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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: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - APR 5, 2009
Clear, golden and no head, almost looks alarming. The nose is interesting, it is very sour but not overwhelmingly so, the wooden notes combine with grapefrut, apples and light sweetness. The mouthfeel is close to flat, the taste is sour and a little fruity, alcohol is slightly felt. Lovely thing about this is that it is like a spring cleanup in your mouth, wipes the palate clean and possibly in larger quantities also the memory.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2009
Had at the brewery during their open day in 2008. Citrus and bready flavours were dominant. It was extremely grainy, yet complex, with notes of fig, pear, apple, vinegar, and vanilla. Hides the alcohol well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Case (247) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanVittrup (243) - København V, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2009
Looks like apple juice. No head. Sour, sweet, vinegar aroma. Not bad. Sour. Little sweet, not bitter. Ok. Medium body. Quite like apple juice with vinegar. Ok, well made. Purchased in Ølbutikken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geuzelambix (243) - København, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2010
A very acidic beer beer that would scare away some people at least. the vinegar is rather apparent, but it’s swept in such caress that you can’t really not like it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2009
2004 Bottle. Pours a luminous clear golden with a clear white head that vanishes quickly. Aromas of wet newspapers, Asian pear, some green grape, and a nice dose of funk. The flavor of this is so well balanced it is truly extraordinary with muscat grapes, great geueze funkiness, and green apple. There is just the right amount of carbonation which offsets the sour finish. This is one of the smoothest, most elegant beers I have ever tried. It reminds me of the 3 Fonteinen J&J Blauw, which is most certainly a good thing. A pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigMomma (223) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2010
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeranarchist (211) - Aalborg, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2008
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2008
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!

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