Rodenbach Vin de Céréale

 
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style
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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
2004 Vintage, from a single "Foeder" (N° 135)(barrel), ripened for 3 years, uncoloured.

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oberabcbbsok (692) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2014 Wow this is what you call a perfect good beer. No head at all very clear and in a clear bottle with nothing on it. The bottle is packed into paper with every information on it. Sour but not too sour. And be carefull it is 10% alcohol. A perfect beer Could taste it at the beerbrothers festival once more. It was the best beer of the festival and still had the perfect taste

3.7
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2008
The color was pale yellow with now head. The aroma was tart and honey. The flavor was tart, honey, and lime. The palate was thin-bodied. The finish was tart. The 10% alcohol was very well masked.

3.2
Brix (660) - DENMARK - FEB 28, 2008
Tasted 2008-02-27. 2004 vintage. Pours beautiful, clear, golden, light amber with off-white head. The head disappears fast - still beautiful! Aroma: A nice acidic background, but what dominates this bottle is a strong paste-like diacetyl scent. Totally ruins it for me! Same with flavour: Very nice acidic barnyard-like background, but in the aftertaste, all that’s left is that nasty paste! Despite all, it’s very complex and has a full body, but I’m very disappointed! 3-5-7-4-7 (2,6) ---- Rerate: The day after I had another bottle. This time the diacetyl was a lot less pronounced, but it was still there. 7-5-7-4-14 (3,7) I rate the average of the two bottles!

3.7
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2008
Going from a winy sour and vinigar-like start to to a fruity and sweet body. The appearence is completly clear and the golden colour and the bubbles is similar to cider or a rosé-wine with no head at all. A heavy finish wtith notes of nuts and buttery fudge. You can´t tell that it holds 10 % alcohol. The bottle appeares in a very cool design.

4.2
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Bottle into tulip, enjoyed at ’t Brugs Beertje. Imagine me as a bobble head, vascilating all over the place about this beer. For a long time, I couldn’t decide whether I actually enjoyed drinking it. Intellectually, I was there, but sensually I was split. On the one hand, it had the sour flavors that I was hoping were there, which is all to the good. On the other hand, it had that damn cereal. Grains, grains all over the place. They hit you hard and firm right after the initial Flemish sour burst of warm cherry (with some balsamic coated twigs in there too). It was incredibly impressive how exactly it tasted like a field of wheat and barley, exactly like the unfermented source sugars (with a little corn starch mealiness that was not impressive). The thing is, I still don’t know if I liked it. Once I got used to it (which took almost the whole bottle), it was a wonderful counterpoint to the sourness, but for a long time it just continued to shock with every sip how it could transition from the familiar to the wholly foreign so quickly and so perfectly. Smell was oily vinegar, acetone (not pleasant), berries, twigs, and Sutter Home pink zinfandel wine (with the screw cap and everything). Entirely flat on the pour; transluscent orange glowing copper. This beer would go amazingly well with white chocolate; the somewhat fatty and not-bitter sweetness would mesh perfectly with the complex juxtapositions in the beer. The very end of the finish was like a nutty white cheese, like a combination of gouda and limberger. It’s a work of beer art: challenging if not exactly comforting, but supremely well-executed, original, and unique. And maybe the only 4.2 in my ratings that I’d hesitate to have again (while simultaneoulsy getting excited to have again).

3.9
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2008
Thanks to Mike for this one. Clear gold color. Aroma is sour, fruity, apples, pears. Flavor is mostly sour but with a grainy maltiness from the middle. A salty buttery popcorn comes through as well.

3.9
biggsbowler (625) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle - pours a murky brown. The smell is raisins, vinegar, and sourness. The taste is nicely tart with vinegar, dark fruits, and berries. It’s pretty good for a 10yr old beer.

4.4
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2008
bottle big thanks to tom. pours orange thin nil head, little carbonation, nose is ketchup, sour white grapes butterscotch white cider vinegar. tastes sour grape white wine acidity ketchup, sour candy long finish with great mouthfeel for little carbonation. sour apple in finish with amazing maltyness. pure quality cheers tom for that!

4.1
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3rd Annual Woodshop Tasting, 3/1/08. Thanks Chris! What an intrigue of a brew! Very chardonnay like with a poweful white grape influence, pear, wood notes in the background, and lightly sweet malts. Damn delicious and would love to re-visit.

3.9
Parket (586) - Bruges, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2009
bottle, no head at all .. maybe a bit white head by pouring the beer, but disapearing immediately. The beer has a nice craft bottle. Colour: light copper, pale yellow. The beer looks a bit like a cognac. Smell: very fruity. Taste: sour apples, melons, raisins. The beer is quit creamy and is very complex. Also notes from lemons, grain, sweetness, oak, vanilla. I think a retaste would give the beer a higher rating. It’s very very complex.


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