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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: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
2004 Vintage, from a single "Foeder" (N° 135)(barrel), ripened for 3 years, uncoloured.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2008
Bottle. Clear golden colour with absolute no head. Sweet malty sour aroma and taste. Sour ales will never be freinds of mine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (15027) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2008
Bottle. Small head with short duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are fruits, yeast, vinegar and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Shared at Cleveland tasting 3/15: Pours a clear copper color with a white head. Aroma, sweet malty notes, grains, fruits and yeast. Flavor, dry fruity notes, yeast, grains, some sourness, very wine like, refreshing dry finish. Very nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle shared at the Cleveland tasting. Thanks ! I will say I am NOT a fan of sour ales. AT ALL. But this ended up being one of the top beers of the night for me. Perhaps because it was less sour then some. Pour was a nice golden color. The aroma was sour grapes. Taste was lightly carbonated, and had the flavor of a white wine going bad. It took a few sips, but this one definitely grew on me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier (3275) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Cleveland tasting

The award for the best beer of the night goes to this. Once again from the cellars of miketd I was glad to have tried this. If it ever makes an appearance in the United States I may have to procure a few bottles for my own storage. The combination of sourness and vinuous characteristics make me wonder what would happen if Russian River were to get the chance to play around with New Belgium’s La Folie.

Aroma / Appearance - The carbonated bronze body had a nice bit of life to it. White grapes, apple, pear and tartness blended nicely in something that most closely resembles some of the stuff to come out of Russian River’s sour experiments.

Flavor / Palate - Sour dry apple fills the throat and nose after a delayed release. The tartness almost immediately sets to work removing all moisture from the throat. While not the most intense beer I’ve had this is definitely a contender. There are none of the aspects of the Grand Cry/regular/Redbach series here. This is a different beast worthy of seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2008
Going from a winy sour and vinigar-like start to to a fruity and sweet body. The appearence is completly clear and the golden colour and the bubbles is similar to cider or a rosé-wine with no head at all. A heavy finish wtith notes of nuts and buttery fudge. You can´t tell that it holds 10 % alcohol. The bottle appeares in a very cool design.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ekstedt (6036) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2008
Bottle (37 cl) at a Göteborg RB tasting. Clear amber, low head. Strong vinegar aroma, with some wooden notes. Sour in a weird way. A disappointment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11807) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2008
Light amber colour with no head. It has that unique fruity, funky, fresh Rodenbach aroma, with a little caramel and malt. Tart, yet rather sweet. Fruity like a chardonnay. Has a powerful fel to it, yet doesn’t show the 10% alcohol. Finishes sour and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Multiple bottles shared at the Cleveland tasting. Really was looking forward to this beer...but ended up finding a sour ale that was more reminiscent of a white wine. Poured a pretty boring clear golden yellow with not much carbonation. Had a nice bit of sourness with some oak and tart fruitness in the flavor profile. Very very dry and clean finish much more towards the end of the brew. This beer definetely blurs the line between beer and wine. A very interesting brew that I enjoyed...but I just want my rodenbach alexander back!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
375ml bottle, courtesy of Mes, shared with renffisch and tashi as well. Golden amber appearance. Amazing cereal aroma - like rice krispies but somehow great. Muesli meets a sour ale and somehow, it works! Great weight, alcohol so well hidden. Well worth getting hold of, if you possibly can. by the way, I think it’s barrel No. 132 actually :-)

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