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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: 349   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (447) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle - pours a murky brown. The smell is raisins, vinegar, and sourness. The taste is nicely tart with vinegar, dark fruits, and berries. It’s pretty good for a 10yr old beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidpl (435) - Santiago, CHILE - APR 11, 2009
Tasted in Brugges-2008. Appearance: amber color with pink notes, beautiful color. Not head. Aroma: complex sweet fruity smells. Mainly vinous and citric; notes of wood, green grapes, rose’s petal and balsamic vinegar. Flavor: ephemeral sweet start; dominated for complex and sour flavors. Fruitiness simiar to citric strawberries, green grapes and pomegranate. Spicy sourness with notes of vineger, gherkin, pickles and mustard. Vinous reminiscences as rosé, champagne and chardonay. Lightly Woody taste. Final with light touches of bicarbonate. Palate: medium body, semi-oily ad rough texture. Low carbonation. Remark: refined, complex and refreshing beer; own character, multidimentional sourness and a challenge for the palate. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxxDaddy (413) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2008
Bottle at Plan B. Pours a clear gold/orange with no head at all. Aroma is signature Rodenbach funk with some grainy aroma I can’t really put my finger on. I catch a bit of alcohol as well. Taste begins sour then flashes some cherry flavor. A bit light on the palate and finishes most intriguing with that same odd grainy taste I noted in the aroma. I really want to know what that is. Despite smelling the alcohol, I don’t taste much of it. Interesting stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wimpie133 (381) - Brugge, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle, 37,5 cl, 2004. Amber coloured beer with no head, some light bubbles. Nice aroma of light sourness, light sweetness, a bit woody also. Taste is light sour, some carbonation, some wood (oak), some sweetness, also grains ans some fruitiness. Very complex beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle this awesome guy brought to our bar. Really musky in the nose. Notes of tart grapes, earthy yeast, and even a hint of body oder. The flavor is as potent as the aroma with a tiny note of vinegar that doesn’t detract from the overall flavor. Very acidic. Glad I got to try this very special beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - APR 8, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2009 Bottle 37.5 nicely wrapped in white paper. Poured this beauty in my Gulden Draak glas. Golden/orange/red color that looks pretty damn mesmerizing and beautiful. No head appears at all. Aroma is gentle citrus,fresh grape,oak and some apple peel. Really like a fine wine actually. Taste is at first really oakey and acidic with plenty of apples and citrus.. A slight sourness/acidity appears but is perfectly balanced with the little sweetness that comes right after. Some almonds can be found in there aswell as some corn notes. Alcohol is barely felt at all, at least not until after the beer was finished ;) .Resembles a fine white wine or a champagne. Truly a masterpiece!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RomanW70 (297) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Botte at Kulminator, Antwerp, 6/19. Pours golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of sour fruit and wheat. Flavor is very similar. Finish is nicely sour. Very well integrates the sour with the grain malts. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Case (293) - GERMANY - APR 23, 2009
Tasted side by side with a Rodenbach Grand Cru for comparison. The Vin de Cereale has been aged for three years inside oak barrel #132 at Rodenbach. Much lighter colour than the Rodenbach Grand Cru, it pours a clear orange-red, quite beautiful but no head and no lacing. Aroma is also quite different: peaches and apricots, a light funkyness, musky. Taste is very sour, moreso than the Rodenbach Grand Cru. Dry, tart, acidic. Vinous and white grapes, reminds me very much of a white wine whereas the Rodenbach Grand Cru is more reminiscent of a red. Flat, no carbonation but spicy palate with warming alcohol. Does not have the sweet base of the Grand Cru. Has a bit of a dusty cobweb maltiness.
I love the white wine feel of the Vin de Cereale. Too bad it is such a limited production and thus rare, expensive and possibly soon completely sold out (only 20,000 bottles were made). Simply brilliant!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - MAR 19, 2008
Impossible to rate conventional because its depending of context, food, society, landscape...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 37,5cl bottle at De Kulminator: No real head, just a couple of bubbles above a very clear dark gold/bronze brew. Aroma is very vinous. Sour grape skin, with some horse sweat. Quite a simple sour but very well done. Definite oak must. Big red wine grape character. In the mouth it is a tart and sour dry puckering feeling. Big dry mead like characteristics. Dry fermented honey with some slight malt in the back? Big grape skin. Starfruit and green apple skin. Sour followed by sweet. Mouthwatering, but simple, finish.

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