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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
teorn88 (7481) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bamsen78 (5203) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EugeneStraver (195) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UDBeernut (2829) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (7135) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (7066) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2012
pours orange, if thats a way to say it. no foam, prob not carbonated ( anymore? ) . but shockingly see-trough . very clear ( i can see the watter on the outside of the bottom of the glass by looking from above ! ) smells like a rodenbach does, yet ’heavier’. maybe cause its 8 years old already? now taste... waaw. was afraid to be dissapointed, but waaw. good isolated parts of the rodenbach, but SOUR, withoud a doubt the most sour rodenbach-version i ever had. this is good ! too bad it’s flat... but even than, waaw... i get like a viving mouthfeel, rodenbach sourness, wich just litteraly jumps into yer troat, where it leaves this.. aplle-kindof taste ( not an aple beer, but more like apple sourness) en than just.. dissapears. its like drinking a ghost... you get this magnificent taste and than its just.. gone all of a sudden. , leaving you hangin for more. very very nice, i prefer the carbo ones but this is very good. why is every version of rodenbach, better than rodenbach? fix the normal ones, than i’ll be a fan !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (5774) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle 375ml # 002950 from Fonefan many thanks ! A clear copper beer without head, nose is on burnt cherries and brett, typical Rodenbach like. Aroma is very vinegar like, not too dry, tart, cherries and burnt cherries / caramel, old wood touch, red fruit aroma on blackcurrant and raspberry, the 10° are well hidden, oily, dry grapes and light fig, relative acidity at the finish, some vanilla at the finish too. A bit less complex than the vintage one, near to french muscat vine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (7355) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle @ DHVL. Pours a clear light red color with absolutely no head. Legs aplenty on the glass. The nose is toasted sweet grains, sweet cherry fruit, sugary. The taste is lightly tart steak sauce, sweet chocolate-dipped sugared cherry. Some woody vanilla and tobacco. Acidic. Full bodied, a bit hot. Overall, too sweet, but tasty.

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