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


on tap

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RATINGS: 713   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (4378) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle 75cl from Lio thanks a lot, a clear red beer with medium head. Nose is like a oude bruin with cherries and maderisation notes. Aroma is fruity, sour and sweet, very pleasant (more sweet than usual grand cru). This beer is vinous, not too acid, very carbonated, pleasant easy drinkable the oak and cherries notes are very fine, a great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawthorne00 (2680) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2011
2007 bottle. Murky brown with a beige head. Aroma of cherries, strawberries, tart apples, wood - OK but doesn’t promise all that much. Slippery mouthfeel. Taste is sweet and sour with very tightly integrated flavours. There’s berries, brown sugar, vinegar, oak, vanilla, almonds, white pepper. Some acid and wood at the end. Intense and fairly complex but really easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3289) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle (2008).Light amber, hazy, short and fully diminishing head. Moderate, vinous and lightly sweetish aroma, some sourness and fruitiness with some dark fruits, faint vanilla – oak. Body is medium, malty and sweetish flavor, cherry fruitiness, some sourness with faint vanilla. Finish is average, malty and sweetish, cherry sourish fruitiness and faint vanilla. Aroma has vinous sourness, as aroma has more sweetish cherry fruitiness – aroma and flavor not in balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2011
2008 Vintage. Brown with a amber touch and a small white head. Acidity, wood, vanillia and caramel in the nose. More of the same in the mouth but with some additional and hints of sherry (especially above recommended serving temperature, which is the way I like it). Altogether a complex and interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3395) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 26, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2011
++++ RE-RATE 20 July 2011 ++++

The following are notes from a blind tasting of sour brown and sour red beers at beastiefan2k’s house. The beers were served in sets of three, three flights total. All beers were served blindly, with a random order. This was really well set up, and a bunch of fun - thanks Eugene!

Beer #1 - Squatters 529.
Aroma - Aroma of light sour vinegar clears quickly revealing some nice lemon citrus tartness. Clean. 7
Appearance - hazed copper ruby pour, with a smallish off white head. 4
Taste - Taste is the bright vinegar sour of the nose, lemon, some nice oak barrel. Flavors nicely melded. 8
Palate - spritzy carbonation, medium light bodied, bright clean finish. 4
Overall - Nice beer, bright clean natural flavors. 14
Final Score - 3.7

Beer #2 - Nøgne Ø Tyttebær.
Aroma - a lot of rubber right away, some floral, all a big mish mash - weird stuff. 6
Appearance - Hazed, golden orange with a light white head. 4
Taste - The rubber, lightly sour malt, herbal, spice, weird as expected. Rubber comes back around in the finish. 5
Palate - Medium bodied, grainy mouth feel, lower carbonation level. 3
Overall - Strange stuff. 11
Final Score - 2.9

Beer #3 - New Belgium La Folie’09 cork and cage.
Aroma - Light sour, ginger citrus, grassy - nicely put together, but less aggressive than #1. 6
Appearance - Light haze, brown bronze, not much of an off white head. 4
Taste - Blackberry, fruit sour cherry, light spiced yeastiness. Really soft and nicely integrated sour character. 9
Palate - Medium bodied, nice tingly carbonation, tart fruit finish. Quite drinkable. 4
Overall - Enjoyable beer, great balance between sour character and clean drinkability. 15
Final Score - 3.8

Beer #4 - Eugene’s Home Brew.
Aroma - Potpourri spice, light vanilla, some additional floral yeast aromas. 6
Appearance - Lightly hazed brown, caramel colored, pretty much no head. 3
Taste - Woody potpourri spice, bit of a cherry character, along with some weird apple peel sour. Lemon and cilantro in the lingering finish. 7
Palate - Medium to light bodied, spritzy carbonation, woody finish. 4
Overall - Interesting flavors, though a touch heavy handed on the potpourri. 13
Final Score - 3.3

