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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

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RATINGS: 2759   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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Nejhleader (1560) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2007
sour almost borderline vinegar flavor, nice redish colour to it. flavour was very tart powerful element of cherries, not really my thing.

4
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Light mahogany in color, with a slight off-white head. The nose is an interesting mix of sour, bubblegum, Concord grapes, cherry pie filling, and soy sauce. The taste comes off in a similar fashion, with strong sour cherry coming on strong. Quite interesting and a really neat thing to taste.

2.1
altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Bottle at home. Another wickedly sour ale from Belgium. Dark, wheaty colour with barely any foam. Smells very sour indeed. Quite strong. Apples and vinegar definitely shine through. I’m sure this is tops in its league - but not my thing. Sweet/sour combo nice, as aforementioned.

3.8
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2007
[Taster – Seattle International Beerfest]
Dark reddish brown color with a slight haze with a thin head. This was served way too cold so once warmed up the fruity essence was awesome. This was a true Belgian delight. Lots of spices and fruity flavors. Very vinegary like a apple flavors. Did I just color Easter eggs? Interesting flavors with the use of strong Oak.

4.6
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUN 30, 2007
This is what it’s all about! Almost opaque in the glass, but when thinned along the sides looks like a reddish copper. Nose is sour apple and vinegar, and a hint of oak. Tastes of red and sour apples and a little bit of vinegar. The vinegar note is round, like an aged balsamic. There is an narrow toasted oak note that is surprising--perhaps even offputting. It seems artificial. I’m surprised a softer oak was not chosen. Very slightly sweet, just the mildest hint of bitterness. Slightly mouth puckering; my mouth feels cleansed. I feel like I’ve just finished a Granny Smith apple. Not super-complex. A great beer nonetheless.

3.8
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Pours hazy medium amber brown. Thin tan filmy head. Big sour funky sharp nose. Forward attack, mostly sharp tartness. Lots of funky cherry and green apple nose. Nice stuff.

4.2
LinusStick (3461) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Nothing stretches the definition of beer than a Flemish Sour Ale and man is this one a great one. Aroma of vinegar with wood. Pour was a small fizzy bubbly dark brown with a one finger tan head and nice sediment. Mouthfeel was heavily carbonated and almost burned the cheeks. Taste of wood, vinegar and burn. Nice and sour with a dry finish. I make the face people do when they imitate fish when drinking this (sucking my cheeks in).

4.1
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Very surprised at the very faint sound when the cork was opened. My first thought was uh-oh!! Not to worry though. Virtually no head. Cherry, vinegar, and large amount of oak. No overpowering sour like some of this style. Good mouthfell - only a lishgt pucker. Surprisingly lively considering the lack of head and lack of any kind of pop with the cork. If this was the first sour ale I had I would be really iimpressed. But I prefer others over this one - slightly.

3.8
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2007
750ml bottle via trade with MrBendo. Shared with BikesandBeer. Pours reddish amber with a thin ring island of a tan ring. The nose is so crazy intensely sour and vinegary. That is damn sour and there is far more vinegar in the taste than I could imagine. Sour sour sour cherries. Damn, I want to rate this well but this almost gnarly in its intensity.

3.9
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2007
My first real Belgian ever, I have returned numerous times to this treasure. Beautiful ruby color. Most intense aroma, sour cherries, iron, raw oak, malt vinegar, not aromas that normally elict drool, but this is Rodenbach. Quinching beyond description.


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