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Rodenbach Vin de Céréale

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roeselare, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
2004 Vintage, from a single "Foeder" (N° 135)(barrel), ripened for 3 years, uncoloured.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2008
Bottle 010695 (thanks to my cousin, ggaughan). Sampled alongside Rodenbach Classic and Grand Cru. Poured clear, rosy golden with no head. This was much lighter than its brethren. Medium tart aroma, lactic with notes of wood and wild yeast. Flavor was lactic as well, but somewhat restrained. Complimentary notes of green apple and oak round out the palate. Very dry finish. Less balsamic character than the Grand Cru. This was easily my favorite of the 3 Rodenbachs I sampled that day. World class sour!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
My Bottom Line:
The tartness of ripe green apples melds into lambic-y sourness before syrupy cereal sweetness tempers the fruity attack. This slick and flat Sour Ale is definitely intriguing, but it is not as compelling as their Grandu Cru, imho.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no head whatsoever atop the clear bronze.
-Its body and flavor profile are somewhat similar to Cantillon’s Bruocsella.
-Alcohol is relatively well hidden for a 10% ale.
-Carbonation is nearly absent, which doesn’t help the mouthfeel much.
-A wooden dryness rises in the back.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2008
A kind gift from our Mes, nice one mate. I think my first sour ale? Wouldn’t have thought this would be my thing but very nice indeed. Imagnie this would be fantastic for cooking but sacriligous for you beer geeks. Tart of course but complex and interesting. I’ll try more sour ales for sure, I may be lucky to get another this good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dalion037 (1) - USA - APR 8, 2008 does not count
Just picked up a case direct from Belgium. WOW! Probably the best Flanders ale i have ever had. I will definately save a couple. The sweet sour taste lingers for minutes. I’m ready for another one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4042) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2008
Bottle, thanks Joe! Shared with Ethan and Aubrey on the night of a beautiful thunderstorm. Good times. Pours a cloudy, yet transparent, golden orange with no head. Nose was balsamic and apple cider vinegars, lemon juice, wood, and some sweet honey. Flavor was acidic with more apple juice, lemon, and equally sweet grainy notes. This was different than most of the sours of I have been sampling recently and kind of reminded me of Duchesse which I have never liked. Unique and enjoyable authentic Belgian sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 6, 2008
2004. Thanks to whomever brought this! Light sour nose. Clean, indistinct-origin acid. Tangy. Mostly a fresh lemon juice. Clear, burnished gold. No head. Flavor develops an aged citrus, general. Rather acidic and starting to edge on some acetic character. Lemony. There’s a bit of grain alcohol in the middle of the beer. A nip sweet, still and aged. Very faint carbonation. Good, not great. There’s so much about this beer that could be better.The carbonation, the acid body, and the look. Somewhat like a mead. Interesting to try, for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2008
Thanks to Mike for this one. Clear gold color. Aroma is sour, fruity, apples, pears. Flavor is mostly sour but with a grainy maltiness from the middle. A salty buttery popcorn comes through as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4585) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2008
Shared by Turdferguson, thanks Sam!. Poured a clear golden apple juice colored brew, thin fizzy golden head. The aroma was very tart and acidic, vinous, white grapes, acetic. The flavor was tart and acidic, light glue, a strange grainy flavor, and what Sam correctly identified as an apple juice flavor. Nice tart crisp mouthfel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2008
The color was pale yellow with now head. The aroma was tart and honey. The flavor was tart, honey, and lime. The palate was thin-bodied. The finish was tart. The 10% alcohol was very well masked.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 4, 2008
Bottle from HeinrikB, via Jeff.

"I know exactly what it is. Basically." - IPFreely

Honey amber, no head. Nose is wonderful cherry woody sourness, balsamic, nearly perfect - a bit of alcohol gets this down to a 9. Flavor is more of that cherry balsamic, really, really acidic and then it takes a sharp turn. All of a sudden it becomes warm cereals - mostly barley and nutty wheat. The acidity lingers but it isn’t at all dominant. Fascinating stuff - I’d love more.

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