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

bottled
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available

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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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Grzesiek79 (2964) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 7, 2012
coffee, bread, nuts, citrus, herbs, barnyard, cheese, leaves, leather, alcohol, butterscotch, ginger, raisin, woody, smoke, clove, brown, red, sparkling, clear, brown foam, frothy, medium sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, umami, full body, slick feel, oily feel, average carbonation, flat, long finish,

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2012
The Aroma is amazing... multifaceted and full of surprises. (Tart, fruity [cherry? Apple?], some spice from the oak, a little bit of cheese, slight bit of dough). The flavor is thought provoking and beautiful, but accessible. The only perfect score Iíve given. Sean says: "what Yuletide must have been like before Santa Claus. The flavor unfolds like a time lapse of a sapling turning into a tree."

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BernieLomax (19) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a very dark amber color with a nice quarter inch white head. I let it sit a little while to warm up. After the wait, the first sip reveals an explosion of taste and complexity. It starts off with similarities of a Belgium Quad but quickly gives way to the sour acidity that is typical of this beer style. Each sip is like cleansing the pallet with sorbet. The acidity makes your mouth water and want more. It is an excellent beer that is masterfully crafted and balanced between sweet and sour. One of ,if not the best sour ale I have ever had. If you find it, buy it and please let it sit a while to warm up. Awesome sour ale.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robertjm (736) - Albany, California, USA - FEB 9, 2010
(Sour Monday - Triple Rock) Bottled - Absolutely awesome aroma!! Flavors of sweet currents and fresh plump raisins. Wonderful aftertaste that lingers in your mouth. This should find a nice place in my cellar if itís not too expensive!!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jerohen (1962) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2013 Bottled from Burg Bieren, Ermelo. Red-brown colored, small brown head. Very nice nose, obviously Flemish Sour, balsamic vinegar, malts, oak. Initially sweet, later on quite intensely sour flavor, tickling in finish. A lot more my kind of Flemish Sour than the Vin the Cereale. Phenomenal. Additional note: 2008 version is more sour and closer to the Grand Cru. Imho not as great as the 2007 one, but still really good. Rating reflects 2007 version.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BlackSwan (24) - Frisco (Dallas), USA - MAY 10, 2011
A taste of HEAVENÖPours an orange-brown colored body with a spare frothy ivory head. Aroma is made up of dark berries, citrus, lime, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium in body and high in warmth with a biting finish. Flavor of grass, spice, cherry, subtle oak, and sour red apples. Just perfect!!!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nolegs (27) - BodÝ, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle picked up at Barley Wine Copenhagen. 2007 version. This is one of the best beer Iíve had. Wish I could get more of this stuff!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nuplastikk (4126) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Barrel 96, 2008 edition. Wow. This is awesome. Murky blueberry juice purple-red. Thin, glass lacing head...rising CO2 bubbles. Mellow, oaked cherry aroma. Vinegar sourness, with a sweet cherry thing going on as well. Really quite a phenomenal beer, this is as good as any sour out there. Delicate yet massive, bitingly sour with interesting faint vanilla oak tones peaking through. Enough depth that you want to sip at it forever. World Class beer all the way. Sour cherry aftertaste, sticky and long lasting. Completely phenomenal, worth the steep admission.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
firedog23 (73) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2014
One of the best things I have ever drank. Bought the 2007 and drank it in August 2013. Complex, woody, fruity, smooth and just awesome. It was shared with friends and enjoyed by all.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Reddish brown pour with a thin off white head. Aroma- sour vinegar, sweet oak, malts. Taste-sweet malt, oak, sour vinegar undertones. A big step above grand cru. Much more full bodied, sweeter and a little less pungent than grand cru. Very full bodied and well rounded. Fantastic


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