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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mcberko (18431) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
2004 Vintage. 375mL bottle at DHVL, pours a fairly clear amber / copper with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet liqueur, like cognac and sherry, red wine notes, and some sour red fruits -- you can certainly detect the higher alcohol. Flavour is very vinous, with complex notes of red wine, sweet liqueur and oak. Very sweet and sort of cidery, with also prominent vinous and liqueur notes. Bizarre stuff - the body is very thin, with an almost cloying sweetness. The aromatics were a lot more pleasant to me, while the body kind of cloys. Weird stuff - fairly good in small samples.

Oakes (18200) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 6, 2009
courtesy Jan & Charlotte
Bright golden-amber. No head. Rich nose of wood, mirabelle plums, pears and a slight acetic note. Balanced and appetizing. Relatively low carbonation, just a hint of prickle. Rich lactic tang balanced by sticky malt. Quite fruity (plum, peach, pear) with significant wood and acidity to dry it out. The real story is in the mouthfeel, however. It’s near flat, with a slight oily accent, but is fully vibrant, carrying complex flavours across the palate with surprising simplicity. Lively fruits take on a somewhat vinous character. Very refined example - almost lacks the rustic charm I like in sours but is so perfectly structured I can pretty much overlook that.

chrisv10 (17936) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle. Clear amber with small off-white head. Flavoured is malt, vinegar, fruit, sour and dry.

yngwie (17109) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 26, 2008
Bottle, 37.5cl wine cork. Lovely sourish nose with a touch of barnyard, lemon and pale malt. Slightly phenolic. The phenol is evident in the flavor too, actually quite evident. There’s also lots of citric flavors, some barnyard and lemon. Medium, sourish, palate-cleansing mouthfeel. Long, sourish lemony finish. A beautiful beer that could replace white wine anytime. (080626)

jtclockwork (16857) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
2004 bottle shared by Ryan at beerloco’s tasting. Pours extremely clear dark copper. Nose of oak, tart dark fruits, brown sugar and yeast. Taste of tart dark fruits, deep caramelized chocolate cherries, vinous grapes, grains, and oak.

FatPhil (16689) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 7, 2008
375ml bottle (One Pint Pub, Helsinki, Belgian Beer Week 2008)
Clear dark orange, no head. Beautiful aroma - complex combination of things. Quite sharp, and pleasantly sweet too, but tainted by clear butter-popcorn a.k.a. diacetyl. Taste is full of heavy esters, and dominated by the diacetyl. Behind that it’s sharp and appley, very zingy on the tongue, and even chip vinegar - oh so sharp, and oh so tasty, but alas the diacetyl is too prominent to have this really shine. (Without that, it would have scored more in almost all categories, so it’s been punished hard.)

Dedollewaitor (16237) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2008
37,5cl bottle. Pours clear copper (into my rodenbach glass) with no head at all. Quite disappointing looks - but the aroma is overwhelmingly interesting. Very sweet, strong, complex/concentrated, vinous , woody & fruity - Wauw! Flavor has a sour & warm twist with an unmistakebly barrel/cask domination. Sticky & oily palate. Soft & low carbonation. So very complex & great! This is artwork!

MiP (15943) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2011 Bottle, 10%. 2004 bottle, cask 132. Very nice aroma, mouthwatering citric, a bit like white wine. With a faint hint of mold. Clear amber colour, looks quite flat. It does have quite low carbonation. Small frothy head. The flavour is very citric, not vinegary, but getting very close. Has a little sweetness to balance. Again a faint hint of mold, probably the oak casks coming through ever so slightly. The aftertaste is of course citric, very cleansing, but it does not seem to hurt my throat. It does not really taste its 10%, perhaps the oak and the alcohol balance each other out.

Bottle, 10% - 2.5 years later, same year and cask as the original rating. I do not get any moldy or cellary notes this time. The acidity seems sharper, though, it burns and cuts a bit as it goes down.

bhensonb (15499) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
Bottle from Bier Temple in Brussels. Pours medium amber/cognac with no head. Sour aroma with oak. Rather thin in body. Not much carbonation. Flavor is quite oaky and moderately sour. There’s a thread of mild fruit. The sour mellows with time. It finishes oaky and mildly astringent. It’s a bit vinous throughout. Heat is not at all annoying. It’s very good indeed.

djd07 (15293) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Bottle thanks to Daniel. Pours a clear copper gold with no head. The aroma is cherry skin, funk, oak, vinegar. Thin, oak, funk, vinegar, lingering dry finish, held up very well, no oxidation, boozy, nice sweetness, really enjoyed this.

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