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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2006
0.5L bottle. Amber color with fluffy-creamy tan head. Strong aroma of sourness and tart fruitiness. Tastes a lot like the aroma with mild sourness, strong tart grapes (wine like) and behind that is a faint sweet malt, very faint. I didnít sense any oak aged notes. Big carbonation with nice lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - NOV 5, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark brown - ruby colour, thin off-white head. Nose is strangely sherberty, cherry, sour red wine vinegar. Initial mouthtaste is a cherry and vinous one, but on the swallow, this woody bitter for half a second. The lasting palate is slightly sweet with plenty of lively sherbert and some dull sourness. Rich and lively. Rather nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (4450) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2006
This is a downright strange beer. It might be like that simply because it was the first time I ever encountered sour ale. It tasted less like beer and more like a nice, high quality soda. I didnít know how to feel about it at first, but right now I kind of wish I had one in my hands.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 bottle from Uto. One of my favourite beers in my favourite style. About time I gave it a rate. Red mohagony in colour with faint off white head. Classic nose of red wine and balsamic vinegar with a nice Earthy base and notes of sour cherry, oak and unripened plum. Taste to match. A clean sweet-ish start leads into a murky tartness. Aftertaste of walnut skin, but not nearly as unpleasant. Somewhat less dramatic than the other Rodenbachs. This is in no way a fault - just means that it is perfectly drinkable. A regular on my rota and not for lack of choice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2006
8.45oz bottle. Aroma: Tartness is strong, but not aggressive. Some fresh cherries, red grapes, and a medium-strong woodiness. Appearance: Dark reddish-brown and fairly clear. Off-white head was full and frothy, but didnít linger long. Good lacing. Flavor: Tartnes comes on first with strong cherry, and currant flavors. The oaky wood flavor hits me next. And trailing that is just a touch of earthy funk. Malt comes on into the finish with a light caramel and bread profile. Finish is pretty dry. Palate: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Getting a bit of tannic ídry-mouth. as I drink more of this. Overall: Havenít had this in a few year, and I donít remember it being this good. This is definatly one of the beers to start someone on the sour beer path. Sour, complex, but very drinkable. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2006
250ml Bottle. Deep Chestnut color with a tan head. sharp, acidic nose. Tart and refreshing. Dry finish. Excellent beer, but the Grand Cru blows it away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Bottle at Sharp Edge. Reddish brown body, creamy and lasting off-white head. Aroma has sour concord grapes (light), watered down oak and cherries. Flavor has light watered down sour cherry juice with some alcohol oak notes. Pleasant crisp sourness that is light and well-balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2006
brownish red pour whispy white head. Odd aroma lightly sour deinate oak notes some light berries & fruits some real light syruppy notes. Well coated lightly creamy palate. Dry woody flavor slightly tart grapes I think dry finish lingering flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
token25 (1) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2006 does not count
Taste is subjective...and while this is my very favorite beer in the world, it may not be yours. Try it and decide for yourself. I discovered this beer at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, Ma. Iíve also encountered at at the Publick House in Brookline, MA. As far as bottled, Iíve found it at the Martyís Liquors in both Newtonville, MA and Allson, MA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2006
First try at this style, but not my last hopefully. Pours a cloudy brownish in color with a small white head. Slightly sour vinous aroma. Softly sour malty flavor with a very light finish. Very similar to the guezes Iíve had. Tart, but refreshingly so. Nice.

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