Rodenbach Vin de Céréale

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roeselare, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
2004 Vintage, from a single "Foeder" (N° 135)(barrel), ripened for 3 years, uncoloured.

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MaxxDaddy (419) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2008
Bottle at Plan B. Pours a clear gold/orange with no head at all. Aroma is signature Rodenbach funk with some grainy aroma I can’t really put my finger on. I catch a bit of alcohol as well. Taste begins sour then flashes some cherry flavor. A bit light on the palate and finishes most intriguing with that same odd grainy taste I noted in the aroma. I really want to know what that is. Despite smelling the alcohol, I don’t taste much of it. Interesting stuff.

Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - APR 13, 2008
Pale amber color - no head. Looks like apple-juice. An aroma of honey, sour notes, sweet notes, dry and some notes of lion cave in zoo.A flavor of sour and dry notes, no sweets, notes of animal.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2008
In short: A weird very sweet sipper. Intriguing but only drinkable in small samples
How: Back from Europe tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Clear golden body with no head to speak of
In long: This very sweet sipper is some kind of weird cross between a Sour Ale, a Lambic and an Ice Cider. Although this description might seem interesting the end-result is really not that pleasant. Weird class of styles, way too sweet, alcohol apparent and a sourness that almost seems out of place. I would never drink a full bottle by myself (even at 375ml). An unusual beer. as strangely put together as someone saying his haemorrhoids are a real pain in the neck

TaktikMTL (7967) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2008
Bouteille verte de 375 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Glouglouburp. Arôme: Odeur légèrement sûrette avec une pointe de citron. Apparence: La couleur est dorée. Saveur: Goût de pommes sûrettes avec une pointe de citron et de miel. Courte durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de fruits sûrettes en arrière goût. (Rating #1607)

cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 10, 2008
Thx for another great tasting, Kim (Beljohansen) !!! Light amber, clear, no head, wood, vinegar, very sour.

Wanderer (33) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 10, 2008
Absolutly amazing sour ale. Really takes all the best qualities of the grand cru. Thin pour with slight amber look. almost no fizz . no head lactose taste, hints of sherry and oak. quite dry

kkearn (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2008
Bottle 010695 (thanks to my cousin, ggaughan). Sampled alongside Rodenbach Classic and Grand Cru. Poured clear, rosy golden with no head. This was much lighter than its brethren. Medium tart aroma, lactic with notes of wood and wild yeast. Flavor was lactic as well, but somewhat restrained. Complimentary notes of green apple and oak round out the palate. Very dry finish. Less balsamic character than the Grand Cru. This was easily my favorite of the 3 Rodenbachs I sampled that day. World class sour!

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
My Bottom Line:
The tartness of ripe green apples melds into lambic-y sourness before syrupy cereal sweetness tempers the fruity attack. This slick and flat Sour Ale is definitely intriguing, but it is not as compelling as their Grandu Cru, imho.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no head whatsoever atop the clear bronze.
-Its body and flavor profile are somewhat similar to Cantillon’s Bruocsella.
-Alcohol is relatively well hidden for a 10% ale.
-Carbonation is nearly absent, which doesn’t help the mouthfeel much.
-A wooden dryness rises in the back.


weaselkenievil (1609) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2008
A kind gift from our Mes, nice one mate. I think my first sour ale? Wouldn’t have thought this would be my thing but very nice indeed. Imagnie this would be fantastic for cooking but sacriligous for you beer geeks. Tart of course but complex and interesting. I’ll try more sour ales for sure, I may be lucky to get another this good.

dalion037 (1) - USA - APR 8, 2008 does not count
Just picked up a case direct from Belgium. WOW! Probably the best Flanders ale i have ever had. I will definately save a couple. The sweet sour taste lingers for minutes. I’m ready for another one.

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