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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: 2340   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16143) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (15054) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Deep ruby reddish brown, pale head. Aroma of sour cherries. Flavor of raisins, plums, sweet start and sour finish. Full mouth. Weird but fun.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (14855) - 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)

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (14826) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14482) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2006
Dark red with fuzzy white head. Bier rouge family. Smell of vinegar & sour fruits - cherries. lively carbonation. Very sour and refreshing. The finish is long and again refreshing and has a little sweetness. Fantastic, but not easy drinkable! "Must taste this style of beer more than once before you judge it" (Oerbier, duchesse etc.)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
saxo (14455) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14246) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2006
Bottle. Shared with Mette at home. Clear dark-red/brown, good off-white head. Aroma: sour, rubber, vinegar. Taste: Smooth start, sweet - brown sugar (Farin). strawberry/cherry, the finish is sour and sharp. Medium carbonated.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (14046) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 19, 2005
Sherry-like, sourish aroma. Brown colour. Very acidic flavour. Spicy sherry aftertaste. Refreshing but a bit too much for me.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (13693) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 23, 2005
Bottled 33cl, alc. 6% (BB 09/2006)
Dark ruby color, small tanned head. Sour aroma of apples and cherries. Sour, carbonated, quite full bodied for the style. Tart cherry flavor, some balsamico - long sourish aftertaste. This is grapefruit-like sour. Gimme my kriek lambic!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (13270) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2000
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2005 I went quite a while without seeing this beer. Palm bought the brewery, tried to brew it away from the venerated Rodenbach site. This of course didn’t work and they went back. Finally, they felt comfortable exporting it again, and finally I was able to try it again. It used to be that I wanted to die choking to death on this glorious brew. Where does it stack up now?

Orangey-red colour. Fruity aroma shows cherry and black currant, but also a little bit of sugar. (Sugar was tradittionally added to cut the intense acidity but is not on the ingredient list on my bottle today). Very tart body. Vibrant, with cherry, red currants, plums, and underlying sweet malts. Well balanced. Clean acidity, unlike some other Flemish sours that have acetic influences. Big, tangy, rounded. Without the benefit of sampling fresh old Grand Cru and fresh new Grand Cru together, I find it sharper, but slightly less complex, than in the pre-Palm days. A slight downgrade from perfection, but still a classic.


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