Rodenbach Vin de Céréale

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 362   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Multiple bottles shared at the Cleveland tasting. Really was looking forward to this beer...but ended up finding a sour ale that was more reminiscent of a white wine. Poured a pretty boring clear golden yellow with not much carbonation. Had a nice bit of sourness with some oak and tart fruitness in the flavor profile. Very very dry and clean finish much more towards the end of the brew. This beer definetely blurs the line between beer and wine. A very interesting brew that I enjoyed...but I just want my rodenbach alexander back!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
375ml bottle, courtesy of Mes, shared with renffisch and tashi as well. Golden amber appearance. Amazing cereal aroma - like rice krispies but somehow great. Muesli meets a sour ale and somehow, it works! Great weight, alcohol so well hidden. Well worth getting hold of, if you possibly can. by the way, I think it’s barrel No. 132 actually :-)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9924) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2008
(375 ml bottle) ON March 14, 2008. Bottel no. 09274. Clear pale copper color, small white head. Acidic, vinous, wood scent. Acidic to sour taste, vinous, wood, lemon. Mouth puckering sour mouthfeel, low bitterness. Tart almost like a lambic, but not quite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2008
Bottle, thanks to larsniclas. Reddish/orange/amber color, no head. Vinegar aroma, cork, woody, sourish, fruity, woody notes. Fklavor first brings vinegar and rather sour notes, then turns alittle moer fruity. Sour finish with some fruits and citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Furseth (2154) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2008
Bottle: Thanx to Niclas: Clear red colour, with a flat head. Aroma of citrus, big sournes,some maltynes in the end. Flavor was almost the same here, has the sournes and the maltynes, and has a medium body and a dry fruity fnish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (10210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2008
2008-03-03. Crisp headless amber body. Fruity notes are first impression, lightly funky sourness, cherry or peach pits, sweet caramel or brandy notes struggles and fails to make a showing. Aroma gets sweeter as it warms. (7+) Sour flavour is refreshingly lightly mouth puckering, muted malt undertones are gently over powered by the sour. Mild fruit accents fair slightly better, making brief but more frequent appearances. Alcohol is virtually invisible in the flavour. [Random insertion - Holy cow the trappist cheese croquettes are amazing!] Smooth average palate. (3+) Sourness is refreshing but conversely limits how much of this I would like to drink in a sitting. Quite interesting.
Bottle at Cambrinus, Brugge

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Clear, deep golden with no head whatsoever. Intense, tart aroma yet with a cake-like sweetness - kinda like macaroon pie. Medium body, almost flat with tart and almost fruity accents, some wood and then these cake-like accents. Tart and astringent finish. A very complex and wonderful beer. 120308

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2008
Bottle, huge thanks goes out to MORHI for this bad boy! Aroma is wonderful, aged sour beer but funky and musty and yea justy fuckin awsome, red wine vinigar, grainy notes, alc no where to be seen, hints of green apple skin but amazingly balanced and never overpowering. Taste is tart fruits, never ovrpowering, sharp but balanced, grainy however no alc showing, slips down soo easily, my god possibly the easiest 10% ale thats ever been made. This is a master piece, this is something new for all the world too see, rodenbach and turned it upside down and said"hey we’re not just a macro that slips out a bit of grand cru for the beer geeks" they’ve shown us they are jenious and well deserved as a monumental high 5.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (17824) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2008
Bottle that Duff bought in Waagstuk, Antwerp. Now I know that I will be going against the grain here and I do promise to lay down a bottle I have bought and will re-rate in a few years time, but at the moment, I just don’t get the hype about this beer. Clear orange amber colour with no head. Lambicky sour aroma. Bit of plastic. Actually no it’s petrol. OK in mouth, but the finish is too acidic for me. Granary bread soaked in red wine vinegar springs to mind in terms of flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (9243) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
Bottle. Very low and quickly disappearing head. Clear cobber body. Vinegar grapefruity aroma and flavor with a sour and spicy edge. Low carbonation. Long bitter aftertaste.

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