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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1025   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WingdSoldier (77) - - MAR 27, 2016
Pours a red copper colour, dominating sour aroma with hints of wood and cherries. Better than the regular Rodenbach and the Grand Cru.


4.2
GoufCustom (2306) - 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!

3.9
DraftDodger (1850) - 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.

4.4
samsomuk (506) - 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!

4.7
julesxxl (519) - Cholet, FRANCE - JAN 3, 2018
(('13) aigre chêné (no piquant) & balsa (no sucre), dosée-fine > classic & cru, griotte, length, éminente, hi(y)sto(e)ry)

4
Mariox (443) - 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.

3.7
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.

4
kapusil (1590) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 26, 2017
0.75l bottle vintage 2014. Almost totally clear reddish body with a very thin white head. Aroma of sour cherries, oak, mold and grapes. Taste of sour cherry, oak, tobacco, caramel and vinegar. Bone dry and sour. The aroma has a tiny bit of solvent-like harshness, but the taste is probably the best from all oude bruins I've had. Really nice.

4
tricksta_p (5457) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2017
Bottle from Speciaalbierpakket. Vintage 2014, Foeder 192. Aroma is malt, oak, tart red fruits, vinous notes, sweet and tart cherries, red grapes, touch of funk, mild vinegar, some cane sugar, and a hint of caramel. Flavour is tart and medium sour with a surprising sweetness. Medium bodied. Very tasty sour and sweet Flanders Red, lots of oak, vinous notes and tart red fruits.

4.2
Scrumpy369 (1000) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 23, 2017
Bottle shared at tasting session. Reddish brown colour, small white lacing. Nose is red wine, a touch of acetic acid. Taste is medium sweetness, some acetic notes, and candied sugar. Those who had more flemish reds than I did said its too sweet, but I liked it like this.

3.8
klu9 (907) - Kraków, POLAND - DEC 18, 2017
Słodko kwaśnie, przyjemne, owocowe, jabłka, winogrona, całkiem dobre piwo..


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