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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1653   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2009 Red brown. Sour plum,raisins aroma. Sour taste of grapes,raisins and plums. Complex but definitely not my style. Re-Rating since I’m beginning to like this style even more !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - MAY 3, 2007
dark drown/black. sour with a vinegar tone. sounds unpleasant but its actually quite smooth. mild carbonation to finish. i would discribe the fruit element as plum - not too sweet and blends with the sour nicely. my first sour ale - the only other drink that i’ve tried that compares is the lindemans framboise which is much sweeter and has higher carbonation. the tart/vinegar gives this one a bit more edge. very interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Maybe this style just doesn’t suit me, but I just don’t see the appeal. All the previous descriptions are accurate in my opinion, but the fruity vinegar thing just doesn’t sit well on my palate. Especially an entire 750 of it. This is more like a salad dressing than a beer to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (2069) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - APR 29, 2007
Sample on tap from My Place in Newtown, CT. Wow this one is diffrent. Large vinegar aroma with moderate malts coming through. Amber color white large white head. Vinegar and malt flavor leaves a vinegar taste in my mouth. I happen to like vinegared items (pickles, olives, pepperoncini) but I’m not sure about drinking a whole pint of this. Looking forward to rerating this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2007
Pours dark brown, clear, with a moderate head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel, somewhat sweet. Flavor is sour with a strong caramel undertone. Makes for a unique and tasty change to the other sour beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 24, 2007
Bottle from 1984 - Red brown body (very red) with a big big bubbled lasting head; Big very old nose, you sense the fruity vinegar Rodenbach aromas but they are well hidden by oxidized aromas; Very thin body with very little sharp carbonation, a little lactic acid; Medium long quite lactic finish, a little harsh, mostly oxidized aromas. 23 years is to much for this beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agl108 (1039) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2007
On draft at Zeno’s, Penn State. Poured deep crimson with off-pink head that left fantastic lacing. Very complex flavor with raspberry, sour cherry, and sweet malty tones. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2007
750 poured into 2 sambuca snifters. This is a very drinkable and interesting beer. The aroma is of sour dark cherries, vinegar, and nutty brown ale. The first sip tastes like apple cider, cherry, cedar, and grape juice. I can not taste the 5%abv. It is full of fruit juice and a pleasant sour but not puckering aftertaste. This bottle was too easy to drink for its complexity. I love that fact that it is an interesting beer that doesn’t have over the top abv nor dominated by a single flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2007
Pours a murky brown color with minimal head. Sweet-and-sour, fruity aroma. Body is quite fruity, fresh berries throughout. Finish is sharp and tart, clean. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2007
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 i want a beer but i also want a shot of malt vinegar with black berries floating in it...can you do that? you’ve got to be in the mood, but man, this stuff is addictive. everytime i drink it the rating gets higher...7/4/9/4/19=4.3

bottled version... black berries and malt vinegar still reign but it seems watered down and not nearly as sour. 7/4/8/4/17=4

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