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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: 1428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Bottle: Filtered.
A blend of 75% young beer fermented in steel tanks and 25% old beer aged 2 year in large oak casks. Rodenbach bears the proud title of "the most refreshing beer in the world".


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2985) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Tosa Tasting - June 24, 2006

If this beer is a shadow of the Alexander, then I am going to have to track down a bottle of the latter. Despite feeling slightly underdeveloped to me, this beer was still solid in almost every way. If only there were more Flemish sours in the world, I’d be a happier person.

Aroma / Appearance - A sour sensation ran through my nose. If I close my eyes, I can almost imagine being in a curing room with sugar smoked hams hanging from the ceiling. There is also a hint of fruitiness underneath it all. The murky, semi-opaque body was the color of a rotten banana peel. It sat under a beautiful looking half-finger head the color of fresh white egg shells.

Flavor / Palate - A nice balance of sourness and black cherries was soon followed by a sweet raspberry flavor. Every sip was consistantly the same; there was nothing else coming out of the glass but at the same time each was as enojyable as the last. Underneath everything was an oaky flavor, probably from the barrels it was aged in. This was extremely easy to drink, going down smoothly without assaulting the palate. Based on this version, I will have to seek out the Alexander to give it a try.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2006
Dark maroon in colour, almost in the brown spectrum. Thin creamy head and thick lacing. Sour notes drive the bouquet initially but some candied fruitiness evident. Kinda like toffee apples. Nose shows decent complexity. Fresh mouthful with plenty of purpose – dry, sour bitterness, feels ‘hard’ and of course has the necessary intensity for the style. Shows force and power early but doesn’t rely on brute alcohol strength, a big positive in my book. Tails off a bit to finish. Drink close to the best before date but not sure how this would change the beer….I’ll defer to the experts on this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Sour, lactic aroma. Pours brown to reddish. Sour, malt, cisp, dry finish, cidery, all in the flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 7, 2006
Tasted 31/05/2006. 330ml bottle at Leuven before the Cellar-Vate tasting. Dark red, cloudy, watery, bubbly and a very short light-tan head. Sour cherries and musty yeast on the nose. Nice dry-medium malt notes with a good acidic cut. Cherry (fruit and stone) and pollen on the palate. Lighweight, in a good way, and spritzy, without taking away from the flavour. Easy drinking sour ale. And a special toast to Jim Anderton’s Alcohol Free Day, I’ll drink to that!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
750 ml bottle sampled at the Mondial de la bière 2006 in Montreal. Low carbonation. Light cloudy reddish color. Cherry aroma and taste. The end got the sourness from the cherry and it’s a bit bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2893) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Poured a nice reddish brown color with a thin head that provided some lacing, but nothing outstanding. Aroma was sweet and sour with some oak detectable. Flavor was much of the same with cherries and grapes detectable. Sweetness was light and the sourness moderate, although it didn’t finish very sour. Flavor was a little thin and the mouthfeel a little too carbonated. Good, but not the best of the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Brown beer with a thin tan head. Tangy citrus in the aroma with hints of cherry. Basically a lightler and less sour version of the Grand Cru. Hints of sour cherry in the flavor but not extremely high amounts. Easy to drink if not incredibly complex.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10676) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Corked 750ml bottle. Hazy brown color with a large off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and sour citrus aroma. Medium body. Good complex sour sitrus flavor with a small bitter finish of moderate duration. Good complex brew that met my expectations.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle. Picked up in Charlotte at Brawley’s. I had and adored the Gran Cru when I started rating, so I had sky-high hopes for this beer. And while it didn’t rock my socks, I still think it’s a solid offering. Beer was clear, medium brown with a large, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma was malty with light notes of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; Hoppy with a light note of herb; Yeasty wtih trace dough notes, light notes of horseblanket; moderate sour cherry, vinous notes, balsamic vinegar, light notes of roses and peach and trace notes of oak and vanilla. The flavor was moderately-to-heavily sweet, lightly acetic with a long, citrusy-sour, moderately acidic, lightly bittersweet finish. Balsamic vinegar retros. Slight saltiness in the aftertaste. The body was light-to-medium, the texture was velvety and the carbonation was lively.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4404) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Pours deep reddish brown into a tulip. Micro-bubble head does not recede. Sour cherry, sour apple, barnyard yeast and vinegar aromas. Thin with a lively palate with upfront vinegar. Long lasting sour cherry pit finish.


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