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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1727   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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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Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2007
This starts with an aroma of raspberries and oak. It pours a clear reddish color, with a thin off-white head. A nice tart flavor, with a hint of sweetness behind it, nice and refreshing in the summer heat. A great introduction to sours.

gunnfryd (15275) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, acidic. Flavour is acidic, fruit, berries, cellar notes.

gnoff (10985) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2007
(25 cl bottle, purchased at Ölbutikken, Copenhagen) BB 18 April, 2007. Labeled 5.2% ABV. Shady dark copper color, small tan head. Spicy and fruity scent, but mainly acidic and lactose. Also malty and raissin. Very apparent lactic sourness, some malt. Rather weak body, medium high co2. Low bitterness, though some biting into the sides of the toungue. Red wine aftertaste. Not one of my favourite beer styles, though the beer itself is not really bad either.

DSG (15237) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2012 Re-rate 9/8/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks kerenmk. Nice deep red color. Musty aroma with cherries, cellar, vinous oak notes, malt and caramel. Sweetish flavor with light sour notes, a bit of oak, malt and some fruitiness. Medium-bodied. 7/4/6/3/13=3.3

Bottle in some small café in Brussels. Clear red-brown with a beige head. Nice fruity aroma with malt and slight acidity. Feels somewhat damp and cellary (probably the effect of the oak casks). Flavor has sweetness, nice acidity and cherries. Medium body. Nice stuff. 7/3/7/3/14=3.4

mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2007
25cl bottle, BB 9/14/07. Huge overripe fruit and oak aroma. Crystal clear with quickly dying tannish foam. Flavor just seems to be lacking the complexity it once had, still ever so slightly tart, but very thin and damn near nothing left on the palate after it passes your lips.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Rodenbach Belgian Ale
Date: 03/09/1996

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Date: 05/12/2007
Mode: bottle

clear dark ruby red, wispy beige head, sweet and tart aroma with essence of muskidine, creamy body, sweet fruity flavor balanced with a nice tartness, strong winey character with a grape skin characrer, light woody character,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Poured a dark red color. Smell really hits you with some fruit and vinegar. Taste is sour cherrys, vinegar, distant malt and fruit. Less sour than some sours I have tasted. Nice introduction for someone looking to try a sour.

thewolf (12800) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle @ YNWA.
Well... it is always nice to find a beer, covered in so much dust that you have to rub it away to see what you’re actually holding :o)

So... what did I actually have? A 33cl Rodenbach at 5% (must be this, then). There were even a little cobwebs ’round the bottle cap :o). then I noticed (or my girlfriend did) the expiry date... 23. november 1995!. Wow! But how was it then?

Poured slowly into a snifter glass inside the pub. A very deep red liquid that was surprisingly clear - just about able to see through it (though everything was in a red tinted glow). Head forms as I pour, and ends up as a thin film that stays floating throughout my experience.

Wonderful aroma! A great dash of fresh berries (I wonder how that is possible in a beer that is 12 years past it’s BB date?). There is a lingering background aroma of roasted caramel as well as some raisins and grassy tones.

First sip reveals a low carbonation, but it certainly still is there - but it has a very creamy texture. I’m surprised to say that my first taste experience is a note of smoky malts! Then the more expected notes of cherries, plums and raisins come by - all wrapped in a medium sourness that engulfs all the good things about Flemish Sours. As I continue to sip and enjoy, the mouthfeel turns more clingy, sticking to my teeth, making the wonderful sourness stick around much longer.

This is a wonderful brew that most certainly can survive being properly cellared!

dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2007
This is the sourdough of beers. Try it cold on a hot day, it’s refreshing and drinks easily.

Brix (660) - DENMARK - AUG 17, 2007
Tasted 2007-07-21. Fresh bottle, 25cl. Clear brown colour with light brown head. Aroma of a rabbits cage, hay, wee, rust and malt. My first impression was: Ughh! But then it quickly turned to: "Hmm! Nice!". Flavour: Sour, grapefruit, blackberries, vinous - pretty good! This is an odd beer, but it’s good!

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