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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: 2242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from LCBO. Tasted in Raftman tulip. Appearance is deep ruby red, thin white head with very very nice lacing....Aroma is of wood (oak or some other wood based fermentation vessel), sourness and sweetness....tempting yet distrurbing....I can just see the spiders roaming about the web laden casks of fruit flies and other creatures living off the sweetness and subtleness of this wonderfull brew....go spiders go.....Flavour is tart, with a wonderful tanic yet sour finish. This beer is truly refreshing yet complex and a marvel of belgium origin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 5, 2004
Meadow flower, acidic, tart pickled cherry, sweet, dark wet oak wood and at end some hops. Clear, superb deep amber-ruby look, medium crown. Earthy acidic, mineral with pickled fruits. Nice bite but that does not carry as far as I might hope for. Good attempt, slightly to shallow.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1597) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2006 Bottled..330ml crown top expirery date 06/06. Served at 48 deg.F in a thin stemmed tulip... it poured a brilliant ruby red-amber with a sticky off white cap that laces beautifully.Tiny bubbled ample effervescence. Aroma is a knock out!..concord grape, cherry tartness some herbal smells, acidic like dry cider. Taste? sure does!..glorious layers of berry like tarness, malty but herbal, some horse blanket... sweetness balances against sour cider tartness...what a ride! Finish is tart and dry like a strong cider. This is a remarkable brew...some will hate it some will love it (as I do) for itís amazing flavor and refreshing fruity tartness. Recommended to those with no boundaries who want to experience one of the worlds most unique and well crafted ales......truely remarkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2004
Deep reddish amber with an amazing sour aroma. Not the best flemish sour Iíve had but itís damn good stuff.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gorbalev (2957) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2004
Bottle, lcbo ltd. release. Roby red pour, small white head. Huge sour aroma I could smell before the cap was all the way off - grapes, raisins, a strong wine - itís all here. Huge sour taste greats the lips from a fairly active mouthfeel - this calms down and leads to more body than you first thought was present. Strong sour and bitter kick at the back of the throat at the end as well. For the style, I suppose it is pretty good and delivers what you would expect, but for me, I found it quite undrinkable. It was simply too sour, with little else to balance it off. I may not have the most sophisticated of beer drinking experiences, but I have had this style before and really enjoyed it (Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne is fantastic because of the balance it achieves), but I will be honest here and say I could not finish this bottle. Deeply disappointing.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Like some delectable confection this left me wanting more. Oh my! Sour in the most mouthwateringly fantastic way. Little elements floating through to say hello on the way. Tart, acidic, bladdity bladitty - the words really donít matter as this was just one of the nicest things that have passed my lips.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2004
pours a deep mahogany with a fullfrothy tan head. You can smell it without even being over the glass! The actual bouquet is sour apples, blackberries, raspberries, citric, ginger... lots of character! The taste: robust! Full flavour like a silky bouquet of sours hitting the palate. At first I was almost sure it was going to be a light liefmans, but this one is spectacular! Puts the goudenband in the pale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 29, 2004
Very sour aromatic bouquet, with a clear copper body. Not terribly smooth, again very intense flavours.

3.6
   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.

4.1
   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.


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