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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2720   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Amber red with sizable yellow white head. Beneath the strong bitter/vinegar nose is fruit, a significant malt component that includes some caramel, and hints of dry alcohol, like a sauvignon. Flavor is strongly acidic while cherry and apple form the fruity notes. There are hints of dust floating around. Palate is a playground, truly deserves the 5 as it perfectly compliments the refreshing acidic fruit tones. Overall, just wow! My first sour ale, but certainly not my last. Complex and supremely refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (2527) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2008
12 oz. pour, on tap at Busters on 28th in Minneapolis on 5-19-08. Sour, musty, yeasty, sweet aroma of rotten apple and crabapple. Pours a cloudy red/amber with a small amount of beige head. Sour, chalky taste. Lemon and sour sucking candy, white vinegar, and champagne flavors. Some dryness. Bready finish. Interesting, hard to describe aftertaste. Sharp palate sensations. I really enjoyed this beer, but Ill admit that Im not a Flemish sour expert. On the negative side, it did give me some heartburn later on in the night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2011 Dark brown with brown head. Sweet balsamic vinegar nose with cherries poking through. Flavor is the same with acidic flavor that cuts through. Tart, oaky cherries with acid funk. Love this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Draught @ Beer Table, Brooklyn. Dark brown, with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is sour, balsamic, with a hint of fruity sweetness. Taste is sour, biting, acidic, tart, but very clean and refreshing. Crisp, palate cleansing. Mouthfeel is dry, vigorous carbonation. New to the style, but a very good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brigg (661) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 16, 2008
(bottle) Dark red (almost black) body with small brown head that fades fast. Balsamic and vinegar aroma with cherry-like fruit. Flavor has that same acidic sweetness. Very, very tart - I love it. A round, soft, medium-to-full mouth-feel. I love flemish sours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grossecaisse (120) - FRANCE - MAY 13, 2008
roasty, citrus, bubblegum, woody, red, sparkling, heavy cloying sweetness, heavily sour, medium body, lively, bitter,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esox (1225) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle. Minimal white head, some lace. Hazy amber/brown liquid. Vinegar and lots of yeast with spiciness. Very dry and sour vinegar flavor with saltiness. Medium body with lots of Co2. Good one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (7046) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 10, 2008
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 (Re-rate, draught at Hilpe Hauki, 20130405) The beer poured dark and reddish brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and with red shading. Aroma had sourness, berries, wood and malts. Palate was medium bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were fruitiness, sourness, tartness, wood, berries, malts and low bitterness. Afteraste was tart, sour and woody. A very good sour ale indeed.

(0.33 l bottle at Konttori, Tampere, on 2008-03-08) Dark reddish colour. Hardly any head. Very sour nose. Malts and acidiness in taste. Fruitiness and vomit in taste. Rating: 8-3-8-3-15=3.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2008
From my backlog. Layers of sweetness within here. A great representation of the style. Moderate acidic notes, gorgeous color and poured a beautiful head and lacing. Upfront yeast notes with bits of balsamic vinegar and lime. Quite a bit of dried cherries present with a slight character of oak mid-palate. Just a bit sharp with the intensity of acidity for myself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Shared at tasting.
Pours dark maroon with a very light beige head. Smell is sour cherries and perhaps some cinnamon. Taste is tart cherries, vinegar, with maybe some funk. A bit creamy, and nicely carbonated. A tart and enjoyable sour.

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