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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1412   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Poured cola brown with no head. I knew I was in danger. Very little carbonation. Lightly sour and fruity. Has a moderate fruity aroma and a light oak smell. Not bad but kind of disappointing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2004
According to Stephen Webb, this beer has been smoothed out since the brewery was taken over by Palm. As I never had the original version, I can't comment on that but it still tastes pretty sour to me (and I don't mean that in a nasty way). When I later met up with a friend (not a beer geek) who had made his own way to Brussels, he told me that, ion the way, he had tried a Belgian beer that tasted like Newcastle Brown with added vinegar but couldn't remember the name of it. I knew immediately. Later on, he couldn't stomach Cantillon Gueuze either, so I guess its all a question of taste and adventurousness. There is not much I can say about the beer that hasn't been said scores of times before. There are not many of these Flemish sour ales left in Belgium and, whilst I would not choose to drink this on a daily basis, the world would be a poorer place without it. Toone Bar, Brussels, September 2003.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2004
Chestnut color with a nice beige head. The taste is fruity with a bitter and watery finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2004
Nice beige head on a clear orange/amber colored body. Winy nose, sour and fruity, almost like Champagne! Very nice sour flavor with a lot of fruit and berries (specially cherry). Dry and acidid aftertaste. Very smooth and refreshing!!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Fruity aroma, lactic, berries. Light hops. Light tan lacing head over copper brown clear. Medium body and medium carb. Wonderfully tart & fruity, berries. Light malts, sour, clean hops. Light musky finish. Refreshing.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3279) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2236) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4709) - 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.

4.7
   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.


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