Brewed by Brouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roeselare, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 2623   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Betty (236) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2003 Better than checking out Mr Kelly's arse. Grapefruit molasses and so good soy milk.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2007
Bottle. Sour, barn-yard, carmel nose with some berry fruit. Medium sized firm dirty tan head. Dense, deep red brown body. lots of carbonation bubbles. Not as sour in the flavour; some almost Lambic must and sourness, gives way to a candy-sweet berry fruit tang. Not much middle, but a woody, dry oakiness with a long dry to sweet finish. A fantastic beer. You could drink this all day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pumpkin87 (235) - - JUL 23, 2015
Pours cloudy dark brick/oxford brown with nice highlights and small pinkish beige head that fizzes away immediately. Very fruity aroma, green and red grapes tending toward vinegar, with malt and slight oak notes. On the palate, it’s very much cherries, tart but not puckering, with strong carbonation. But the cherries lead back to vinous flavors; definitely more of a wine character than the regular version. Dry finish, quite refreshing for those who like sours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Has a very fruity aroma. Tartness is not quite as prevalent as I would like but is still definitely there. Solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeranarchist (232) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle. Reddish brown, crystal-clear. Very complex aroma with notes of vinegar, redwine, caramel and blackcurrant. Sour and sweet with dry finish and flavour that lasts. Probably the best thirst quencher in the world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Spelt (232) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Aroma reminiscent of a carmel apple. Some chocolate and vanilla there too. Oak comes through lightly. Deep crimson with pillowy tan head. Nicely sweet at start with cherries and plums adding to the continued apple notes. Starts sweet but tartness enhances the dryness of the finish. Strongly carbonated withe medium body. Love how Rodenbach balances the sweet and the sour notes. Really very refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Welley_Alves (232) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - FEB 3, 2013
Lendária sour ale belga, de fermentação espontânea, utilizando métodos ainda rudimentares porém tradicionais na sua produção. Envelhecida em 2 anos em barril de Carvalho, num blend com outra cerveja mais jovem. As sour ales sao cervejas no mínimo peculiares. A fermentação láctica dá um caráter acido característico do estilo. Coloração vinho com pouquíssima espuma, desprendendo um aroma acido e cítrico, lembrando frutas silvestres. Ao primeiro gole, uma sensação bem diferente: acido! No paladar segue realmente acida, com conteúdo láctico predominante, alternando com framboesas e cerejas, as vezes lembrando vinho tinto. O retrogosto é seco e bastante duradouro. Honestamente nao me adaptei às azedinhas da moda, parafraseando o Beltramelli. Mas admito que me surpreendi. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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