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


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RATINGS: 2719   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TinyTim (25) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2008
Poors a hazy orange/red. The head is fairly weak. The smell and the taste are like nothing else I have encountered; intense fruity, nutty sourness, that lingers on the palate like a sour lolly. There is plenty of sweetness, and grapey sourness, like a very out-of-date white wine. The flavour and the palate are impressively thick and complex. Lots of fruits, spices and balsamic vinegar. The aroma is a bit like nail varnish mixed with rotten fruits. Certainly not a beer for the faint-hearted. If one has the stomach for it, this is a brew that will be appreciated more with each tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2009
Source:750 mL bottle from Chucks in BG.
Glass:Corsendonk Tulip.
Appearance:Brown/red pour with a one finger beige head.
Aroma:Sour cherries, figs, dates, funky cheese and a bit of vinegar.
Flavor:Sour cherries dominate up front, with a grape finish and a lingering, faint balsamic presence.
Palate:Light body with solid carbonation.
Overall:This is a rerate. The first bottle was very balsamic on the palate. This bottle is more typical of the style. Quality sour.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bembelembe (219) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 15, 2008
Stum-like beer. Very sour. Aroma of grape & rose wine, balsamic vinegar, red fruits. Aftertaste is burny and soury with grape notes. Carbonated. I almost wouln’t call it beer because of it resemblence of grape stum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Bottle from a local supermarket. Pours a deep red with a thin head. Smells like lemon-lime juice meets big red gum. I love the smell. First sip makes you wonder what this is. Almost wine like with sourness balanced nicely with a light sweet and spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2008
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Murky copper color with a mound of tan foam. Aroma is very sour and winey with lots of hints of grapes, red wine, and some sugar. Flavor is a sour explosion in your mouth with lots of sweetness in the middle and a finish that’s very sour and cloying. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (4425) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2008
dark red pour with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma of red wine, balsamic vinegar, and lots of grapes. Flavouris very sour, wow! Big notes of balsamic vinegar, and grapes, with a touch of sour fruit. Big sour finish, very vinegary. A wicked beer, in the upper echelon of the style.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goozen (3965) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2008
Botle 0,33ltr: Reddish brown coloured ale with cherries and a well blanced sour taste.

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