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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Beer 38 of Belgium trip. New Year about to kick in. Hadn't had this in years. Long lasting, smooth white head over a pretty reddish brown body. Sour, malty, with a grapey aroma of muscat. Flavor matches, but with cherry instead of grape, some woody notes kick in. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2003
Dark cherry in colour. Aroma of red wine, balsamic vinegar, sour cherries. Flavour was tart, medium sourness, with a bit of sweetness. Finish is dry, sour, and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2003
Red-brown colour, small head. Refreshing acidity, suitable light bodied, vinous, sweet. Very nice but I'll stick to the grand cru.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Very dark brown in colour-almost completely opaque, with a thin-fast dissipating off-white head. Grapey/cherry aroma with the addition of spices and malt. Medium-bodied; Sour cherry flavour initially showing sweetness and some subtle spices. Aftertaste very clean-but tart and sour-Very nice! Overall, a good beer to try! I tasted this 25 cL bottle courtesy of my sister's fiance, which he got from Belgium! I sampled this one on 27-November-2003.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Bottle, imported. Full-headed, with fine, tiny bubbles that take their time subsiding. The head is a faint, gray/pink and the beer emits a fair bit of acidic wang when openned--with a rich, berry smell with mild spiciness behind. The ale is a deep red color like a merlot. The taste is beyond belief! Sour (I should hope so!), with a rich, sour cherry flovor that supports the acidity well--like a lambic. The pucker is fine, sharp and leaves the inside of your cheeks feeling like you just took sandpaper to them--in a good way. Prunes, cherries, cassis, cinnamon, nutmeg, alspice and above all, the taste of a cherry tart. Really quite extraordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2004 250ml bottle. Should have let it cool for longer. Good head that leaves lacing as it subsides over a deep dark ruby red. The colour is however to flat in my opinion for the beer to rate higher on looks. the smell is curiously sour with hints of some kind of berries. I'll take thw words of other raters calling it black currant or cherries. Sounds about right. Not much complexity to the flavour I can detect, nor is it full bodied. Curiously sour, but begs for another sip. I'm sure it would do better colder, being refhreshing and quite interesting. Once used to the sourness I'm thinking I could really like this on a regular basis. Re-rate: It does grow on me. Sour it is but very interesting. Dark beer leaves good lacing and that smell intrigues. I'll buy it again to learn more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2003
Sour fruit aroma, clear ruby colour, pours a small toffe head, prety lace. Sour fruit flavour, cherries and red plums. Tart, light bodied, refreshing. A nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2003
The aroma is slightly sour and sweet with notes of plums and the wild fermentation - really good. The color is deep red and slightly unclear. The head is beige and long lasting. The flavor is lovely: sour and sweet with notes of black currant and plums, and it ends on a nice acidicness. A little thin for a Belgium beer - probably the 5% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CEZ (396) - Milano, ITALY - SEP 26, 2003
Dark brown body, almost limpid. Moderate head. Prunes, caramel and licorice in the nose. The taste is malty only at the beginnig, then gets sour to a strong acidic (event salty) finish. Very dry and sour. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2003
My mate who works at Camperdown Cellars had taken home 12 of these because they were just beyond use by date, popped one, hated it and gave my household a few bottles: bonus! I reckon the beyond use by date thing was fine, it was just lovely. Not as full-on sour as the grand cru, but all the class and mellowness is there. It just goes down like a dream. Not sure what to use as an analogy for the flavour/aroma etc.: it is pretty unique stuff. Love it.

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