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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 24, 2007
THOUGHTS: I would think this was incredible, but Ive had the Grand Cru since first trying this. It is still great,but not as good as the Grand Cru. But this is still one of the reasons beer beer is great and why it is important to try as many different ones as possible. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark, brownish red with small to average, off white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was very sour cherries and wood, but so much more that I cant even explain. There also seems to be a little alcohol even though it doesnt make sense with the low ABV. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, moderately acidic and sour, while the finish was lightly acidic and even more sour with a long duration. The flavor was great, but a little watery with a ton of very sour cherries. The light to medium body was dry but slightly watery with very fizzy carbonation (the cork jumped off the bottle) and a moderate to heavy astringent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sticks73 (28) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 Bottle. Poured to a cola like color with a small light tan head that quickly disappeared. Little to no fizz. Medium body in consistency which is a little sryupy. Sweet aroma of fruits and tanginess. Nice begining and middle with fruit flavors that ended with a clean & crisp sour aftertaste, that did not linger. Very good & unique tasting beer (both sweet and sour that complimented each other).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2764) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Bottle. Pour is a reddish/brown color with a little bit of a head. Aromas are reminiscent of balsamic vinegar and tart cherries with some unidentifiable spices. Flavor is tart and has almost a soy sauce note to it that mixes with pie cherries and vinegar. Intersting and different, but not one of my favorite sours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2007
From a small bottle--This is the sour beer that started me on my path. Poured a unique red-brown body with a thin beige head. Vinegarette sour cherry nose with notes of oak and wine. Flavor grapples the taste buds (in a great way). Tart apply sweet and finished dry. I could drink more of this any day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle... Poured a reddish brown with a thin head. Smell of berries, other fruit and spices. Well carbonated, very champaign-ish, with rich fruit and floral flavors. Very sweet to the point of containing its tart character but very balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head. Has hints of sour fruit, spices, and oak. Finishes sour as expected with just the right amount of sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TrefwoordPunk (1015) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2007
Bottle 25 cl. Pours a dark brownish red with an off-white head and a rich smell of cherries, red wine, ripe oramges and citrus. Best beer I ever smelled! Taste is good too, mainly ripe red fruits, strawberry, cherries, red grapes. Maybe a bit one-dimensional in taste, but sure this is a really good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2007
#750 250ml bottle. Bought in Milwaukee this summer before it was available in the KC area. Served a couple minutes out of a cold cellar (45-50) in my NB snifter glass. Aroma is sour cherries, red wine vinegar, oak, vanilla, light colored brown sugar, and stone fruits. Smells nice, but milder than the Grand Cru. Reddish copper color with a small khaki head. Initial taste is raspberry, cherry, light oak, and vanilla followed by some oaky tannins, moderate sourness, tart cherries, blackberries and raspberries, maybe a touch of granny smith apples. The finish is lingering berries and light wood. Very crisp finish. Easy to drink, would be a nice session beer on a hot summer day. A nice starter beer for those wanting to get into sour beers or for times when one does not want to get assaulted amongst the head and neck by a bruiser such as La Folie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2007
750 mL corked bottle. Pours a deep red-brown body with off-white head. Aroma is mainly citrus and apple with some oak and spice. Medium bodied. Initially sweet in flavor with some oak and wood. Finishes sour and tart like a green apple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Corked 750. Pours clear ruddy brown with an off-white head. Sour aroma, with just a touch of cherry and wood. Light body, a bit watery, with moderate carbonation. A bit of vinegar, a bit of tart fruit in the taste. Dry woody finish.

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