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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 2704   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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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3.9
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2012
dark ruby color, aroma of vinegar, tart fruits, oak, flavors of tart dark fruits, oak, vinegar, burnt sugar, very solid wild

3.7
DeliriumT (543) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2016
Pours brown with decent head which dissipates quickly. Aroma of cherries and blood orange. Flavour is refreshingly sour and rich. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2004
Wow. And I'm tempted to leave it at that. But I can't. Balsamic sour cherry acidic subtle alcohol aromas blast out of the bottle, let alone the glass. Dark amber brown with nice orange-tinged edges with a quickly vanishing head. Effervescent on tongue to begin your journey, before you try to decide if it is more sour or more tart before the beautiful sour cherry flavour makes it all irrelevant. Lingering smooth creamy sour finish. Gotta go have another.

4
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Crsip, fruity aroma - cherry, wet hay, citrus, balsamic vinegar. Clear ruby color, dense off-white head. Solid acidity, nice balance of fruitiness, caramel, and grains. Medium body, crisp. A really nice Flemish sour, great balance of flavors.

3.6
Ulysse (539) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2014
Fruity and roasted malt aroma. Light sourness. A special aftertaste comes long after the sip. It reminds of oven dried olive in the pizza.

4.3
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 15, 2009
330mL bottle from Willis St Metro New World. Very sexy pour. Cloudy ruby with a tan head, looks great in a chalice. Incredibly sour aroma, unlike anything else I’ve experienced. Vinous and full of berries, this is a challenging aroma which will either scare or excite. I am excited. Taste is as sour as the aroma, but with berry sweetness that makes it quite bearable. The two year oak maturation makes itself known with oaky tones showing through the strong sourness. Boysenberries and raspberries bring a strong vinous fruity character. Overall, Grand Cru reminds me of a lambic in that no malt is detected, and is incredibly fruity. However, is also unlike any other beer I have tried yet. With an overwhelmingly sour taste, still maintaining such a complex fruity flavour this is one of a kind. The finish is long and sour, begging for more. Rodenbach Grand Cru is in my top 10 beers for sure.

4
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 Wonderful cherry aroma combined with acidy components. Sweet, but not too sweet, balanced by the sour component. Very well balanced.

2.7
Echon (535) - Århus, DENMARK - APR 6, 2016
Deep red medium bodied ale, with aroma and flavour of fruit and vinegar, and a sour and lightly sweet taste, with a funky finish. The colour is beautiful, but vinegar and funk are not something I appreciate, and end up ruining the experience for me. At least I now know that this style is not for me.

4.9
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 9, 2001
Anyone who knows anything about beer admits that this is one of the true world-classics. Like so many fine things, you won't like your first one. But give it another shot, and you will fall in love with the sweet/sour tang of this great ale. Refreshing, envigorating and inimitable, this is one of top ten beers in the world.

4.5
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 18, 2005
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Aroma of balsamic vinegar, soy, cherry, lemon. Spritzier mouthfeel than I recall from previous samples. Superb tart finish. Gorgeous beer.


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