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

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1410   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".


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 26, 2005
Dark with a creamy head. Wine, grapes, cherry, juniperberry in aroma. Fermented in barrique.Veryy acid.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2005
Had this in the Parc de Bruxelles: a very dark amber with a small beige head. While enjoying the aroma, I found it quite hard to define. certainly there was cherry but some fruit cake as well. The taste was sour, full bodied and slightly dry, but as well as the cherry I picked up melon and tea. The aftertaste was more bitter. Very refreshing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Draught at Monk’s....Poured out a nice reddish light brown color with a small white head. The aroma was very light with a few notes of fruit. The taste is refreshing like a flemish sour should be with a good bit of sour cherries and a few notes of acidic fruit. Finish is very dry

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 20, 2005
(250 ml bottles: Shared by SDbruboy and wohlfs, thanks Cliff and Steve!) Tart cherries, of course, jumps out of the glass, along with a modest earthy aroma. A good lead-in for the flavor, but the beer is just generally tart, with the actual flavor of cherries being less of a factor. Also as the nose suggests, It tastes moderately earthy and barnyardy. Very mild sweetness hides in the background behind all that tartness. As the beer warms up, a mild balsamic vinegar flavor and aroma emerges, and that sounds like it could be a bad thing, but seems like it belongs, and I found it enjoyable. The finish is a bit weak as the flavor drops off considerably, and I get a slight metallic flavor left in my mouth. The cure for that problem is to take another light sip! The overall mouthfeel comes off as a bit watery, even before the finish. Carbonation levels are light but acceptable. Ruddy brown color has nearly perfect clarity, which surprises me since I expected it to be at least hazy if not downright cloudy. The light tan head is small on the pour, and quickly fades to a wispy film. No lacing to speak of. It’s not that this beer isn’t enjoyable -- it definitely is -- but it just seems like a quick and simple concoction, lacking the quality of the better Flemish Sours. Still, I wouldn’t ever turn down a chance to sample this beer, which is exactly what happened when I recently met up with wohlfs and he pulled out a Rodenbach from his cooler! Thanks again, Steve.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Bottle. This one came from a trade with Brock_Landers. Pours a dark amber, almost red color with little to no head. Nose is like a light fortified wine. Tastes sour with an odd finish that goes dry and almost like a red wine finish. It is good, but very unique in its finish. Body is actually pretty light... very light carbonation as well. This bottle was a 2000 vintage and was sealed with wax. It also had #548 painted in white on the bottle. Not too bad, but not a world beater, that’s for sure.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2005
On tap at Monks. Deep ruby brown color, minimal head. Sour, acidic, cherries aging in wood. Medium body, approaching wine, very refined flavor, well-balanced and smooth. Delicious.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Bottle from EDA. Brown in color with just the barest hints of red. Head is fleeting and no real lacing is left. Aroma is quite pleasant with cherry, wood and light malt with some sour smells. Lighter side of medium bodied, carbonation level is just fine. Flavor comes across as cherry and wood and then suddenly just disappears. Good, but the lack of flavor after the first second or two is a letdown.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2005
Brown with a creamy head. Aroma from red wine, grapes, juniperberry and some cherry. Cherry and citrus in flavor, vinous, sweet and sour. Quite dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10254) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2005
Amber, small but lasting offwhite head. Fruity aroma with red wine, sour grapes, cherry, juniper betty and with woody notes. Vinous flavor, fruity, grapes, jjuniper berries, cheery and citrus. Quite nice...

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerGod (5218) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Bottle. Pours ruby with tan foam littered about on the surface. Nose is balsamic vinegar, wood, sour cherries and light sugary notes. Taste is sour fruit, more wood, but less balsamic than expected. Light sugar coated black cherry flavor as well. The body is light and minimally carbonated. Then comes the "finish". The feel is very dry but it completely drops off at one point and becomes bland, believe it or not. Light wood, sour fruit, thinned vinegary notes and mild cherry tartness. Stick with the Alexander.


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