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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 2733   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
A blend of 1/3 young beer and 2/3 of beer aged 2 years in large oak vats. The more important proportion of oak matured beer contributes to its fruity taste, complexity and intensity. The finish is worthy of a great wine.

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4.1
paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Pours clear ruby with a large puffy cloud of white foam. Aroma of tart cherry, berries, oak. Flavor is tart yet sweet, wood, musty, tart cherries, berries finishing off sweet with some green apple.

3.9
jfb (6830) - GERMANY - SEP 11, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2009 (bottle) pours a clear dark ruby colour with a short-lived off-white head. aroma of oak, cherries, balsamic vinegar and vanilla, with some surprising hints of smoke and char. flavour is the same, with a fruity sweetness that is very well balanced and mellow. medium body with lush carbonation and a lightly sour finish.

4
Macadem (103) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 8, 2009
Pours a caramel, dark honey color with a frothy off-white head. Smells of white grapes, melon and sour cherries. Feels almost champagne like in the mouth, a nice soft palate with great tartness. Tastes almost sweet, though i think thats the wrong word. White grapes and cherries for taste, with nice lacing in the glass.

3.3
BeerViking (5075) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2017 33cl bottle bought in Belgium. Pours a cloudy red-brown with a fast-disappearing head, sweetish aroma of pear drops and redcurrants with a hint of vinegar. Palate is initially dry, woody and musty, becoming fruity and refreshing, but finishing off sweet and slightly cloying. Re-rate in bottle at the Imbibe trade show, tart nose with acetic, lactic and red fruit notes. Sweet and sour body with light oaky notes and a drying-sweet finish.

4.5
Listigovers (1343) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 First sour ale. Really good, pours murky brown. Acidic, but not too sour. Interesting. Had last night so not too detailed.

3.7
odgaard (385) - Skyum, Thisted, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2009
Red/brown color. No head. Aroma: sour, fruity, berries, a little citrus. Taste: blackcurrant and red berries, some citrus here also. High carbonation. Pretty good.

3.3
Scouser (352) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2009
vinegar aroma. its brown, that it. easy to drink i love the sour flavor though! i cant decide about this one

4.6
DewBrewer (294) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Bought this bottle in Belgium, probably in 2004. Still delicious! Go figure. Wonderful cherry aroma and flavor. The sourness has developed and it is not oxidized. It is similar to La Folie in certain years. Great beer.

3.5
Sonicdescent (388) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Strangely I remembered putting this more toward Ommegang Rouge and very different than Duchesse but this bottle (or perhaps my memory is bad) reminds me much more of the Duchesse. Tart cherry dominates the nose with some hints of wood and nail polish remover (which I don’t recall from my last couple of bottles). Appearance is decent, a dark red liquid with a thin milky layer of bubbles. The flavor still works quite well, with tart cherries and vinegar and a nice sour apple aftertaste. Thin and bubbly on the palate. I am going to need to try my next bottle to see if this was possibly vicitm of a bad bottle or bad memory, but strangely..while this isn’t the grand slam that I recall it to be, this still works.

4.1
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
330mL Bottle. Poured deep copper, leaning towards red, thick pinkish head, lovely lacing. Nose is tart. acetic, and surprisingly fruity, running more to pickled fruits than to funk, though there is decidedly some funk present. Very spicy, red fruits, plus dates, and raisins, a hint of dry citrus. Palate is broad and tart, and very refreshing, plenty of fruit, oak ,a nd shades of funk in with the pervading sourness. Enjoyed this from beginning to end. Wonderful stuff.


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