Brewed by Brouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roeselare, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 1029   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Rodenbach Vintage is the unique result of selection by our Rodenbach brew masters, the barrel after two years of maturation has produced the best beer, "the best barrel of the year". The label is always the number of barrel stated and the year which marks the beginning of maturation.

Rodenbach Vintage is 100% matured old beer, resulting in superior Rodenbach Grand Cru. Its taste is complex, round, intense and refreshing. Typically, the apple tart fruitiness combined with caramel, wild honey and oak with a hint of vanilla, cherry and licorice. Its aroma has hints of caramel and oak, as well as notes of green apples mixed with honey and chocolate. The soft sour, fruity aftertaste is long and nicely balanced like a grand cru wine.

Ingredients: water, barley malt, corn, hops.

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murzyn (721) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAR 18, 2018
Barwa rubinowa, piana średnia. Aromat likier wiśniowy, wiśnie, porzeczki, czereśnie, nuty winne, wanilia, dębina. W smaku owocowo, lekko kwaśnie, winne. Są kwaśne porzeczki, czereśnie, wiśnie, lekka wanilia, nuty drewniane. Mega pijalne i zbalansowane. Dobre pifko.

MikeBeermaster (1225) - that shaggy maggot, POLAND - MAR 17, 2018
2012 version. Aroma of barrel notes with some cherry liquor hints, red fruitness, vanilla and ripe cherry. Clear ruby in the glass with a medium head. Taste is semi tart with some notes of cherry, redcurrant, tannin notes, barrel touch and vanilla scratches with cherry liquor background. Just like wine, magnificent.

tyysiak (27) - POLAND - MAR 3, 2018
Wersja 2014: w aromacie przede wszystkim wino i wiśnia,w smaku dosyć mocno kwaśne, bardzo pijalne piwo, alkohol dobrze ukryty.

dzurek (575) - Szczecin, POLAND - FEB 27, 2018
Wersja 2012. W smaku mocno winne, owocowe, głownie wiśnie, czerwone owoce, winogrona, jabłka i nuty drewniane od beczki. W smaku sporo tanin, piwo jest ściągające. Kwaśność na średnim poziomie, piwo bardzo gładkie, delikatnie cierpkie i słodkie. Pijalność na wysokim poziomie.

GoufCustom (2359) - HONG KONG - FEB 17, 2018

750 ml corked bottle "2011 Vintage Barrel No. 95", opened with moderate ‘pop’ bought at Valentino Chocolatier in Wanchai circa 2014.

Looks: Clear burgundy colour with a thick layer of dirt-like yeast sediments; Near zero head with sparse, residual soapy white foam which fades in 5 seconds; Poor sticky lacing with zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant red malt, with strong red wine, sherry, red vinegar, red grapes, lactic acid, caramel, barrel, and spices. Rustic and nice!

Taste: Fairly sour red malt, with Balsamic vinegar, strong red wine, sherry, strong yoghurt , alcohol, grape skins, caramel, barrel, spices and lemon. Mellow and complex!

Body: Mid to light body. Watery but slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Strong red maltyness in a watery yet slick background. Powerful yet mellow red wine and sherry hit the stage, dominated by tasty Balsamic vinegar and yoghurt. Nice caramel and grape skins echo throughout, spicy but not funky with lemon and moderate barrel to round. Very tasty!

Hoppiness: No nose, lemon in taste; Bitterness is low for an abrupt, nice sour red malty finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry; Very red winey and easy to mouth.

Comments: If the Caractère Rouge is about fruity wineyness, then this one is pure subtlety in all areas: so red winey and Balsamic without being domineering, and I am glad the aging enhances this one in a big way. A definite winner!

P.S. What a way to celebrate Lunar New Year with my #2300 rating!

DraftDodger (1901) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2018
Copenhagen 22/12018. 37,5 cl bottle from Øl-handleren in Hørning. Bottle made out to look like some kind of clay bottle. Drawing of whom seems to be the brewmaster Rudi Ghequire sporting a glass of sour beer on the label. Pours clear reddish brown with small bubbly off-white head. Settles as thin patch of foam floating aimlessly around. Aroma has some sweetness but is dominated by strong sourness. Vanilla and fruit sugar meeting sour unripe gooseberries, lemon and sour apples. Acidic and strong. Strong carbonation and watery palate. Flavor is medium sweet followed by strong and dry sourness. Aftertaste is sour with a little sugary insistence. Finish dry. Very nice sour fellow with a magnificent balance between the fresh sour fruit and the more subdued sweetness.

CraftHowl (555) - Bridgwater, Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2018 On tap at Grape & Grain, Moorabbin. 2014 version. Pours unclear red brown with a beige head. Aroma: sour cherry, sweet cherry, wood, acetic, balsamic vinegar, hint of vanilla. Taste: moderate sweet, moderate acidic, dry, sweet & sour cherries, wood, balsamic. Medium body, soft carb. Long dry, woody, tart sweet cherry finish. Lovely!

julesxxl (684) - FRANCE - JAN 3, 2018
(('13) aigre chêné (no piquant) & balsa (no sucre), dosée-fine > classic & cru, griotte, length, éminente, hi(y)sto(e)ry)

Mariox (476) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 31, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2017 Aromat winny, dużo nut octowych, wiśniowych i czerwonych owoców oraz drzewnych nut beczki. W smaku dość mocno kwaśne z kontrą lekkiej słodyczy. W posmaku cierpkie, taniczne. Wysycenie niewielkie. Dość treściwe i zarazem bardzo pijalne. Bardzo dobre piwo.

beertaste018 (6) - - DEC 31, 2017 does not count
Brown sugar body with a very thin head.Aroma is apple juice and little bit sour.Taste starts with sour,apple juice and cherry.Comes after hints of oak.Light body.

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