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: 2725   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2007
I thought this was a very nice sour beer with a very cherry/fruity sourness nicely complemented by a pleasing amount of roastiness. It was a bit like a chocolate covered cherry, but a good bit more sour! Quite nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Purchased at Gomers of Kansas. Poured a real deep dark red with an off white head. Aroma was real fruity with lots of cherries and some apple. This is the first sour that I have had and holy cow was it sour. Reminded me of a cider in a way but with a lot more complexity.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5957) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 19, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 Had a 98 for this rating. Much much more mellow than the new and better. A lighter aroma, but not quite so astringent. Wonderful. New version 4.4. A lovely sour fruit aroma. An incredibly sour intense flavor. Very acidic with fruit and spices. Just a bit too much at time. Excellent bite.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beltramelli (470) - Campinas, BRAZIL - JUL 19, 2007
tBrugs Beertje, Brugge. Seems red champagne! Notes of malt and nuts. High carbonation, but in the point.............................tBrugs Beertje, Brugge. Parece champagne tinto! Mesmo assim, notas de malte e nozes. Carbonatao alta, mas no ponto.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Good, but a little to sour at times. It poured a nice mahogany color with a pale tan head which had some retention. Aroma was mainly lemony, but there were subtle notes of tart cherries and oak notes. Flavor was similar but the lemon notes seemed to kill the oak notes at times. Interesting, good, but not great.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Sampled in Belgium....not a bad beer overall, but I found this very astringent and way too over-the-top acidic for my tastes. Stick with the classic Rodenbach or something similar.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (7193) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2011 I am shocked to read how highly RateBeerians have rated this beer. I must go against the crowd. To me it tasted more like vinegar than beer. It was very cidery and difficult to finish. Re-rated after beer tastes have improved. This is very nice. So much fruit in both the nose and flavor. Cherries, apples, peaches, raisins, etc. A bit of wood, too. Some vinegar. This is a really good beer that has wonderful flavors and aromas.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Enjoyed frequently. Pours amber with mild lacing and small head. Cloying aromas of wood, vinegar, very mild citrus toward the back. Sour tartness spikes the tongue with a balanced body and cloying palate. Enter flavors of cork, sour apple-ish cherry, and fizzy champagne. Better than the orig

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 Wonderful beer - had this in Spain, ironically. Complex aroma of cherry, dried fruits, and sourness. More enjoyable for me because while it had a nice mild tart finish, it wasnt over the top sour. Yum.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Tasted at Nates House, poured into snifter. I really have to thank him for this libation. Pours an amber to brown color with little head, what was there was pretty fizzy, almost champagne-like. Very intense, complex nose. Had a sweet, almost grapie aroma with hints of balsamic vinegar. This was my first Flemish Sour. It had a very sweet start to it, surprisingly, a bit oakie, with an intense, sour finish. The sweet start diminished as the beer warmed. Overall, very, very good.


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