overall
98
93
style
Brewed by Brouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roeselare, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2683   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2008
A dark red colored beer, with a thick beige foamy head. It disappears quickly. The aroma is sour, oak and some fruits like cherry. The taste is dry sour, woody, dough/bread. Fruits like cherry in the back. It has a sour bitter aftertaste and it is warm and burny.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 7, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2009 Clear deep amber with tiny head. Malty fruity aroma, wood and sour berries develops in mouth. Flavour is both sweet and sour, mostly sour, especially in finish. Very complex.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nik925 (791) - USA - SEP 6, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2009 Have grown to love sours since the last time I had this when it caught me a bit off guard. A great sour ale, though for me this seems like a good benchmark for sours. Have had better and have certainly had worse. The way it clings to the palate and the texture is just amazing. I wish they oak aged the entire batch. It is close to excellence but falls a bit short.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goozen (3914) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2008
Botle 0,33ltr: Reddish brown coloured ale with cherries and a well blanced sour taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3018) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Crimson with strawberry edges...this one packs a tightly packed 1/4 inch off-white head. Aroma is of oak, ripe cherries, lemon zest, and sweet vanilla. Flavors are dominated by red ripe cherry, unripened plum, and the sourness of lemon. Plentiful carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Enjoyed this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 On tap, small snifter. Dark red-brown liquid with a thin off-white head. Aromas of honey and vinegar. Flavor initially vinegar-sour with a touch of honey sweetness, turning to vinegar-sour with hints of cherries and caraway seeds, fading to a long, sour, oaky finish. A bit of malty sweetness lasts to the finish, and takes the edge off an otherwise astringent mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (6674) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2008
Bottle @ Caf Gollem. Reddish brown colour, off-white head. Aroma is tart, red fruits, vinegar. Flavour is sweet-sour at first, turning to sour. Red fruits, yeast, wood. Nice, but a bit too sour for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
bottle best by 12/12/08: pours a dark crimson brown with a light tan head, good reds come through when held up to light. aroma is a tart and sweet, good amount of tart cheeries and a very woody aroma, slight flower honey and maybe a sweetness of brown sugar vanilla creme but light. flavour is very nice full of the cherries and plenty of wood accents, the vanilla cream from the nose comes out nicely and adds agreat sweetness to the tart fruits. finishes with a touch of tartness and a good sour finish. real nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2770) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Bottle. Body is brown with reddish highlights and a minimal head that dies quickly. Aromas are balsamic vinegar, tart cherries, etc. First sip reveals that it’s not quite as sour as I would have guessed. There is a kind of cherry/fruit sweetness that holds off the tartness until it blossoms in the late part of the palate and aftertaste. There is kind of a balsamic vinegar edge to it at that point in the game, but it is pretty welcome.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Pours a cloudy, darker copper with a rocky off-white head. Oak, cherries, sour yeast, an ethyl. All the Flemish sour tastes are there: cherries, funky yeast, oak. Nice blend with a sweeter malt which gives off a bit of a graham-cracker taste. Kind of like a very, very tart cherry pie with some funk. Thought this was better than their classic.


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