overall
98
93
style
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: 2702   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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
borisz (409) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2009
33CL bottle, bought at the bierkoning. Deep dark sour grand cru. A little bit of carbonation. Nice try :)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2005
Bright cherry red with a huge sweet and sour aroma,nice frothy head.Obviously this has a sour taste,but its really good,not a beer that you could drink many of in one sitting,but you have to respect it, because you can tell that its taken some skill and you do get the feeling that you are having something a bit special.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VinegarStroke (407) - Napa, California, USA - SEP 12, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2014 Bottle 75cl: Clear, red brown with a light head. Funky nose but clean. Cherry, old oak reasonably clean. Not volatile. complexed aromas. Soaked fruit and citrus. Off dry palate, sour, low bitterness. Rich and long. great depth. Elegant but concentrated. Very crisp. Not as rich as the Duchess but wonderful length and layers. Dry sour cherry. Oak. Balanced. (2/1/14) Maybe slightly corked. Bottle 75cl: very sour profile, old oak. Funky nose. Huge VA lift. Aged complexity. brown, cloudy, brown foam, heavily sour, light sweetness, light bitterness. soft carbonation, medium body, long finish, acid driven. Very stylistic. Probably too extreme for me given how sour and volatile it is. Like an old world wine. Nice intensity and length.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
leebotton (406) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2015
330ml bottle from Brewers Droop, Bristol [BBE:22.09.16]

Aroma of dark, complex berry fruits on the nose with a wine like dryness. Cherry and raspberry tart, as well as sweeter notes are particularly identifiable with the subtlest hint of chocolate. The colour is very deep ruby like a transparent but dark red wine. Very beautiful actually. The colour is off-white, tinged with orange/pink. On sipping, the brew is very tart on the palate giving way to a clearer acidity. The actual flavour is berry fruit, mainly raspberry, at the front of the tongue, growing in complexity as it moves back, exhibiting more wine like charcteristics until at the end it is dry, extremely complex and almost cheese-like, also producing flavours reminiscent of brandy, oak and a touch of smoke. The lingering aftertaste is mainly sweet, of cherry and, well, booze soaked barrels. The carbonation is pretty high and small feeling, whilst the liquid itself is quite thin. I suspect this level of carbonation and thickness is optimum for the flavour but I think I would prefer a little less carbonation or a slightly thicker mouthfeel, however, it is overall, an absolutely excellent beer which is right up there for me in the top three of all the world.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
InPivoVeritas (404) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - JAN 26, 2014
Dark red with small, beige head. Good lacing. Aroma of apple vinegar, chocolate, vanilla, plums and sour cherries. High sourness. Amazing taste of cherries and plums. Medium body. Astrigency in the finish. Rich, great sour red

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redpooba (404) - Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
For a Grand Cru it is not as complex as one would expect. The low carbonation lets the head disappear quickly leaving a glass of rich sugars that are a bit heavy. Overall it is a nice cheaper Grand Cru.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2004
Dark mahogany colour, very small and quickly disappearing head. Interesting aroma, uncommon taste (first time I tried something pretty sour) but not totally my thing, I missed something to compensate for the sourness.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wihlan (403) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2014
Flaska hemma - fin lite offwhite skumkrona. Doftade inte särskilt mycket och den var fruktansvärt sur. Om den inte varit så sur så hade det varit en riktigt bra öl. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mjollnir (401) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2010
330mL bottle. Pours clear dark amber with a medium sized off-white head that slowly settles to a ring. Quite acidic aroma, with some malt, fruit, acetic acid and funk. Medium sweetness, some fruit such as grapes, but dominated by a tart vinous acidity. Light-medium bodied and oily, lively carbonation and a lingering tartness in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.


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