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Rodenbach Vin de Céréale

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Formerly brewed at Brouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roeselare, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
2004 Vintage, from a single "Foeder" (N° 135)(barrel), ripened for 3 years, uncoloured.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brix (633) - DENMARK - FEB 28, 2008
Tasted 2008-02-27. 2004 vintage. Pours beautiful, clear, golden, light amber with off-white head. The head disappears fast - still beautiful! Aroma: A nice acidic background, but what dominates this bottle is a strong paste-like diacetyl scent. Totally ruins it for me! Same with flavour: Very nice acidic barnyard-like background, but in the aftertaste, all that’s left is that nasty paste! Despite all, it’s very complex and has a full body, but I’m very disappointed! 3-5-7-4-7 (2,6) ---- Rerate: The day after I had another bottle. This time the diacetyl was a lot less pronounced, but it was still there. 7-5-7-4-14 (3,7) I rate the average of the two bottles!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6218) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2009
No head. Deep amber body. Fruity milky vinegary aroma with farmyard, brass, and wood notes. Acidic wooden milky grainy yoghurty taste. Mild mouthfeel. Mid-bodied. Dry barnyard vinegar and acid aftertaste with yoghurty notes. Mild, balanced, very nice. (0.33l bottle from gr0ve.)

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2008
(bottle, thanks kmweaver) Crystal clear apple juice body with no head. Aroma is moderately sweet, alcohol, apple, some syrup. Taste is medium sweet, sour green apple, light alcohol. Light-medium body, no carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2008
37.5cl bottle@Vero Beach Throwdown-pours a ? head and gold color. Aroma is apple, vinuous, some alcohol. Taste is tart, apple, vinuous, some alcohol, some malt, lemon. Sipping. Occasional. Thanks hopscotch for sharing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours very still and a golden orange. Aroma has some sour and a bit of dough. Light and fruity at first, develops sourness and complexity. Sour on the tip of the tounge, has some grain and lightly sweet malt parts to it. Coats the back of the tounge and leaves some lactic sour in the back of the throat.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Bottle, Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà, Rome, Italy. Light golden. Mildly aromatic, with hardly any depth, some sour fruits. Mild malts, some sourness. Not sweet like the grand cru. Very little depth, not alive. Ok taste. A bit dull. Just an ok beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (5847) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle# 2066. Clear copper color with a fleeting head. Nice sour cherry green apple pit fruit aromas with vanilla and wood. Smooth medium body. Lots of vinegar in the flavor- i’m thinking over aged wine; tough to get past this, with sour cherry, mild vanilla, pit fruits.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jblauvs (1340) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Port like pour, glowing amber/gold. Aroma is reminiscent of ice wine, with some acetic acid and paint thinner as well. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel is slippery down the throat. Flavor is sour white grape juice, a bit of acetic acid, but degenerates to an acetone, paint thinner finish. Not great

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2014 Bottle sampled 3/15/14
Flat, lifeless and clear ruby-amber liquid in the glass.
Prunes, tons of toffee and caramel. Over-ripened red fruits. Concentrated sweet strawberry jam and tons of vanilla from the oxidation. Smells like it’s going to be very, very, very sweet....
And not surprisingly, it is very, very, very sweet. I found very little flemish brown ale here and quite a bit of a barleywine with light to moderate Belgian influences. Very light on the acetic aspects, with just ripe red fruitiness and an ever so slight aceto-lactic tartness. Tons of toffee and caramel, light soy and lots of vanilla-like oxidative notes. Pretty low on the alcohol though!
I can’t envision how this would have been particularly good when younger. It’s just powerfully caramelly beer with very little tartness for balance. Would have had less oxidation, but just as much punishing sweetness. Very convinced a lot of this beer’s reputation was hype and rarity.
If Alexander can be near a 5.0 after 10-12 years of age, than screw this stuff /end-justification-for-why-I’m-rating-this-rant. Ugh, Palm....Call me up when they discover a single Foeder of aged pre-Palm bier....

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
onystrom (1319) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2008
Clear yellow color with small head. Its a sour ale... very vinegar but rather plesant with the right food...


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