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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2478   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Had a boozy, fruity and vinous aroma and poured clear deep brown with red tints. The beer was sour and fruity with caramel notes and had a fizzy and dry palate. Overall this was a good big beer with solid flavors. It was very much like a wine and slightly acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle at home, from Beer Ritz, Leeds. Pours a great deep copper colour, with a finger or two of head that dies relatively quickly. Aroma of sour fruity goodness: green apples, grapes, serious funk. Taste is very similar, but more intricate, with a nice cherry character coming through. Nice medium body, perfect medium carbonation. Sharp and refreshing. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Deep reddish brown pour, off white ring for a head. Vinegar, cherry, oak and slight vanilla on the nose. Taste is a nice tart sour cherry with a vinegar note. Sweet with oak and a slight creamy vanilla note. Dry finish. Great sub for the empty duchese tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chris__hartley (357) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
It pours hazel with ruby highlights; the head is off-white and foamy. The aroma has notes of: green apples, plums, pinot grigio, hazelnuts, and sour cherries. The flavour was medium-high sourness that finishes with a medium tartness/ acidity; there are notes of: sour cherries, pinot grigio, slight cola notes, and red-fruit jam. The palate is medium bodied with medium carbonation; the finish is long and sour. Overall, a very nice example of a Flemish red ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2008
vinager nose.....but good tastes like great vinager mixed with a sweet ale......more vinager smell than most of this flanders style...but super tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
falco242 (356) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Aroma is a light sour but the taste is not as tart as others that I’ve had. Good cherry taste but lacks a lot of depth, which is okay since it really is good. Palate leaves you wanting more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2006
bottle, my first grand cru and this was not what i expected. very sour, tart with a lot of flavor. no bitterness and yet balanced with the other flavors. a new flavor profile that my palate needs to get acclimated with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VinegarStroke (354) - Napa, USA - SEP 12, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2014 Bottle 75cl: Clear, red brown with a light head. Funky nose but clean. Cherry, old oak reasonably clean. Not volatile. complexed aromas. Soaked fruit and citrus. Off dry palate, sour, low bitterness. Rich and long. great depth. Elegant but concentrated. Very crisp. Not as rich as the Duchess but wonderful length and layers. Dry sour cherry. Oak. Balanced. (2/1/14) Maybe slightly corked. Bottle 75cl: very sour profile, old oak. Funky nose. Huge VA lift. Aged complexity. brown, cloudy, brown foam, heavily sour, light sweetness, light bitterness. soft carbonation, medium body, long finish, acid driven. Very stylistic. Probably too extreme for me given how sour and volatile it is. Like an old world wine. Nice intensity and length.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - SEP 3, 2006
Brownish colour, nice head. I will again have to thanks to my belgian mate Oğuz Can. Very very sour taste, Acidy and nice scent. A good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2007
This was my first sour ale, so my judgment of it may be off. I will have to try some more and then possibly re-rate. It was a mahogany color on the pour from the bottle. Aroma of cherries with a slight smokiness apparent from the oak. Beer startes sweet and smoky, but quickly the sour taste of tart berries comes through. By the finish, the sour taste was all that was left.

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