Beer #5 - Zoetzuur Flemish Reserve Ale.
Aroma - Spiced nutmeg, lightly herbal yeasty. 6
Appearance - Hazed brown light ruby, touch of a white head. 4
Taste - Light cocoa flavor, caramel, paired with lightly tar acidity. 6
Palate - Medium to heavy bodied, mouth coating, lingering spiced nut finish. 3
Overall - Independently I liked the sweetness and acidity, though I did not feel they worked very well together. 13
Final Score - 3.2

Beer #6 - Rodenbach Vintage’07.
Aroma - Vanilla, cherries, bit of funk. Nice clean aroma. 7
Appearance - Hazed brown copper with a smallish egg white head. 4
Taste - Gentle bright cherries, lightly tart, nice acetic character. Flavors pleasantly subdued, and well integrated. 8
Palate - Medium bodied, bright cherry fruit in the finish. 4
Overall - Nice beer, really liked the integration of the fruit and vinegar sour. 14
Final Score - 3.7

Beer #7 - Cigar City Vuja De.
Aroma - Light vinegar, tart sour, nice cherry fruit. Fresh and clean nose. 7
Appearance - Hazed brown ruby along with a smallish tan head. 4
Taste - Bright lemongrass, lightly floral, tart cherry, grassy - quite a bit of variety in flavors, nicely melded. 8
Palate - Medium bodied, bright clean finish. 4
Overall - Enjoyed this, had the brightest fruit expression of the night. 14
Final Score - 3.7

Beer #8 - Two Brothers Moaten.
Aroma - Initially vegetal, pear fruit comes out as it opens, light funk in the back. 6
Appearance - Flat pour, light hazed golden copper with a smallish off white head. 4
Taste - Lightly sour, citrus, floral, earthy, tart, a bit woody in the lasting finish. 7
Palate - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, residual herbal woodiness in the finish. 4
Overall - Decent, not as well integrated as others in the tasting. 13
Final Score - 3.4

Beer #9 - Baladin Super Baladin Sour Edition.
Aroma - Light floral, sour citrus funk, some general toilet odors. 6
Appearance - Hazed, unfiltered looking orange amber with a ring of a white head. 4
Taste - Sweet caramel, tart citrus, lots of burnt caramel. Interesting lingering finish with clove and yeast. 7
Palate - Medium to heavy bodied, lighter carbonation level, lingering sweet caramel and tart finish. 4
Overall - Sort of odd interplay between caramel sweetness, tartness and an almost roast character. Weird, but interesting. 14
Final Score - 3.5

++++ ORIGINAL RATING 26 July 2011 ++++

Rating #2,000. 750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Zipps, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Barrel No 230, 2007 Vintage. Pour is a murky golden brown, with a. smallish off white head. Aroma is really soft tart cherry, acidic vinegar, and a very natural woodiness. All aromas are really nicely integrated, all come across as very natural, and very soft. I really enjoy how "put together" Rodenbach beers seem. The taste is the tart cherry and vinegar acidity. The woodiness is more oaky than the nose suggested, but still is nicely integrated with the other flavors. Palate is medium bodied, lower carbonation level, and clean a vinegar finish. Enjoyable one. (8,4,7,4,15 - 3.8)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2919) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2011
2008 Vintage. Really really enjoyed this one. Raisin/crimson/pinot noir colored pour with a small eggshell head. Tons of balsamic, brown sugar, Jolly Rancher, spice, wood, dark cherry skins, vanilla...lots of surprising complexity. Yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2011
Bottled. A murky brown beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of brettanomyces, vinegar, and fruits. The flavor is sweet and a bit acidic with notes of fruits, brettanomyces, wood, and vinegar, leading to a lightly tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11957) - DENMARK - JUL 22, 2011
Tap from 2008. Hazy dark amber/brown with medium off-white head. Flavour is malt, sour, sweet, fruit, wood, little cherries and a little tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (12672) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2011
Hazy dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is quite sweet, cherries and wood. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 200711

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bax (1240) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2011
(Bottle 20/07-2011) Low head, amber color, sour sparkling and a bit sweet taste. Vintage 2008. Not my taste.

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