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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: 361   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UDBeernut (2579) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle at BA Buffalo bottleshare. I failed to mention in my previous reviews from the other night, that all tastings where blind. This was to atempt to remove prior notions of said brew. This bottle was a 2006 bottle. Pours a amber red hue with white silky head, light wisp of lacing. The nose is lovely with sweetness, slight cherry. Taste is balanced but moderatly puckering, but continues with the cherry caracter. Add vinegar and vanilla. This was by far the best beer of the evening. Body is light and slick. Very sip able.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flocci (35) - BELGIUM - APR 29, 2013
I have caught a double-agent. The owner of "d’Afspraak" in Mechelen told me it was hiding in his cellar. Un-be-liev-able it hadn’t yet been discovered there. It’s a wine pretending to be a beer, and a beer posing as a wine. It is neither and yet both. It doesn’t don the expected white hat, nor does it wear the classic frivolous lace. No-nonsense attire, and a nice tan to boot. Suspicious already, I wanted to sniff it out. And oh, this Rodenbach was good at its job; it confused me even more. Cider, oak, chocolate, grass, malt: it was all there. An eau de toilette that could conceal anything and everything. Now that I had my teeth into it, I was determined to reveal it as a fraud, but it threw everything it had at me. Sweet and alluring, sourly contradicting my accusations, flirting and warm, such a smooth operator. Nearly had me calling it honey. I may have caught it, but I have to admit it seduced me - like you might expect of the goodlooking spies in a James Bond movie. And I don’t regret it one bit, nor will I ever turn it in. There are few of them left in the world, and less every day - you’ll be lucky if you ever get to see one, let alone catch it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2013
At Delirium cafe Brussels. Shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: little clouded dark blond little red beer, little to no head. NOSE: wood, sourness, some red fruits, vinous, Amazing! TASTE: flat, very sour, still very fruity, wood, complete complexity, amazing beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (9248) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2007
Totally free of head; cognac-orange colour; the REAL Rodenbach colour. Quite sharp, even acetic, but with a superb vinous aroma, with wineacids (malonic, tartaric,...) At the same time tart, sharp, mild, vinous, alcoholic (when only a little), slight aftertaste as from a Sauternes. Ultra-dry MF, acidburn in the end, a bit oily. Nice - OK : superb - but I would have liked just a bit more explanation apart from what is printed on the hardly readable wrapper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebeertourist (5175) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2007
Bottle at De Dulle Griet, Gent. Pours deep orange amber, slightly hazy, with as good as no head at all. Wonderful sour-sweet aroma, nuts turning into marcipan, sour fruit yoghurt. Taste is very sour with yoghurt and fruit notes. Sharp acidic finish with a touch of wood. Some mildening marcipane taste as well. Rodenbach has turned out an impressive beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
diabel (1679) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2008
Bottled Coppery orange, totally clear body. The head instantly fizzes away. Reminds me of an old lambic or a little bit of Oudbeitje (when it comes to the appearance). Very complex aroma of wine, liquor, malts, calvados, wood, fruits, (peach, strawberry) and some hints of alcohol. This has a great aroma, I could sniff this for hours! Heavily sour, lightly sweet initial flavour. Harshly sour, moderately sweet finish. An overwhelming complex flavour that grows stronger to the end. In the flavour one can distinguish fruit and sourness (bit acidic however). No alcoholic flavour whatsoever, but still heavily bodied without any carbonation. Woow, this is just great, I have to buy more of these (if they are not too pricey). The name is perfectly choosen, it’s very winey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2008
Bottle 010695 (thanks to my cousin, ggaughan). Sampled alongside Rodenbach Classic and Grand Cru. Poured clear, rosy golden with no head. This was much lighter than its brethren. Medium tart aroma, lactic with notes of wood and wild yeast. Flavor was lactic as well, but somewhat restrained. Complimentary notes of green apple and oak round out the palate. Very dry finish. Less balsamic character than the Grand Cru. This was easily my favorite of the 3 Rodenbachs I sampled that day. World class sour!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2008
bottle big thanks to tom. pours orange thin nil head, little carbonation, nose is ketchup, sour white grapes butterscotch white cider vinegar. tastes sour grape white wine acidity ketchup, sour candy long finish with great mouthfeel for little carbonation. sour apple in finish with amazing maltyness. pure quality cheers tom for that!

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