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


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RATINGS: 1720   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2008
I had one sour ale before and I have been waiting to try another one for quite some time. This was a solid beer. Pours brown with a very thin head. The aroma is of sour fruit, mostly cherries. The flavor is only slightly sour...I was actually hoping for a little bit more mouth puckering from it. Still very good and drinkable though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14895) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 7, 2008
250 ml. bottle from Corti Bros., Sacramento. Vinous, slightly sour aroma of cherry and dark malt. Mahogany color with a tan head that flattened quickly. Medium body with fizzy/creamy carbonation. Flavor is a tad sour with cherry and oak. Not overly dry, but a bit astringent. Very good sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cellardoor (45) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Had this in a bottle at the Ginger Man in NYC. It poured with a deeper red and a vibrate and lively reddish head. The head fizzled rather quickly but a nice layer skated on the surface throughout the tasting. It was my first experience with a belgian sour and it was great. The first sip was the most rewarding. It sparkled on the tounge with a fruity sweetness then bit up with some slight sourness. Then all of a sudden there was a burst of sourness. One of the more elaborate flavors Ive had in some time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2324) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2010 Poured into the ol Duvel tulip. Body is dark brown and is penetrable only by a strong light source. Head is 2 fingers tall and tan, leaving strings of lacing. Aroma is fermenting grapes with some raspberry/cherry sweetness. Quite tart and vinegary. Taste is actually less sour than I expected. It still has enough tartness to make the corners of the mouth twinge, but its not as puckering as gueuze. Malty base with a bit of cherry cola. The vinous acetic character is still there from the aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth and appropriately carbonated, but the finish is too sticky and unclean. Pretty drinkable nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goodgrief (2017) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 23, 2008
May 2007 - Beer pours deep ruby red/brown with minimal head and some lacing. Faint aroma of cherries and vinegar. This was a less intense version of the Grand Cru...light and mild in both the sweetness and sourness respects. Still, I enjoyed this beer...even if I would have preferred a Grand Cru.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anotherbassman (11) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2008
wesome beer. It was given to me as a valentines gift from my wife. I drink a lot of duchesse, but I hadnt had any other flemish sours up until this point. Poured into a sifter a nice deep tan red. It had a reasonable tan head that left a little too soon. It smelled slightly sour, but it had some rich sweet fruit undertones. The taste is unique. It is not sweet like duchesse. I dont mean to disrespect it at all, but it is almost like a carbonated version of the first taste of orange juice after you brush your teeth. It is good though, seriously. The texture was rich and velvety. Over all it was a good beer. Powerful and in your face. I wish it was a little bit more balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
luna13084 (4) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 17, 2008 does not count
If one can have a favorite beer this is probably mine (at least at this early point in my beer drinking life). Ill give a real review next time I drink this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2008
My first sour (at least in quite a while). Dark copper pour with decent head. Nice slight oaky sour cherry taste. Pleasant mouthfeel and dry finish. Looking forward to another of these as well as more sours...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2008
Bottle at the Rotherham Oakwood Beer Festival. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is sour cherry and vinous. Flavors include a firm sourness, dark cherries, a little malt, some wood as well. Finishes dry and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Pours a dark brown color with red highlights. Moderate foamy tan head, hangs around the edges. Smells of sour cherries and malts. Tastes of sour cherries, some malt and some sweet oak flavors. Medium body, crisp carbonation.

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