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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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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2563   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (13155) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Bottle. Poured clear brown with a large creamy off-white head that was mostly diminishing with good lacing. Good complex aroma of raisin, port and cask wood. Medium to full body with a dry texture. Moderate sour bitter flavor with a light astringent finish of long duration.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (13051) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 30, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 330ml bottle (7:4:8:4:15=3.8)
Rich clear brown, light fizzy head. Sour graininess rather than fruits on the nose. Update - gentle berry-fruit component found too today - bumping up aroma by 1 point. Palate is incredible, a very mellow nutty oak feel, with hints of the impending sour rush and smooth maltiness. Sure enough - thereís a light but still potent sourness at the back of the mouth as you swallow, and the vapours waft more mellow woody sensations around the mouth.Almost cantillon-like finish, but a bit more sour, and much much darker - more mid-roasted malt and vanilla oak.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Stockmann, Tallinn) (6:4:8:4:14=3.6) - acetic aroma too prominant.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) (7:5:8:4:15=3.9)
Poured into a straight glass with plenty of space, so had a massive head, which it kept for a very long time - looked beautiful, such a deep red. Beautiful soft sweet aroma, hinting at cherry and purple grapes. Thereís a gentle sourness, more like a tartness than anything acetic, fortunately. A little bit of toffee later. In the mouth - wow, an instant cherry rush up the back of the nose. Served quite cold, but fullish in the mouth; residual sugars weighing it down a little, but crispened up by pleasant carbonation and the gentle sour prickle. Cherry fades to oak, and that sweetens as it mellows in the finish. This is the beer as I remember it at its best, itís a world class sour red, one might almost say the definitive one that others should be compared against.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (12931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2009
330mL bottle - pours a dark reddish brown with a minimal off-white head. Aroma is cherries, dates and wood. Flavour is a mix of the same with a noticeable, but pleasant bitterness. Sweet and sour finish. Quite highly carbonated. Enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12928) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Dark brown body with medium creamy tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, prune/raisin, alcohol. Taste is sour (even a bit burnt) cherry, and you want more, yes more!!! This beer is rich and very full-bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12841) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2007
Bottle. Creamy off-white mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Light malty moderate hoppy sour aroma. Moderate sweet light bitter flavor. Very vinius acetic flavor with cherry notes. Average finish. Oily palate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (12814) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2007
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of berries, apple, grape, oak and a hint of vinegar. Palate was light bodied crisp and tart. Flavors of fruittiness, oak, light straw and a faint hint of spice with a crisp lingering tart finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12593) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 (Bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with purple highlights and a medium-sized off-white head. Has a strong grape bubble gum and cherry aroma. Flavor of sour dark cherry. Lively palate.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Benzai (12588) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2011
Great dark color with a dark red glow coming through. Thatís about it though. Itís way too sour for me, I canít find the 6% ABV and it doesnít smell very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12572) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2004
Red copper beer with a frothy small white head. Cherry wood and horseblanket aroma. Sour cherries and lactic fill the mouth very pleasantly, puckering the mouth. The label claims there is corn in this!!! If i tatsed this blind, I think this would be a kriek...bizarre...but good.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12569) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 2007 re-rate: I didnít like this beer to begin with, but I knew it was special and have been tasting at least one bottle a year. Iím finally getting it, and really enjoyed a bottle last night. The flavour now feels like a wonderful refreshing sourness, and a powerful hop finish. Raised the score from 3.2 (high in aroma, low in flavour) to 3.8. Original 2004 rating: Dark red brown beer with a small off-white head. Big, complex aroma with lemon, berries (especially cherry), vanilla and a hint of vinegar. The flavour is still rich and complex, but with far too much acid for my taste. And I get unpleasant memories of fruit juices gone off and naturally fermented. I guess I have finally found a beer style that isnít for me...


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