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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: 2291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2005
This is an excellent beer and may turn me away from Lambics. Itís got a nice nose, an excellent sour fruit mouth, an a very thin head. Iíll be drinking more of this and will probably have a few bottles in my luggage on my return.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2747) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
330ml brown bottle. Poured red with subtle orange tints. Small layer of light tan head with many fine bubbles, leaves sticky lacing. Strong red wine accents in the aroma, with cherry and wet wood. Initial burst of acid and then sour cherry and green grapeskin. Very tart and quenching, not quite as complex as I expected, but still amazing. Need more!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2005
Dark red, small head. Strong aroma and flavor of concord grapes, almost expect to encounter seeds. Interesting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Redish brown hue dry red wine aroma right away you can smell the oak barrels and aciity excellent acidity in the palate... great example of the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
Bottle. what a nightmare it was to finally get this beer, the LCBO was originally supposed to have it for the fall release but then it got pushed back even past the winter release by a couple of weeks. It was definitely worth it (plus it was dirt cheap at $2.2/bottle), what a wonderful beer! Iíve had a few of them in the past six weeks or so but never got around to rating one until now. cherrywood colour with a small white lactic head. tart cherries are prominent in the aroma. very sour, yet it is still quite flavourful. acidic mouthfeel. I wonder if the LCBO will ever bring this beer back after all the problems they had this time around.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2503) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2005
Tasted from the bottle, a little over date. Said to have lost some of itís intensity, passed Use-by. Into a brandy tulip, it poured a deep Ruby red, going on brown. Head failed to form but a decent ring laced down the glass. Unusual vinous aroma, fruity, dry and acidic. Cola hints and slightly íbarnyardí musty, but still quite pleasant. Served a little too cold. Initially harsh carbonation led through to lime zests and grape skin flavours, very tart. Warmed it up in my hands, it released plums, raspberries, and cabernet grape flavours, leafy tones and subtle spice. A citric medium length swallow with a warming cognac aftertaste, not at all astringent, but definitely mouth-puckering. Sour throughout, with only a little sweetness to balance. A very interesting and acquired taste brew, certainly unique. Lovely!!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2005
Bottle: Poured clear deep red-brown with a thick creamy off-white head. The aroma was complex; vinous stewed cherries, grapa, dried grapes, some hops at the beginning, faint caramels, and some dark spices. Definitely sour!! Quite puckering with a lactic feel towards the end. Assertive fruit flavours, so much so that one could be mistaken for thinking it was some sort of fruit beer. Very prominant acidity, tartness, and whilst initially sweet it finishes with exceptional elegance and balance. Despite this I didnít like it. I found its overexcited, brash sourness detracted from the obviously exceptional flavour. Nevertheless, it deserves a high rating.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2005
A dark reddish-brown with a beige foaming head which died away to nothing fairly rapidly. Poor lacing on the glass. Aroma Ė sour fruit, ďburnt toastĒ and yeast. Watery on the palate and with flavours of sour fermenting fruit/grapes, yeast and some burnt maltiness. Definitely too sour for my tastes Ė more like drinking a bad port than a beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Whoa! If you donít know what to expect, this beer is quite the shock to the system. It is mouth-puckeringly sour, at least on the first sip, but mellows as you get used to it. It appears not to be too popular around here, as every LCBO has cases of it stacked around. However, I quite like it, though it takes some getting used to. Its sour character is nicely balanced by its sweetness, giving it a taste not unlike sour cherry candy or something similar. Itís a rich reddish-amber and really does have the sour cherry flavour. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Reddish brown with no real head. Nose is oak, cider, cherries, and sour. I canít wait. Flavor is sour black cherries, funk, lemon, oak. Sweet/sour finish. nice!


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