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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: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThirstyBird (2311) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2014
Old rating from the Kulminator. Pours copper/amber color bubbles stuck to the side of the glass and old a tiny wisp of a head. The smell is vinegar, oak, cherry and grapes. The taste is super complex with oak, mild cherry, vinegar - super crisp with a dry finish. Light/medium body with light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (4591) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2014 Bottle sampled 3/15/14
Flat, lifeless and clear ruby-amber liquid in the glass.
Prunes, tons of toffee and caramel. Over-ripened red fruits. Concentrated sweet strawberry jam and tons of vanilla from the oxidation. Smells like it’s going to be very, very, very sweet....
And not surprisingly, it is very, very, very sweet. I found very little flemish brown ale here and quite a bit of a barleywine with light to moderate Belgian influences. Very light on the acetic aspects, with just ripe red fruitiness and an ever so slight aceto-lactic tartness. Tons of toffee and caramel, light soy and lots of vanilla-like oxidative notes. Pretty low on the alcohol though!
I can’t envision how this would have been particularly good when younger. It’s just powerfully caramelly beer with very little tartness for balance. Would have had less oxidation, but just as much punishing sweetness. Very convinced a lot of this beer’s reputation was hype and rarity.
If Alexander can be near a 5.0 after 10-12 years of age, than screw this stuff /end-justification-for-why-I’m-rating-this-rant. Ugh, Palm....Call me up when they discover a single Foeder of aged pre-Palm bier....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2977) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2014
May be slightly flat and a touch oxidized but I still really enjoyed this. Nose was wet oak, cherry, creamed corn(odd), walnuts, and toast. Taste is puckering tartness, some cardboard, cherries, grainy sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 Wow this is great tons of great flavors this is great. Fruits and tartness take over this palate. Slightly oxidized and flat, the complexity is mindblowing, tons of dark fruits, tartness, light herbs and spices. The belgians really crush it to sour browns.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1141) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Dan supplied the bottle (not an RB user). Many thanks! Had consumed at RB NE Meetup while everyone talked about boring stuff and played with their phones. Aromas of puke, corn on the cob, acidulated malt, and apricots. Tastes of everything described with the addition of cat urine, white sage, pomegranate, and sweat. Quite possibly, the best beer of the tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (1694) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Taste at RBNG. Thanks, Dan! Pours light golden brown. Aroma is potent. Cereal, yogurt funk. Very smooth champagne like sour with tart cherry and a touch of earthiness. Very nice! I could drink a lot of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (3878) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Thanks YouBrewIDrink(sp?)

A - Looks like Brandy or a Cognac. totally still.

S - The nose is so brandy /lightly touted cognac. Dessert wine notes as well. Nice Cherry pie and honey.

T - Very interesting. Huge grape and sauvignon taste with a very sharp acidic bite at the finish.

M - Totally flat, oily and silky

O - Obviously it has become past its prime.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JefVerstraete (2297) - Ghent, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2014 Hazy red/amber colour. Soft carbonation. Very complex "oud bruin". Tart aroma with notes of green apples and balsamic vinegar. Some sweetness also. Very well balanced. Another fanastic sour red/brown.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Bottled. Poured clear, lightly ruddy orange with a loose ring of head.. looked mostly flat (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). The aroma picked up rich darker fruit, cognac, and a kiss of agave nectar with toasted oak and warm alcohol accents.. very well balanced. The flavor found tart oak, vinegar, and spicy fruit skins on the tip of the tongue, with warmer fruity sugars and tart cherries behind.. finished with a lot more oak and cherry, with some follow-up belly warmth. Medium-bodied with very low carbonation on the palate.. moderate-plus sourness.. great balance.. this was excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4280) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2013
Dark amber madeira colour, no head. Aroma of malts, sherry, ethyl acetate, cherry, cheese, raisins, red fruits and berries. Sour flavour, light sweet note, ethyl acetate, acetic acid. Full body, finish malts, sour, lactic acid, citrus and vinegar. Past it’s prime it feels, but still a nice beer.
(From 37.5cL bottle @ home. Bottle via 77ships, thanks Eugene!!)

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