overall
98
93
style
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: 2736   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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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brigg (668) - 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.

3
   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,

3.8
   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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (7103) - 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

3.5
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Bottle shared by nolankowal: Not a sour ale fan, but I am trying to appreciate the style. That being said: pours a reddish brown-amber. Aggressive, chalky smell of extreme sour cherry much like an industrial cleaner. This one gets your sour glands working with the acidity and bitterness.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
berlintronix (3) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 6, 2008 does not count
Perhaps Im missing something (or maybe I got a bad bottle), but I found this beer to be really terrible. Poured into a chalice from a 0.33 L bottle, the color was a pleasing ruby/mahogany. But the smell.... ugh! I was smacked in the face with an aroma of rancid vinegar and rotten fruit. The taste was pretty much the same - very sour, slightly bitter and yes, vinegary and rancid! Like the person below me said, it has a rotten fruit-like impression. This is not a good thing in my opinion. My mom took a sip of it and said she would vomit after a full glass. Anyway, I managed a full glass, but it was not pleasant. Never again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Fairly clear mahogany color with but a small thin tan covering of bubbles. Sweet fruit-wine smell and acetone jump right out. As it warms more sweet fruit, caramel and sour apple come out to join the fingernail polish. Pretty sour impression. Almost a rotten fruit-like impression, sour cherry, fruitcake gummies, and a bunch of fingernail polish. Why does this fingernail polish taste/smell so appetizing? Very acidic and juicy feeling, begs to be drunk.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagomswedish (213) - Ume, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2008
Bottle shared with Ronald and Carita in Finland. Shines in the glass a deep, incandescent chestnut brown. Smells of iron fillings and minerals and conserved fruits. Fresh, uplifting acidic taste that dries the throat out, finishing with a stoney acidic finale.


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