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

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RATINGS: 2751   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
OlJuntan64 (1264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2002
Rerate: I have been meaning to rerate this when the weather got warmer and seeing as its mid-August here in Belgium and this is probably as hot as it's going to get, then here goes.
Deep cherry red/brown clear colour. This time I got a much better tan lasting head and comprehensive full lacing as well. Aroma is even more impressive than last time. Strong cider-citrus-balsamic vinegar sour and oak plus fainter ripening strawberries and floral aroma. Serious full sour body. More tartaric than acetic but plenty of full mouth stimulation, wrinkled nose and puckering lips action, faint bitterness, some spices and old socks yeast flavours. Middle has continuing sour and mild bitter. Exceptionally clean dry refreshing finish. Still needs practice but hey, I dont mind doing that at all.
First rated: 4/17/2002 3.5

3.9
JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 28, 2002
Alot of spiciness and fruitiness going on in this one. The malt along with oak and acid make this a perfect appetizer.

3.9
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2002
A heady froth with aromas of sour fruit. a good solid bite on the tongue with some cherry in the background. Avery nice sour ale but one I will have to use sweet cheery juice with to drink again.

3.9
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2002
A very refreshing and extremely sour brew! Very good after a couple of the tough ones (Wstvl., Roch. etc.). A strange thing was that it was impossible to buy in Oudenarde...

3.9
skortila (6014) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2003 Dark red/brown colour. Fruity, bit sour nose, perhaps some malts. Tastes starts a bit burned, then the fruits come up, ending with a fruity sour and refreshing palate. This brew sure is special, but not one of my favourites. ##Rerate (Before 3.6); Definately good, well balanced and full taste. Winey.

3.9
jonas (8280) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2003
Lactic sourness and notes like fermenting grass (in a good way). Deep red, head did not last long for me. Refreshing sourness, which cleans the palate wonderfully. Tastenotes of srawberries and apples. Leaves a nice tingle on the tounge, which i wish would last longer.

3.9
beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Red chestnut brown with a head that quickly disappeared. Rich deep sour cherry aromas with a hint of malt. Made me pucker up. There is a sweetness in the background that is overpowered by sour tart acidic flavors. Low carbonation in the glass but gets fizzy in my mouth. Full palate. Long finish. For me this is a acquired taste, I'm working on it.

3.9
fiulijn (21516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012
2012-11-12, draught at La Fine Mousse, Paris, 7-4-7-3-15=36
Dark color with red shades; creamy head but not persistent. Sour aroma, a bit acetic, fruit, rotten fruits too (not exactly fresh, almost fruit flies prone). Highly carbonated, smooth mouthfeel; good caramel flavor with red fruit tones, medium acidity and just a shade of acetone. In the final, there is a light impression of acetone.
Could be more complex, probably still young, but already pleasant.

2012-03-25, draught at Fairbar, Århus, 7-4-7-3-14=35
Hazy red dark amber color, with thin head. The aroma has mild sourness, and a fruity character. The body has an average strength, the mouthfeel is smooth (high carbonation); good flavor of caramel, with sharp acidity, vinegar traces, and fruity backbone. Very good.

2010-10-29, draught at Plan B, 6-4-6-3-13=32
Dark brown color, small head. The aroma is very vinegary. The body is quite lean; there is some caramel aroma, limited residual sweetness, and an evident acetic character; a bit fruity. Sour, but not the most pleasant one.

2003-06-24, bottle, 7-5-8-4-15=39
Beautiful red-amber color. Acetic, sweet and astringent. Pleasant but not impressive, nor particularly fruity.

3.9
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Had this one in Brussels... I really enjoyed it; not too powerful, but nice and tart. Dry finish... good stuff

3.9
CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2004 (Bottle) Thin, white, non-dissipating head and a red body. Nose of sour cherries. Lasting sour smoothness. Loving!


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