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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: 1466   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".


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2006
On tap: Acidic, tart, but only to a relatively moderate degree given the style. Mild carbonation. Raspberry and earthy tones. Sweet, not too much. Not too little.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Aroma is sour with some of that funky barnyard aroma that I can’t describe very well. Fruity cherry, some oak and a tiny touch of alcohol. Dark mahogany, lightly cloudy, brown with a thin, off-white head that fades. Initially sweet, caramel, brown-sugar and fruity cherries then a quick, sharp sour ting and then it slowly fades with a nice maltiness. Lightly acidic, very, very nice. I’m digging this beer. Sharp, crisp, very attenuated and easy to drink. Not overly sour. Thanks StewardofGondor!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 2, 2006
On draught at Max’s Tap house in Baltimore. Pours a clear dark red with some head and lacing. Sour cherry nose with some woodiness. Noes of sour cherries, oak, and raisins in the flavor. Very acidic texture. Great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - JUL 1, 2006
Wine-like and it go´s good with red-meat. The foam desipates too fast, other wise nice beer!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Pours a dark red with a long lasting off white head. Aroma is sour cherries/rasberries. Taste is about the same with a touch of sweetness thrown in and wood. Would like to drink this more to understand it better.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Translucent cherry-lacquered mahogany in color with a beautiful creamy, mobile tan layered head and beautiful blanketing lace. The nose is quite ponderous - cherries, oak, vinegar, saffron, thyme and bermuda grass, with tart inferences of raspberry vinaigrette, bing cherries and pipe tobacco. Smooth, balanced flavor with a gentle tart acidity from raspberry kernels. Subtle, salivatory begging presence. Cherry pits and raspberry crêpes. Raspberry vinaigrette is sweetened by a light molasses sugar tract. Brown sugar graces sour pomegranate kernels while gentle, supportive carbonation fades into a rhubarb graham persona. Maple, cherry figs and subsequent juice sliding down cedar. Southern cherry cobbler hits home in the finish along with a mild peppered spark at the edge.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Thanks Joel. The beer pours to a chestnut brown body with a red hue. Thin bubbly off-white head. The aroma is sour cherries and balsamic vinegar. Nice balanced oakiness. The flavor is sweet tart cherries. Oaky flavors too. Nicely tart. The palate is nicely puckering and a little watery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1957) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2006
From a 750 ml bottle.

Pours a deep caramel brown with a fine white head; the aroma is handsomely woody - almost spiced as if cured in cedar - on top of the expected apple vinegar and hint of black cherries.

This is a not a sour ale that twists the mouth with its attack; rather, it’s a relatively laid back, mellow sour --- fairly dry but not aggressively so, over-ripe berries blending with oak.

The mouthfeel is lively, nicely sparkling, surely enjoyable. The parts of the beer are all very well crafted, and it’s a lovely Flemish sour for a record-hot Seattle summer afternoon (i.e., hot, but not by the-rest-of-the-country’s-standards); nonetheless it lacks the spark of brilliance that I might have hoped to find.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3095) - 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 (1759) - 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.


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