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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2725   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2009 Cherry on the nose along with oaky notes and sourness. The taste is sour with sweet malt in the background, cherries and wood. Sharp as a razor but very balanced, refreshing and very unique.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Tap during my inaugural trip to Blue Palms. A nice deep red/brown/violet with thin head. An uncanny replicant of a grape Popcicle or Alexander the Grape Otter Pop in the aroma. This ushers in a flavor that is somewhat more fortified than Ommegang Rouge, but definitely in that vein. Grape, pineapple, unripe peach and green apple which is all nicely balanced. A standard for a reason.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - OCT 14, 2008
Appearance (4 /5): dark ass reddish brown, minimal light tan head that fades pretty quickly. Aroma (8/10): great sourness with a bit of vinegar quality to it (which I dont like) notes of vanilla, oak, sour cherries, citrus, lemon, yeast, earthiness, etc. Flavor (7/10): Very solid sour flavor a bit of vinegar quality upfront that fades into a sweet fruitiness that fades again into a medium dry tart oaky finish. (Addition after getting near end of bottle, this beer is really flavorful and complex, almost overwhelmingly so. This is a sour I couldnt have more than one of in a night. The finish is long and has a serious barnyard funk to it that exhibits a flavor so reminiscent of something that I cant manage to put my finger on. This finish is what makes the brew a bit overwhelming for me, causing me to retract a point. Still good though). Palate (4/5): A lot heavier body than I anticipated medium to heavy body with active fine carbonation. Overall (16/20): Really good sour, would be nearer to 9s and 10s on aroma and flavor without that trace amount of vinegar in there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MMortier (11) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2008
With all its fame, and with all the grandour of its brewery, this beer somehow manages to be one of the most special in the world. The definite flemish sour ale, don’t believe any rumours that say otherwise. Truth be told, each bottle tastes a bit differently. And if you have the choice, go for the big ones. I once drank a 75cl bottle that made me cry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Zeeland 08’ tasting. How I have not tried this yet is beyond me. Good to finally get a chance at it. Pours a cloudy red/brown color. Aroma is funk and sweet malt. Taste is sweet and sour cherry that play off each other very well. Effortless to drink and a really nice example of the style. Great starter sour, and really enjoyable even after you are a sour addict.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 9, 2008
hazy, dark copper body with dark ruby highlight, moderate lacing, thick tan head that diminishes slower than its classic version; medium sweet, medium sour though more than the classic, hints of wood and cherry, additional notes of vinegar and grapefruit; smooth, fuller than the classic, with more spritz and spike; still good, not as simple as the classic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours a hazy red with a minimal super foamy sticky head. Huge nose of cherry and vinegar, wow this one really opens up your nose. Really acidic but it makes me want to sip. Flavorwise it matches the nose but its not quite as aggressive. At first its a real shock but if you sip this beer it becomes more nuanced and refreshing. Tons of vanilla oak in the flavor balanced with huge quantities of sour cherry and a dash of vinegar. This is a crazy brew and a damn good one. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5422) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Wow. I have never tasted anything quite like this one. It pours a dark reddish-brown with an amazingly complex aroma of acidic vinegary tart cherry, sherry, and earth. The flavor was much of the same with some dustiness in it with a slight cherry and vinegar finish. Wow, this beer has done very well doing both sweet and sour, deep and acidic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highibus (819) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Pours a crimson red with slight white head. Aroma is awesome, fruity and lots of alcohol. Flavor is sweet with esters. Just a bit of sour. Not too much. But really nice. Good balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2008
750ml $7.99 Binny’s Orland Rodenbach Grand Cru pours a murky, somewhat hazed rust with lively carbonation rising to the surface. A minimal head of one finger showed up on the pour and left fingers of lace as it fell to a respectable cap. A good looking beer without a doubt and just what would be expected from the style. Each swirl brings about a sticky head and great aromas. Cherry Sweet Tarts start things of and quickly lead into a tart cherry character. A great sweet and sour (vinegar) character punctuate this brew. Slight acidity tickles the nose and light waves of oak weave in and out of the sweet and sour. The smell of this beer makes my mouth water uncontrollably. The flavor mimics the aroma. A sweetened candy-like cherry flashes through upfront before tart cherry and cider vinegar wash over the taste buds mid palate. Ghost-like oakiness pokes its head out occasionally but just as quickly disappears. The slight sweetness shows up again on the finish to combine with the sour and oak to create a blast of flavor. Grand Cru is an exceptional beer and a true benchmark of the style that I never tire of. The body is on the lighter side of medium and shows off a great silkiness. Carbonation is lively and awakens the tongue a bit but is very soft and natural. Extremely thirst quenching but gives that slight pucker as well. Rodenbach’s Grand Cru is an incredibly easy drinking beer. All at once deep in flavor and complexity with a great ability to quench the thirst this beer leaves. This bottle is a pleasure to put away. This, to me, is the benchmark of the style. A truly great beer for the ages and one I always try to keep on hand. I just can’t get enough of the Grand Cru. 5/26/08

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