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Rodenbach Vin De Céréale - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Rodenbach Vin De CéréaleRodenbach Vin De Céréale

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BA SCORE
93
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75 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 12.21%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed once, but due to success, the brewery is considering making it again.

(Beer added by: ggaughan on 12-17-2007)
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased bottle 363 (Foeder 132) at Den Gulzigen Bok (Gluttonous Goat) in Vurste, East Flanders for 6 euro.

A: clean, clear, light rosy-brown, more like lambic in head
S: full lactic lambic nose, vanilla with oak aging
T: barrel aged, almost oude gueze-like, vanilla with oak
M: clean, crisp, mild to medium sour, oak noticeable with woody earthiness
O: very good beer with oak, musty, vanilla

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 03:20:29 | More by wisrarebeer
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

241st Review
37.5cl bottle served in a (small) Westy 12 chalice
Bottle No. 007939
Vintage: 2004 (the one and only!)

A: Medium copper. A few bubbles for a head on medium pour. "Vin De Céréale" cork, etched box, and wrapped bottle make the presentation of this top-notch.

S: Mix of caramel, cherries, and vinegar. Touch of tannins, leather, and soft oak. ABV is very well hidden on this.

T: Follows smell beautifully! Rounded cherry tartness, tannins, and vinegar. Touch of oak, caramel, and soft green apple. Again, ABV is hidden and almost non-existent.

M: Medium bodied with very soft carbonation.

O: A very nice, enjoyable, and rounded beer. Smell and taste are quite deep and complex. Has stood the test of time and I think it will continue to hold up quite well. Tasty brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 15:56:59 | More by spdyfire83
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oline73

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was lucky enough to score a bottle of this at de heren van liedekerke. Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a layer of off white head that disappears completely.

Smell: This beer is very sweet and malty. Some fruit and caramel notes along with a slight tartness. Almost like a tart barleywine, this one seems different from anything else I've tried.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. Bitter and rather malty. Bread and sweet caramel notes along with a red berry tartness. There is no funky or mineral type note, just a slight tartness. The tartness carries the beer to the finish and there is no alcohol to be found at this point.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a weird one for me. Not a bad beer at all, just very different. I liked it, but I don't think I would trade the cellar to get another.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 01:56:25 | More by oline73
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375ml bottle into a goblet. Bottle #5987 from 2004, purchased to go at De Heeren van Liedekerke and enjoyed in a Brussels back yard. Good times.

A: Clear, deep orange-amber body; almost flat, but a few fine tan bubbles dot the surface, forming a light web of delicacy. Nice.

S: Incredible, intoxicating sweet/sour aroma of balsamic vinegar, oak, toffee, and some tart cherry and pear fruitiness. Rich, big, and absolutely amazing.

T: Ho. Ly. Shit. The most amazing melange of sweet malt and tart acetic fruitiness I could possibly imagine. The flavors are huge and yet perfectly balanced, strong and yet impeccably smooth on the finish. No trace of alcohol. Flanders Red perfection.

M: Slick, sticky, full-bodied, and very lightly carbonated. Heavy, but appropriate.

O: This one only took one sip to make me think "5!". One of the most incredible beers of my life. If the brewery ever makes this again I'll buy a case.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 16:10:44 | More by woosterbill
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 15:56:59 | More by cpetrone84
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largadeer

California

3.28/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks, Alex.

Appearance: Clear still auburn, a very nice looking beer despite the lack of carbonation.

Aroma: Smells sharply of vinegar and acetone. Alcohol is noticeable, along with green apple and a bit of sour stomach bile. Harsh but not entirely unpleasant.

Palate: A ton of vinegar on the tongue, almost burning as it goes down. Strawberry, green apple. Drying, tannic, biting. No carbonation whatsoever. The finish drops off quickly but leaves the mouth watering. This is an odd one, not wholly unenjoyable but not something I'd want to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 17:39:17 | More by largadeer
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billab914

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle shared recently at a local tasting. It poured a clear, amber orange color with a thin white lacing that disappeared shortly after.

I get a good amount of tart, crisp apples mixing with some cinnamon in the aroma. A little sour, funkiness comes through as well and adds some complexity. Some alcohol shows as well but fits right in with the other flavors. Very nice and interesting aroma to it, loved the tart, sour apple and cinnamon like combo.

