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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9055) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Bottle shared by kmweaver. Clear apple cider copper body, little to no head. Apple cider and apple cider vinegar nose, perfumy and estery while also being quite clean. Prickly apple and perfume potpourri flavor up front, moderate acidity, some sour and prickly green apples, oak… acetic and strange, it’s good but not stellar, finishing with a mildly sour stale honey flavor. I understand what it is, but honestly I’m not so much into this derivation of a Flemish sour. Will try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2008
From a 330mL Bottle. Transparent, golden apple cider colored pour with a thin head of wispy white. Acetic nose with hints of pear, apple skins, and a squeeze of lemon. A honey sweetness suggests the presence of some remaining malt sugars and blends together with some perfumey esters to create a gardeny honeysuckle bouquet. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Grainy, husky malt flavors up front on the palate, bringing to mind Cheerios, along with some elements of honey sweetness. Some moderate mead-like alcohol flavors mid-palate, but not overly offensive. Mild acetic sourness, along with some peark and light apple fruitiness. I like the acid and fruit, but the honey flavored sugars and husky graininess don’t do much for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
My Bottom Line:
The tartness of ripe green apples melds into lambic-y sourness before syrupy cereal sweetness tempers the fruity attack. This slick and flat Sour Ale is definitely intriguing, but it is not as compelling as their Grandu Cru, imho.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no head whatsoever atop the clear bronze.
-Its body and flavor profile are somewhat similar to Cantillon’s Bruocsella.
-Alcohol is relatively well hidden for a 10% ale.
-Carbonation is nearly absent, which doesn’t help the mouthfeel much.
-A wooden dryness rises in the back.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 10, 2008
Thx for another great tasting, Kim (Beljohansen) !!! Light amber, clear, no head, wood, vinegar, very sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2008 bottle thanks to miketd..... poured a very dead and lifelessapple brandy brown with no head to speak of..... aroma was lacking complexity. mostly sour green apple, and vinegary..... flavors were sour tart and vinegary paired with mild carbonation and an average mouthfeel. it was all too one dimensional for me. just very sour and vinegary and therefore lacking the qualities which would have made this more memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2008
Clear amber pour with no head. The aroma is very pleasant, there’s vinegar, lambic-like sourness nad tart fruits. The flavor, however is a bit less interesting even if it has the sourness, vinegar, tart fruits and some belgian funk, sweetness was present and partly ruined the experience. When I brought this back from Belgium, I had very high expectations since it’s highly rated, but I feel let down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1746) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Poured from a 375 ml bottle. Still pour of apple cider consistency and clarity. Musty apple and earth nose. Crusty pastries and cheeses, brown spices and tart alcohol presence. First flavor is a bogged down bran and oatmeal graininess, lilting lazily into a hot acidity of white wine and dulled lactic acid. Acidity is very sharp and brisk, but seems somewhat polished off in an atypical way with less balsamic and acetic acid and more heavily concentrated pear and lemon juice. More searing with ripe sourness and alcohol in the mid palate; texture is soft and acidic as a fairly syrupy white wine, with a peppery, somewhat foul alcoholic finish. Some residual, clinging sweetness of honey and white grapes. Though friendly and simple, it seems stripped down in some vague and hard to describe way, and a bit lifeless somehow. Thanks for sharing, Zac!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2890) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wim (3551) - 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 (13255) - 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.)

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