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


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RATINGS: 1347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3042) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2004
Off white/tan coloured head that was nice and large and lasted quite well. Body was cherry coloured and clear which together with the head made the appearance quite good. Very strong sour cherry aroma. Taste was the same, medium body ,very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - APR 29, 2004
I approached this with some trepidation, having heard of its microbiological pedigree, but found it nicely drinkable, with considerable character. Nice ruby color. Some volatile acidity in the aroma, but by no means overpoweringly so -- just enough to add nice complexity with the gentle caramel. In the taste, the caramel provides an effective counterpoint to the mild acidity. The result is a drinkable beer which rightfully deserves its status as a world classic.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2004
This beer has a red/brown body - hue apperance and a fine light red scum collar. I have drunk the beer from the bottle and it had a low carbonic acid. The initial flavor taste is light acid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2004
Co-rated by scraff... Crystal clear caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, beige head and decent lacework. The nose is sour and malty with notes of clover honey, earth and red wine vinegar. The flavor is malty and tart. Candy sugar and lemon juice. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, sweet-tart, then dry finish. Thanks to jbrus for the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2004
This Flemish sour pours with a dark red-brown body without any head or lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and vinious with slight sour notes. The flavor is virtually the same. This beer reminds me of champagne. Medium bodied and amazingly smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Poured cola brown with no head. I knew I was in danger. Very little carbonation. Lightly sour and fruity. Has a moderate fruity aroma and a light oak smell. Not bad but kind of disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2004
According to Stephen Webb, this beer has been smoothed out since the brewery was taken over by Palm. As I never had the original version, I can't comment on that but it still tastes pretty sour to me (and I don't mean that in a nasty way). When I later met up with a friend (not a beer geek) who had made his own way to Brussels, he told me that, ion the way, he had tried a Belgian beer that tasted like Newcastle Brown with added vinegar but couldn't remember the name of it. I knew immediately. Later on, he couldn't stomach Cantillon Gueuze either, so I guess its all a question of taste and adventurousness. There is not much I can say about the beer that hasn't been said scores of times before. There are not many of these Flemish sour ales left in Belgium and, whilst I would not choose to drink this on a daily basis, the world would be a poorer place without it. Toone Bar, Brussels, September 2003.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2004
Chestnut color with a nice beige head. The taste is fruity with a bitter and watery finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2004
Nice beige head on a clear orange/amber colored body. Winy nose, sour and fruity, almost like Champagne! Very nice sour flavor with a lot of fruit and berries (specially cherry). Dry and acidid aftertaste. Very smooth and refreshing!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3553) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Fruity aroma, lactic, berries. Light hops. Light tan lacing head over copper brown clear. Medium body and medium carb. Wonderfully tart & fruity, berries. Light malts, sour, clean hops. Light musky finish. Refreshing.

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