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

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RATINGS: 646   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.


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2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Underdogs88 (109) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Vintage 2008. Aroma has hints of cherry and red currants. Mild sourness on the nose. The color is cloudy brown with a white head and ok head retention. Flavor is only mildly sour. It's actually surprisingly sweet with black cherry notes. Beer is medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall, disappointing for the price. Not really sour or complex enough for an aged red ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ej (752) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2014
2012. Pours a dark amber with a lightly tanned head. Aroma of oak, typical sour brown notes, complex and with hints of dark dried fruits and very lightly toasted grains. Taste is a well balanced sourness. Loads of fruityness and wood here. Hints of liquorice and cherries. Very nice and well rounded. Refreshing and highly drinkable. Dry and lively carbonated.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hanoi (422) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle 2011. Nose is sherry, grape, vinegar, leading to softer notes of vanilla, oak and tannin. Inviting. Taste is green apple, sherry, brown sugar, caramel vanilla, white chocolate, cheese oak and a soft honey and green apple finish. An outstanding beer, I need to try the Grand Cru alongside this, as I think I prefer the rougher sharper taste,than the mellowed aging of this. Could be my memory playing tricks.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loco_gallego (99) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Brune foncée, mousse assez persistante pour une sour. Légèrement voilée. Arômatique sucrée-caramel, puis on ressent l’acidité. Ca sent la barrique avec une fin de nez alcoolisée liquoreuse. Fruitée. En bouche acidité très bien balancée, avec un côté liquoreux. Fin de bouche fruitée et très agréable. Bonne carbonation. Sour complexe avec une longueur en bouche importante.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (871) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
750ml corked bottle (as the one in the picture) served in a Snifter glass. A: Pours a dark and cloudy reddish to brown color forming a small yellow to beige bubbled head. A thin layers remains forever on the tops and a lot of lacings are formed and left in the glass S: Smell is simply delicious. A mix of cherries, strawberries, grapes, vinegar, sweet malts, yeasts and oak. Absolutely great woody notes in the nose. A Flanders Red to the bone T: Taste is just perfect. Slight sweet malts upfront followed by a soft vinegar sourness. Strong fruit notes, mainly cherries, strawberries and grapes. Belgian wild yeasts and a light hops bitterness can finally felt in the very end M: Medium body and carbonation. Aftertaste is mainly made of a smooth which is also a bit sweet and fruity O: Excellent drinkability. [ BA Review @ 12/15/2012 ]

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
suedehead288 (400) - BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2014
2014.10 - blindtaste met de Gentse Biervereniging - ik heb er intussen al meerdere geproefd (soms met enige terughoudendheid), maar deze ... was super !

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EHSRanders (1782) - Tjele, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2014
Muddy brown colour with small creamy White mostly lasting head. Nice aroma with sour notes. Cherry aroma and flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1002) - 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

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Xebbe (59) - - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aleigator (245) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (2124) - 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.


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