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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JefVerstraete (1458) - Ghent, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2014
Hazy red/amber colour. Soft carbonation. Very complex "oud bruin". Tart aroma with notes of green apples and balsamic vinegar. Some sweetness also. Very well balanced. Another fanastic sour red/brown.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (2702) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2008
Bottle, 37,5 cl. Thanks to Tom. Almost clear gold-orange color, no head. Aroma bit sweet, sour, fruits, wood. Medium body. Taste complex, very great ! Sourness, woodimpression, fruits, dry. Don’t have the feeling it’s 10 % alc. Perfect lovely beer !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BonVoeux (40) - Beveren-Leie, BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2008
from 37,5 cl bottle. (saterday 22 march @ beerfest WBF) Golden orange colour and almost no head. Grainy, cereal, woods aroma . Medium bodied. Tastes like woods, good sourness, alcohol is well hidden. Very good.

   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
planky84 (2113) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2010
Bottle procured from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Clear orange/gold pour, no head. Rich aromas of wood, berries, quite vinous, caramel, cheese, some herbs. The aromas continue through to the back of the nose. Sharp, funky sweet/sour flavours of caramel, oak, forest fruits, pears, baked apple, acetic acid. There’s even a light lemon tang in there too. Beautiful sweet/sour balance totally reflected in the mouthfeel. Dry bittersweet finish. Wonderful stuff!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Thanks to William Roelens for the bottle. A clear dark orange, copper colored beer. The head is small and disappears at once. The aroma is beautiful, it’s sour and grainy, with woody tones and sweet tones in the back. It’s a complex aroma. The taste is great and complex as well. Also sour and sweet, of peaches with a little citrus. There are the notes of oak. A long staying warm mouth feeling. In the aftertaste there are some notes of cookie. A well balanced beer. A very great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MiP (13671) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2011 Bottle, 10%. 2004 bottle, cask 132. Very nice aroma, mouthwatering citric, a bit like white wine. With a faint hint of mold. Clear amber colour, looks quite flat. It does have quite low carbonation. Small frothy head. The flavour is very citric, not vinegary, but getting very close. Has a little sweetness to balance. Again a faint hint of mold, probably the oak casks coming through ever so slightly. The aftertaste is of course citric, very cleansing, but it does not seem to hurt my throat. It does not really taste its 10%, perhaps the oak and the alcohol balance each other out.

Bottle, 10% - 2.5 years later, same year and cask as the original rating. I do not get any moldy or cellary notes this time. The acidity seems sharper, though, it burns and cuts a bit as it goes down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2010 2004 bottle #5108 graciously opened by psprings and shared with nbutler11 on 6/21/2009... holy crap paul! crystal clear and still. coppery/red orange color. it smells of cherries... big time! also, notes of wood, white wine (burgundy), some minerality and a touch of malty sweetness. a ton of peppery spice and cinnamon flavors make the mouth feel feel like it has bubbles even though this is dead flat... cool. other notes of ripe sweet red cherries, crisp white wine, tart green apples, malt powder, vanilla, mineral funkiness akin to mild bleu cheese and some cereal grain. 10%?... no effen way! full bodied and slick with an awesome texture. unreal... 8/4/9/5/18/4.4

now yer just being silly, dak. bottle 9233 on 3/8/10. much, much more sour this time around. dry, crisp, clean and too easy to put away!

   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 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.

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