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


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RATINGS: 1346   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".

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 1/15/2013. 11.2 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. A: Pours a dark red color with nice clarity. Typical of a sour, there isn’t much head, a one finger eggshell color that fades quickly. S: I love how the cherries intermingle with the oak qualities the aroma provides. Sourness is subtle, enough to create a delicate interplay between the other aromatic notes. Not explosive, just wonderful to inhale. T: A bit of a letdown from the nose, which isn’t really saying much. Immediately, cherry flavors combine with a balanced lactic tartness. I love how cherry forward this comes across without going overly sweet. The finish is mostly grainy malts and some diacetyl; however, after a few sips some of the cherry qualities bleed past the midtaste to drown out the buttery notes - exactly what I want in a Flemish red. Keep in mind this is about 3/10 sour, so those looking for an enamel beatdown won’t find it here. M: Light and crisp. A very light tannic quality appears in the aftertaste, but this isn’t particularly dry. It’s well carbonated and refreshing, and goes down quickly. O: One thing that deserves to be mentioned is how inexpensive this bottle was - about $1.75 for a single 11.2 oz bottle. It’s not the greatest sour ever, but as a refreshing thirst quencher, I’d take this over many standard fruit beers any day. It’s cheap (for a sour), it’s well made, and it’s a panty dropper. Enough said!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corkyrory66 (437) - BELGIUM - APR 14, 2014
Une rouge brune des Flandres considérée comme un produit régional traditionnel, une sorte d’appellation géographique protégée, qui mérite une mention pour être bien spécifique effectivement. Ce goût aigre-doux occupe une place à part, et entraîne souvent des avis assez tranchés... J’ai carburé à la Rodenbach en ayant dans les 20 ans, ce fut une période bien précise où j’étais branché sur cette bière pas forte (5,2 % abv!!) qui rafraîchissait et donnait la sensation de « plus soif »... Donc je la connais bien, mais en la reprenant sous l’angle de la dégustation, les choses sont un peu différentes. Couleur rouge brun typique, et ma foi, assez jolie, de même que le roux en transparence. Clarté nette. Bulles moyennes partout, pas vraiment vives. Mousse beige à flocons moyens, qui tombe vite, mais laisse un joli nappage (mon exemplaire est à date en juin 14). Arômes de cerises noires, cassis, vin chaud, fût, pointe de cannelle. 1ère bouche sur la prune forte, la quetch. Arrière-bouche sur du fût et un vin tannique. 2ème sur du vin fruité, bois de chêne, pointe de muscade. 3ème sur du chêne et des tannins. La longueur développe le fruité, avec quelques fruits rouges, petite pointe d’agrumes, le côté aigre est bien harmonisé avec le bois. La levure n’est pas analysable, il s’agit d’une fermentation mixte, sans aucun dépôt en bouteille. L’alcool est faible, trop faible pour développer amplement les saveurs. La finale, selon ce que nous venons de dire, pêche par un manque d’ampleur. CONCLUSION : jolie bière, mais 2 grosses erreurs dans la conception : le niveau abv beaucoup trop limité et la contenance de ces bouteilles … 25 cl, c’est d’un ridicule impossible. Bref, produit régional traditionnel, nous sommes d’accord, mais vraiment à revoir à mon sens pour une dégustation qui soit digne de cette niche bien particulière. Certaines ont réussi, pourquoi pas Rodenbach ??

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pictoman (364) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2014
Poured from 330mL bottle. Murky brown with a red tinge and dissipating off-white head. Sour cherry and black currant nose. Taste has only mild sourness and sweetness alongside some yeast with a dry, cloying, and slightly watery finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Renobob (450) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 3, 2014
Bue en bouteille. Bon, autant prévenir, c’est pas mon style du tout. Fruits rouges très ou trop présents qui annihile tout le reste. Beurk !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamTheBarrel (316) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2014
750ml brown corked and caged bottle, poured into a Rodenbach Tulip glass. Apperance is clear carmine red with a medium sized beige head, that reduced quickly leaving no lacing. Aroma of green apples, table grapes, red currants and balsamic vinegar. Flavour of green apples, table grapes, red currants, balsamic vinegar and faint oak wood notes. Taste is light sweet, light bitter and heavy sourness. Palate is light-medium bodied, soft texture and average carbonation. Compared to the Grand Cru, the body is lighter, less sour and the flavours are not as strong and complex. It’s more refreshing however and still a great Flanders Red Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkydodson (61) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - MAR 30, 2014
the aroma of fruits and red wine, with notes of caramel and cherry... the taste is fruity, light and refreshening with shades of sweetness and sourness... sweet and sour ending...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nilsas (969) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2014
Nydelig duft av syrlige frukter.dyp mørk rød farge. Lite skum. Frisk smak av kirsebær og andre frukter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martjoobolut (336) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 27, 2014
0,25L bottle, BB 10.01.14. Pours dark ruby-brown with off white head. The head stays for a moment. Aroma is sour and cherries. Taste follows the nose, some port wine notes, vinegar, but it is also watery. Overall: it feels really light, especially compared to the excellent Rodenbach Grand Cru.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalchopz (2117) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2014
SAQ private import. Best before 19.04.14 on rear label. Pours a dark amber colour with a beige head, decent retention but not much lacing. Cider malt vinegar aromas with cherries and notes of coffee and light caramel. The flavour is kind of a letdown though. Watery overall with the mild sourness, sweetness and then, yeast lingering. It does start getting a little stronger with time. Hints of wood in the aftertaste. Much preferred their Alexander beer. Too bad they discontinued that one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tonari (6) - - MAR 25, 2014 does not count
Very nice! Amber colour, nose is delicious with aromas of red berry, spices (cinnamon in particular) and just a hint of oak. Body is light and the beer has a well defined, but not too strong acidity in the mouth. Somehow similar to Kriek Boon, but more delicate and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (565) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at the new Bierhaus in Bethesda. Poured dark reddish brown. Dark berry Aroma and yeast. Bubbly feel in mouth. Tart cherry and berry flavor and some notes of yeast.

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