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: 363   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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PhillyCraft (7348) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2013
04 bottle shared by Barry at a tasting. Poured blood red with light head and lacing. Aromas/taste of vinegar, apples, malts, acetone, leather, and oak. Light mouthfeel with lots of sour fruits and other weird stuff. I think this may have been a little too old or im not that crazy about rodenbach.

jredmond (8333) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2013
2004 vintage bottle courtesy of Barry, shared at Franks. Pours a deep amber with no head or pacing. Aroma is muted ice cider - faint apples, light vinegar and sweet sugar. Mouthfeel is medium to light with notes of apple, light muted sour fruit, and sugar. Interesting.

thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Opened my bottle at Woodshop 7 last year. Pours a deep orange with no bubbles or carbonation at all. Lots of apple and some vinegar and sugar in the aroma. Taste is not the distinctive Rodenbach flavor profile I’ve noticed in the other beers of theirs I’ve had. More toffee, malt and just a bit of fruit. Overall, a beer that was probably a lot better a few years ago.

ianhuntley73 (22) - - JAN 21, 2013
Pour is an apple juice looking amber with no head. The nose is of green apple, sweet caramel malt, light vinegar, sour cherries and light acetic acid. Flavor follows the nose, sweeter and brighter cherries and less acetic. Creamy medium to full body with decent carbonation. Rather sweet and a touch vinegary with light carb to balance.

teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - JAN 3, 2013
Bottle at Delirium, Brussels. It pours a flat bruin colour with no head or bubbles whatsoever. Smell is vinegarish and winey, with that ethanol reminescense. Taste is unidimensional on the vinegar with little wine notes. Could not find the typical vanilla, oak and leather notes I learnt to love in my Rodenbach. I guess time took it’s fair share from my bottle. Worst of the Rodenbach family so far.

Bamsen78 (5452) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear tea brown with nearly no head. Distinct vinous aroma with clear notes of hops and malt. Very sour, but pleasant taste. Nearly no carbonation. Rough aftertaste. Interesting.

EugeneStraver (287) - Nootdorp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2012
Home 20121231 (37.5 cl bottle with cork; from 2004; bottle no: 005680): A copper coloured, clear beer without any foam. Some yeast on the bottom. The arome is very slightly malty/caramel sweet, sour (vinegar-like) with fruit (appel, raisins, peer). Also some wood smell with vanille. The taste is a little sweet, caramel-like. But a sour tast is coming up for a long period. This is compensate by other niche flavours in the taste: green appel, peer, wood, vanille. The carbonation is low and you will have aa feeling like the tannine in wine. Even a slightly sticky after a while. But very good.

17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2004 bottle brought back from Belgium in 2009. Pours a flat dark clear glowing golden, viscous. Forgot this was 10% abv. Aroma is a bit more aceto forward than the flavor, some light cider and oak notes. Flavor of wine and oak, cider, nice aceto level, some acetone, malt base has aged nicely... really nice, tart and oaky, puckering finish. Think it has aged nicely and glad I didn’t wait any longer to open.

UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle at BA Buffalo bottleshare. I failed to mention in my previous reviews from the other night, that all tastings where blind. This was to atempt to remove prior notions of said brew. This bottle was a 2006 bottle. Pours a amber red hue with white silky head, light wisp of lacing. The nose is lovely with sweetness, slight cherry. Taste is balanced but moderatly puckering, but continues with the cherry caracter. Add vinegar and vanilla. This was by far the best beer of the evening. Body is light and slick. Very sip able.

vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle. Brown pour with no head. Aroma is of tart fruit, apple, light vinegar tones. Flavor is vinegar and tart sour fruit tones up front, flavor mellows a but in the finish, mostly fruit.

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