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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

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RATINGS: 2742   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
beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2008
11.2 oz bottle-cloudy red color w/a very slight white head & good lacing. Sour cherry aroma. Sour, tart flavor of cherries, currents, & dark fruit. This one was a little intense; I wouldn’t drink it all the time, but it was a nice change of pace. NIce after dinner sipper. Long carbonated finish.

3.6
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
On tap at Luka’s in Oakland. Pours a dark, murky red with a small off-white head. Aroma of sour, oak, cherries, some vanilla and caramel as well. Taste is sour at first and a bit sweet and watery in the finish. Currants and sour cherries. Odd mouthfeel of syrupyness with some fizz.

2.1
zootfinster (220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2008
I really don’t like this beer. The taste of cherries and currants is far too strong and so is the acidity. The aroma is equally as distasteful as the taste. It looks like coca cola and I personally think coke tastes better I’d rate it lower but I didn’t want to get into the Bud Light territory

3.6
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2008
smaller bottle. Pours a deep dull mahogany color with some amber highlights. Little to no head, though what is there leaves a decent ring throughout. Aromas of heavy syrupy sweetness and sour acidic cherry notes. Flavor starts with a big smack of fruity tartness- cherries stand out. The tart notes are very heavy, but not as aggressive as lambic sourness. Underlying sweetness works well, ensuring the brew isn’t overpowering on the tart notes. Very full bodied and full flavored on the palate, with a suprisingly clean finish given the body and tartness. A good summertime sipping beer, ideal for those mid afternoon times when one wants a brew but needs to continue with household chores.

3.5
TaxiDriver (1775) - Stadland, GERMANY - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle. Heavy dark red wine, light acidic. Really something special. Small white foamy head, fast diminishing. Dark red clear body. Heavy acidic with a hint of sweetness, long duration. Medium body, very dry, soft carbonation. Nice acidic one!

3.4
blackbock (132) - Shoalhaven NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2008
(bottle) Upon opening the bottle, no hiss, and apparently virtually no carbonation. I poured this vigourously and a head did form, although it did not look like a normal beer head. Beautiful dark ruby/mahogany colour. The initial aroma did not appeal to me, reminded me of vinegar and/or some red wine. First taste was incredibly sour, but I grew to like it. The aftertaste reminded me of pineapple juice and had a metallic note that I get with tinned juices. Extremely dry finish, I would not pick this as a 6% ABV beer and due to its uniqueness I rate the flavour highly. Not at all unpleasant the way some Belgians can be to the uninitiated.

3.8
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Pours a cherry amber color with a light off white head that fades to a layer of foam. Aroma of sour cherries and sweet tarts. Taste is similar to the taste with more sour fruits, a pretty prevalent sweetness and a nice tart dry finish. Very refreshing.

3.6
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle, Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Been at least 5 years since I last had this. Poured a dark ruby colour with a medium tan nead which vanished pretty quickly. Aroma was sour, cherry and vinegar. Flavour was very similar with some sweetness and more fruit evident. The finish is sour and lingering. I can understand clearly why this rates so highly, but this isn’t something I could drink a lot of. Definitely worth trying though.

3.8
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle. Clear, dark brown pour with very little head. Strong sour aroma and flavor. Flavor also has a vinegar tartness.

4.1
DutchCrow (20) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2008
Wow this sure is one sour bastard! Don’t drink it when it’s too cold. Beautiful color, sharp soury taste. I do love sour ales a lot although I haven’t taste much different kinds. This one was very good. Looking forward to taste new ones.


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