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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2364   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2008 I had this at Belguim Comes to Cooperstown 2005. The sourness was there but it was balanced out by the cherry and oakish flavors. Perfect balance with just the right amount of carbonation. Rerate 5-3-08: I pretty much stand by what I sipped 3 years ago. The vinegar sourness still stands out but I donít see as much balance as I saw with the cherry flavors except in the finish. The wood is still here. I preferred the tap version but am sad to see the distributor to the US dropped this beer. The bottled version seems less flavorful. Bottle from Lindo of NEPA split club.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2005 Poured a pleasant brown with red highlights and a large fizzy off-white head. The aroma was of grapes, apples and berries, a nice fruity bouquet. The flavor and mouthfeel were not unlike Champagne, a bit sour but sweet and fruity with a nice level of carbonation. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, it was very different from any of my previous experiences with beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Bronze body and a soapy, grayish head. Great tart aroma of red wine and a hint of balsamic plus some earth and oak. Deep, mature flavor with nice medium-high tartness. Not too dried out like some wild beers, leaving this with some welcome balancing texture. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle from clarkvv. Pours a deep amber red w/ white fizzy head. nose is sour apple, cider, light alcohol. very sour, cidery, light alcohol in the mouth w/ apples and cranberry hints.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boetje (1) - eernegem, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2005 does not count
here in belgium is it hard to find . i live about 20 miles from the brewer and i cant find it in our bars . its only the normal rodenbach we can buy . but its a bit more sour but stil very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6520) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2005
Bottle at beerbistro. Pours a reddish brown with a small creamy white head. Aroma is very sour with hints of fruit and white wine. Taste is also very sour, fruity and quite tart. An acquired taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Aroma: a sourness of black cherries, white grapes, and Beligum yeast
Appearance: b/c of the beerís "frozenness" caused by a night in the freezer, the beer had only a small head with little carbonation at all. Colors are a warm oak brown.
Flavor: sour, not a whole lot of distinct flavors though (probably due to its being frozen previously and let thaw), can taste a bit of oak and some white grapes.
Palate: watery (again, probably not normal), sour at the back of the tongue, slight sour aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8549) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Iím a dumbass. I threw this one in the freezer the other day to chill it quickly before putting it in the fridge... forgot about it. Ended up with a Rodenbachsicle. When I found her, she had a little semi-frozen trail of bubbles coming out from under the cap, which still at least looked like it was attached. So I popped it, let it foam a little bit, dug out some of the ice at the top, and recapped with my homebrewing equipment. Fast forward two days and I have it back in liquid form, probably about 9-10 ounces from the bottle. Poured without much of head, but still smells wonderful. Full on flemish sour chewey caramel-like malts, sweet black cherries, plums, raspberries... oh my this is an incredible aroma. Without too much carbonation itís still not that bad of a drink, the flavors are vivid plum and prickly oak, with some more subtle butter perhaps in the finish. An amazing beer, even after my mess-up, that bites the back of the throat and tickles the tongue. I love this style, and can not get enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TinyClanger (41) - West Sussex, West Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2005
Poured a deep ruby colour with a tight, fairly creamy but rather short-lived ivory-coloured head. Sour cherry on the nose, rather like a kriek but less so, with hints of vanilla and cranberry. Initial sharpness on tongue gives way to a blast of cherry flavour that fades into a long, sour, refreshing finish. Nicely chewy, and leaves you with a feeling your tongueís been coated with cherries. Plus the paper-wrapped bottle makes it feel like Christmas Day! [Edit: bottle aged about four years - definitely one to lay down!]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Bottle at the stuffed sandwich. Pours a fizzy reddish brown with very little head and what there is fizzes away. Aroma of sour cherries and vanilla. Oaky med. sour w/ a sweetish cherry finish. Med bodied. Fairly oxidized. Med. dry. I think this bottle was past itís prime.

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