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


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RATINGS: 1412   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Poured a very deep dark red that could pass for black in a dim room. Aroma was somewhat tart and fruity. Mostly light cherry. Flavors of tart cherry and wood but both were light. Low carbonation and a light to medium body. While I liked this beer it wasn’t as big in the sour, fruit, or funk as their other beers and I miss that. For a non Flemish sour drinker this would be the one to try.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a deep cherry red with a thin, light-tan head. Some light lacing evident. Smells of sour cherries. Other fruity aromas apparent. Caramel and port notes. Oak and rounded vanilla aromas with just a hint of sweet chocolate. Taste is much like the smell. Sour cherry and vanilla in the body followed by musky chocolate, hints of oak. Lightly sour finish. Not nearly as full-flavored or sour as the smell would indicate but nicely balanced. A bit thin with a lingering sourness on the tongue. Very smooth and pretty drinkable for the style. Not nearly as sour when I last had it some 8 years ago but I will chalk that up to a maturing palate. A real treat and a classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2005
Bottle. Red brown, thin white head and moderate condition. Gentle tart woody aromas with hints of malt and caramel. Delicate tinny metallic sweetness in the mouth with more woody caramel notes. Gently tart finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
tap at belga in DC. clear amber..aroma is sour, flavor is plentiful caramel with a mellow sour finish. classic indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8464) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2005
(bottle) Dark red colour with a small frothy off-white head. Fruity (plums) acidic aroma with oak(leaves and swords) and a touch of malts. Sour but gentle flavour. The taste is vinous, fruity and well rounded with a slight malty note. Only light to medium bodied but with a dry lasting finish with some cherry tones. A very drinkable everyday Sour Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7555) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Bottle. Tart cherry aroma. Crimson red color with small head. Lighter tart cherry flavor with a slight sour finish. Nice and not too tart - seems a nice intro to the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5473) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 I can’t get excited about this. From a bottle, it poured a reddish brown with tiny bubbles and a wispy white head that doesn’t tarry for long. It’s got a mildly sour aroma composed of cherries and plums and perhaps crabapples. Winery and near watery in the mouth, it has a lightly tart fruit taste with cherries and berries, some woody hints, and an iron-like aftertaste. Not bad, but I was expecting more.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
Reddish brown color with a large head. It wasnt as sour as I had expected. A semi sweet sour cherry flavor with some tart apples in the background. Rather mild but flavorful. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2005
On tap. Poured a darker red with brown color and a very small off white head. Aromas of wine, cherries and tart. Tastes of ight tart cherries. Tastes were on the softer side. Finihsed lightly tart. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1212) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2005
Body is a brilliant garnet, with a fluffy beige head and thick lacing. Aroma is very vinous, sweet and tart with some wild berry notes. Flavor is rather mild, some tart fruitiness, delicate and superbly balanced. Palate is a bit sour. Like a light cabernet. Very nice.

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