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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 2177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 This beer starts with a bit of sweet maltiness. A touch of chocolate and TONS of sweet, tangy fruit. After a moment of chocolate followed by sweet and tangy fruits, you move into an intense sour tartness that literally makes your mouth pucker. You can't help but appreciate the complexity and the progression of flavors. Aroma hints at the sourness to come, but also has notes of strawberries and possibly tropical fruits such as mango. Deep brown to ruby color with a large head is a sight that makes your mouth water.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JAN 29, 2002
Deep mahogany body, rocky brown head, exuding a malty yeast, chocolate, grape/raisin, oats, and caramel nose. The flavor is quite unexpected; the rich, fruity aroma seduces you into expecting a hearty, fruity beer, while the fizzy, tangy sourness that hits you at first sip is a complete surprise. Sour and sharp like a lambic, primary flavors include a cookie-like yeast, sour-apple, chardonnay, and whey. Hops are non-existent and the malt is underwhelming. Finish is long and mouth-puckering. After months of anticipation, I must admit I’m disappointed. However, after a few minutes growing accustomed to the sourness, a pleasant experience ensues.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tmb42099 (3) - salt lake city, Utah, USA - JAN 18, 2002 does not count
incredible, very well balanced, unique malt beverage. needs to be experienced to fully comprehend.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2001
A nose of cherry lambic, aged wine and oak esters. Color of cherry cider, but much clearer. A taste so tart it makes the tastbuds tingle and the salvilary glands kick into high gear. Very nice for something with such high acid. It would be wonderful with a roast duck. but I have none at present so it will do quite well solo.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2001
Thick & rocky head; deep red hue. Sour citrus & zingy fruit flavors jump out at you. I detect a strong cherry flavor in the middle, and a grape flavor near the finish. Has a real ’champagne-like’ character. Finishes dry, with complex fruity flavors lingering. My mouth continued to water, well after swallowing; it was like I was sucking on a Jolly Rancher or something. I kind of like its acidic tartness (& happy to find it not too sweet), but it is different. This would be a perfect beer for a wine/champagne lover to try.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2001
Wonderful beer in it’s complexity. Fruity, oak and complex aroma. Ruby with beautiful head. Acid, dry, oak and fruit flavors. Finishes softer but still very sour that burns down you throat.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tjbjcpmaster99 (5) - Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2001 does not count
The complexity of this world classic is second to none. Can’t drink a lot of it due to the high acid level, but a truly unique beer to share amoung beer loving friends.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Belgik (72) - Sterrebeek, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2001
Not fully limpid reddish-brown appearance, with few bubbles and little, fading foam. Vinous aroma, fruity with sirupy, aged aromas. Sweet and sour winelike taste, foamy in mouth, with quite intense acidity and ’old’ fruit. Quite long, but I miss (either) (both) hop- and maltiness or FRESH fruit. Even though this is undoubtedly a unique beer, the aged and sweet and sour character is not my thing. I had this together with a Girardin Kriek and the latter’s purity and freshness of the fruit appeals much more to my tastes.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ssurp (23) - trenton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2001
The first time I had this was one of those ’special beer moments’ where you know you’ve discovered something great. The nose on this is incredible; the fruit punches you in the nose. Starts oh so sour and yields to cherry, wine and I found when warm a slight almond finish. World-class beer.

2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
legion242 (2188) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2001
Color- dark ruby. Head- effervescent. Aroma- ’grapey’, sweet. Tart at the begining; Stays too tart and is hard to get through. Bluh!?


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