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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: 358   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 <i>A Mes rate: Bottle opened to celebrate Manchester United winning the Premiership, City getting battered 8-1 and Bolton sticking the knife in with an injury time equalizer. What a day!</i>
Looks almost like a fine cognac with a slight film and a rim of white foam. A big snowstorm of bubbles when swilled. Amazing aroma. Full of huge grainy notes and barrely sourness. Incredibly dry but very sweet at the same time. Almost desert wine sweetness. Really powerful. Strawberry like fruity notes and some fairly clear caramel. So dry it dries your lungs out as you sniff. Flavour is utterly superb. Big tannins and wooden barrel sourness. Incredible rice crackers character and a huge sour sting round the sides of the mouth which give an amazing channel for all the sweet stuff to fall into which then slips down the throat in such a dreamy fashion pulling along with it all the cereal and grain which is almost almost instantly kicked to death by more of the (proper) Rodenbach sourness. Lingering rice and paper (in a good way honestly) close the curtains on an incredible performance. It throws you completely off kilter at first but once you adjust it’s clear that this is exceptional. A balanced assault of craziness and I love it. This is probably the 10th time I have had this so I figured I should get round to rating it. Stunning stuff that is going to make for an interesting aging experiment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
castsbyfly (2) - Bishop Burton, East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2008 does not count
Tasted this great beer in a tasting house in Brugge. No head, very fine carbonation. Smooth taste and quite sour as your expect. After taste is of pure grain and bread. Not an every day drinker at 7+ euro each, but well worth a couple.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (14840) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 6, 2009
courtesy Jan & Charlotte
Bright golden-amber. No head. Rich nose of wood, mirabelle plums, pears and a slight acetic note. Balanced and appetizing. Relatively low carbonation, just a hint of prickle. Rich lactic tang balanced by sticky malt. Quite fruity (plum, peach, pear) with significant wood and acidity to dry it out. The real story is in the mouthfeel, however. It’s near flat, with a slight oily accent, but is fully vibrant, carrying complex flavours across the palate with surprising simplicity. Lively fruits take on a somewhat vinous character. Very refined example - almost lacks the rustic charm I like in sours but is so perfectly structured I can pretty much overlook that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hirigalzkar (2753) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2009
Bottle. Ap: Amber color. No head. Small and calm bubbles. Ar: Jasmine rice. Light spiciness. Some strange complex funky thing that reminds me of artsinal cheese. Very sweet. Fla: The sourness is there straight away. Kind of sweet in the background, good balance for the sourness. Vinous. The strange bitterness of jasmine rice. Ov: Perfect palate. Great soft mouthfeel

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10799) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle 9233 from Papsoe. Apple juice colored pour. No head. Sour peaches, vinegar, sour apples, fruity. Tiny sweetness. Damn good. Thanks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2010
Very strong resin aroma. Some strawberry. Brown sugar. Fantastic body with a huge rush of sourness up front. The resin flavor is almost chemical in nature but fantastic!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (3252) - Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 Darkguardian hookin it up with this 04 vintage bottle. Orangish yellow pour with no head. Pleasant fruity aromas. The taste was sweet and sour with wonderful grape, light fruit, and vinegar notes. Great beer......

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tquest (93) - BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2011
This is one of the best Rodenbach products available. Although pretty high in ABV I really like the immense complexity of this beer. This is a combination of whine, beer and whiskey. Tasting the oak barrels very good. You can drink this one at Aba-Jour in Ghent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spdyfire83 (35) - 5280, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2012
37.5cl bottle served in a (small) Westy 12 chalice. Bottle No. 007939 from the one and only vintage (i.e. 2004). Pours medium copper. A few bubbles for a head on medium pour. "Vin De Céréale" cork, etched box, and wrapped bottle make the presentation of this top-notch. Smell includes mix of caramel, cherries, and vinegar. Touch of tannins, leather, and soft oak. ABV is very well hidden on this. Taste follows smell beautifully! Rounded cherry tartness, tannins, and vinegar. Touch of oak, caramel, and soft green apple. Again, ABV is hidden and almost non-existent. A very nice, enjoyable, and rounded beer. Smell and taste are quite deep and complex. Has stood the test of time and I think it will continue to hold up quite well. Tasty brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ianhuntley73 (22) - - JAN 21, 2013
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.

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