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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: 2759   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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3.4
edelbrauer (61) - Rügen, GERMANY - MAR 9, 2009
small bottle, hm a large oak impression hits you when sniffing this rather hazy red brown brew, its is combined with a candish sour cherry frutiness and bready notes, along with some vinegar very inviting. the flavor is sharp and very defined with again cherry dominating. intense sourness but the sweet malty body makes a good contrast, ends sweet and sour ,with a little vinegar sour maybe.

3.6
Nordcore (1498) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2009
Apperance; Very dark redish, clear with a head that dissapear right after you pour. Aroma; Sour fruity and some vanilla. The flavor is heavily sour, like some candy. A special beer, but good.

3.4
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Tap at capons. Pours a deeper brownish amber that had little to no head. Aroma was initially all vinegar…and I cannot stand vinegar…yuck. As I let it sit though it aired out a bit. Aroma turned from mostly vinegar to more of a sourness, some deep sour cherry notes along with a touch of some malt/grain sweetness. Flavor was more sour than vinegar like. Tart acidity. I’m torn on this one. My hate for vinegar probably weighs in a bit more here, but it is what it is.

4
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2009
Dark, a tad hazy ruby with small beige head. Good sour balsamico aroma, some Käck-liquorice, sour cherries and sugary sweetness. Flavor starts quite sharp with sour balsamico and strong cherry; after a while there’s berry, wood and liquorice notes. Berry vinous finish with sweetish candi sugar. Medium bodied, a bit sticky but well carbonated mouthfeel, leaves a warming sting in the throat. After the palate gets over that vinegary attack, it really opens up. A charming sour.

3.9
Davros (3183) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2009
UPDATED: APR 27, 2013 First sour ale. Been putting this one off for ages, but realised it’s 4 months past it’s use by, so time to face my fears! Head lasts for all of two seconds before dissapearing without a trace. Dark, fiery, ruby red, perfectly clear. Aroma is sweet red wine (lambrusco?), vinegar, stale sweat, more vinergar, sweet plums, vinegar, raisins, brandy, and more vinergar. Taste is (surprise!) vinegar, unripe plums, astringent lemon peel. I can feel my stomach shuddering in protest. No where near as crazy as the aroma though. Rather pleasant actually, after a few sips. Phwoar! This is once crazy mofo style right here! Cherry and other dark fruits are apparent after being desensitised to the vinegar. Slightly watery, with active carbonation giving it extra tang (as if it needed it). No way I’d be drinking more than one of these in a week, let alone a night. However, this is my first sour ale... Crazy crazy crazy. UPDATE: Now that I’ve tried my fair share of sours, I’m really digging this.... bloody awesome.

3.8
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Bottle from Vintage Cellars in VA. Nice reddish color with a vinager taste. There was a tase of citrus all in there. Will have to drink again. I love sours

3.2
SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 19, 2009
Bottle, 33cl. Pours dark russet, with little or no head. Pungent on the nose of sweet vinegar and sour cream, and very distinctive on the palate of bitter citrus and gooseberries! Something of an acquired taste, and not sure that I’m prepared to try.

3.1
rozsoma (1023) - Gyõr, HUNGARY - FEB 17, 2009
red colour, aroma is fruity, some cherry and grape (citrus) , very fizzy carbonation, and doesn’t leave it. light to mediium body, for me it is too much sour (vinegar) make itself a bit hard-drinking. it’s almost a wine. finish is alcoholic. i have waited more from this beer.

3.8
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2009
750ml bottle $8 courtesy of Beverage World in Ft. Oglethorp, GA. Nice dark ruby red color. This smells awesome, glue, vinegar, sour, lemons. The flavor seems to lean more towards eating glue and sucking on a lemon at the same time but is definitely a little more sour than the regular Rodenbach. For only $8 this was an outstanding value. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-16-2009 01:47:21

4.4
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2009
100th February rating. Dark brown with light red hints, very much a mahogany wood appearance. Lots of carbonation but a soft thin off white cove for a head. Aroma is cherries, oak, light vinegar acidity. Taste is a huge fruity bouquet, cherries, raspberries, plums, green apples, nice lifting sourness, and a woody oak finish.


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