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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2436   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (768) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2005
I thouroughly enjoyed this on tap at the Brickskeller in D.C. Pours watery and red, nice color retention bright fruit flavor, almost hi-c’ish’ but much more complex with a cheery disposition that ultimately produces strong favorable feelings toward this great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Nilay. At least 2 years old, with a much different label than that pictured. Shared with Edward, Drew, Nilay, and Andy. Tried next to La Folie, and although I liked La Folie a bit better, this was wonderful stuff. Cranberry and raisin notes join nutmeg and ginger and walnut in a fruit-cake like taste that brings in the Christmas season. A nice sourness and acidity lend a hand to leave a sharp residual bite on the tongue. Excellent stuff, and aged well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle, 33cl. Hazy red colour with a light beige head, that doesn’t last long. Strong acidic vinegar nose, with notes of fruits that reminds me a kriek or a framboise. Flavour is very complex and bitter, too much for my taste. Flemish sour ales just aren’t my type and this one was no exception. To tell yo the truth, i can’t see why this beer deserves such a high score. A question of taste, i suppose!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 Pours brown with a medium, off-white head. The aroma is balsamic vinegar, cherries, cola, lemons and oak. The flavor is very sour and very sweet with tart cherry, vinegar, cola, lemon, oak, quite vinous and caramels. The finish is long with a lasting tartness. The mouthfeel is light and sparkling. Simply a magnificent brew, I only wish it were stilll unpasteurized and unfiltered.

The last two bottles I’ve had were very sweet and fairly disappointing. The old bottles I put in the mid 4’s the recent bottles in the low 3’s. Rating is a mixture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Pours dark walnut brown, moderate head, fades fast to nice lace. Aromas are balsamic vinegar, berries, citrus, malt, and yeast. Flavor is like sparkling wine meets balsamic vinegar. Definitely different. Odd taste at first but the vinegar novelty wears off to reveal a delicately complex blend of fruit sweetness, malt and yeast. Hops don’t seem to figure in. Undertones of sour cherry, port, sherry, madiera, brown sugar, soy sauce, salt, sweetgrass, earth and mushrooms. Good mouthfeel but very effervescent and puckeringly astringent. An acquired taste but worth acquiring. Keep in mind my numbers are not in comparison to more mainstream ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2005
My first Belgian Sour and it was an experience I’ll not forget soon. Not as good as my first "make- out session" but still... A light beige head that mostly diminished topped this clear brownish-red brew. THe aroma warns you a little of the coming tartness, but is mostly of grapes, and then opens up a little sweeter...like plumbs. In the mouth the first thing I noticed was some sweet carbonation, but the sourness really kicked in midpalate and in the finish. WOW, that’s tart! Sort of sweet, but the tartness balances it out and makes for a refreshing drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2005
750. Looks beautiful, dark reddish-brown with a good, long lasting head. Good aroma, sour cherry, oak, an earthy mustiness, and last but not least, a little bit of cider vinegar. Very tart and sour mouthfeel. I’m talking lip puckering tart. Talking, goddamn! Something just hit me in the mouth! Aplle cider vinegar is the most notable flavor, but there’s a slight underlying sweetness. Still getting used to the style, and I enjoyed this more as it went on. Now, if it only didn’t give me heartburn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Excellent Lambic. Has that pesticide kind of bitterness that a good lambic gets when it goes beyond sour. It seems to be artificial but it’s a result of great fermentation. Some cherries and deep ruby red color. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Looks pretty good. Deep red color with hefty head and good lacing. Sour cherry and raspberry aromas. Some sweetness quickly gives way to a vinegary, pretty assaultive sourness. I think the good folks at Rodenbach would have done better by this beer if they had upped some of the other flavors over it’s little brother, rather than mostly the sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Cloudy reddish brown color with a thin but lasting head, lacing. Nose of earthy sour cherries and wood. Very carbonated and acidic on the palate. Sour earthy taste with a rather quick finish.

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