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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1693   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (5270) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 10, 2007
0.25l bottle bought at a store in Split
Poured a lovely darker red colour with almost no head (a tiny ring of which was quite persistent though). The nose is very red wine like, grapes, a touch of tannines and a hint of malt. The taste is very, very subdued compared to the Grand Cru, sourish, cherries, apple, weak blood and maybe wood again, vinuous, hints of yeast and ginger. Some weak bitterness, and a bit dry. Nice, but not as flashy as its big brother.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
Although I love this style of beer this is best served with frites. Page 386 of Michael Jacksons Great Beer Guide and only 386 of his Classic 500 Brews to go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAR 7, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 No head, deep red colour. Very acetic in the nose, wood hints, red fruit and a bit plastic, perhaps vinylic, to me. Sweet and sour well balanced in mouth, watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2007
dark brown appearance beneath a barely existant head. the flavor is strongly sour with a slight sweetness. similar to dutchess de borgogne but doesnt have the complexities. A solid beer f not extraordinary

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2007
bottle: pours a nice brown colour with a medium sized head. aroma is of sour apples and cherries with malt behind it. flavour of cherries and slight apple. very nice sour finish and a little dry with a hint of oak. an outstanding beer for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jerre (3260) - Waregem, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2007
Bottle, 25 cl. Brown colour, light beige head. Taste it many times. Aroma is fruity, malty. Taste is nice soury bit as usual for rodenbach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Pours brown with a thin head. Smells of sour fruit and tastes the same only sweeter. It is very nice for desert and should be sipped slow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5457) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Bottle, best before 06/07. Aroma of sour cherry and apple. Flavor is like a mild lambic. Sweet fruity flavor of various fruits (cherry, grape, and apple) also has a nice sourness. Quite an enjoyable brew, I hope other flemish sours are as good as this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cheap (5546) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 Had this on tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Pittsburgh, got to be one of the best beer tasting places in the states, thanks mtoast. This is my first Flemish sour ale, really looking forward to trying this style. Pours a nice dark brown, not opaque, with an orangish red tinge. Smells like conventional beer, you know, yeasty and such, but there is a hint of fruitiness in the smell. The head is tan and fades to a thin film after the pour. Initial flavor reminds me of homemade wine mixed with ginger ale, very likable. Now I also smell the same characteristics in the aroma. Very interesting and unique. Very little carbonation but the fizzyness it does have is appreciated. Nifty taste, nothing like Ive had before. A pleasant mildy fruity experience. This must be the end result that most unrefined fruit beers try to achieve. If this was a fruit beer, it would be the best tasting one I ever had. Well behaved and enjoyable you can tell it is gentleman like and proper. Nice style, I cant wait to try another beer in this style. Finish has no detectable bitterness and the sweetness is not the least bit syrupy. A very refreshing overall drink; repeatable session beer that is easy to like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1161) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2007
750mL bottle with a cork and cage, just as the picture here on RB. sharp tart aroma of fermented cherry and vinegar, but some citrus tang appears as well. flavor has more tartness initially than in the finish, as much of the oaky sourness succumbs to an almost sweet finish. the grand cru is far better, especially considering the price of each.

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