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: 2740   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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2008
smaller bottle. Pours a deep dull mahogany color with some amber highlights. Little to no head, though what is there leaves a decent ring throughout. Aromas of heavy syrupy sweetness and sour acidic cherry notes. Flavor starts with a big smack of fruity tartness- cherries stand out. The tart notes are very heavy, but not as aggressive as lambic sourness. Underlying sweetness works well, ensuring the brew isn’t overpowering on the tart notes. Very full bodied and full flavored on the palate, with a suprisingly clean finish given the body and tartness. A good summertime sipping beer, ideal for those mid afternoon times when one wants a brew but needs to continue with household chores.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - APR 29, 2011
Pours a deep, dark crimson color. Some slightly tan head. Aroma is sweet and yeasty, some molasses notes. Flavor is sour and fruity, with dark oak notes. Definitly hints of cherry. Palate is effervescent, but somewhat thick. Overall... wow. Thanks to my friend Eddy for this!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 Rodenbach Grand Cru is like a great movie that you see, hear, or learn something new each time you watch it. Each time I have this beer I smell or taste something new and wonderful. It pours deep amber in color with nice head, although not as much as some Belgians. This is crisp and tart, flavorful and most definitely sour. The initial sour blast blends into a dryness, but there is a slight sweetness that comes out at the finish, very complex. It is indeed an acquired taste, but oh so worth it once acquired. I enjoy this beer more each time that I have it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Pours Reddish borwn with a light head that disappears quickly. Aroma of sour cherries with a hint of chocolate. Taste is sour throughout and lasts. Strong and consistent from begining to end. Has med-high carbonation and a full mouth feel. Can detect some aromatic hops in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2008
On tap. Deep garnet colored with nice thick head. Nose is somewhat harsh, chemically sour, notes of epoxy with cherry aromas building as it warms and sweet tobacco coming through at the very end. Flavor is tart and acidic. Grape soda, sour cherries, malt vinegar. Quite a dry finish with some sweetness remaining on the palate. Very enjoyable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Bought this bottle in Belgium, probably in 2004. Still delicious! Go figure. Wonderful cherry aroma and flavor. The sourness has developed and it is not oxidized. It is similar to La Folie in certain years. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AwaKe (294) - Laval, CANADA - APR 8, 2016
En bouteille. Brune trouble aux reflets rougetre. Armes de mot de pommes, chnes. Got fruits, fruits rouges avec une acidit de pommes vertes. On goutte la maturation en fin de bouche avec une pointe sucre. Un peu vinaigr, vineux, style vinaigre de vin. Palais moyen, effervescence forte, aucune amertume. Une bire dessert.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2008
Pours dark red with a small of white head. Nose is full of sweetened red fruits, cherries and raspberries mainly(think berry compote). Palate is chock full of liquered morello cherries with substantial tart dryness on the finish. A killer dessert beer!!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hikeg (293) - - JUL 17, 2015
Pours clear brown with small off-white fully diminishing head. Aroma is heavy vinegar, medium malty. Taste is medium sweet, medium sour. Easy to drink, somewhat refreshing. Body is medium, texture is almost oily, lively carbonation. Leaves a smooth mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Bottle thanks to angeloregon: Pours deep red with very minimal head. Aroma of malt and wine and vinegar, some sharp grape/apple aroma. Flavor is malty but light on the palate, slight alcohol warmth and quite sour and strong. Fruity and acidic. As it warms it starts to taste very red wine vinegary which is definite big downside to me. Dont know if it is always like that or if it starting to go bad. Perhaps oxidized.


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