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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3292) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Beer 39 of Belgium trip, and Happy New Year! Medium brown, OK head. Nose full on of sour cherries with some funk. Very full bodied, powerful flavors of cherry liquor, some chocolate notes, sour, woody, and a certain roundness that is hard to describe. Masterful and challenging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2004
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 (Bottled, 6.0% ABV) Clear, dark, deep ruby color with a smallish, tanned head. Tart, wooden cherry aroma with balsamico and sugar. Tart, sweetish cherry and vinegar flavor with oak barrel, and a dryish, astringent finish. Medium-bodied, a bit thin, sharp and sugary palate with quite high and slightly fizzy carbonation. Sticks to teeth. Quite sugary, but bearable. Could be more complex, though - or maybe I’m just not qualified enough to find the hidden flavors and aromas. (Rated 1/2/2004, was 3-4-3-3-10=2.3) Very dark, ruby red color. Extremely sour! Distinctive cherry flavor. This really is a beer of its own, with a very complex taste, but unfortunately it’s much too sour for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jeppe (2631) - Řlbutikken, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 Thanks to Jacob Lövenlund for sharing this fine brew with me §:-) This is an amazing beer!! It has a tall long lasting head on a deep brown/red body. Aroma and flavor is fruity with a perfect complexity between sweetness and sourness. Truly delicious and makes you wanna drink more....

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2003
Wow. Very dark red in colour, fluffy off white head. Aroma of balsamic vinegar, very fruity, cream and cherries. Flavour is extremely smooth, creamy, with acidic/tart cherries. Finish is acidic with a mild bitterness. This is just simply a wonderful beer and now one of my favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2003
In a bottle, rated at 6.0%abv, best before 21-06-2004. Pours red/brown with a tight off-white head that fades quickly. evident lactic aroma with a hint of musty, stale hops in the background. Pronounced lambic taste hinting at dry wine, with a drying finish leaving the mouth feeling slightly as it would after a mint - kind of chilled. Overall a delightful brew, which only makes me wonder how good the higher rated Flemish sour Ales must be...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Thanks goes out to Shag for sharing this good beer in Chattanooga, TN. It had a creamy and smooth vanilla head with fine-medium bubbles that was mostly lasting. The body was hazy and the hue was reddish-brown. The nose was fruity and it had a sweet, sour, tart and wine taste to it that was absolutely wonderful. The mouthfeel was tingly, bubbly and dry. This was a medium bodied beer with a fair amount of lacing. I hope I have a chance to drink this one again sometime. Thanks again, Shag!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (3817) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: APR 4, 2010 I sampled this with some trepidation, knowing how highly regarded it is. Vinegar/strawberry aroma, mulled wine appearance. Upon sipping, your mouth is flooded with spicy, tart fragrances. There is a sharp, sour hit on the back of the throat, and a lingering, pleasant appley flavour. Sourness is wonderfully balanced with sweetness and never overpowering. (3.7 - 16/12/2003) RE-RATE: /my original rating woefully underscored this at 3.7. It’s an amazing beer - delicious depth and power (4.4 - 3/4/2010)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 15, 2003
TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 12. This bottled brew was enjoyed at the Days Inn in Chattanooga Tennessee with Shag after we returned from the Big River Bar and Grill. It poured a creamy head of finely sized light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lace and a hazy light brown colored body. It had a fruity strawberry aroma and a dry mouthfeel that was fizzy initially and soured in the finish. I remember it being a wonderful brew. I want to thank Shag for bringing it to the room for our night cap. It was wonderful!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2003
This was very interesting. The nose was winey, with almost a vinigar-like smell. The taste was tart and refreshing, with almost no aftertaste whatsoever. This is a beer that takes a bit of getting used to, but regardless, it is interesting and distinct, and I recommend it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4522) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2004 (Bottle) Thin, white, non-dissipating head and a red body. Nose of sour cherries. Lasting sour smoothness. Loving!

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