The taste also shows a good amount of tart apples to it with a little bit of the cinnamon showing through. The finish starts to show some sharper, sour flavors with a little vinegar.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being low. Overall I thought it was a very good beer. I really liked the sour apple and cinnamon flavors I got out of it. Very deep and complex with lots of unique flavors to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 19:41:08 | More by billab914
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 375mL bottle to Bruges glass at a small gathering of NoVA BA's on 9/4/11
*From notes

-- Thanks for generously sharing this at our tasting, Ed --

A: An aggressive pour into the center of my glass yields no head and zero lacing. Brilliant, reisiny copper-rust hue.

S: Extremely condensed. Like sweet fruit left on the vine post-harvest, it comes off a bit like a long-cellared Sauternes. A streak of vinegar runs through the heart, and adds to the complexity.

T: From the moment it hits my lips, I can tell this is something special. It's got a richness to it, like the brewmaster has rung every last drop of juice from two tons of sun dried fruit. Yet there's quite a sour, tannic funk to it. How the sweet and sour mingle in the mouth is unmatched and will not soon be forgotten. This brew nothing short of astonishing.

M: Slightly oily. It lacks the carbonation I look for in a Flanders Red, yet this actually helps in compacting the flavors on the palate.

O: Rodenbach's Vin de Céréale is simply superb. I can't believe how complex, unique and utterly delicious this brew is. It will certainly go down as one of the better beers I've had this or any year, and in a tasting that included Isabelle Proximus, this is the sour I'll remember most.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 22:01:58 | More by Rhettroactive
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks rich, from notes

reddish pink color with a light haze to it and a nice and big head of off white that reached a height of around three iches before settling with tons of side glass lacing.

aroma is rich tart cherries and raspberries, rich and a perfect mix of tartness and sweet fruit notes, i was in heaven an melted into the glass. each sip was like a fruit explosion. cherries and berries, light sourness, hints of oak as it warms but always maintaining a lightness and an airyness that kept it soo smooth and easy to drink it was absurd. such a nice dry, clean, and tart finish that left the long lasting fruit and light oak flavor

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 01:25:09 | More by mikesgroove
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Crittervision

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle from 2004. Consumed on 12 August 2011 at Kulminator. €8.

Nice presentation as shown in the photo. Pours a deep copper. Completely flat. Well... about fifteen total bubbles. Swirling is futile. 

Nose is nail polish, inedibly tart young cherries, warm balsamic vinegar. Attracts every single Kulminator fruit fly to the table. The aroma is almost nauseating toward the end. 

Taste is apple cider vinegar and nail polish. So acetic it burns. The only "sweetness" is clearly my own saliva. Overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is very drying, quickly evaporating with a sour aftertaste. 

Clearly an exceptional example of a Flanders Red Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 19:42:12 | More by Crittervision
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Jeffo. No cap, just a cork! 2004 (and only) vintage, served in a Cigar City tulip at Sean's place.

A - It's flat. Transparent orange body, with some big bubbles after a hard pour. A bit of sediment shows up near the end of the bottle.

S - Acetone, stomach acid, vinegar, rotting apples, some oak. Pretty intense stuff that verges on harsh at times. Surprisingly little sweetness for a 10% beer, as I presumed there'd be more malt heft.

T - Taste is significantly better, with a mixture of malt vinegar, tart apple skins, and some oaky vanilla and caramel malt to balance out the intense acetic flavors. Thankfully the "rotten" part of the aroma disappears. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden too.

M - No carbonation, medium and sticky body. Super acidic - there's far more burn from the insane amounts of acetic acid than there is from the alcohol content. Finishes extremely dry and tannic.

D - This particular bottle was approaching Santa Fe Wild Ale #6 and 1999 Selection Lambic territory in terms of acidity. Splitting the bottle three ways was a wise idea. I'd be interested to try another bottle to see how much variation there is, but I'd much prefer a fresh batch at this stage in the game. It's certainly unique, but probably not for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 21:35:11 | More by MasterSki
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2004 vintage, shared by TurdFurgison. Thanks for knocking off this long-time want, Eric!

Still red with no head or lace, this is what you'd expect. The nose has a bight, acidic cherry character, very acetic and bright. Lots of vanilla, toffee and caramel are present. Very sharp. The palate opens very sour and acetic, with cherries, raspberries and not as harsh as I expected. Surprisingly, this isn't as harsh as some of the New Belgium sours. Still and flat, this has an excellent finish with a blend of fruit and vinegar. Highly recommended, despite the high acetic character.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 03:53:19 | More by DefenCorps
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to TurdFurgison for bringing this bottle over. Killing my wants yet again. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a light golden color with no real head but a thin collar of bubbles throughout. The nose is slightly sweet with a good amount of light brown sugar. It smells and tastes like crystalized sugar and bready cookie and candy. Of course, along with that comes a good amount of acidity and a light cherry character. Light body with lowish carbonation. Quite sour, but not bruisingly so. Might be a bit of bottle variation, as Eric said his last bottle was incredibly sour. Very interesting and something I was thrilled to try. Thanks again, Eric.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 13:22:05 | More by Thorpe429
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HopHead84

California

3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4/30/2011

Another bottle generously shared by Paul. Poured into a snifter.

