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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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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2529   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - SEP 3, 2006
Brownish colour, nice head. I will again have to thanks to my belgian mate Oğuz Can. Very very sour taste, Acidy and nice scent. A good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Appearance: This beer pours a golden ruby color with a big head and lots of active carbonation bubbles. Smell: The aroma is reserved in my limited experience with the style. However with a bit searching there was a little bit of tart cherries and grapes. Taste: The taste is very sugary and yet tart. Much more tart than I had expected but I believe that was largely because of the carbonation that the tart seemed exaggerated. The bottle claimed that is was aged in oak for 18month. I had to use a lot of imagination to find an oak flavor. Overall it is good, but I believe I had too high of expectations. I was hoping for something that could compete with the Duchess. Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is hard to describe. The tartness brought on a pucker and stung the taste buds a bit and yet underneath the big fluffy crisp carbonation the beer had a medium light smooth body. Drinkability: Despite being a bit different than I had expected this is a tasty beer that drinks very easily. Hope this is helpful. Cheers!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2006
A bit to sour. Poured reddish brown with a thin head. Aroma is of apple skins and vinegar. Flavor is like that of an apple raspberry wine, with a bit of vinegar, strange.

4.4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (604) - 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.

4.5
   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!).

4.5
   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

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9230) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (8384) - 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.

3.7
   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.


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