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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2624   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2007
33cl bottle. Dark garnet color with a minimal head. Antique vinous, oaken and book leather aromas. Initial flavor was very sour, approaching raspberry vinaigrette, though the acidity mellowed out after a while in the glass, and the flavor became fruitier with a woody and earthy character. Finishes very dry. Medium bodied with very fine carbonation. I imagine this would be good to pair with a strong cheese plate. Otherwise, not for everyone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009 Hazy red/copper with a large head. Spare lacing. Aroma of cherry and balsamic vinegar. Taste adds some oak. Full body. Tangy, syrupy texture. Moderate to heavily sweet and very acidic. Unique, and extremely good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: APR 7, 2007 # 300
[To mussels in the Summergarden.] My beerrating no. 300 I’ve reserved to this fantastic brew, which has changed my life. After this you’ll look at the life with other eyes. Had it to mussels and now I’ll move to Flanderen. How can you brew a beer this way and make it cult. They must also be dolle (mad).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Neato. Its nice to realize that even after 1400 some beers, I can still find one and say that I’ve never had a beer quite like this one before. Pretty unique. Very pungent, vinous aroma, with notes of chardonnay and concord grapes. There’s a light woody character. Glowing red-orange color with a modest head. Flavor begins with a nice hard acidity that seems very tight and centered in the mouth, focused. There’s a really big fruity sweetness right along side it, that begins with notes of raspberry and cherry, but transitions to oranges and lemons. The long dry tart finish is similar to the puckering effect of sucking on lemons. Nice medium body with just right carbonation. A bit difficult to drink a whole 750 by yourself, but not too hard if you put your mind to it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1980) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
nice dark cherry amber colour, great nose of again cherry , slightly woody and some sweet malts, so nice and tart, great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzerfaust (790) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle from Eurohappy, 6% ABV: Pours a great looking opaque reddish brown color. Head is medium, off-white color. It lasts for little but leaves a good lacing. Aroma is very complex, fragrant and full of sour, fruity notes. There are green apples, dry cherries, grapes, a lot of wet wood, vinegar, champagne and Sauvignon Blanc wine. This is so different from any beer I’ve smelled before. Oak gets more and more prominent. Flavor is sour, very fulfilling, mineral and intense. Similar to a good demi sec Champagne but more sour. It has hints of sour apples, white grapes, maybe some berries and even Martini. I can feel some mustard as Fukito pointed out. Complex but a little sharp. Full mouthfeel, pretty big body. Finish is astringent, and a little harsh. Carbonation is lively but smooth. Refreshing, sour aftertaste. A very complex but difficult to understand and appreciate brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2007
(Bottle, thanks Gnoff) Pours light hazy nut brown to red. Vinegar aroma with berries, mostly cherries and notes of salt and acetone.Light sour and vinegar flavour with a salty touch but mostly sweet, yet dry-ish. Some green apples in both the nose and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2007
Deep cherry red, thin cream head resolving into clear spots and clumps of froth. Mottled and spotty. Hums of Things You Should Not Inhale. Petrol, marker pen, solvent, trees and vinegar. Makes you cough it’s so sour and strange at first. Cheap white wine sour, and beyond. An outrageously tangy assault on the mouth, stopping just short of out-and-out acetic unpleasantness. A mild electric shock to the tongue exuding strange metallic sensations. In fact, more of a sensation than a beer, but an oddly refreshing one. If you’re in the mood for it. In a masochistic kind of way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tashi (32) - London, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2007
Not much to add to existing comments. Looks lovely, smells OK, but if you’re expecting a Belgian beer you’ll be unprepared for Rodenbach’s sourness. On the other hand, if you’ve just drunk a decent cider, the malty beerness sings through. A difficult balancing act pulled off with style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3967) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2007
UPDATED: APR 29, 2007 Pours a clear dark red with an off white head. Some lacings. Smells a bit of alcohol. Sour with balsamico aromas and a slight hint of wood. Also some concentrated tomatoe paste. Full bodied. Sour and mildly bitter finish. Nice refreshing session beer.

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