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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: 1463   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".


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Ruby body with rising carbonation, generous tan head, sour cherry and toffee malt in the nose. Soft start, sour middle, tangy finish, some biscuity malts, lingering acidity. Somewhat thin.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Nose is two dimensional, slight sourness, slight maltyness. Head lingers on a clear garnet color. Not as much as a was looking for in body or flavor, but still is a decent beer.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3355) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Bottle sampled side by side with the Rodenbach Grand Cru. Musty, funky, yeasty, rusted barnyard-like aroma that is a touch acidic. Mildly hazy rusted amber color with a large frothy light tan head that is well-sustained. Lots of cereal-like toasty semi-sweet malts to start with some earthy woodsiness. There is also a few sour berry-like notes sprinkled in the start before the grainy middle. Active spritzy carbonation. Pleasant beer to drink and not too overzealous with the sourness. Wish the aroma was better. I found this beer to be more drinkable than the Grand Cru, while the Grand Cru had a superior aroma, but the mouthfeel was not as pleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorqui (2113) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 14, 2005
Creamy and enough compact foam, medium duration. Red dark/brown color, lightly hazy and elegant. Good and fine fizz. Acidulous and vinous scent, rich and lightly spiced. Notes of ribes, black grape and must. Slightly prickly taste, bitter absent, small red fruits and underbrush rumors. Acidulous of medium duration final.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2006 Draught tulip at Sunset Grill, 11/2/2005. Pours a black cherry-to-amber/auburn red, clear and filtered, with light carbonation rising to create a small off-white head that is initially large due to the carbonation, but recedes to a ring with no lacing quickly. Aroma is damp earth, lightly meaty like the La Folie, but lacking the sourness, of course, of that one. Light cherry and balsa notes, with a touch of a dry, blandish paper-like note that I couldnt place, almost like saltwater, or seltzer water. Hints of vegetal notes, though very faint. Flavor begins with a less than exciting wash of sourness across the palate, very light, relative to style, though the sweet brown malts are at least ample. Gets watery very quickly, with more blandish, papery, dirty notes. Tastes like a lot of dead yeast, not sure where it’s coming from. Maybe you could call it dry bready, pretzel dough-like flavors. Light oak acids in the background are pleasant, and at least that much seems well done. Watery, loose consistency, with too much carbonation at first. Not very complex at all.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2755) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Bottle, from Julio’s. Ok nose, sour. Lite fruit, cherry, green apple, oak, vinegar. Clean brownish orange color, good beige white fluffy head that faded quickly. Sour flavors, like aromas, with a little pepper. mediom body, lite smooth mouthfeel, sour dry finish. An easy to drink sour ale in my book, thought nose was better when it was cooler.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 2, 2005
Just had a bottle last night. IMO, this beer has a lot going for it...texture, aroma, taste, etc. The sour finish is strong so I can see where some would be turned-off.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Draft. Served WAY too cold. Would have taken hours to warm. Beautiful beer though. Deep garnet hue. White rosey head. nose is full os lemon zest and tomatos, little bit of bubblegum as things warm up. Smells more and more like twizzlers. Steely tomatos on the palate and a slight sour zest. Dry finish, fruit around the edges. Long finish. Overall not sour enough.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 29, 2005
Very tart, earthy, dark cherry aroma that offers notes of tamari, balsamic vinegar and miso. Dark reddish-brown coloured body with good clarity and ruby highlights is topped by a fizzy, tan head that recedes to ring and partial cover. Tart cherries, earthy wood, and a hint of balsamic sweetness are notable amid the barnyard flavour up front that becomes wed to a moderate bitterness and fairly strong acidity. Fizzy but soft carbonation with a very dry texture to the medium body. Flute glass. Allowed to warm from fridge temperature. Bottle (Ølbutikken, Aug-05).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2005
Mahogany color with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of white grapes, vinegar and some light notes of brown sugar. Light sweetness initially, followed up by some sour cherries. More watery and less sour than the aroma suggested. Finishes tart and dry with some oaky flavors. Very quaffable.


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