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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1546   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Draught at Redbones 7/26/06. Pours a dark red color with a small off white head. Nose is raspberry jam with some light sour hints. Palate is syrupy and flat. Flavor is more of the sourness with some light jam notes, seems kinda thick and sugary with some light fruit notes that are not overly pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (15390) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2009 Bottled. Dark brown with a reddish hue and a small beige head. Sweet and acidic aroma with some cellar. The flavor is much the same, but with berries. Medium body with some astringency. Feels a bit fizzy in the mouth, but not in a negative way. Long sour finish. It was pleasant with my mussels. Rating: 6-3-6-4-13-3.2. 060714

Bottle, 25cl. A finger-worth of dense beige head sits on top a reddish, muddy brown body. For most people I guess it looks bad, I like the looks of this one. Vinous, vinegary nose with a good fruityness, cherries and dark berries layering up. A note of cellar and prunes also shows up. It’s quite astringent, well carbonated, smooth and palate-cleansing. There’s also a sweetish impression, even though it’s quite dry. Vinous and vinegar-ish flavor with cherries, blackberry, prune notes, hints of cellar and lemon. There’s also a sugary sweet touch to the beer, maybe a bit more than I would prefer. Overall a very nice beer, packed in an ugly labelled bottle. 091103

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Sample at Indy tasting Dick’s 96th - Aroma of dark cherry, sweet and sour sauce, oak, and malt. Pours hazy brown red with small head and good lacing. Flavor is dissapointing but still tart. More cardboard than oak and all the fruit is gone. Palate is tart and fizzy. I like sours, but not this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2006
Bottle. Deep deep burgundy red colour, vinous, slightly sour aroma, flavour is tart. Not as tart as geuze though, but definitely sour, appetizing. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (1040) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Definitley a sour ale. Has a nice, deep red color and spicy aroma. Tart, sour taste that is a lot better than it sounds. A rather interesting brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2007 Pours nice burgundy with long lasting head. Has a sweet aroma, maybe some sour white grapes, raspberries. Has a tart flavor. Sour fruitiness, maybe a hint of sour raspberry. Has a nice mouth feel, an abrupt sour flavor and a really quick, clean finish. This was my first sour ale, which needs to be revisited.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2006
750 ml bottle corked and caged. Deep dark orange-brown beer, thin yellowish head. Great aroma, oak, light acetic notes as well. Much sweeter maltiness than is evident in the Grand Cru. Fruity plums and a strong woodiness. Lightly metallic. Flavour is also quite sweet with strong plumminess and light brown sugar as well. Faint sourness. Quite restrained in terms of sourness and complexity. Texture is quite bready and yet refreshing. It grows on you.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 Bottle. Overrated in my opinion. Reddish colour with a small head. Aroma and taste of malts and bitter fruit. Bitter almost harsh finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Not as good as the Grand Cru, or even the Redbach in my opinion. The Classic pours a redish-brown color with a solid tan head. The aroma is alright, not as nice as I had hoped. It definitely has a strong aroma, very reminiscent of a wine. The flavors are tart and fruity, but this brew has a hint of something wrong in the flavor profile--I just can’t put my finger on it. The mouthfeel is very dry. Not bad, but a let down compared to their other products."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7635) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2006 Expect nothing in particular, and you’ll be ok. Aroma is winey oak, leaning towards vinegar. A powerfully sour fruity acidity hints at cherry or raspberry. Sharp, crisp and strange. Drinking something like this from a can is an experience in itself. 5.1% canned takeout from a Bruges night shop. ’You either love it or hate it’ reads the can. Well...I quite like it.

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