biggsbowler (482) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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)
davidpl (435) - Santiago, CHILE - APR 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MaxxDaddy (413) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
wimpie133 (381) - Brugge, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - APR 8, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
RomanW70 (297) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Case (297) - GERMANY - APR 23, 2009
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - MAR 19, 2008
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Impossible to rate conventional because its depending of context, food, society, landscape...