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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: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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2004 Vintage, from a single "Foeder" (N° 135)(barrel), ripened for 3 years, uncoloured.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brix (633) - DENMARK - FEB 28, 2008
Tasted 2008-02-27. 2004 vintage. Pours beautiful, clear, golden, light amber with off-white head. The head disappears fast - still beautiful! Aroma: A nice acidic background, but what dominates this bottle is a strong paste-like diacetyl scent. Totally ruins it for me! Same with flavour: Very nice acidic barnyard-like background, but in the aftertaste, all that’s left is that nasty paste! Despite all, it’s very complex and has a full body, but I’m very disappointed! 3-5-7-4-7 (2,6) ---- Rerate: The day after I had another bottle. This time the diacetyl was a lot less pronounced, but it was still there. 7-5-7-4-14 (3,7) I rate the average of the two bottles!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Courtesy hopscotch. Thanks Eric for another rarity! Pours a clear, golden apple cider color with virtually no head or lacing. Scents of tart apples, light bretty funk, lemon rhind, dry grains, and some woodsy barnyard notes work in unison to tantalize the nose. The flavor is quite tart, yet sufficiently sweet to enhance drinkability. Tart apples, musty cider notes, lemony acidity, and sour white grapes all are present. The finish is quite ascorbic, with the citrus elements really asserting themselves. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated, this one is incredibly refreshing. Awesome brew! This is just how I like my blonde sours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - FEB 27, 2008
Bottle. Clear and copper coloured beer with almost no head. Aromas like honey, wood, grain and cereal. The taste is sweet at first but ends in a citric way. The 10% alchohol is not dominant at all and the result is a refreshing and very complex sour ale. Well worth a try!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (29486) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2008
Bottled. A copper colored beer with next to no beige head. The aroma is lovely complex with an acidic note in the background on which is notes of wood, brettanomyces, unripe wine grapes, unripe apples, and cloudberries. The flavor is sweet just when it hits the lips, but from then on the tartness hits combined with lots of complexity of wood, brettanomyces, grapefruit, cloudberries, dry white wine, fresh green apples, and more - lovely complexiity. The finish is tart and the acidity burns slightly in the throat. The alcohol is only just felt. This should be listed under a new style: Imperial Flemmish Sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeranarchist (211) - Aalborg, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle. Golden, clear and no head at all. Typical rodenbach sourish aroma of wood, raspberries, cherries, vinegar and youghurt. Flavour is much more flavour than the normal Rodenbachs; earthy, notes of hay, very tart with only little sweetness. More complex than most redwines, but still very refreshing. The 10% alcohol is very well hidden. Masterpiece!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Courtesy hopscotch. Thick looking golden pour. Sour vinous aroma, sour apple, slight funk. Mostly tart aromas, not much alcohol on the nose. Very acidic, sour apple taste, very intense sour finish. Sharp, pointed, and aggressive with the tartness. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2008
Bottled (thx Karl). Clear and crystal golden coloured with almost no head. Nice mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. Great balance with notes of apple, barnyard, vinegar, berries and hints of grapes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Courtesy hopscotch. Pours golden straw amber, with virtually no head. Wet lacing abound. Aroma is barnyard sour apple, with a brief meat and straw combo. Enjoyed the cider aspect of this for sure. Flavor is tart and delightful. Bitter cider, malt dive bombing and taking over. Total barnyard antics. Soft malty finish, sour bitter end. Alcohol is transparent; exceedingly drinkable. You will have to watch yourself with this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Courtesy hopscotch. Thanks a bunch for sharing this rare gem Eric! Pours a clear dark gold color, with no head at all. Almost had a cider look to it. I really dug the aroma, with some tart apples, funk, and sweet sourness as well. Great blend. The flavor is mostly tart apples as well, not overpowering sourness, butits definitely there. Seems to have great balance. Very cider-like in its features. Great, easy drinking brew. Quality.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (9242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Rating #4000... Bottle... Vero Beach Throwdown... This beer rocks!... Clear golden ale with amber highlights and a brief, fat-bubbled, white head. The earthy, tangy aroma provides notes of sweet black cherries, English toffee, wood and apple cider vinegar. Medium to full-bodied and lightly oily with carbonation that borders on soft. The fruity flavor is acidic, but there’s plenty of pale grain, red apple and toffee sweetness as well. Medium to heavily sour alongside medium sweetness and mild bitterness. The high ABV is not at all evident. The lengthy finish is mainly tart, lightly tannic and then dries out at the end. Another world class offering from one of my favorite breweries. Thanks go out to ygtbsm94 for shipping this rare, world class treat to me!

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