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

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RATINGS: 2235   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2352) - New York, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Red brown pour from bottle, light head. berries and cherries blending into sour finish. Pretty nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kleurplaatje (46) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2014
Pours dark brownish, amber with minimal head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is quite champagne-like. You can smell the sour, which is quite full. Cherries, madeira, berry fruits, vinegar...Loveable sourness. Appealing to all senses, Taste is quite champagne-like as well. Medium sour, definetely berries, apples, cherry, citrus, well fruity in general. Oaky notes that strengthen the flavours with a beautfiul crispy vinous kick... Light bitter touch in its beautiful dry flavourful long lasting finish. It has something complex, yet it feels and tastes so simple, drinkable and balanced. Medium bodied, sticky texture (clearly on the teeth), and quite a lively carbonation. Loveable lambic-style beer. Great brew. Enjoyable for all seasons.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (911) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 15, 2014
750ml bottle pours dark ruby red brown with 2 finger head. Nose is dark tart cherry fruits, vinegarette, light oak, sweet and tart acidity. Taste is crisp, red cider vinegar, balanced acidity, some vanilla cherry, cola, light oak. Finish is sweet and sour dark cherry and berry fruit with crisp acidity. Solid as a rock.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (938) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 330ml bottle poured in a chalice. A: Pours a dark amber to brown color with a medium beige head which disappears leaving almost no lacings S: Very fruity. Mainly grapes. Tart. Also a delicious perfume of wood T: Taste is special. Acid and fruity. Again, grapes are quite present. A bit metallic end M: Light body. High carbonation. Acid and metallic aftertaste D: High. World class beer for sure [ BA Review @ 12/27/2010 ]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (499) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
On tap at Bistro L’Autre Oeil. Hazy mahogany with a frothy beige head. Flavors are red fruits, oak, funk and vanilla with tart and acetic notes. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, oily texture.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (2527) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Bottles from Mam and Dad’s holiday, France and Rehills, Newcastle. A hazy deep red-brown coloured beer with a strong sour cherry and sugary sweet red fruit flavour, followed by sherry, currants and more tart cherry on the smooth finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zlotta (94) - Bonn, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2014 Clear ruby colour with a thick tan head. Aroma of red wine vinegar, sour cherries, redcurrant and raspberries. At first, taste is slightly sweet but that is quickly replaced by heavy sourness. Thin body, soft carbonation and a dry, tart finish. The fruity aroma and the acidity make it just adorable. Michael Jackson called it "the most refreshing beer in the world". Well, he must have known!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
StoutHead (715) - DENMARK - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle (BB 29.10.15). Pours a clear red color with a beige fizzy head. Aroma is malty and fresh sour. Taste is malty and very fruity and tart. Also strong notes of red berries, oak and spices. Medium body and high carbonation. Overall very tart. Not really my type but pretty good anyway.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2425) - BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2014
The ’nobler’ version of the classic Rodenbach, with more old (wood aged) beer than young beer, lightly sweetened and pasteurized so not as ’pure’ as Rodenbach Vintage, but still one of those important landmarks on the Belgian beer map. Light yellowish beige, milky, thin but stable head, deep, warm burgundy colour, clear. Delicate and complex, matured aroma of passion fruit, sour cherries, gooseberries, madera, sherry, wine vinegar, vanilla, oak, iron but not in a disturbing way, honey. Estery fruitiness in the onset, caramel, drenched in a mouth-filling, cleansing and refreshing tartness, sherry-like, woody with tannins, long dry and complex finish with low hop bitterness as expected from the style. A side by side tasting of a pre-1998 sample (before Palm took over) and a contemporary sample revealed the same parallels as shown by the classic Rodenbach: in the post-Palm era, this beer has become a tad paler and less ruby reddish, less rounded and a bit less delicate, with a somewhat sharper sourness and a bit less soft and velvety mouthfeel. Still a great beer though, doubtlessly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ERB92 (395) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2014
Fruits, berries, malts and a hint of balsamic vinegar in the aroma. Deep amber colour with a tan head. Medium sweet, light to medium bitter and medium sour. Light to medium body with a soft carbonation. Overall an interesting brew, quite refreshing and easy drinkable.


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