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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: 1717   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
A blend of 75% young beer fermented in steel tanks and 25% old beer aged 2 year in large oak casks. Rodenbach bears the proud title of "the most refreshing beer in the world".

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - MAY 29, 2008
I love these Belgians with the barnyard/saddle flavors. This is very good. A sipper. Something very fun. Not fruity...think quality lambic without the heavy fruit. Just hints of cherry and honey. Decent body. Long finish. Great nose. On tap at Humpys

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DKTN (110) - Mc Donald, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Bottle, 750 ml. Murky dark brown with a tan head thats quickly gone. Tart and fruity. My first sour ale; this category will take some getting used to.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (7046) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 19, 2008
(0.25 l bottle on 2008-05-17) Reddish dark brown and cloudy. Tan medium sized dense head. Sour and fruity nose. Zesty palate. Fresh and sour taste. Some sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008
250mL bottle. Pours a dark, reddish-brown color; medium-tan head with medium-sized bubbles in the lacing. Pleasant amounts of tartness, sour cherries, balsamic vinegar, and red fruits in the aroma; slightly tannic, with some toasty oak and bright citrus showing through; very nicely tart, red fruit aroma. Medium mouthfeel: solid levels of carbonation and tartness; not overly sour, but tasty presence of tart cherries and red fruits, relaxed in the vinegary aspect, some citrus and tannic red wine notes; I could definitely drink a fair amount of this and enjoy it; nicely sour, pleasant toasty oak and citrus in the mid-palate; dense, flavorful beer, if a touch of sugar showing through, mostly in the finish. Medium finish: tart cherries, brown sugar, and a nice level of acidity; some breadiness comes through at the far end.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elihapa (1552) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 15, 2008
5/7/08 notes: bottle. Pours brown with a shade of ruby red and grape. Smells of fermented fruit, with a sharp tart/sourness. Aroma really reminds me of a light fruity red wine. Tastes of sour cherries and grapes, with a malty touch that balances this brew with a little sweetness. Lightly carbonated, and the finish is slightly sticky. Overall, a very interesting and well balanced sour ale; I am anxious to try Rodenbachs Grand Cru. Just a note: I felt this beer could have had a little thicker mouthfeel in order to set it apart as a chewy, bold and ultimately decadent experience. 3.8

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
note666 (1276) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2008
250 ml bottle. dark red hazy colour. almost no head. taste is sweet and sour and bit nutty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 Bottle pours deep ruddy brown, like the color of cognac, with a thin, tan colored head. Nose is woodsy and white grape like, with cherry & raspberry like tartness. The flavor is smooth and a bit thin, until the finish kicks in, which is rich, nutty &fruity. Im liking the sours more every time I try em!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2008
2006 bottle, dark red amber color with no head, nose of red wine vinegar and roast beef, flavors of dried cranberries, sour cherry and oak, dry finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
My expectation have begun to temper when it comes to Rodenbach. For every excellent beer I try with them (Grand Cru), theres the Redbach. I guess you could say that this was somewhere in between those two. While not nearly as complex and scintilating as the Grand Cru, it was definitely better than Redbach. The beer pours out a dark red color, almost like black cherry juice with a sudsy pinkish head. Aroma is sour cherries and something that reminded of almonds (maybe thats the oak?). The flavor is sour cherries but thats balanced between the acidity of the beer and some sweetness, like cherry juice. Tart, fizzy and metallic in the finish. Not bad. It would be a nice beer to start someone down the road of "sour" beers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1479) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 28, 2008
Tasty, refreshing and unique beer often overlooked at average Belgian pubs. Pours a dark ruby-brown with receding beige bubbles on top. Nose is sweet and tart with notes of sour cherries, cola and wood. Initial tartness in flavor, giving way to a light sweetness and lively carbonation. Not as complex as Grand Cru but high drinkability is a fair trade. Excellent for nice weather and seafood.


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