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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

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2696   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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4.2
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
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, 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.

4.1
demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2008
11.2 oz bottle:A wonderfully floral sour apple aroma, cherries, somewhat of a sugar note, and a tartness. Appearance is deep dark red with a medium sized tan head the diminishes into nothing. Taste is an upfront tartness with the carbonation bubbling on your tongue. Then falling off quite quickly and building back up again into a light sour apple taste. Palate is tart, very carbonated on the tongue and a surprisingly clean aftertaste. Overall, This is a really interesting beer in what it does inside your mouth with every sip. Wow, I am really enjoying this one. Worth the 12.99 a 4 pack.

4.2
wacho (52) - Izegem, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2008
Een zuurzoet wijnaroma. De zuurzoete smaak met lichte hout en azijnzuursmaak. Een lichte toets van kriek en caramel. Een van de sterkhouders van onze Belgische biercultuur

3.7
DUNGA (10) - BELGIUM - APR 28, 2008
Bottled, dark red color, no head practically.. I knew this is not my type of beer since I prefer Quads, but I knew I’d enjoy this in a different perspective, sour, cherry flavors, but the caramel malt and the complexity of this beer is what helped me to enjoy this beer thoroughly. Great beer even if it isn’t your type... :)

4
tennisjoel (1476) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2008
On tap at Busters on 28th in Minneapolis. I wanted to try this before all of it is gone (Rodenbach is no longer distributing in the states). Brown amber pour with a smallish head. Aromas of vinegar, berries, and apple. Assertive sourness, but not extreme. Initially, the vinegar flavor hits, but then is followed by a high level of fruitiness and oak, which I thouroughly enjoyed. One of these was plenty enough for my palate. I feel like I’m starting to get sours. This might be my favorite yet.

3.8
hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 23, 2008
Bottled. A nice step up from the Rodenbach Classic, pretty much your standard oak-aged Flanders ale. Dark bronze color, lots of little bubbles, and a good strength aroma with notes of lactic / balsamic tones, wet earth and wood. Oak is more noticeable here, with undertones of cherry and caramel malt. Stingy, sour, tickling finish.

4
dalekliz (923) - New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2008
Sampled on tap at Hamilton’s. Clear amber. Huge sweet and sour vinegar aroma, with a hint of berries. Intense sweet and sharp vinegary taste, reminds me of a good balsamic or cider vinegar. Lingering sourness. Intense and quite tasty.

3.9
NachlamSie (3523) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2008
750 - Pours a dark red with a small ring of an off-white head. The nose is assertively sour with rich berries and vinous character. A strong resemblence to grapes is here. Sourness carries into the flavor well with definite malt vinegar going on. A complex, sweet, juicy, vinous finish makes things savory and semi-sweet. I get a bit of cherries, grape, cheese, and some wool. This is a sour ale which is very tasteful, semi-dry, very well balanced, and accessible for the style. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

5
JamesD (244) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2008 The aroma of this beer is very inviting. Sour, with a hint of berries, a lot like the Rodenbach Classic. However, this beer is darker, when held up to the light, it gives off a peachy red. The flavor is magnificent, much more sour than the Classic. A sip will make you pucker up with joy as the strong, yet gentle sour flavor takes you by storm. This beer has notes of cherry and more of a juicy peach or apricot flavor to it, without as much of the earthy berry flavor of the Classic. I would also describe it as much more refreshing.


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