BigMomma (223) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2011 37,5cl bottle shared by Travlr. Hazy orange, dark amber with no head. Aroma of apple cider and lots of sourness. Taste is very sour with apple cider. Decent Rodenbach singe foeder, but I like the Vintage more.
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004 Vintage bottle shared with Ronald and Carita in Finland. Realesing this bottle from its wooden presentation and white wrapping paper builds up a sense of expectation that is met in every detail. Zero head and a beautiful congnac colour. Aromas of young apples, oak and honey - reminds me of a big fat US chardonnay. Flavours of cloudberries and acidic cider. 10% ABV - where is it? Light, delicate and spectacular beer.
beeranarchist (207) - Aalborg, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Golden, clear and no head at all. Typical rodenbach sourish aroma of wood, raspberries, cherries, vinegar and youghurt. Flavour is much more flavour than the normal Rodenbachs; earthy, notes of hay, very tart with only little sweetness. More complex than most redwines, but still very refreshing. The 10% alcohol is very well hidden. Masterpiece!
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Multiple bottles shared at the Cleveland tasting. Really was looking forward to this beer...but ended up finding a sour ale that was more reminiscent of a white wine. Poured a pretty boring clear golden yellow with not much carbonation. Had a nice bit of sourness with some oak and tart fruitness in the flavor profile. Very very dry and clean finish much more towards the end of the brew. This beer definetely blurs the line between beer and wine. A very interesting brew that I enjoyed...but I just want my rodenbach alexander back!
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by Rciesla on my 25th birthday. Pours flat and has the typical Rodenbach funk. Very nice and very drinkable. I like this offering.
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by cmillward. Pours a nice reddish color with a white head. Fruity nose with apples aromas and cider. Also get a hint of vinegar. Flavors are smooth, citrusy, apple, nice sourness to it and clean finish. Great beer.
Monkeypower (172) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden without any head. Sour aroma with alcohol, dry apples, malt and yeast. Very dry, winous flavor, a bit like a white wine, with apples, grapes, cranberries, alcohol and vanilla. More like a white wine than a beer, with a lot of taste.
Case (150) - 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!
dudebun (135) - GERMANY - MAY 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared with my dad. Bottle looks great in the paper wrap, adds a little to the experience. Pours out looking like rosé, with a little head that clears up completely and quickly. Not much carbonation to speak of, mouthfeel is thin yet syrupy if that’s possible. A hint of strawberry, overall pretty sour. We were stunned when we saw how high the abv was, we’d have never guessed from the taste.
EugeneStraver (119) - Nootdorp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Home 20121231 (37.5 cl bottle with cork; from 2004; bottle no: 005680): A copper coloured, clear beer without any foam. Some yeast on the bottom. The arome is very slightly malty/caramel sweet, sour (vinegar-like) with fruit (appel, raisins, peer). Also some wood smell with vanille. The taste is a little sweet, caramel-like. But a sour tast is coming up for a long period. This is compensate by other niche flavours in the taste: green appel, peer, wood, vanille. The carbonation is low and you will have aa feeling like the tannine in wine. Even a slightly sticky after a while. But very good.