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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.


davidpl's rating

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidpl (435) - Santiago, - APR 11, 2009
Tasted in Brugges-2008. Appearance: amber color with pink notes, beautiful color. Not head. Aroma: complex sweet fruity smells. Mainly vinous and citric; notes of wood, green grapes, rose’s petal and balsamic vinegar. Flavor: ephemeral sweet start; dominated for complex and sour flavors. Fruitiness simiar to citric strawberries, green grapes and pomegranate. Spicy sourness with notes of vineger, gherkin, pickles and mustard. Vinous reminiscences as rosé, champagne and chardonay. Lightly Woody taste. Final with light touches of bicarbonate. Palate: medium body, semi-oily ad rough texture. Low carbonation. Remark: refined, complex and refreshing beer; own character, multidimentional sourness and a challenge for the palate. Very nice.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (1886) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle shared by Bytemesis! Yet another want-list beer! Apple and pear in the nose, some cherry. Nearly a still pour. Very tart and winey flavors with some slightly sweet malt character. Low on the pie-like flavors, some light cherry as it warms and a mild acidity throughout. Seems as though there are some oxidation issues, but given the age, I’m not surprised. Enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3151) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle, 2004 vintage from Secret Santa - thanks! Shared at the homer "welcome to California" tasting. Pours crystal clear reddish amber, tiny off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. Aroma is funky basements, a bit of fruitiness, apple, vinous - white wine. Flavor is oxidized yes, medium sweet, light tart and light funk. Ciderlike in some ways. Medium body. Interesting experience.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (403) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
2004 bottle. Looks like clear apple cider. Pungent fruity aroma, sour apple. Sour flavor, a bite of lactose, bread and alcohol. Interesting, not bad for a ten year old beer but it doesn’t quite come together with the best.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Phillies08Champs (692) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle from Tom Foley split with Matt Capone, Kevin Wilk & Tom. Pours hazy brown to red with little head. Nose is acetic acid, funk and earthy notes. First sip is mild cherries, bit of oxidation, mild acetone. Beautiful finish which stArts fruity switches to sour quickly. Great beer . Thanks, Tom.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4423) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: No head. Clear amber colored beer. Aromas of red berries, apricot, fish fond, perfume, wood, some caramel and marzipan. Flavour is a tart mix of wood, grapes, red fruit, vinegar, some malts, some flowers, light spicy, some fruity dry or dry fruity tones and some berries. Aftertaste is a mix of dry, tart, grapes, malts, wilder yeast and berries. Low carbo, watery mouthfeel, medium to fuller bodied and a spicy light dry watery texture. Interesting, even after 10 years, damn interesting!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThirstyBird (1564) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 27, 2014
Old rating from the Kulminator. Pours copper/amber color bubbles stuck to the side of the glass and old a tiny wisp of a head. The smell is vinegar, oak, cherry and grapes. The taste is super complex with oak, mild cherry, vinegar - super crisp with a dry finish. Light/medium body with light carbonation.

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....

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2331) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2014
May be slightly flat and a touch oxidized but I still really enjoyed this. Nose was wet oak, cherry, creamed corn(odd), walnuts, and toast. Taste is puckering tartness, some cardboard, cherries, grainy sweetness.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ernesto987 (3710) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 Wow this is great tons of great flavors this is great. Fruits and tartness take over this palate. Slightly oxidized and flat, the complexity is mindblowing, tons of dark fruits, tartness, light herbs and spices. The belgians really crush it to sour browns.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (907) - Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Dan supplied the bottle (not an RB user). Many thanks! Had consumed at RB NE Meetup while everyone talked about boring stuff and played with their phones. Aromas of puke, corn on the cob, acidulated malt, and apricots. Tastes of everything described with the addition of cat urine, white sage, pomegranate, and sweat. Quite possibly, the best beer of the tasting.


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