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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: 1399   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".


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
haf (529) - Gijon, SPAIN - JUN 23, 2005
Buena cerveza belga. Tostada. Gasificacion justa. Es todo una sorpresa y un buen descubrimiento :)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geiserich (3295) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 2, 2005
Bottled:
Sourly aroma, some fruitiness and sweetness. Light sourly flor, notes of xherries and a light dry finish. Quite nice, but not very complex.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle. I freaking love this style! Not as good as their Grand Cru, but this is pretty damn good too. Ruby-reddish-brown, small head. Clean smell that reflects well on the taste. Looking fine in my Orval glass. Prominent cherries, oak, brandy. Quite complex and well-balanced. A little bit of effervescence, challenging sourness but not excessively so. One of the better 5% ABV beers I have ever had. Still, I think it could do better with a little more strength. I guess that’s what the Grand Cru is, but dammit, I don’t think they ship it to Japan.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1413) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2005
Classic Flemish sour ale. Poured a rich rummy colour with a moderate lasting head. Heavy aroma of sour cherries, leather and a thick underlay of alcohol. Lively on the tongue, with a puckering sour finish. Initial flavour is acidic cherries but there’s a solid oaky middle before that tart finale. Can’t pretend this is my favourite style but I found this more balanced than the Grand Cru.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12437) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2005
Bottled 25cl (BB 11/2005)
Red ruby color, small creamy tanned head. Aroma of leather jacket and cherries, some sourness. Sour, tart, quite watery mouthfeel. Carbonated, but flat in the finish. Acidy like one could expect but not so much, quite easy to drink and simple. Beginner’s flemish sour ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Delicious, sour and tanniny, tart. Cherries abound. Great lively body, and still heftier than the Alexander. Thanks jeffc666!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 25 cl) Beautiful appearance, almost more red than brown. Very tart but not bitter with some quite pronounced metallic notes. Quite light-bodied and extremely quenching. 200893 & 100594

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Poured a very deep dark red that could pass for black in a dim room. Aroma was somewhat tart and fruity. Mostly light cherry. Flavors of tart cherry and wood but both were light. Low carbonation and a light to medium body. While I liked this beer it wasn’t as big in the sour, fruit, or funk as their other beers and I miss that. For a non Flemish sour drinker this would be the one to try.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a deep cherry red with a thin, light-tan head. Some light lacing evident. Smells of sour cherries. Other fruity aromas apparent. Caramel and port notes. Oak and rounded vanilla aromas with just a hint of sweet chocolate. Taste is much like the smell. Sour cherry and vanilla in the body followed by musky chocolate, hints of oak. Lightly sour finish. Not nearly as full-flavored or sour as the smell would indicate but nicely balanced. A bit thin with a lingering sourness on the tongue. Very smooth and pretty drinkable for the style. Not nearly as sour when I last had it some 8 years ago but I will chalk that up to a maturing palate. A real treat and a classic.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3596) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2005
Bottle. Red brown, thin white head and moderate condition. Gentle tart woody aromas with hints of malt and caramel. Delicate tinny metallic sweetness in the mouth with more woody caramel notes. Gently tart finish.


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