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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2405   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KennethArd (307) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2014
Vinous fruity. Red to brown, clear with persistent head. Sour taste. Light body, sticky texture & soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hallstein (305) - Skogn, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2015
Dark brown. Aroma is almost like red wine; sour, oak, vanilla. Maybe a touch of candi sugar. Mouthfeel is nice. Flavor is red sour candy. Kinda like the sour red fish-hard candy haribo makes. Cherries, strawberries, raspberry. Iím not getting much malts here, mostly fruit.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
Wonderful amber-brown in color. Strong, vinous aroma with a touch of grapes and earth; taste moderately sour and fruity, with alcohol prominent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Ruby red/brown colour, cloudy. Great tart cherry nose. Flavor of candied sour patch kids and a hint of metal. Metallic taste disappears as this gem warms. Really amazing balance of sweet/sour keeps this ale as a most drinkable speciman. A very intriguing beer in a previously unknown style in my library. Top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - JUN 3, 2008
pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. smells of wood and cherries. The flavor is extremely sour and tart, hits you with a slight burn, i canít really explain it, itís kind of wild! Highly recommend!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - APR 13, 2003
Bright bloody red colour, clean appereance, nice creamy head. The aroma is fruity with a pleasant balsamic vinegar trace. The flavour is complex, unique incredibly balanced between a nice sourness and fruity traces (black cherries, pomegranate and black currant), with a delicate bittersweet finish. More than a simple beer: a masterpiece! Now I know which will be the next case of beer I'll order!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scouser (304) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2009
vinegar aroma. its brown, that it. easy to drink i love the sour flavor though! i cant decide about this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oOJUXEOo (303) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Excellent sour ale, with a sour and sweet slight cherry flavor. Had on tap at Iron Abbey. Must have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Newk (299) - - SEP 26, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2012 had this on tap. Poured a nice dark amber color with a good foamy head. Excellent aromas of tart red cherries, sour apples, some malt tones and a touch of florals. Very good aromas. very good medium body with a real good feel, but the flavors seemed a slight bit muted and werenít as alive as the nose was. itís been a while since Iíve had a rodenbach and I was quickly reminded how good it was. A real quality sour that is just as enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Case (299) - GERMANY - APR 23, 2009
A mix of 1/3 fresh Rodenbach and 2/3 two-year old Rodenbach aged in oak casks. This is the benchmark oak-aged Sour Ale of Belgium. The ratebeer description above is rather misleading since there is nothing gentle about this beer, it is all about the achieving the perfectly balanced sharp sourness.
Pours a dark-red body (thus the name of this style - Flanders Red Ale) with a small off-white head that fades away, leaving a bit of fine lacing behind. Tart aroma of oak wood and cherries. The taste is strong bold sour, sour cherries, vinegar, tannins, acidic and just a very light subtle sweetness to balance the extremes. For 6.5% alcohol this is a very powerful beer full of complex flavours. For the longest time after first tasting Rodenbach I just could not believe there were no cherries used in making the beer - thatís how potent the taste is. Unlike the funky sourness of a Geuze, the sourness of a Flemish Red is vinegary and oaky from the aging in oak casks. For me it is a more refined, elegant kind of sourness whereas Geuze is more fresh and direct.
It is all a matter of taste though; some people might find this to be like drinking pure vinegar. For a beginner I therefore strongly recommend acclimatizing yourself to the sourness with a few of the milder Rodenbach Classics first before trying the Grand Cru. Also, as has often been said, this is a great beer to convince a wine connoisseur that there is some merit to beer as well.
A most refreshing, strong and complex beer. Be careful - once you develop a taste for sour ales you are very likely to become addicted!

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