Brewed by Brouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roeselare, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 661   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Rodenbach Vintage is the unique result of selection by our Rodenbach brew masters, the barrel after two years of maturation has produced the best beer, "the best barrel of the year". The label is always the number of barrel stated and the year which marks the beginning of maturation.

Rodenbach Vintage is 100% matured old beer, resulting in superior Rodenbach Grand Cru. Its taste is complex, round, intense and refreshing. Typically, the apple tart fruitiness combined with caramel, wild honey and oak with a hint of vanilla, cherry and licorice. Its aroma has hints of caramel and oak, as well as notes of green apples mixed with honey and chocolate. The soft sour, fruity aftertaste is long and nicely balanced like a grand cru wine.

Ingredients: water, barley malt, corn, hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EHSRanders (1795) - Tjele, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2014
Muddy brown colour with small creamy White mostly lasting head. Nice aroma with sour notes. Cherry aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1057) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2014
2011 version at Mikkeller Bar SF. Pours a hazy brown with an off white head that fades. Superb lacing coating the glass. Nose has sweet dark fruit, woody oak and honey sweetness. So complex. Taste is sour cherries up front with honey coming through. Slight malty sweetness at the end. Tart cherries to finish on the palate. Pretty damn good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Xebbe (90) - - OCT 9, 2014
Bland det bästa jag druckit. Lagrad i 2-3 år. Så otroligt god, nyanserad. Som sur godis men som balanseras med en sötma som rullar in på slutet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aleigator (278) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2014
2011 version. Pours a dark, ruby-red color, with a decent, rustic, bubbly head. Nose is full of vinegar sourness, along with fermented grapes and a sharp sting of glue, combined with hints of old cheese, almonds and cherries - resulting actually in a very convincing mixture. Has a very smooth mouthfeel, right from the beginning, provided by wooden, earthy malts and vanilla hints. Then the complex sourness hits the palate, including a rich grape fruitiness, which turns overripe during the drinking process. The lively carbonation becomes more detectable, from which the slick, very dry sourness stands perfectly out. Finishes with a long lasting, intense vinous sourness. Very enjoyable, medium bodied and well balanced, with a fruity, vinegar sourness all along. Actually not as complex as expected, but very convincing, successful in what it tries to be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (2425) - BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2014
Since 2009, this unblended, unpasteurized and unsweetened Rodenbach is released in champagne bottles, to celebrate the quality of beer matured in the "best barrel" of each year. Medium thick, milky, off-white, not too stable head, warm dark ruby red colour, clear. Strong passion fruit aroma, sweet sherry, tomato, sour cherries, gooseberries, iron, wine vinegar, raisins, hay, vanilla, woody tannins. Typical play of sour and sweet in the mouth, caramelly background with tons of fruity esters playing against it, tart but not sharply acidic, soft, very complex with dryingly sourish, woody finish; very high drinkability. Indeed Rodenbach in its purest, most perfect form. I strongly recommend collecting each vintage and ageing them in the beer cellar: sour beers like this one have huge ageing potential and keep evolving positively for many a year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"damn, Rodenabch knows how to make a sour. had the 2007 cask 230 and 2008 cask 96 side by side. oak and cherry sweetness evident in both...more oak easily in the 07. both were sweeter and less sour than the Rodenbach Grand cru, but surprisingly the 07 was more mellow and oaky than the 08. 08 was slightly better and reminded me of a slightly improved Duchesse...but not quite the awesomeness thta is the grand cru. nice change of pace, though, and both reminded me of why i love the style so much. 4.3 2007...4.4 2008"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (2342) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2014
2011 edition . 750 ml pours hazy brown with a off white head. Aroma of fruit, wood, honey and malts. Taste is honey, malts, cherries and sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (716) - Lille, FRANCE - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle edition 2011 @ home from Cellier des Arcades, Arras - Color: dark velvet black beer with no carbonation and no foam. Smell: red fruity, grapes, raisin, strawberry and raspberry. Notes of vine and small sour presence. Taste: nice equilibrium on mouth of red grape fruits and malt. Some sour taste. Aftertaste: sour and red fruity. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2730) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with a small off-white head. Sweet and sour aroma with fruit, vinegar and wood. Flavor was medium sweet with fruit, wood, vinegar, cherries, and was moderately acidic. medium body, soft carbonation, dry tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8657) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
2010 bottle. Pours a ruby-brown color with a medium light beige head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of dark fruit, oak and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of black cherry, oak, chocolate malt and caramel. The finish is fruity and oaky with a tart cherry aftertaste. Good beer all around.

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