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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: 349   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2767) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 4, 2008
Thanks to HogTownHarry! Shared with Harry, Tupalev and Blankboy: App: Zero head even with huge aggitation, light, yellow, orange, almost like a cider, zero carbonation. Aroma: Sour, peppery ’sweaty’ (not in a bad way!) some corriander hidden in there too. Flavour: Initially sour, with a ’cornflakes’ grain underlining flavour, some pepper and salt too, very unusual, very different. Enjoyable, but initially I thought I didn’t like it, a few sups later, I loved it. Not an easy drink!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3694) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2013
04 bottle shared by Barry at a tasting. Poured blood red with light head and lacing. Aromas/taste of vinegar, apples, malts, acetone, leather, and oak. Light mouthfeel with lots of sour fruits and other weird stuff. I think this may have been a little too old or im not that crazy about rodenbach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1153) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2014
2004 brought back by Todd and shared. Thanks! (I think this is the 3rd time I’ve had this, so it’s nice to actually have the rating.) A: Clear brown color, no head, some lacing. N: Nail polish, wine grape, honey, grapefruit rind and lemon zest. T: Tart, slightly sweet, and some acetone. M: Light body. Very acidic. O: This is probably the best of the 3 bottles I have tried. The other two were much sweeter, this one has a pleasing tartness. I am worried about its age, 10 years old might be pushing the limit on what it can do.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wim (3015) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2008
red pink coloured body with no head a fruity aroma a fruity sour taste and a strong sour fruity finich

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9979) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 7, 2008
375ml bottle (One Pint Pub, Helsinki, Belgian Beer Week 2008)
Clear dark orange, no head. Beautiful aroma - complex combination of things. Quite sharp, and pleasantly sweet too, but tainted by clear butter-popcorn a.k.a. diacetyl. Taste is full of heavy esters, and dominated by the diacetyl. Behind that it’s sharp and appley, very zingy on the tongue, and even chip vinegar - oh so sharp, and oh so tasty, but alas the diacetyl is too prominent to have this really shine. (Without that, it would have scored more in almost all categories, so it’s been punished hard.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2008
Vintage 2004/004622. Warm golden with almost no head. The aroma is sour with notes of rye, fruit and malt. The flavour is sourish with light notes of vinegar, rye, fruit and malt. I know a lot like this very much. I think it’s nice, but obviously it’s talents are wasted on me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2287) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Thanks to Chris for this one. Incredibly strange beer. Combination of white grapes, paint thinner, and some wood at the finish. Not all that impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1600) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Pour is an apple juice looking amber with no head. The nose is of green apple, sweet caramel malt, light vinegar, sour cherries and light acetic acid. Flavor follows the nose, sweeter and brighter cherries and less acetic. Creamy medium to full body with decent carbonation. Rather sweet and a touch vinegary with light carb to balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9727) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Bottle @ Delirium Brussels. Fairly clear, burnt orange appearance with a tiny head that dissipates quickly. Musty, vinegar, mild cherry, tart, woody aroma. Richly woody, balsamic vinegar, cherry, light vanilla, quite sour, somewhat oxidized flavor. This is a 2004 vintage and I think it has peaked already.

   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!

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