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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: 361   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Bottle into tulip, enjoyed at ’t Brugs Beertje. Imagine me as a bobble head, vascilating all over the place about this beer. For a long time, I couldn’t decide whether I actually enjoyed drinking it. Intellectually, I was there, but sensually I was split. On the one hand, it had the sour flavors that I was hoping were there, which is all to the good. On the other hand, it had that damn cereal. Grains, grains all over the place. They hit you hard and firm right after the initial Flemish sour burst of warm cherry (with some balsamic coated twigs in there too). It was incredibly impressive how exactly it tasted like a field of wheat and barley, exactly like the unfermented source sugars (with a little corn starch mealiness that was not impressive). The thing is, I still don’t know if I liked it. Once I got used to it (which took almost the whole bottle), it was a wonderful counterpoint to the sourness, but for a long time it just continued to shock with every sip how it could transition from the familiar to the wholly foreign so quickly and so perfectly. Smell was oily vinegar, acetone (not pleasant), berries, twigs, and Sutter Home pink zinfandel wine (with the screw cap and everything). Entirely flat on the pour; transluscent orange glowing copper. This beer would go amazingly well with white chocolate; the somewhat fatty and not-bitter sweetness would mesh perfectly with the complex juxtapositions in the beer. The very end of the finish was like a nutty white cheese, like a combination of gouda and limberger. It’s a work of beer art: challenging if not exactly comforting, but supremely well-executed, original, and unique. And maybe the only 4.2 in my ratings that I’d hesitate to have again (while simultaneoulsy getting excited to have again).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2008
Thanks to Mike for this one. Clear gold color. Aroma is sour, fruity, apples, pears. Flavor is mostly sour but with a grainy maltiness from the middle. A salty buttery popcorn comes through as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2008
bottle big thanks to tom. pours orange thin nil head, little carbonation, nose is ketchup, sour white grapes butterscotch white cider vinegar. tastes sour grape white wine acidity ketchup, sour candy long finish with great mouthfeel for little carbonation. sour apple in finish with amazing maltyness. pure quality cheers tom for that!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3rd Annual Woodshop Tasting, 3/1/08. Thanks Chris! What an intrigue of a brew! Very chardonnay like with a poweful white grape influence, pear, wood notes in the background, and lightly sweet malts. Damn delicious and would love to re-visit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (594) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Parket (581) - Bruges, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2009
bottle, no head at all .. maybe a bit white head by pouring the beer, but disapearing immediately. The beer has a nice craft bottle. Colour: light copper, pale yellow. The beer looks a bit like a cognac. Smell: very fruity. Taste: sour apples, melons, raisins. The beer is quit creamy and is very complex. Also notes from lemons, grain, sweetness, oak, vanilla. I think a retaste would give the beer a higher rating. It’s very very complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2011
Honey color with no head. Wonderful sweet and sour fruitiness. It’s vinous and with a great caramelliness of the likes that I’ve never encountered in a sour before. Very complex! Holding up very well. Might need to lay my hands on another bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Hopscotch, thanks. Pours a crystalline amber, no head. The aroma is acetic, with hints of wood. Minor sour cherries and cider notes, perhaps green apples. The flavor is sour, yet slightly fruity. The touch of wood balances things out nicely. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (537) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
2004 bottle. Looks like clear apple cider. Pungent fruity aroma, sour apple. Sour flavor, a bite of lactose, bread and alcohol. Interesting, not bad for a ten year old beer but it doesn’t quite come together with the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2009
Very pale amberish colour with little to no head, looks cool and smells very sweet and oaky, very special and white-whine like. Flavour is quite sour but balanced buy huge woody flavours ending on a dry vinous note with lingering wood complexity. Mouthfeel is smooth. Very odd in a good way, a must try for sure.

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