A: Perfectly transparent and a very nice reddish orange color. Small fast fading bubbly head.

S: Big apple notes meld with orange and a strong acetic profile. Light tangerine notes and a touch of acetone. Decided sourness. Evident alcohol.

T: Tart and acetic with a strong booze profile. Notes of apricot, apple, and oak. Strong vinegar in the finish with lingering alcohol and a touch of acetone.

M: Lower medium in body with very low carbonation. Mouthfeel smooth and sticky.

Overall: Not one of the better bottles of Vin de Cereale I've had, but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 05:54:28 | More by HopHead84
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GRG1313

California

4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer and a wonderful experience. Beautiful clear and clean peach yellow gold with no head.

Nose is all sweet,assertive, fruity, peach/apple vinegar.

Mouthfeel is tart but rich, bold and full. Nice acid and well balanced, despite very high acid. This beer lightly carbonated but with a mouthfeel that leaves you craving more.

Flavors are rich green apple, sour peach, tart apricot and more. It is simply wonderfully flavorful, bold, big assertive and capable of drinking with just about anything.

Finish is a clean citric acid. Lots of pucker factor and just about appealing on all levels. Perhaps the perfect sour. 04/21/11

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 05:34:07 | More by GRG1313
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this bottle at the Kulminator. 12.7oz, wrapped in paper, 2004 listed on the bottom (the only time it's been made to date).

The beer pours a clear, light copper color, with a thin foam ring around the edges. It seems on the flat side, just a few bubbles. 10% ABV, made 7 years ago, no worries.

It smells strongly acidic, also cheese-like. Vinegar plays its part too, and it smells a bit sweet as well.

It tastes initially sweet but just barely, with hints of cherries or apples, then turns violently tart and acidic, burning my digestive tract as I drink it. Excellent! While tasting different from Alexander it shares some commonality, at least based on my recollection of 2 bottles I tried 4 months ago. I can't get the oak others have mentioned but I will say this has a LOT going on. Very tasty, and I could keep smelling it for hours.

Light body, very light carbonation, the only thing slowing consumption rate is the acid. I bought some to take home, loved this very much.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 19:20:53 | More by TurdFurgison
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stcules

Italy

3.1/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronze color, very very clean. No bubbles, and no foam.
In the smell malt, acetic sourness, and quite sweet.
Same notes for the taste, maybe a bit too sweet.
Beside that, you can feel it is more alcoholic than the Rodenbach Grand Cru, you can feel the acetic sourness, it is interesting.
But in the end, it left us not completely satisfatied.
A bit sugary.
Good acetic sourness in the aftertaste, and the 10% ABV is well hidden

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 19:23:53 | More by stcules
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sweet extra from craytonic. Thanks.

Pours just like apple juice.

The aroma is heavy on vinegar and green apple with notes of grape, banana bread, booze, and flowers.

The flavor is tart cherry/apple/pineapple up front with a hefty dose of apple cider vinegar. A bit of dry oakiness but it is not a prominent feature. Some puckering sourness if it hits your mouth at the right angle. Huge flavor, very interesting.

The body is medium and has virtually no carbonation. Overall this beer is very unique and I loved sipping on it for about 3-4 ounces....then it became very cumbersome. Split the small bottle 3 ways for maximum enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 03:16:44 | More by alcstradamus
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at Capone's by some generous BA's.

Appearance: Pours an almost honey color with no head.

Smell: Pungent sour nose, vinegar mixed with cherries, berries and apples. Sounds weird but it works.

Taste: Acidic vinegar, cherries and berries mixed with nice hints of oak.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied for a 10% beer.

Drinkability: Was very lucky that I was in the right place at the right time to get to try this one. I prefer this to the regular Rodenbach, which I absolutely love.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 04:52:48 | More by Axic10
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to ygtbsm for sending this in a long ago trade. Shared at Capone's with a bunch of folk.

Pours a dark golden copper/ruby orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source. A thin white head makes a faint appearance before fading away but otherwise this is almost still.

The aroma of this beer is wonderful with a strong bonus character and oak tannis. There's a good bit of tart funkiness in the nose along with some sweet fruit, mostly apple, grape and other berries. Slight vinegar presence as well.

