Rodenbach Vin De Céréale - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
I was wondering if I even would write a review of this beer, as it is a bottle I found in the corner of my cellar, completely forgotten and almost 10 years old. It turned ot to be more than worthy of a review.
First and for all this beer is flat, no head what so ever, if it wasn't for the pale amber colour you would say it's wine (hence the name). The nose is grains and apple vinegar. It's mainly acidity, with some fruits thrown in the mix, some apple, hints of peach. There are hints of oak.
I love this kind of beer, really refreshing. The closest beer relative is probably, the real acidic geuzes (like girardin fond) or even plain lambic, but white wine is also pretty close to it. This is a love it or hate it beer.
Obviously, this is a review of a aged version, keep that in mind.
08-21-2014 19:34:35 | More by benfons
3.95/5 rDev -7.3%
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Flat, as expected. Clear deep golden amber body.
Smell - Vinegar and caramel malt. Smells a lot like Grand Cry, but stronger. Also has a brighter, kinda grainy aroma.
Taste - That grainy flavor is very faint up front and it's gone. Malt and light cherry flavor. Woody. Vinegar and sourness build into the finish with a sharp sour spike.
Mouthfeel - Flat, but it isn't a problem. Has a little tingle from the wood. Medium body.
Overall - Has a lot of similarities with other Rodenbachs, but enough differences to make it a very interesting beer.
07-06-2014 23:07:10 | More by Alieniloquium
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
2004 bottle. Poured from the 375ml bottle into a large wine glass.
Clear golden-orange-red-brown, low carbonation, zero head; doesn't look like most beer, but nothing wrong with that. Really catches the light and looks good in the glass.
Smells quite unusual. Honey, grape/wine, toast, light vinegar, hints of flowers. General impression of agedness, but no overt oxidized character.
Tastes good. Medium level of vinegar tartness balanced by a bare touch of malty sweetness. Delicious vinous and dried fruit flavors, along with toast, malt, honey. Medium length tangy finish, vinegar and a bit of iron.
Low carbonation, but surprisingly sufficient. The bubble ares exceedingly tiny. Good tingly acidity.
Never tried it fresh, but in any case it's drinking quite well right now.
Very glad to get the chance to try this. Thanks for the bottle, Daniel!!!
06-20-2014 07:56:37 | More by Beerzebub
4.48/5 rDev +5.2%
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
01-17-2014 03:20:29 | More by wisrarebeer
4.43/5 rDev +4%
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!
07-22-2012 15:56:59 | More by spdyfire83
3.53/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
05-14-2012 01:56:25 | More by oline73
4.85/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
04-04-2012 16:10:44 | More by woosterbill
Rodenbach Vin De Céréale from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.