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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2145   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (5553) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2003 Bottled. Dark red with an off-white head. Aroma from vinegar and could it be mustard(?). Quiet refreshing, with an sour flavour. A bit lemonade-ish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2003
Copper or red/dark color with an off-white frothy head. Clear vinegar aroma and flavor - refreshing. Somewhat cider-like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14340) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012
2012-11-12, draught at La Fine Mousse, Paris, 7-4-7-3-15=36
Dark color with red shades; creamy head but not persistent. Sour aroma, a bit acetic, fruit, rotten fruits too (not exactly fresh, almost fruit flies prone). Highly carbonated, smooth mouthfeel; good caramel flavor with red fruit tones, medium acidity and just a shade of acetone. In the final, there is a light impression of acetone.
Could be more complex, probably still young, but already pleasant.

2012-03-25, draught at Fairbar, Århus, 7-4-7-3-14=35
Hazy red dark amber color, with thin head. The aroma has mild sourness, and a fruity character. The body has an average strength, the mouthfeel is smooth (high carbonation); good flavor of caramel, with sharp acidity, vinegar traces, and fruity backbone. Very good.

2010-10-29, draught at Plan B, 6-4-6-3-13=32
Dark brown color, small head. The aroma is very vinegary. The body is quite lean; there is some caramel aroma, limited residual sweetness, and an evident acetic character; a bit fruity. Sour, but not the most pleasant one.

2003-06-24, bottle, 7-5-8-4-15=39
Beautiful red-amber color. Acetic, sweet and astringent. Pleasant but not impressive, nor particularly fruity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
A world classic. Acidic nose, vinous character. Some prominent horse blanket flavours and aromas. Very complex and thirst quenching. Deep red colour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (5962) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 Rerate: Newer batch and I don’t see it as balanced as before, the sourness is much stronger on the palate. The nose also displays more of the acidic nature than I have known in the past. Dropping both the aroma, flavor, and overall scores 1 point each.
Original rating: Bottle at the Hop Leaf Chicago - beautiful multilayered hue that changes color through the glass. Excellent lacing from this medium-bodied brew. Outstanding aroma, complex, hints of mild coffee, grapefruit, lemon, grapes and toasted malts. Vinous. Balanced nicely between sweet malts and fruity hops. Dry finish. Oily and soft mouthfeel. This bottle could have aged another year and been even better, but still excellent now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
At a short distance, it seemed to have a blueberry aroma! Sour wine grapes come to mind. Mixes sour acidity with sweet complex caramel and roasty malts. Some dry oaky cherry at the end. Awesome overall!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2003
This beer poured a very dark amber color and formed an off white foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of chocolate, caramel and cherries. The flavor was of cherries and some malt and the sourness of it is definately there in the finish of the beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7810) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 22, 2003
Brown, with blackcurrant or burgundy shine; yellowish-brown head, dense, lacey. Woody nose, lactic acid, fruitessence (black cherry), Black forest cake, vinous. Taste is vinous, sharp tones both of lactic and acetic acid. Unbelievable, but there is still some sweetness under all the tangle of sour tastes. Tart, even adstringent, dry-out effect. Lots of esters, yet remarkably clean palate. Twist of metallic oxide in the aftertaste. A classic, much less affected by the Palm take-over than the "Classic". Oh, my kingdom for a bottle-conditioned version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2003
Good luck to you all who like this style. It presents well with a great claret colour and fruity nose. Then it goes downhill from there.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2003
Yikes. This one is insane. As tasty, if not tastier, than regular Rodenbach.

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