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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2563   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Pours out a nice red color with a thin head. Aroma is sour and fruity. Flavor is very much the same. Sour brews are somehting that i am not a huge fan.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2006 Beer pours very dark reddish brown with hints of violet. Head is tan, almost white - very thin. Smells powerfully acidic - like vinegar. Hints of balsamic vinegar, sour fruit, with some cherry and raspberry in the aroma, too. The flavor starts off extremely dry, extremely tart, but overpoweringly acidic. The flavors are reminiscent of vinegar and worcestershire sauce with hints of marsala wine. There is also a subtle fruit and malt presence. The beer has an almost non-existent finish - not particularly dry or heavy, and very shortlived aftertaste. Iíve enjoyed other Belgian and French sour beers, but this one was way too acidic - undrinkably so. Tasted like drinking a mediocre vinaigrette dressing - not beer. I faintly recall tasing this beer a long time ago and not being so put off by it, so this was possibly just a bad bottle. If I work up the courage to try it again, Iíll re-rate...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Bottle thanks to xproudfoot. Deep hazy red body, well-carbonated, thin off-white head. Tart puckering vinegar aroma with sour grapes, musty and potent; raspberry vinaigrette. Incredible flavor development; funky yeast notes and fermented grapes and raspberries pair with vinegar initially, followed by a puckering sourness richly backed by drying oak. The biting sourness cleanses the palate of the musty yeast notes, begging the next sip. The body is greatly enhanced by the tight, crisp carbonation that sharpens the sour notes and dissolves any lingering aftertastes. An amazing beer; truly one of the best Iíve sampled. Rivals my top beer (New Belgium La Folie); I give the latter a slight edge as my bottle had a tad less vinegar than this beer did, increasing drinkability while maintaining complexity. Eleven or 12 ounces of Rodenbach Grand Cru is enough for one sitting, but what a sitting it makes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2377) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2006
750 ml thanks to JRob_21. Very sour aromas of cherry and fruit. Huge head on a reddish brown pour. Flavors were not as tart as I had expected from the aroma. Tartness is there, but gives way to some serious sweet cherry flavor, then comes back in for tart and acidic in the finish. Very Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2006
Bottle. Pours a amber colour. I have never had anything like this ! When I took the first sip the sourness hit me hard. Its not only sour but also very complex. I dont think I could drink more than one of these at a time, but I will definitely drink it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Wow was this a unique beer! I have never had a flemish sour, and man did this nock me off my feet. The aroma was very funky cheese, with acidity and a little bit of fruits. The taste had some of that same acidity with a little bit of vinegar to it. Fruits also came through in the taste, and boy was this stuff sour with a mouth puckering and cheek collapsing effect with evry sip. Overall the beer was very interesting and good/refreshing in a weird way. I dont know that I will drink flemish sours all the time, and I dont think I can really handle a whole 750 ml bottle of any flemish sour, but it was good, it was ineresting, and I am glad I tried it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3967) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 16, 2006
VEry good, it was at last tried. BUt the taste it very good. Sour and sweet. Good foam. Very orange in colour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 bottle. dark amber color. malt and hoppy aroma. sweet and woody. bit of chokolate. nice sourness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - SEP 10, 2006
Bottle. Murky brown colour, ruby notes. Thin bubbly white head. Very harsh acetic nose, gueuze smell. Raspberry. Sour fruity malty. Heavily carbonated in the mouth. Sourish and vinous quality to it. Nice and complex. Grape. Cherry. Finishes malty and sweet. Very good, if a little acetic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2006
Bottle thanks to Mr Dixen (Go Steelers!). Pours dark amber coloured with a thin head. Very nice complexity. Both malty and hoppy with nots of dark fruits, oak, caramel, balsamico, wood, dark chocolate, vinegar and berries. HURRA!

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