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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2759   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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dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 I was kind of surprised to find that I didn’t like this beer more than I did. It had a sour tarty nose, a pleasant brown appearance and, drank nicely; the flavor had something to be desired though, it sems a little too bitter on the finish. Maybe I’ll like it more next time. Next time: On tap and I had to give it a higher rating because of the ability to session this beer until the end of time. I drank this all night at my regular pace and didn’t get too wasted, it helps that I enjoyed the flavor too.

mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2007
33cl bottle, BB 4/35/08. Crystal clear pour with the shortest lived foam ever, big frothy bubbles at first and then nothing, not even a ring around the glass. Aroma is just an explosion of oak and ripened fruit, I could just smell it for hours. Everything else about it just falls short, It’s got all the tools to be just knock down drag out fantastic, just in very small amounts. I give Rodenbach in general mad props for blowing my mind in general for what beer can taste like when you start fooling around with oak aging and strange yeasts, but I think that so many smaller breweries have embraced the wild while Rodenbach continues to almost run away from it screaming. That my friends is a damn shame.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 11/09/1997
Mode: Draft
Source: map room, Chicago

dark amber, whispy head, sweet-n-sour malt aroma, dark amber, puckering sour malt flavor, semi sweet, very complex
-------- /> Date: 04/06/2006
Words: aged

clear dark brown, big tart cherry aroma, lots of tart flavor, very dry,

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Score: **4
-------- /> The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

andrewboss (137) - New York, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Bottle... it’s a very complex beer that I just didn’t really get on first tasting. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it - it just didn’t wow me. I’ll give it another go eventually.

frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Dark chestnut color with a medium off white head. White grapes, oak, vinegar and brown sugar all come through in the aroma. Wonderful balance of sweet and sour flavors. Grapes, pear, dry oakiness and sour cherries following up in the finish accompanied by some mineral notes. Excellent.

johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Poured dark brown with white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of sour fruit. Strong sour flavor with a rather crisp finish.

SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Bottle thanks to angeloregon: Pours deep red with very minimal head. Aroma of malt and wine and vinegar, some sharp grape/apple aroma. Flavor is malty but light on the palate, slight alcohol warmth and quite sour and strong. Fruity and acidic. As it warms it starts to taste very red wine vinegary which is definite big downside to me. Dont know if it is always like that or if it starting to go bad. Perhaps oxidized.

Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Rodenbach Grand Cru 7 3 9 3 5 27 6/30/07 From the bottle. Aroma is tart, sour, fruity, with lots of complex esters, but a bit of clashing. Appearance is a dark brown with an off-white head. Flavor is extremely sour, vinegary-apple cider flavored with some cherry notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied, actually a bit watery. Overall, the sourness is just not balanced; hopefully will try again soon to see if I can find a better balanced/aged bottle.

Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2007
From 750 ml bottle. Deep bright amber beer with gripping off-white head. Sour apples aroma with a bright carbonation and harsh booze evident. Teetering on the vinegar side with gnarly peachy sour fruit notes. clearly alcohol potency. Not as good as I hoped it would be. But ok.

henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 27, 2007
The 750 ml bottle poured a clear, deep ruby red colored beverage with a small off-white smooth head that was mostly diminishing and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was, for lack of a better word, sour. There was also a medicinal tinge and a hint of sweet fruitiness. The body was medium-light with lively carbonation and a sharp, watery texture. The flavor starts out lightly sour and stayed that way through the medium-long finish and there is a light alcohol warmth at the end too.

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