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


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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5062) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Clear amber coloured body-looks like a coke with a small tan head. Aroma of metal, cherries, caramel, raspberries & tart cranberries. Light-bodied; Tart cherry flavour with strong metal hints. Sweet, dry finish-very tart and enjoyable. Aftertaste makes mouth puckered and very clean feeling. Overall, very nice-metal is noticeable, but still damn good. I sampled this 33 cL botle purchased at a Bottle Shop in St. Kilda (Melbourne), Australia on 03-June-2004.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Adam 13 (4) - Hojbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2004 does not count
Rodenbach has a nice cherry flavour to it, a little bit on the sour side but nice in its own way. This is an extremely refreshing beer to have at the end of a day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Pours transparent red with large head that fades slowly. Aroma is of sweet and tart cherries, and funky cheese. Flavor is a mix of sweet and tart cherries, funky cheese, a slight barnyard, and some spice. When chilled there is a slight metallic taste but when let warm it goes away and is replaced by a very fresh cherry juice taste and aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Sampled at the White Horse in London, England. A beer bar with well over 200 beers and the best in London by far, this was my first choice. The one I wanted the most. Murky Brown. Cherries, lots of cherries with oak, a distinct tartness and dark fruits in the nose. Deliciously sour and tart. Dryness from the oak aging and lovely oak notes in the flavor. Mouth Puckering. Aged. More cherries and other dark fruits along with a few notes of lemon. Lingering. Everything I look for in the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5532) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Bottled. From the Lowlander Cafe in London. Pours a deep ruby red with a small foamy tanned head. Nose is a sour fruit and wood with faint candy notes. Not quite as funky or complex as I was expecting. Taste is sour cherry and wood with an odd malty flavor. Some light vinger notes. Maybe a hint of rotten fruit. Body is sour and tart but not too acidic. Finish is more of the fruit notes and some wood. Good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - - SEP 27, 2004
11.2 oz. / 330 ml. brown bottle. Handsome dark grey and burgundy label. Freshness date is of 01/03/06 on back label. Aromas are of balsamic vinegar, mascerated cherries, oak barrels, vanilla beans, some plum and other dark dried fruits, and Brettanomyces, that classic Belgian funk. Tastes are of a classic Flanders red ale. Classic tartness, with notes of dried fruits and slight vanilla bean flavors meld together for a unique drinking experience. Medium mouthfeel. Aftertastes are of balsamic vinegar, and sourness galore. A truly classic Flanders red. Too bad itís so rare.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Deep dark ruby, fluffy off white head. The nose is awesome with notes of sweet and sour dark cherry, dried fruit, wood, must, barnyard, and malt. Flavor is similar with the sour cherry being perfectly balanced with the wood and malt. Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation, dry, tart, sour cherry and wood finish. Absolutely world class! Found at Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonMoore (2012) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2004
Bottle from Onlyfinebeer. Poured a murkey red brown colour, with a smallish off white head. Aroma is sharp, tart, cherry with a vinegar edge. Taste is complex, sour, sweet, fruity, a bit kriek like but better. Thirst queching, with thinish mouthfeel. Not a favourite but quite nice and interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2004
A dark redbrown colour with a white head. The aroma is intense of vinegar oak, and a fruity sweetness. Taste is.. . . amazing. sweet, sour, acidic, oak, fruit, all in a wonderfull balance. This beer is one of my alltime favourites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11703) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 2007 re-rate: I didnít like this beer to begin with, but I knew it was special and have been tasting at least one bottle a year. Iím finally getting it, and really enjoyed a bottle last night. The flavour now feels like a wonderful refreshing sourness, and a powerful hop finish. Raised the score from 3.2 (high in aroma, low in flavour) to 3.8. Original 2004 rating: Dark red brown beer with a small off-white head. Big, complex aroma with lemon, berries (especially cherry), vanilla and a hint of vinegar. The flavour is still rich and complex, but with far too much acid for my taste. And I get unpleasant memories of fruit juices gone off and naturally fermented. I guess I have finally found a beer style that isnít for me...

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