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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: 2615   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21440) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2016 Deep ruby reddish brown, pale head. Aroma of sour cherries. Flavor of raisins, plums, sweet start and sour finish. Full mouth. Weird but fun. First rating Dec 21, 2008: 7 5 8 5 16 - 4.1. Second rating: Mail bottle. Clear Amber color with a slight red tinge. Aroma of light cherry light tannin. Taste is sweet and sour light cherry. A shadow of its former self. 7 3 7 2 11 - 3.0

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012
2012-11-12, draught at La Fine Mousse, Paris, 7-4-7-3-15=36
Dark color with red shades; creamy head but not persistent. Sour aroma, a bit acetic, fruit, rotten fruits too (not exactly fresh, almost fruit flies prone). Highly carbonated, smooth mouthfeel; good caramel flavor with red fruit tones, medium acidity and just a shade of acetone. In the final, there is a light impression of acetone.
Could be more complex, probably still young, but already pleasant.

2012-03-25, draught at Fairbar, Århus, 7-4-7-3-14=35
Hazy red dark amber color, with thin head. The aroma has mild sourness, and a fruity character. The body has an average strength, the mouthfeel is smooth (high carbonation); good flavor of caramel, with sharp acidity, vinegar traces, and fruity backbone. Very good.

2010-10-29, draught at Plan B, 6-4-6-3-13=32
Dark brown color, small head. The aroma is very vinegary. The body is quite lean; there is some caramel aroma, limited residual sweetness, and an evident acetic character; a bit fruity. Sour, but not the most pleasant one.

2003-06-24, bottle, 7-5-8-4-15=39
Beautiful red-amber color. Acetic, sweet and astringent. Pleasant but not impressive, nor particularly fruity.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2016
Bottle at home in London - picked up a while back in Belgium. I think it’s about 3-4 years old. It pours mostly clear amber-brown with a creamy, light tan head. Great aroma, with lots of tart berries, sweat, faint wood, cherry, raspberry. Light to medium sweet flavour with a refreshing, salty sweatiness, more tangy berries, impressions of toasted oak, mellow but assertive acetic bite. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Pleasantly tart and acetic on the finish, with more sour berries, some cherry and raspberry, very light notes of fig and caramel. Overall, this is excellent stuff. I remember the Grand Cru seeming a bit sweeter, but this is really nicely rounded and fairly dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18199) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2005
Amber, great offwhite head. Aroma from juniperberries, a bit tart and sourish, fruity from grapes and vinous. Flavor from grapes and juniperberry, fruity and with sour notes. Vinous feeling that gets more obvious in the finish. I like these kinds of beers more and more

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (17532) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2011
Clear dark brown with a reddish glow and a beige head. Aroma is sour - vinegar and cherry. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate sour. Finish is dry and acidic. 020311

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (17282) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 Bottle. Reddy brown with very thin off white head. Sour fruity nose, very interesting with some stale beer. Cherries and red fruit, sour but not overly so in the mouth with more red cherry fruit and then pleasant sour sweet finish

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (17008) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 11, 2014
Trübes dunkelrötlichbraunes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch fruchtig, säuerlich, reife Früchte, holzig, Geschmack ist ebenfalls so.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (16879) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle at home, from the Bottle Shop - Brugge, 22/01/13. Night of the (re-arranged) Rodenbach Grand Cru mass online tasting. Pours a lightly hazed deep crimson brown with a thin off white swirl of film and some bubbles at the edge of the glass. Still looking but inviting. Nose is wood, sour cherries, light fruity balsamics, tarte figgy jam. Taste comprises soured cherries, sweet and tarte red berries, sharp raspberries, some sugars, grandads shed, damp wood. Medium bodied, light spritzy carbonation, tarte and dry in the finish. Overall a great Flemish red!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
saxo (16771) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2012 Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are vinous, fruits, yeast and wood. Great beer. Original rating August 9th 20120 8/3/8/3/16. Rerated May 16th 9/3/9/4/18.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16504) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2006
Bottled, 0.33ltr. Light brown color with nice carbonation and lacings. Small beige head. An intense aroma hits you the second you pop the cap. Cherry, black currant and raspberry at the same time in the aroma, along with tart vinegar notes and oak. Flavor is more balanced, with cherry slowly beeing overtaken by sweeter raspberry. Astringent towards the tart finish that has sweet notes too. Reminds me of a champagne in the mouth, and I can feel the sourness on my teeth. (060124)


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