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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: 2478   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2008
Pours dark red with a small of white head. Nose is full of sweetened red fruits, cherries and raspberries mainly(think berry compote). Palate is chock full of liquered morello cherries with substantial tart dryness on the finish. A killer dessert beer!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ambro206 (293) - ITALY - MAY 11, 2015
Assaggio da 100ml allo Zythos Beer Festival 2015: Birra color rosso intenso interessante ma forse un po’ troppo levigata, poco entusiasmante. Gli aromi di frutta (prevalentemente ciliegia) legno e latte acido. Equilibrata lungo tutta la bevuta. Corpo medio e carbonazione media.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydslip (292) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Gorgeous looking dark brown beer that has a gem-like quality to it. Relatively thin head, but one that lasts for a while. Nose is quite sour, like a lambic, with scents of under-ripe berries, sour grapes, and a bit of muskiness. Flavor is a little sour, but not as much as the aroma would lead, with a dry, crisp finish that comes from the yeast, not the hops. This is a beer that really could only originate in Belgium. They are unmistakable. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Bottle thanks to angeloregon: Pours deep red with very minimal head. Aroma of malt and wine and vinegar, some sharp grape/apple aroma. Flavor is malty but light on the palate, slight alcohol warmth and quite sour and strong. Fruity and acidic. As it warms it starts to taste very red wine vinegary which is definite big downside to me. Dont know if it is always like that or if it starting to go bad. Perhaps oxidized.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2008
12 oz. bottle, 2007 pours with perfect appearance, fantastic deep, dark raspberry color, but head rapidly fades to almost nothing. Aroma is a mix of sweet fruit and vinegar, offputting at first but inviting towards the end. Flavor is complex, producing different accents of flavor with each taste. Predominant flavors are cider vinegar, rhubarb, raspberry; finishes with a little sour cherry. Finally a sour ale I really enjoyed. Found the balance between, sour and sweet exceptional. Overall, impressive and unique. Now for a little to cheese to finish it off with.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Fairly clear mahogany color with but a small thin tan covering of bubbles. Sweet fruit-wine smell and acetone jump right out. As it warms more sweet fruit, caramel and sour apple come out to join the fingernail polish. Pretty sour impression. Almost a rotten fruit-like impression, sour cherry, fruitcake gummies, and a bunch of fingernail polish. Why does this fingernail polish taste/smell so appetizing? Very acidic and juicy feeling, begs to be drunk.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Thanks HairoftheDog! Pours a rich brown/red color with a small head and just a little bit of lacing. Aroma is sour and gueuze like with fruity (specifially raspberry) undertones present. Flavor is slightly biting and sour, yet remarkably smooth. Finishes with hints of raspberries and red wine.

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2006
holy crap this beer sucks. i like flemish sours but this tasted like straight up malt vinegar and smelled like nail polish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Creedence (286) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
Draught at Abbots Ale House. Pours a deep red brown with a half inch bubbly beige head that dissipates. Not much lacing. Cherries, cloves and vinegar on the nose. Quite acidic but not unpleasant. Light fruity sweetness and a good dose of sourness to taste. Very tasty. Not too tart, medium carbonation, light sour aftertaste. Personally, I don’t like sours, but the balance and complexity of this serves it well.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ForlornHope (286) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
33 cl bottle at home. Deep red-brown in colour with no real head, only slight foam against the glass. Exceedingly complex aroma of wood, leather, balsamic vinegar and fruit. The taste is also very complex, sweet and fruity before becoming tart and lip-smackingly dry. No real bitterness, this is more of a wine tasting experience than beer. Slight carbonation, acidic and very moreish, tannic finish. Exceptional.


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