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


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RATINGS: 1524   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brigg (532) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2006
(Bottle, 25cl) Dark red with a beige head. Aroma is tart and fruity. The flavor was a good balance of sweet and sour. It tasted a little light, but it was very refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2006
A difficult beer. Initial aroma was totally Welchís grape juice and a full glass has the color of a Burmese ruby. Second sniff is of oak and fermented red grape skins while at the end of the glass the color is of an antique oak table, brown not black. As with most sours this has some wine like traits with a tart, fruity taste. Head reduces to nothing with no lacing. Unique, traditional, tasty if not overly great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Just had a La Folie...let me see.... <P> Aroma is low intensity vinegar with very mild woody notes and some, but less sour cherry notes then Iíd expect from what I have heard. Ruby/brown with a thumb thick tan head. Fore is more malty than sour. Furity notes that, oddly, are quite apple-y..sweet..now I get some sour cherry notes. Thinnish palate with a pretty watery finish. Tasty enough, but comes across as a session sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Very sour, vinegary aroma, in typical rodenbach style; clean and controlled. Pour is a dark reddish brown with a really lovely, foamy head. Flavor is unfortunately a little weak. It features a decent up front sourness but possesses almost no finish other than water.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Very dark red-black, very bubbly, nice head, fades quickly, no lace. Aromas of rust, carrots, raisins, cider vinegar and raspberry. Flavors of malt vinegar, sour fruit, malt, cherry and raspberry. Moderately sour, but not as vinegarry as some other sour ales. Slight bit of hop bitterness. Nice balance, good mouthfeel, refreshingly fizzy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Bottle (original) from goldtwins, estimated at 5-7 yrs old. Dark muddied ruby mahogany with minimal film for head. Very oily in appearance, grows legs and coats the glass quite well. Aroma is mostly woodsy with very mellow vinegar with only the faintest cherry. Flavor much the same hints of cherry up front, turns to muted vinegar and oak-woodsy finish. Very dry, almost no aftertaste whatsoever. Very nice brew, just after years of age, the sourness you come to expect has dissapeared. Thanks to Larry for the hard to get bottle! Much appreciated!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9163) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2006
Reddish-amber coloured, thin foamy layer; sourish-fruity nose, traces of vinegar, rust, barrique; sweet-sour flavour, quite light bodied; sour-fruity, a bit tart finish. A decent, refreshing sour Ale, but nothing more........

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2006
clear, with fiery reds, browns, and yellows of warming depth, spreading out like the sunburst on an old guitar. a root beer-like burst of very ephemeral head, big bubbled and noisy. as far as the "lace", frankly youíll find more in the menís clothing section at the feed and ranch supply store in cortez colorado. fine nose of old furniture thatís had lemon oil rubbed in it for a generation. thereís milkweed, a touch of sauerkraut, and perhaps a note like sweet roasted almonds. soft champagne carbonation out front, and the beer doesnít impact the tongue with quite the fullness i was hoping for: a watery feel. sweet and sour of course, a touch of vinegar with lemon, grenadine and vanilla. carbonation dulls quickly to itís defect-- itís like itís meant to be consumed fast-- a brilliant soda pop for adults. if it were available and affordable, iíd like to put it in the ring with a monstrous thirst-- iíll bet the rodenbach would take it down like a building demolition. very tasty for a thin, soft drink-like beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5397) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Great sour cherry aroma with a touch of sour raspberry as well. Pours a transparent garnet with a small off-white head. Starts with a light sourness and finishes with a funky strawberry flavor. Something about the strawberry just tastes off to me. Hints of wood in the finish, but moreso in the aftertaste. Not bad, but disappointing from what Iíve come to expect from Rodenbach.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Thanks Styles. Pours a ruby brown with a thin off white head. Aromawas mild with sour, berries and oak. I seemed to pick up a little bit of charred oak as well. Flavor was mild yeasty, fruty and sour. It finished with a lingering strawberry aftertaste. Like notalush said its good for someone who is new to the style.

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