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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: 357   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 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UDBeernut (2471) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (5902) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (5639) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2012
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 !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (5232) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - OCT 6, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (6680) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (4085) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spdyfire83 (35) - 5280, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2012
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3327) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2012
I acquired this bottle in a trade with ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad! I shared it with drabmuh last Sunday. 2004 vintage Upon the removal of the paper, I was surprised to find a green bottle. The beer is very clear and has almost no head left at all. What is there fades almost immediately, leaving no lacing. What more could you expect from a 10% Flanders ale over six years old? The flavor seems to have held up fine. There is a very sour, funky , wild yeast aroma. The aroma is really quite amazing, actually. The beer tastes extremely tart, with a vinegar note evident in the finish. Overall, a really interesting beer and a very enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10360) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Bottle @ Delirium Brussels. Fairly clear, burnt orange appearance with a tiny head that dissipates quickly. Musty, vinegar, mild cherry, tart, woody aroma. Richly woody, balsamic vinegar, cherry, light vanilla, quite sour, somewhat oxidized flavor. This is a 2004 vintage and I think it has peaked already.

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