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


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RATINGS: 587   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ianhuntley73 (22) - - JUN 2, 2016
Received 3 complementary 2016 bottles from a good friend of the brewery that wants his name to remain anonymous. Sampled along side vintage Alexander 1986 and 1990. 1986 notes: Pours reddish brown with small white/brown head. Nose/taste of sour cherries , oak, bright berry, light caramel and smooth vinegar tartness. Medium body. Held up incredibly well. Little oxidation. Rating: 5.0 1990 notes: Pours reddish brown with little white head. Nose/taste of sour raspberry, oak, bright berry, light caramel and heavier vinegar tartness. Heavy body.Also held up incredibly well. Little oxidation. Rating: 4.75 2016 notes: Pours deep reddish mahogany with a medium head. Nose/taste of sour cherries, little oak and a medium to heavy tartness. Needs oxidation to compete with the older examples. Overall, a great beer.
Earlier Rating: 1/21/2013 Total Score: 5
(Bottle 1986 first year) Have had this on a number of occasions. Each time it seems to get even better. Top 10 all time beer for me. Most recently served in a Rodenbach Alexander Glass.Pours a nice garnet color with an off white head. Nose is really, really nice with cherry, sherry, balsamic vinegar, and a bit of oaky earth. Taste is definite sour cherry, acetic acid, balsamic, oak, and some light fruitiness. Mouthfeel is quite creamy with good acidity. I am fortunate to have 24 cases of this beer in my cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hawthorne00 (3660) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2017
Deep red with a just pinkish cream head that last pretty well. Aroma of fresh cherries, prunes, brown sugar, oak, vinegar - as usual with Rodenbach its there but not too much. Lively and somewhat slippery texture makes it seem full and light at the same time. Much sweeter than Grand Cru (or the other extant fancy variants) but the sweet cherries complement the usual sour, fruity and woody things. The beer underneath has a dignified aging maltiness about it thats perked up by the fresher fruit flavours. By no means completely dry at the end. After a long time the acidic note is all thats left at the tip of the tongue. Not one I expected to get to try, let alone freshish. Involving yet easygoing. Very good flavours, great balance and texture. Just delightful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hman43 (1294) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2017
It pours a reddish brown color with a tan head. The head retention is not that good. It has aromas of sour cherries that is quite prominent. It has a sweet sour cherry taste. There is also toasted elements in support. The sweetness to the flavor is strong, but not overbearing. It has a medium body with moderate carbonations. It has a bit of acidity to it throughout the taste experience. Overall, this is a sour cherry ale that is sweet, but not overly. It has good combinations of cherry flavors with toast in the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jyrsa (656) - - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle with friends. Clear dark ruby with medium gray head. Cherry, lactic acid. Sour with strong cherry up front, bitter almond. Crisply sour with a long, sweet fruity finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Erasmus_ro (2660) - Alabama, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Tap @ Kittys, Helsinki. Pours an auburn red with a small disc of yellowish-brown bubbles. Aroma is sour, balsamic vinegar, dark red grapes. Taste is sour, vinegary, balsamic vinegar, oak, cherry, sour cherry. Sour cherry candy. Saliva-inducing. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (3538) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2017
On tap @ Haket Bar. Amber with a small off white head. Fruity and sour tones. Fruit, malt, caramel and sour. Medium body with a nice fruity / sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
langeveld12 (481) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2017
Wonderful mix of tart and sweet in a creamy textured beer. Fruits (mostly red) all over. Very complex and subtle. Love it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
chefseanjudd (35) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2017
Clear ruby red with fine white head which dissolved quickly to fine lacing. Aroma of sour red fruits. Beautiful sweet/sour balance and delicious fruity taste to back up the aroma. Light body with surprisingly slick texture, average carbonation and a lasting finish. All in all a great example of the style, incredible complexity but so well balanced that you could easily quaff it all day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (16438) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2017
Tap at Beer Hunters. Clear deep red color, small off-white head. Cherry, candy, tart Rodenbach vibe in the nose. Light to medium-bodied. Delicate tartness, cherry, cranberry, strawberry. Easy finish. Balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dermi (1168) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2017
700 ml, bottled. Pours clear ruby red with a small white head. Aroma: Cherries, oak, fruity notes. Taste: Medium sweet, quite sour. Notable berry flavours, strawberries, cherries. Oak. Palate: Medium body, dry, some carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsvammel (6601) - rebro, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2017
Bottle from Systembolaget. Fruity smell with cherres, oak and cellar notes. Similar taste, tart. Not overly tart. Well made. Very nice!

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