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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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RATINGS: 2149   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5183) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Bottled. From the Lowlander Cafe in London. Pours a deep ruby red with a small foamy tanned head. Nose is a sour fruit and wood with faint candy notes. Not quite as funky or complex as I was expecting. Taste is sour cherry and wood with an odd malty flavor. Some light vinger notes. Maybe a hint of rotten fruit. Body is sour and tart but not too acidic. Finish is more of the fruit notes and some wood. Good beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1363) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2005
Draft. Reddish and opaque in the glass with an off-white head. I wasn’t expecting to like this sour ale, having had a poor reaction to the bottled Duchesse, but having it on tap made, I think, quite a difference. Smooth and rich, with the sweet and sour juxtaposition easily achieved. The sour cherry finish wasn’t too strong, and there are fine yeast and malt complements to ride along with. Long on the palate, and full, too. A decent enough beer to me. Perhaps the style is growing on me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 25 cl) Recalling the old Rodenbach commercial "It’s wine" this BEER actually reminds me a lot of red wine in both nose and flavour. Filtered, dark reddish beer. Strong acidic vinegar-like notes without much bitterness. Even for Belgians this is a unique beer - but one you grow to appreciate. At least I did. Try this with a paperbag of shrimps at the beach in De Panne. Yummy. 160593 & 240695

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12474) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1413) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2005
Blockbuster oak-matured Flemish sour ale. Aged in oak for two years. Poured a muddy plum colour with a tall, lasting head. Huge fruity nose combines dark rum, sour peaches and oak. Lively palate - it fairly dances across the tongue before settling into that long sweet-sour finish. Sherbety and very sour. Rum and passionfruit.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (5972) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2005
Bottle at beerbistro. Pours a reddish brown with a small creamy white head. Aroma is very sour with hints of fruit and white wine. Taste is also very sour, fruity and quite tart. An acquired taste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2005
Dark amber color, medium beige head. Medium sour aroma with vinous tones. Mild cherries too. Strong sourness in flavor, bites hard. Vinous and cherry flavor too. Lasting sourness and also dry ending. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3302) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Bottle sampled side by side with the Rodenbach Classic. Vinous, sweet aroma with hints of chocolate and berries. A bit more sugary and fruity than the Classic. Almost seems too sweet for style, but this is still a nice aroma. Amber.rusted color that is the same as the classic. Moderately hazy with a smaller light tan head that is not very resilient. A more aggressive flavr to say the least when compared to the Classic--more vinous, sour, acidic, and astringent. This is more to style as it is more sour, but I still can’t get into the whole sour beer thing. This beer almost burns the tongue because of the massive acidity. The aroma is great, but the palate is just not as pleasing to me as the Classic is.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Small tan head, a touch rocky, fair retention and lace. Ruddy brown color with a soft red glow. Vinegar aroma up front along with notes of cherry, light woodiness and an earthy background. One tart pup, medium body thats coating with a nice carbonation level. Fruity flavors, cherries, spice, maybe some citrusy notes? Dry malts and vinegar behind the scenes. Lots going on but gets a bit tiring on the palate. Finish is dry, tart with a light astringency, fruity and woody. A tough drink.

3.4
   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.


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