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


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RATINGS: 1724   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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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   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.

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
note666 (1282) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2008
250 ml bottle. dark red hazy colour. almost no head. taste is sweet and sour and bit nutty.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6560) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1480) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3728) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2008
Pours a ruby hued brown, carbonated with a tan/ off-white foamy head. Aroma of malts and fruit. Taste is fruity/ berries and malts with a mild sour aftertaste. Mild for a sour ale, but very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JazzBeerGuns (3) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2008 does not count
While not as enduring as its Grand Cru counterpart, Ill admit, there are instances in which this more mellow classic is more suitable for the occasion. I suspect it would still age incredibly well, and Id like to give that a try as soon as I can track a few bottles down here in Colorado (my new home).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (4140) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2008
Bottle - 250ml. Hazy brown/copper body with low carbonation and an average off-white foamy head. Strong malty/hoppy aroma with fruity hints. Taste is sharp and well balanced. It carries sour fruity notes. Ends with a short but sharp sour finish. Good stuff.

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