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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2595   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12056) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours clear ruby with an average frothy off-white head, mostly lasting, fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie), average hops (flowers, citrus, lemon), average yeast (dough, musty) with notes of cherry, raspberry and cinnamon. Average duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness, vinegar; wonderful tart fruity flavor, malty, lively carbonation and notes of oak. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation and bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2006
My first flemish sour ale. Dark mahogany brown body with medium off-white head. Aroma of sour grapes and vinegar. Flavor is lightly spicey and fruity in your mouth with an intensely tart finish. Not something I can drink a lot of but still a very respectable beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2006
750ml cork and cage bottle. Unfiltered with a deep brown hue with reddish highlights. Total coaoa and cherries in the nose. Tart fruit and vanilla and a subdued lemony citrus in the aroma. Flavor is similar. Great cocoa, chocolate flavor pepped up by the astringent tart cherry flavor. I loved this! Complex and layered. Going between tart and sweet, both sides having a complexity all its own. This is superb!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BakerStMuse (19) - USA - DEC 10, 2006
On draft at Monk’s Cafe in Philly. Tart, tangy and fruity. Overpowering at first sip, but actually quite pleasant as it progresses.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymologist (30) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Consider the flavor a smack across the face in subzero weather. This beer cuts into you like a paper cut from a porn mag: it stings, sure, but there’s still a naked woman staring at you. A bit over the top for my taste, but I respect this--it knows what it wants, and knows how to get it.

3.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Funknmilla (734) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 750 ml bot..."smells like feet and ass"-J.S..sour vinegar smell and actually it reminds me of homemade fruit wine...nice foam..brown color.....tastes like tart, unripe apples..a delightful taste yet displeasing all at the same time..a well crafted beverage...my first of this type..it really grows on you....food paring: sweet sausage....:)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Draft at Monks Cafe in Philly. Now this is a beer. Nice and dark with a smooth taste to hit. Just the right amount of bitterness as it got a little warmer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2006
33 cl bottle. Very little yeast at the bottom. Reddish brown colour with a weak white head. Sour aroma with notes of cherries, oak wood. Wauw what a amazing flavour of berries, oak, vanilla wine-like, very complex and with a sour and sweet flavour also. Very nice endeed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5800) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2006
25 oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown colored body under a small fizzy bone white head that retained as a thin film for the duration. Aroma is quite sharp and acidic with suggestions of cherries, raw oak, light vinegar, and yeast. Overall, quite vinous. Flavor is as sharp and acetic as the aroma suggested. Very vinegary on the finish especially. Still lots of cherry, ripe fruits, and oak though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight stickiness up front that fades to a drying acidic finish. Carbonation is fairly active and fine helping to cut through some of the stickiness. Overall pretty good, slightly more complex than the Classic, and certainly a little more aggressive.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2006
33cl bottle: What an amazingly flavorful beer. dark redishbrown with hardly any head. aroma is quite astringent and woody with sweet malts playing into the background. The flavor is quite comxplex and it evolves as you drink it. For me the first sip was just very sour and interesting, didn’t like it and didn’t hate it. But as a progressed through the beer I saw the marriage of the tart complex acidity with the sweet malts, and balance of hops. It really is an amazing and complex beer. vinous notes, accidic, woody, carmel in some of the malt. All in all delicious. I need to try some other flemish sours now.


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