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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: 2310   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JanVittrup (243) - København V, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2009
Dark ruby, no head. Sour with plum notes. Symphonic. Strange long sourness, not for me. Purchased in Ølbutikken.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
circinus (241) - SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle 33 cl from Systembolaget. Hazy brown/red with a quickly dissipating beige head. Balsamic vinegar, ripe strawberries, wood, red wine, raspberries, cherries, bit of funk. Medium body, low carbonation, soursweet finish. Nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2014
pours a chestnut colored brown with hints and highlights of ruby. When poured vigorously, a nice 1’’ head was produced. A dense foamy head that fades quickly. The aroma is that of tart and cidery with hints of church pews. Tastes tart and cidery. Hints of a good wine too. A touch of oak barrels. Light lactic tartness is refreshing. Some fruity tones are evident. A refreshing, thirst quenching beer.

0.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - APR 13, 2002
Sour and sharp bouquet. Not my beer at all. It is more like a awful cider.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abstractbeer (239) - NORWAY - JUL 23, 2011
Deep red brown color with a small offwhite head which collapses rather quickly into a somewhat cool pattern of tiny bubbles. Wonderful aroma of black currants, leather, and something I can’t quite put my finger on - green apples? And the smell comes across as rather sweet to me. Time to take a sip! Ooh, green apples! Fruity. Cherries. Some vinegar. Very sour to me, but in a pleasant way. There’s also some woody notes here. And something which makes me think of solvents? Refreshing and pleasant! Nice sweetness balancing against the sourness. I’m not very familiar with sour ales, though, so don’t take this review as the gospel.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Bottle-----> snifter. Pours deep brown with no head whatsoever. Smells of nice summer citrus and leather. Taste is very tart and funky.Palate- very thick with no carbonation. Excellent sour.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Melnis (238) - LATVIA - JUN 27, 2014
Skābens, maigi līmīgs un nedaudz sidrīgs, bet tiešām nedaudz. Tumšs - gandrīz bez putas. Ar iekšējo gāzi. Aroma char: mandeļu-rozīņu saldējums

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 19, 2010
UPDATED: APR 10, 2010 The family of one of my college roommates owned a rural piece of land in Northeast Ohio, and each year they would order a distilling barrel from Jack Daniels and fill it with unpasteurized apple juice, raisons, maple syrup, brown sugar, and other ingredients. It would sit in the stone cellar of an old abandoned farmhouse that was centrally located on their 300 acre tract, slowly fermenting until, each Labor Day weekend, it would be tapped and enjoyed. I have really fond memories of drinking that wonderful concoction, which got better the closer to the bottom of the barrel you got. The nose of this Grand Cru is spot on with what I recall from that cider: apple, vinegar, and sweet, rich, dark fruits. The beer pours a barely translucent reddish brown with minimal head. Flavor is sour apple, vinegar, raisons, cherries, and a sour funk, though not as biting as I was expecting. Great mouthfeel with good, lively carbonation. Just a wonderful beer. This is going to be a staple from here on out.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2010
On tap. Pours reddish brown with a beige head. Nose is sour, almost vinegary, slightly fruity (raisins) with some lighter malts in the background. Taste is more of the same. Sour but with a slight sweetness, more fruits. Smooth. Nice stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2005
My first Belgian Sour and it was an experience I’ll not forget soon. Not as good as my first "make- out session" but still... A light beige head that mostly diminished topped this clear brownish-red brew. THe aroma warns you a little of the coming tartness, but is mostly of grapes, and then opens up a little sweeter...like plumbs. In the mouth the first thing I noticed was some sweet carbonation, but the sourness really kicked in midpalate and in the finish. WOW, that’s tart! Sort of sweet, but the tartness balances it out and makes for a refreshing drink.


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