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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: 2668   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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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
nearbeer (5085) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 0.33L bottle, no date discernible. Beautiful dark red-brown color and nice pour, with brownish tint to the medium-sized head. Strong vinegar and sour cherry nose. The sour aroma dominates all else; tastes and smells mostly like malt vinegar, stewed tomatoes and prunes, or worcestershire sauce? Could not discern any sweet or alcohol overtones, except maybe a slight sherry hint. It might be interesting to douse fishnchips with, but I am guessing my beer tastes will not ever be refined enough to appreciate drinking this. Could not finish in one sitting, but by God Ill knock the rest of this $5 beer out tomorrow, or die trying. Cmon people, if you leave any high gravity beer out in a glass at room temp for a week it tastes like this beer - vinegar - and that isnt real complexity!

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2007
sweet feathery jesus this is sour. The sticky sour aftertaste gets more and more unpleasant. Aroma of cheap wine/vinegar. Almost non-existent palate. I couldnt finish it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Bottle at the Maltings, York. Pours a muddy brown with ruby highlights in the light. A one finger tan head fades to nearly nothing soon after pouring. The bouquet here is extremely fragrant and strong; I could really smell this for hours. The lady at the next table over remarked, "He doesnt want to drink it, just wants tsmell it!" I couldnt disagree. Oak, sour cherries and berries, slight vanillin, overarching vinegar sourness, some slight mustiness as it warmed. Taste was strongly sour both front and back, with honey, berries, sherry, vanilla. It was slightly lactic and notably metallic in the finish as it warmed. Cloying but not in an off-putting way because the sweetness is balanced and mellowed so sublimely by a great sour component. Slight alcohol tinge when aerated, if youre into that sort of thing. Pleasingly high amount of carbonation, almost to the effect of a sparkling wine. Unique and enjoyable in every regard.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Rodenbach Grand Cru 12 oz bottle Medium pour in a tulip glass Best before 04/08, crucified 01/07 Poured a ruddy brown with an average light brown somewhat lasting head that settles into a thin consistent layer due to good carbonation. Smelt of strong sweet vinaigrette, and white grape juice, with moderate oak, pipe tobacco, cobwebs. Taste was upfront strong sourness and moderate sweetness, like some concentrated white grape juice or biting into a fresh tart plum, followed by more strong sourness and moderate sweetness and a tinge of oak, roasted or smoky malt bitterness, and a comfortable brandy like alcoholic warmth on a long sour finish. Palate was light to medium bodied, watery, strongly puckering, lively but softly carbonated, and very slightly alcoholic. Overall, this is a pretty amazing beer. I have seldom been a fan of sour beers, but the balance of sweetness and subtle bitterness all mesh perfectly. The smell was strong, teasing and enchanting; I spent the first 15 minutes basking in its redolence.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2007
33cl bottle. Dark garnet color with a minimal head. Antique vinous, oaken and book leather aromas. Initial flavor was very sour, approaching raspberry vinaigrette, though the acidity mellowed out after a while in the glass, and the flavor became fruitier with a woody and earthy character. Finishes very dry. Medium bodied with very fine carbonation. I imagine this would be good to pair with a strong cheese plate. Otherwise, not for everyone.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009 Hazy red/copper with a large head. Spare lacing. Aroma of cherry and balsamic vinegar. Taste adds some oak. Full body. Tangy, syrupy texture. Moderate to heavily sweet and very acidic. Unique, and extremely good.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: APR 7, 2007 # 300
[To mussels in the Summergarden.] My beerrating no. 300 Ive reserved to this fantastic brew, which has changed my life. After this youll look at the life with other eyes. Had it to mussels and now Ill move to Flanderen. How can you brew a beer this way and make it cult. They must also be dolle (mad).

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2771) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Neato. Its nice to realize that even after 1400 some beers, I can still find one and say that Ive never had a beer quite like this one before. Pretty unique. Very pungent, vinous aroma, with notes of chardonnay and concord grapes. Theres a light woody character. Glowing red-orange color with a modest head. Flavor begins with a nice hard acidity that seems very tight and centered in the mouth, focused. Theres a really big fruity sweetness right along side it, that begins with notes of raspberry and cherry, but transitions to oranges and lemons. The long dry tart finish is similar to the puckering effect of sucking on lemons. Nice medium body with just right carbonation. A bit difficult to drink a whole 750 by yourself, but not too hard if you put your mind to it!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1981) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
nice dark cherry amber colour, great nose of again cherry , slightly woody and some sweet malts, so nice and tart, great beer

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzerfaust (837) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle from Eurohappy, 6% ABV: Pours a great looking opaque reddish brown color. Head is medium, off-white color. It lasts for little but leaves a good lacing. Aroma is very complex, fragrant and full of sour, fruity notes. There are green apples, dry cherries, grapes, a lot of wet wood, vinegar, champagne and Sauvignon Blanc wine. This is so different from any beer Ive smelled before. Oak gets more and more prominent. Flavor is sour, very fulfilling, mineral and intense. Similar to a good demi sec Champagne but more sour. It has hints of sour apples, white grapes, maybe some berries and even Martini. I can feel some mustard as Fukito pointed out. Complex but a little sharp. Full mouthfeel, pretty big body. Finish is astringent, and a little harsh. Carbonation is lively but smooth. Refreshing, sour aftertaste. A very complex but difficult to understand and appreciate brew.


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