Slightly sweet tart puckering mouthfeel with lots of vinous dark fruit notes and oak tannis. After all ofthese years the fruit, oak and vanilla are still prominent and the fruit flavors haven't faded at all. Again, I'm picking up apple, grap, cherry and other dak berries. At 10% this beer is very quaffable with practically no heat at all. Slightly vinegary with a tart, puckering finish that leaves me salivating for another sip. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 03:02:15 | More by corby112
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cool to have this beer, and probably won't again. Thanks Tony for bringing this to my 10/8/10 tasting.

A: Almost clear, amber color like a fine bourbon. Not too much head to speak of.

S: Funky. Alcohol, old cellar aromas, yeast, grapes, and grain all come through prominently.

T: All aspects of the smell are certainly present, along with a tight sourness, light fruits, and a sugary yet at the same time acidic profile. Nice flavor which hides the ABV of 10% well.

M: Dry, smooth and almost no carbonation. Nice.

D: Very good. Will probably never try this again, but glad I did!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 15:47:23 | More by Dreadnaught33
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jdense

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. numbered bottle vintage 2004 generously shared by Todd Hannon from his most awesome cellar for BA bottle share at The Beer Mongers 9.5.2010.

Light gold/straw colored body, no visible carbonation, minimal head and lacing. Dope funk nose, some characterized as vinegar, I got more of a fermented apple/peach juice aroma, no hops to speak of in the nose. Taste is quintessential Rodenbach, deep wood aromas, big Brett presence, a bit of fruitiness, but overall huge funk, though no horseblanket or leather, overall very very smooth, more sour than tart. This is probably attributable to the unblended 'old' lambic character of this beer. Mouthfeel is medium-light, good effervescence, not sticky. I wish there was more of this to drink, in any case many thanks to Todd for sharing this gem.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 16:30:10 | More by jdense
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12.7oz bottle split with oglmcdgl into some snifters. A corked bottle that is wrapped up in paper. Thanks to laura for bringing these back from across the pond.

A- Once the cork is popped with a slight sound it was poured into the smifters with vigor. All I got was liquid with very loose and small clear bubbles. No head whatsoever. Pretty still beer here. Well it is 10% and 6 years old at this point so there is that. (4)

S- Smells like a very light rodenbach mixed in with some cider notes. There is a very minimal amount of vinegar that is kinda hard to pick out. Big apple skin presence with some pears thrown in for good measure. Some cheerry some oak. Not very bold, simple, but amazing at the same time.

T- I don't know why people are saying this is overly sweet, sure there is some sweetness in there but not cloying and not medicinal at all. Like the nose I detect alot of cidery tastes with apples up front, kinda odd, I know. Some tart cherry mixed with minimal malt. A small earthy yeasty vibe about in the middle finishing semi tart and dry.

M- This is a small step above light bodied. I thought this would be thicker, but it remains pretty thin and not very lively. But that does not matter because for a 10 percent beer, the alcohol does not make a appearence at all. Semi sweet and semi tart on the mouth.

D- This is easy drinking and I enjoyed it alot. I could probably drink a few bottles of this without a sweat because 1. the alcohol is hidden, 2. the vinegar is light and 3. Rodenbach does flanders red's right! A winner in my eyes. Much more drinkable than the other versions i've had even with the higher alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 18:45:58 | More by BARFLYB
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 007214 split with onix1agr and poured into snifters.

A- no head from a hard pour just a very faint ring around the glass. Pale orange pink in color with perfect clarity that shine yellow when lit from behind.

S- apple cider vinegar and peaches, some wood and a vinous hit.

T- tart and sour up front with green apples and myer lemons. Apple cider vinegar and under ripe peaches. Oak and funk. Very crisp and bright.

M- less then medium in body and a light carb. Awesome pucker that gets the juices flowing and keep you coming back for more.

D- this is amazingly drinkable for 10 abv. Very clean and crisp. Huge flavors and super easy to enjoy. I really dig this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:45:45 | More by oglmcdgl
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apple juice colour, with initial white foam and sediment that disapears. Inititially some sour flemish, wood, malt aromas, it quickly dimnishes to a more moderate sour,a little malt vinegary one seemingly mellowed. Corked 2004 vintage (is there another one?).
The mouthfeel is average, or even a tad lighter, it is a little watery. A complex sourness, some vinegar, some good wood ageing,fully engaging the tastebuds, and there is some shock left on the tongue in the finish. Received in trade from Vincent in Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 01:25:56 | More by Sammy
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Rodenbach Vin De Céréale from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
93 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.