation of the style that I have ever sampled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (3178) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle sampled at the Newtown Brewfest with Stegosaurus and The Mad Indian. Pours red with an off-white head. Aroma of cherries and yeast. The flavor is sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2008 Re-rate time - I first tried this bad boy when I knew nothing of sour. As stated previously, this one has a nice cherry color with a whitish head. Aroma is a wonderful cherry-sour-wood mix. Flavor is full of cherries, sour/brettiness, wood and some sugar. Tangy-sweet feel. A wonderful brew, though not my all time favorite sour by a ways.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2006
Pours deep burgundy-red. Small but dense tanned head. Very aromatic, mostly sour and acidic fruits, also ripe dark cherries and almonds. Refreshingly sharp and acidic taste. More cherries, also sour apples, cranberries, pepper and a little bit of candy-sugar sweetness. Well balanced with an incredible complexity. Pleasant tart and fruity finish. A beautiful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MadIndian (2718) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Sampled with Stegosaurus and Beerded_one at Newtown Beerfest.Pours deep red with an off-white head. Aroma of fermented cherries . The flavor is sweet , with a hint of fruit, and a harsh tart finish. It was just ok..

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