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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: 2534   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2006 Bottle. Yeah, i like it. Nice balsamic qualities and cherry-ish acidity. Blood, iron, some caramel. Complex and refreshing, like it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (9505) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2002
Tart tasting with some degree of acidicy. The ending is drier with an strong hints of oak. Quite musty, but moreish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
document (36) - USA - DEC 2, 2002
Got what appears to be a slightly illegal bottle -- no importer listed. I’ve had the classic/red, but this was my first encounter with the Grand Cru. Bit of a let down. Cherry fizz aroma. Cherry fizz taste. I hate to say it, but seems more of an alcopop, to me. Sour and acidic, smells a bit of vinegar. Ultimately, it’s pretty tasty, but just doesn’t wow me. Blasphemy, but I much prefer the classic -- less like soda, more like beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2003
All the recent debate on the forum made me ambivalent about this one before I opened it. Aroma is pretty immediately vinuous sour. Flavour has cherry tones, but that could be colour assciation. Becomes quickly sour but not too sour like some other Flemish Ales. Good carbonation but no head, like a sparkling red wine. Very refreshing, I liked it. And to think, apparently it used to be even better!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1603) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUN 15, 2004
This was a damn good beer to have. Thanks Jeremy (jgb9348) for buying this at a bottle shop in St. Kilda. Brownish color with an off-white head. Fruity aroma, like cherries, grapes, and some tart!! What a flavor too! Cherries in the flavor. A little sour too. Wow, this beer just blew me away compared to other Aussie beers that I was drinking. Very well done!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2005
Bottle: Poured clear deep red-brown with a thick creamy off-white head. The aroma was complex; vinous stewed cherries, grapa, dried grapes, some hops at the beginning, faint caramels, and some dark spices. Definitely sour!! Quite puckering with a lactic feel towards the end. Assertive fruit flavours, so much so that one could be mistaken for thinking it was some sort of fruit beer. Very prominant acidity, tartness, and whilst initially sweet it finishes with exceptional elegance and balance. Despite this I didn’t like it. I found its overexcited, brash sourness detracted from the obviously exceptional flavour. Nevertheless, it deserves a high rating.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - FEB 14, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 Bottled. Typical reddish colour, but more of a head than the Classic. Aroma ranges from vinegary to mustard with some hints of yeastiness. Not overly complex, though. Mustard taste with vinegary and peppery notes. Hints of grapes and grapefruit. Tart, but not in the citric way of a berliner weisse , rather like balsamico vinegar. Ends pretty sharp. As it warms up, it gains more sweetness.This beer is very interesting, though I presume that 99,9% of the world population wouldn´t like it. I´m still not clear on whether I like it, though it got much better as it warmed up. Therefore I´m inclined to give it a good rating. Next time I drink it, I´ll take it out of the fridge like half an hour before.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2005
This is a good Flemish Sour Ale. Cherry and Tart flavors. Finishes chewy, sticky, and dry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2005
Aroma of the floral varity. As for appearance talk about intriging. Color looked to be dark red from the top of glass when full. Side view full glass brown. Half way hold glass up to light you get a cherry red with a gold layer on top of beer. Complex you have something here. Fruity flavor, acidic more like a wine cooler. Sour aftertaste. Some lacing on glass. Good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2005 sharp fruity nose, cherrys, raspberrys and apples. a sugary sweetness up front gives way to a lingering, puckering sourness.


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