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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 582   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (3895) - SWEDEN - APR 2, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2012 Courtesy of ekstedt. Pours cherry amber with bubbly tanned head keaving nice lace. Aroma is old damp cellar, sour, cherry and slightly sweet. Sour fresh medium mouthfeel. Pleasant fruity, a bit phenolic, sweet and berry flavor. Medium sour palate. Finishes sweet, tart and earthy. 121214: bottle 75 cl shared with Lotta, 2007 vintage. Pours murky mahogany with a nice ranned diminishng head leaving laces. Aroma is sweet sour honey lemon juice acetone fruity; so well in balance. Flavor even better than the aroma; sweet sour honey in front acetone lemon juice malts fruits raisins from middle to end finishing with a tart sweet and slightly bitter fruity aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holy (834) - GERMANY - MAR 31, 2011
2008 Vintage (although it could have been 2007... It was a long night). Nice sour notes. I liked this one!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheJestersBeer (1929) - SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy mahogany, with a beige head. Huge, sour nose, lots of malt, fruit and red berries, wood, and soy. Medium dry, medium bodied, very acidic. Very rich and complex taste, really well balanced sourness, lots of wood, red berries, malt, spicy and aromatic. Very long aftertaste, extremely well balanced. (2010-09-30)

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
floris87 (35) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2011
Vintage 2007 - Barrel no. 230. I love sour ales, but hadnt had this one yet. It is light brown/orange with a bit of red, with a small head. Smells great, vinous, oaky, notes of strawberry and caramel. The taste is sour and fruity (cranberries?) and the oak is more present, with a slightly musty aftertaste. This is definitely one of the best sour ales Ive had, and maybe beats Goudenband, my favourite so far. Im definitely buying another one!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (4028) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2011 Bottle: 2007: Big off white to light yellow head on top of a dirty dark orange beer with a ruby tint to it. Smell sour, yeast, wood, lemon, red fruits and dust. Taste earth, wood, red fruit, dust, yeast, spices, lightly toasted malts, cookies, light sour and sweet. Aftertaste of sour and hints of sweet and something sweet cookie a like. Low carbo, soft mouthfeel, full body and an almost oily texture. Very well balanced. Interesting brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7012) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2011
On tap at The Kulminator, Antwerp, Belgie, 18.03.11 Pours reddy brown in colour with a light beige head. Sour with some tart fruitiness on the nose and a little wet wood. Cherries in mouth, quite tart and clacky with some wet woodiness, good tang and really drinkable. Marvellous stuff. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.9

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (4606) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 23, 2011
On tap at Wildeman. Dark red body with medium head. Fruity and cherry nose. Taste is very tart and sweet. Quite sour too. Enjoyable but not my style... Pleasure to have had on tap though.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sten (596) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2011
Brown-reddish beer with a small white head. Very nice sour cherry aroma. Taste starts off good and sour but it ends sweet (unfortunatly). (corked bottle 75cl, vintage 2008)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2011
2007 Vintage. Pours cloudy brown, with a ruby tinge and a smallish head. Nose is magnificent. Take the grape, fig, and caramel of the Roche 10, and add tart cherries and just a faint bit of lemon to liven things up. Big, full flavor, right up front, that moves from sweet fruits and caramel into a burst of sour blackberry/cassis, all underlaid by a lovely hint of oak. The tartness builds with each sip, making you feel like guzzling this one down - every taste leaves you wanting more. Addicting... and utterly delicious. Fantastic!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1052) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2011
2008 vintage, on draft at Stubbys in Milwaukee. Pours a light brown with a white head. Aroma is fruity, cherry, and a little bit of funk. Light on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sour, tart, cherry, and a little bit of malt. A very good beer, and a nice extension to the regular Rodenbach line-up, although Im not sure its worth the mark up over the Grand Cru.


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