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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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on tap
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RATINGS: 2531   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUN 30, 2007
This is what it’s all about! Almost opaque in the glass, but when thinned along the sides looks like a reddish copper. Nose is sour apple and vinegar, and a hint of oak. Tastes of red and sour apples and a little bit of vinegar. The vinegar note is round, like an aged balsamic. There is an narrow toasted oak note that is surprising--perhaps even offputting. It seems artificial. I’m surprised a softer oak was not chosen. Very slightly sweet, just the mildest hint of bitterness. Slightly mouth puckering; my mouth feels cleansed. I feel like I’ve just finished a Granny Smith apple. Not super-complex. A great beer nonetheless.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jool (198) - - JAN 29, 2012
Bouteille 33cL. Nez de cerises avec un cote sure et acide. Semblable en bouche: cerises et framboises avec un cote vinaigre. Interessant.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tomy63 (198) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 25, 2013
Couleur ambre foncé avec des reflets rouges. On sent déjà le côté aigre au nez, et un peu de bois. La bouche aussi est très surprenante, très aigre, vineuse, boisée, avec des notes de fruits rouges cuits. Pas de sucre ici. Comme pour l’amertume il faut prendre l’habitude, puis c’est une très bonne bière, très désaltérante.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patdelichte (198) - - AUG 1, 2015
Als niet fan van Kriek achtige bieren vind ik deze nog best lekker. Rood/bruinachtige kleur met zurige smaak maar hele lichte afdronk. Lekkere kersen nasmaak.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2005
Tasted from a Rodenbach glass. Pours out a deep red color with a light, fluffy pink head. Slightly sweet initial tastes, reminiscent of cherries and blackberries. Leads into a lingering sour lactic acid finish. A little bit of oaky character comes through at the end. Good to sip on a warm day.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pumpkin87 (196) - - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2009
I dont drink too many sour ales, but this one is actually very drinkable. You can smell the sourness right away, and i though it was going to be overwhelming, but its not. Pours a dark mahogany color with little or no head. it is very sweet, but not a malty sweet. Little or no hops, but it does have a mild bitterness at the end

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2002
Out of production for two years, the last ones were at least that old when tasted. Not an overpowering tartness, but a great sippin’ beer. My daughter’s favorite beer and only 2 left!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Reddish brown pour with a large light tan head. Aroma of vinegar, fruit, yeast, hops, and flowers. Flavor was overwhelmingly of vinegar and yeast with a nice mix of cherries, cranberries, and malt. The palate was overwhelmed by the vinegar but the finish was excitingly tart and crisp. Flemish Sour Ale’s aren’t for everyone but if you like them, you will definitely like Rodenbach’s Grand Cru.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2007
lately im really getting into the sour beers. i wasnt sure what to expect since with grand crus there doesnt seem to be any one particular flavor characteristic. i really liked the balance of sweet and sour represented here. initially you get a cherry like flavor that slowly fades into a berry like linger with a little bit of the vanilla oak in the finish along with the sharp lactic bite. im looking forward to drinking another bottle.


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