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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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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
idedek (157) - USA - SEP 22, 2012
Wow! Some rich cherry aromas to go along with a citrus tartness and oak richness. There is a medium body with more cherry a nice rich malty that is slightly hidden by the tart cherry. The finish is clean with hints of sweetness that balance the tartness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Landmonger (156) - USA - DEC 12, 2012
To start off I don’t usually like sours, this one is good. Poured into a tulip from a bottle, very nice reddish brown color with minimal head, the aroma is tart giving a hint of the sourness to come, the taste is fruity, grape and lemon being prominent, the carbonation is nice not too crisp, mild hint of bitterness with residual tartness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 11, 2003
Rich nose of sour cherry. The body is well balanced between sweet and tart, and has notes of cherry and grape.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
Bottle 330ml: Appearence: Reddish brown colour. Aroma: vinegar, sour cherries. Flavor: sour cherry, vinegar. Complexe beer (wow). Thank JoeMcPhee.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2007
330ml bottle poured into a sniffer. Pours brown with a small fizzy off-white head. The head mostly fades, leaving a small film on the top of the beer, there is no lacing. The aroma is very complex. First there is a sour vinigar aroma, then there are hints of soy sauce and then a slight hint of oak. The flavor is a little more one dimentional. The flavor is of sour apple, then there is a vinegary finish. The body is medium-full with a dry yet syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall it is allright, I didnt know what to expect on this one, it is something that I have never experienced before.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ReverendMoon (155) - Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2013
So this is my first sour rating. At first, I wanted to take it back (however tht was due to the style and my tastes not initially meshing, not the quality of the beer). As I had more, though, it grew on me Considerably. It is tart, sour certainly. But if this is a style you enjoy, I have little trouble saying that this will be a pleasant experience for you.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Claves77 (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Excellent cherry color, little head. Sour with oaky notes. Strong bold flavor, smooth, nice lasting finish. Not as sour as some others, bold flavor.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ubamartian (155) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours a grand reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma is similar to a Red Wine Vinegar on a salad with oranges and grapes. Almost overpowering, but not quite. At first smell I had the unmistakeable urge to dunk a potato chip in it. First sip.... Wow, this is definately a sour beer, the vinegar smell comes through in the flavor, but the citrus and fruit follow along to tame the sour beast. I now had a craving for a fish fry. Later sips are much more docile as you acclimate to the sour, bringing more of a pleasent flavor. The finish is sour, yet sweet, and wet, balancing all the flavors and lingering with the taste of a citrus vinegar. The mouth feel is tangy from the sour, and light and lively with the blend of flavors trying to compete for a presence, but eventually losing to the sour. I think I need to find some salty fried cod with a bit of lemon juice drizzled over it, and sit back and enjoy this devilishly different flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2007
I had a big bottle from the Beir Stein. Does not stack up to the the 10 year old version I had at Kulminator (ha ha ha, yeah)... but still excellent. Something has changed over the years - i am sure it’s been covered here at some point.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unibaren (154) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2006
Sour, earthy, oaky, bubblegum and a sweet aroma not unlike vinegar but with so much complexity it is almost unbelievable. Appearance is probably the "weakest" part of this beer. Colour is red-brow-amber. It is slightly hazy with medium carbonation and the head is gone pretty fast except for a small ring around the edge of the glass. The flavour is fruity, earthy, sour and almost indescribable. A fantastic beer for the right occasion. Not for quenching your thirst after mowing the lawn, but try it with the finer things in life like frois gras and you will think you have died and gone to heaven....


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