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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2741   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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ardeo (395) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2017
Bottle 33. Bière un peu ’trouble’ quasi sans mousse. Nez typique de la Rodenbach même si cela fait bien 30 ans que je n’en ai plus bu/senti (vinaigre amélioré ou vin détérioré ?). Bouche : sans crevettes pour faire passer, hyper acidité typique à la limite de l’agression buccale. Cela sent le fruit et l’alcool, cela tue le palais mais cela méritait tout de même d’être bu, une dernière fois ...

4.1
Zarrach76 (259) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAR 8, 2017
Hmmm, une bonne Rodenbach Grand Cru et son goût inimitable de balsamique... Brune opaque, trouble, avec sa fine mousse à bulles de Champagne couleur ivoire. Le nez est tout un programme et peut clairement rebuter le béotien qui croira avoir une bière qui a très mal tourné... Les arômes de bois de chêne avec les notes de balsamique sont impressionnantes, et en respirant profondément on trouve les notes de mélasse, de cuir, d’orange, de malt, de noix, de raisin, de pomme verte... En bouche la carbonatation est très vive, l’alcool sobre, la texture pétillante et un peu sèche, tandis que l’amertume est franche et astringente, tel un vin sur lequel cette bière tend à ressembler sur son final. Ce dernier est bien long, avec un alcool et une acidité qui se ressentent longuement. Alors oui, cette Grand Cru est une curiosité en matière de Sour Beer et une référence. Pour ma part, j’aime bien ce breuvage mais je n’en abuserais pas. A découvrir pour tout amateur de bière. Bouteille 33cl, Boissons du Monde, Saint-Egrève.

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adasko (2232) - Poznan, POLAND - MAR 6, 2017
Bottle. Sour, fruity, tart aroma. Super crisp, dry, pleasant. Taste is also very complex. There’s rather big punch of sourness in the beginning, but it’s super short. Right after that there’s a lot of fruity notes, not very sour, not sweet neither. Cherry, redcurrant, apple. You can feel that it’s well balanced, properly maturated. It’s a pity though, that the taste is not as clear and not as intense as aroma. It’s way behind unfortunately. But still - it is a great beer, very pleasant one.

4.1
Darwenus (1112) - Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Given the quality and intensity of this sour, especially with regard to the comparatively low price, I’m inclined to rate it among the best of the style that I’ve had. It’s just outstanding. This beer pours dark, clean copper brown with an average head. The aroma is yeasty and strong, fruit notes, tart apple cider, hints of the oak come through, too. Very big on the tongue from front to back, with the oak coming through strong through the middle and a pungent, vinegar tone in the finish. This is an aggressive sour, one to save for after you’re acclimated to the style. But for sour fans, this is a must-drink.

3.8
DonGregorio (372) - POLAND - MAR 5, 2017
Bottle. Clear dark red colour, rocky tan head with decent duration. Aroma of red fruits (cherries, currants), vinegar, wood. Taste is light to medium sweet and medium sour, sour cherries, berries, some wood and vinegar. Tangy, with quite sharp finish. Medium body, soft carbonation. Very intense Flanders ale.

3.9
imperial_suchy (202) - Rybnik, POLAND - MAR 2, 2017
Barwa miedziana, jasnobeżowa piana, klarowne. Zapach stajni, skóry, ocet winny, drewno, czerwone owoce. W smaku kwaśne, wiśnie, jabłka, skóra, czerwone winogrona. Dosyć cierpkie, wysycenie średnie, przyjemnie się pije.

3.8
LaPelos (37) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 2, 2017
Botella de 33cl. Bonito color rojizo con aromas que recuerdan a la sidra. Suave y afrutada, con una ligera acidez y buena persistencia final. De las buenas. Para repetir

3.6
FinnIckler (419) - GERMANY - FEB 28, 2017
Bottle from beergium.com. pours reddish brown. Nose is oak, acidic apple, lime, citrus. Palate is almost like a Apfelwein, acidic apple, Peach, but much more carbonated and more acidic in the finish. Quite good.

3.8
PowY (698) - AUSTRIA - FEB 27, 2017
330 ml bottle. Pours a dark copper with a quickly disappearing off-white head. The aroma is moderate acidic (fruity) and lightly malty - caramel - with some woody oak notes, vanilla. Medium to full body with a medium carbonation a medium sourness, a light bitterness and some hints of remaining sweetness. Balanced. Flavors of sour fruits - grapes, lemon, berries - some roasted malt - caramel.

3.2
VueltaBirrista (98) - Murcia, SPAIN - FEB 26, 2017
Tiene un precioso color rojizo y forma unos milímetros de espuma de una tonalidad entre blanca y canela que aguanta en vaso más de lo que en un principio cabría esperar dada su bajísima carbonatación. Huele a madera y frutas como la manzana, pero sobre todo viene a la mente el olor característico del vinagre balsámico. En boca se percibe fruta y al igual que en nariz algo de madera.


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