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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (585) - 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 (580) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 10, 2008
Thx for another great tasting, Kim (Beljohansen) !!! Light amber, clear, no head, wood, vinegar, very sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2010
A fascinating glimmering reddish orange color. No real head, just a small amount of airy bubbles that quickly disappears. An outstanding appearance. A powerful and mature smell. Rich fruity aromas mix with prominent notes of oak barrel. Mild hints of vinegar. Some yeast, a hint of nougat, green apples and earth. The smell is really reminiscent of white wine. Excellent. The taste is wonderful as well. A tart taste seems to balance perfectly, but just for a hint of second it goes sour. But the sourness is counterweighted by a surprisingly big sweetness, with notes of both malts and honey. The taste is really complex: notes of tart berries, lemon juice, unripe fruits, raisins. It’s reminiscent of both white wine and fine apple cider. Plenty of barrel aged character as well with hints of oak and chestnut. The taste of vinegar is present, but subdued, and becomes noticeable not until the finish where the alcohol also makes an appearance. Rather full body, very smooth and soft. Basically no carbonation at all. Rather dry in the finish. D: A refined and elegant beer, to say the least. I really liked it. It’s complex and well balanced, and very tasty. But most of all, it was fun and enjoyable to drink. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

   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 (415) - 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.

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