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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RORO (6) - FRANCE - FEB 5, 2013 does not count
Une des bières qui m’as fait aimer la bière! Ces aromes aigre doux sur la cerise confite est une pure merveille et une prouesse de brasseurs. Je l’ai mis a table avec une tajine aux pruneaux, tout simplement extraordinaire aux niveaux des alliances. Félicitations aux brasseurs.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 23, 2013
Pours actual red, unlike a red ale. Underwhelming at first, needs to warm up. Wood, vinegar, cherry on the nose, vinegar and dark current flavour, wood, vinegar, vinous finish.

Indonesia often has only one condiment at soup restaurants: vinegar. I pour it in like a fiend, I’ve got odd tastes that way. I guess this is why I find this beer absolutely stellar... bought another six today. A classic, as elegant as a good wine, at 1/10 the price. Hope it doesn’t become better known because I’m cheap.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Heiskellj (7) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 5, 2014 does not count
Really really good. Clean and oaky. It opens up with a little funk on the palate. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jc29280 (4) - - MAR 11, 2014 does not count
Une bière si différente. A conseiller à tous ceux qui aiment les bières amer-acidulté !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AtronSeige (966) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - APR 13, 2014
Aroma: Fruity, sour, apple, cherries, orange Appearance: Clear dark amber body. Sparse light-brown head. Flavour: Sour, grain, fruity, woody, cherries, orange. Palate: Dry finish, Medium-Light body. active, but soft carbonation. prickly acidity. crisp, Overall: Oooh! Very nice! A great example of the style. This is beer that should accompany a fine plate of food. 330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Llew! 17B. Flanders Red Ale

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rodriguez (313) - Quito, ECUADOR - MAY 18, 2014
Red brown in color, malty aroma mixed with some lacto an acetobacter, the same in taste. A very complex beer, but very refreshing. Lovely beer, have to taste more of Rodenbach

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 13, 2002
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 March 02: Appearance: darker than its labelmates -- dark burgundy, almost black, with a big head that dissipates into some nice lacing. Aroma of sweet cherries and chocolate; not as sour as Alexander or Classic but a bit stronger. Flavor is truly impressive: perfect mix of sour and sweet cherry flavors, with a slightly high carbonation level that actually works in concert with the slightly heavy body to give you an incredible tongue-jolt. Chocolate and slight herbal notes are also present; like a fabulous alcoholic cherry root-beer. If the nose had been a bit more complex, this would have rated perfect. Well, I have another bottle, so I'll be resampling in the future.. Oct 02: Aroma seems intenser, and sharp sour apple character more evident. A true classic, but you knew that.8/5/10/5/20

Flemish Sour Tasting with MartinT & Rastacouere Part 1 #5. Basically the same. Glad Palm hasn't killed or diluted this masterpiece yet!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Reddish color, slightly cloudy, small head. Very vinous nose (wine-like esters). Vinous taste, normal for Belgian red ales. Despite the vinous taste, there is a malty sweetness to the beer. Rich, full flavor that gets better the more you sip it. Definitely an acquired taste, but it is the best of style. Finish is clean, vinous and sharp. Aftertaste has a hint of cherry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
grease (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 2, 2003
This marvelous concoction is a pleasure to the senses that encourages a Pavlovian salivation just thinking about it. This is one of the world's greatest beers! The lactic and ester complexity, as well as the contibutions from oak make this a pleasing symphony of flavors and aromas.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 RE-RATE 1/28/05: 330 ml bottle, best before 30/06/06. Many thanks to Radek for this one. Brilliant red amber colour with a creamy and frothy beige coloured head. Fruity, oak, balsamic vinegar, herbal, and lightly acidic aroma. Cherry and berry fruits, balsamic and woody notes, lightly oaked and herbal, very tart finish. Medium bodied, very dry and refreshing. A bit more restrained than I remember, but stil every bit as good. (10/5/9/5/19)

Whoa, this was unexpected. I was at a meeting of the local homebrew / beer appreciation club, just about ready to head home with La Terrible as the highlight of the night when the host (thanks Jeff if you ever see this) brings in this sight for sore eyes. Gorgeous sparkling red colour with touches of gold. Fizzy and rocky off-white head. Cherry and strawberry aroma with oaky notes. Very sour cherry flavour, slight apple, with oaky notes and an acidic but mellow character. Brilliantly matched with a refreshing and astringent dryish mouthfeel. (9/5/9/5/19)

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