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

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RATINGS: 597   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Extra-fermented beer with a fruity bouquet and a sharp, sweet and sour flavor. Matured for two years in oak casks.

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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (3034) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Bottle from a very generous and old-school Styles. Pour was clear brown in color, no head and no lacing (shocker). The aroma was musty tart cherries and then sweet cherries. Flavor followed suit, smooth sweet cherries with a light lemon tartness following, only a saw-dusty oak presence, very faint, and then a touch of vanilla beans. Mouthfeel is moderate, smooth. A super soft and gentle Duchesse (my cheap thrill). Wow, not sure I was worthy of this rarity, thanks so much, Chris!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2008
#500. Shared with therealbastard. Poured hazy amber with a small white head. Aroma of sour cherries, sweet malt, and caramel. Beautiful. Complex flavor of all of the above. Thanks Brenton for this one.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (17589) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2008
25cl bottle at HVDL BBE 94 made in 1992. Beautiful blood red colour. Stunning aroma. Flemish sour with great tart fruit. Little musty on aroma. Flavour is stunning. The cherries are so intense, but wonderfully balanaced. Sour/sweet blond. Flavour is so juicy/tart/sweet. Musty aroma just lets it down. Bit of candy sugar toffee to in mouth.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Huge thanks to Puddintane shared w/John_Adam!! Big things to come in small packages. Holy sh*t this beer rocks! I did not like sour ales before drinking this, but I have to admit this one really changed my mind. Pours maroon color with small amounts of white head. Aroma is cherries and wood, but mostly cherries. Taste is a 15/10 on this one. Loads of cherries and other minor flavors like wood and brown sugar. This beer is one of the best Ive had so far, will be tough to beat it. Very highly recommended especially to those who bash sours and lambic beers. I did, but now I cant because this beer was amazing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
33 ml bottle, thanks to moejuck for this extra in a trade. Pours deep, mostly clear mahogany color with a small off-white head. Aroma of dark and fruity malts, a bit of sourness and tannins, pie cherries, caramel and toastiness all delightfully mixed together, heavy with fruits. Sweet, tart flavors, pie cherry and wood, somewhat vinuous, with a hint of umami. Medium to full body, gently tingly carbonation. Slightly oxidized after all these years, but still deep, complex and very enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2008 bottle thanks amorphiss for this awesome treat!..... appearance of dark garnet and pomegranate red with no head to be seen but some smaller bubbles on the edges of the glass...the nose on this was fantastic. maple, brown sugar, sweet candied cherries, a nice woody component that added some tofee, vanilla, and sour oak....flavors of tart and sweet cherries, sweet at first and then transitions nicely to the more tart side of things. a very nice balance between the two. this aged really nicely with many of the woodiness and vanilla flavors coming through in the end....i wasnt too hot on it at first but def. grew on me as i took my time with it while sitting in a car out in the parking lot.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Wow, I never expected to be able to try this. Pantanap cracked it open in the parking lot right before the winter beer fest. Happy 400th! Big aroma arose out of the glass. Great sweet and sour going on. Tart cherries at the front. Taste is big and delicous. Definitely sour, but doesnt overwhelm. As I continued it somehow got more drinkable. I dont know how time has effected it, but the taste really filled the mouth and heightened toward a perfect and lasting finish. Overall, a masterpiece of a beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8358) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 Courtesy of wetherel who opened this gem at the fordest tasting sharing it with fordest, toncatcher, padrefan98 and of course wetherel. Pours amber-ish with tan head. It has a big old aroma with lots of tasty cherries that begin sweet and become more sour as the aromatic draw continues. Wow, lots of cherries. The flavor is also Wow. The taste begins balanced with sweet cherries and cherry tartness that is smooth and becomes even smoother toward the finish with mildly growing tartness. Smooth with hidden yeast spiciness (I ended up with some of dregs of this amazing beer) and more cherry sweetness. It is a little tough to describe due to how well it has aged and how the notes have melded and blended.

1996 vintage courtesy of dpflanzer, wow, thanks again David. Pours deep dark brown with amber edges and white head. It has a big inviting aroma of sweet cherries, mild caramel, notes of nuts, port wine notes, mild tart cherry fruit flesh and sugar sweet tartness. With more than a decade of age the nose of this beer is blended and smooth leaving other aromatic notes impossible for me to describe. Just like the nose the taste is smooth blended smoothness with sweet cherries, mild cherry fruit flesh vegetal and tartness. Theres also a sugar sweet tart candy note mixed with faint caramel and moves to the finish with increasing dryness without becoming too dry.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Bottle shared at fordests tasting. Holy cow what a great sour ale. I could smell and taste this one all day. But due to the rarity I may never get another chance. Awesome!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Huge thanks to wetherel for sharing this one. Nice reddish brown color with decent head. Aromas of tart cherry and vinous notes of grapes. Flavor was not as sour. Cherry Pie came to mind. Very very tasty. Thanks as well to Tom for letting this one come to us.


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