EugeneStraver (119) - Nootdorp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Home 20121231 (37.5 cl bottle with cork; from 2004; bottle no: 005680): A copper coloured, clear beer without any foam. Some yeast on the bottom. The arome is very slightly malty/caramel sweet, sour (vinegar-like) with fruit (appel, raisins, peer). Also some wood smell with vanille. The taste is a little sweet, caramel-like. But a sour tast is coming up for a long period. This is compensate by other niche flavours in the taste: green appel, peer, wood, vanille. The carbonation is low and you will have aa feeling like the tannine in wine. Even a slightly sticky after a while. But very good.
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle brought back from Belgium in 2009. Pours a flat dark clear glowing golden, viscous. Forgot this was 10% abv. Aroma is a bit more aceto forward than the flavor, some light cider and oak notes. Flavor of wine and oak, cider, nice aceto level, some acetone, malt base has aged nicely... really nice, tart and oaky, puckering finish. Think it has aged nicely and glad I didn’t wait any longer to open.
UDBeernut (1706) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at BA Buffalo bottleshare. I failed to mention in my previous reviews from the other night, that all tastings where blind. This was to atempt to remove prior notions of said brew. This bottle was a 2006 bottle. Pours a amber red hue with white silky head, light wisp of lacing. The nose is lovely with sweetness, slight cherry. Taste is balanced but moderatly puckering, but continues with the cherry caracter. Add vinegar and vanilla. This was by far the best beer of the evening. Body is light and slick. Very sip able.
vtafro (3399) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown pour with no head. Aroma is of tart fruit, apple, light vinegar tones. Flavor is vinegar and tart sour fruit tones up front, flavor mellows a but in the finish, mostly fruit.
kraddel (3106) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours orange, if thats a way to say it. no foam, prob not carbonated ( anymore? ) . but shockingly see-trough . very clear ( i can see the watter on the outside of the bottom of the glass by looking from above ! )
smells like a rodenbach does, yet ’heavier’. maybe cause its 8 years old already?
now taste... waaw. was afraid to be dissapointed, but waaw. good isolated parts of the rodenbach, but SOUR, withoud a doubt the most sour rodenbach-version i ever had. this is good ! too bad it’s flat... but even than, waaw...
i get like a viving mouthfeel, rodenbach sourness, wich just litteraly jumps into yer troat, where it leaves this.. aplle-kindof taste ( not an aple beer, but more like apple sourness) en than just.. dissapears. its like drinking a ghost... you get this magnificent taste and than its just.. gone all of a sudden. , leaving you hangin for more. very very nice, i prefer the carbo ones but this is very good. why is every version of rodenbach, better than rodenbach? fix the normal ones, than i’ll be a fan !
jaghana (3885) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - OCT 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 375ml # 002950 from Fonefan many thanks ! A clear copper beer without head, nose is on burnt cherries and brett, typical Rodenbach like. Aroma is very vinegar like, not too dry, tart, cherries and burnt cherries / caramel, old wood touch, red fruit aroma on blackcurrant and raspberry, the 10° are well hidden, oily, dry grapes and light fig, relative acidity at the finish, some vanilla at the finish too. A bit less complex than the vintage one, near to french muscat vine.
jackl (4596) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ DHVL. Pours a clear light red color with absolutely no head. Legs aplenty on the glass. The nose is toasted sweet grains, sweet cherry fruit, sugary. The taste is lightly tart steak sauce, sweet chocolate-dipped sugared cherry. Some woody vanilla and tobacco. Acidic. Full bodied, a bit hot. Overall, too sweet, but tasty.
callmemickey (2769) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich golden body, with a thin off-white head. Nose is full of oak, caramel, vinegar, leather and mellow cherry notes. Flavor is similar, with the grainy caramel malts coming through. A bit under-developed compared to the nose. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, potent acidic finish.
spdyfire83 (35) - 5280, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
37.5cl bottle served in a (small) Westy 12 chalice. Bottle No. 007939 from the one and only vintage (i.e. 2004). Pours medium copper. A few bubbles for a head on medium pour. "Vin De Céréale" cork, etched box, and wrapped bottle make the presentation of this top-notch. Smell includes mix of caramel, cherries, and vinegar. Touch of tannins, leather, and soft oak. ABV is very well hidden on this. Taste follows smell beautifully! Rounded cherry tartness, tannins, and vinegar. Touch of oak, caramel, and soft green apple. Again, ABV is hidden and almost non-existent. A very nice, enjoyable, and rounded beer. Smell and taste are quite deep and complex. Has stood the test of time and I think it will continue to hold up quite well. Tasty brew!
GT2 (8425) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375mL shared at Woodshop 7. Pours flat, clear deep orange. Nose is major sugar cube, cantaloupe, apple juice box, acetic acid/vinegar blended with huge sugar. Taste is spicy acetic, sugary, oily, big toffee presence. Spicy acetic finish. Some mild tartaric acid/sweet tarts. Feels very sweetened throughout.