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


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RATINGS: 1503   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 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2004
This Flemish sour pours with a dark red-brown body without any head or lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and vinious with slight sour notes. The flavor is virtually the same. This beer reminds me of champagne. Medium bodied and amazingly smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRomero (1976) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7475) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - 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!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3800) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3395) - 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 (2438) - 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 (4927) - 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.

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