Rodenbach Vin De Céréale - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
As our delectable beer tasting to ring in 2009 drew to a close, a mysterious, unlabeled, corked bottle appeared out of nowhere. What's this, I say, hoisting the thing. Looks like a mead or homebrew cider.... not so! proclaims our benevolent, inebriated hostess (her husband had long gone to bed.) She hands me the wrapper she had removed. No way! I proclaim, reading "Rodenbach, Vin De Céréale" on the white paper. But she already had the corkscrew out...
This was one of the stars of the evening, and defies easy description. Céréale is a weird hybird, a flat, sour-sweet delight that is in turns reminsicent of barleywine, cider, and the Flanders red they do so well. It's flat, no head at all, and still. Straw-gold, picturesque, and gorgeous; but the last thing you'd expect from such a beverage is the what follows....
The aroma is sweet, much sweeter than normal Rodenbach, and has a fine caramel sugar overture that then turns into cherries, both sweet and sour, and wood-oak grassy notes that are carried away on the wings of a sour, earthy and mildly boozy finish. Well blended, old smelling, and rich - think a Rodenbach dessert wine and you are on the right track. Delicious and charming.
The taste is at first a return to normalcy, there's the sour vinegar cherry we're all used to. But it's a lot sweeter, with a depth of character that grows and grows on the palate. Eventually I'm tasting crisp apples, wood, honey, oranges, warming alcohol, a touch of spice and even some dirty wild yeast. Everything comes together fantastically well. The beer is thin and flat, yet devilishly smooth, and finishes tingly and warming. The sourness lingers on in my mouth and the whole experience is delightful and relaxing.
Vin De Céréale is not a beer to drink much of, but made a wonderful morningcap and is the best thing I've had from Rodenbach. Refined, warm, beguilingly easy, this is excellent, special beer. Highly recommended.
01-03-2009 20:27:24 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
4.43/5 rDev +4%
A: A fascinating glimmering reddish orange color. No real head, just a small amount of airy bubbles that quickly disappears. An outstanding appearance.
S: A powerful and mature smell. Rich fruity aromas mix with prominent notes of oak barrel. Mild hints of vinegar. Some yeast, a hint of nougat, green apples and earth. The smell is really reminiscent of white wine. Excellent.
T: The taste is wonderful as well. A tart taste seems to balance perfectly, but just for a hint of second it goes sour. But the sourness is counterweighted by a surprisingly big sweetness, with notes of both malts and honey. The taste is really complex: notes of tart berries, lemon juice, unripe fruits, raisins. It's reminiscent of both white wine and fine apple cider. Plenty of barrel aged character as well with hints of oak and chestnut. The taste of vinegar is present, but subdued, and becomes noticeable not until the finish where the alcohol also makes an appearance.
M: Rather full body, very smooth and soft. Basically no carbonation at all. Rather dry in the finish.
D: A refined and elegant beer, to say the least. I really liked it. It's complex and well balanced, and very tasty. But most of all, it was fun and enjoyable to drink. Recommended.
07-06-2009 13:20:11 | More by ricke
3.58/5 rDev -16%
2004 vintage, which might be the only one. Thanks to Mike and Brent for sharing.
Looks like apple juice in the glass, no head.
An acetic nose of paint thinner and nail polish remover. Not very pleasing, but doesn't burn my nostrils the same way Experimental Raspberry does.
The taste is better, some apple comes to the table along with the strong acidity. It doesn't taste anything like 10% to me.The body is light and the carbonation low, which is expected of this age and style.
Not great, but for a paint thinner type beer it wasn't the worst.
04-13-2010 22:46:37 | More by brownbeer
4.7/5 rDev +10.3%
As best I can make out from the bottle, as it is in Flemish and French, this is a limited production beer made from foeder number 132 and is limited to a little over 22,000 bottles or so from what I can tell. The bottle is presented wrapped in white paper with a gold cover on top. Each bottle is stamped with the bottle number and has 2004 on the front.
I got this bottle at Oud Aresenal in Antwerp, Belgium. The beer was served in a nice Rodenbach glass. The beer pours with absolutely no head at all. The beer poured a pale orange color. The nose was a bit acidic and had some vineous qualities to it, very pleasing. The taste was pretty intense. This is definitely a Rodenbach beer but there is more sourness to this baby than the Grand Cru or Red. It is similar in taste to the Alexander Rodenbach of days gone by but a bit more sour and this had some definite wine qualities that were enjoyable. You don't get hit over the head with the high abv but it definitely shows itself at time. This is a very well rounded beer and worth picking up if you can find it.
12-17-2007 19:51:08 | More by ggaughan
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
08-02-2010 01:25:56 | More by Sammy
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
4.95/5 rDev +16.2%
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
04-22-2011 05:34:07 | More by GRG1313
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Review from notes, thanks to Brad for this one! Currently the last "top 10" Flanders Red left to review...probably the most elusive.
Orange jewel tone coloration with super bright clarity. The bottle looked to be filtered possibly, there was no sediment at all. Still pour, with a few bubbles lingering around the edges. Strong acetone aroma, with a slight wet wood mustiness in the background. Apple butter, cider, white grape, and mineral flavors. Mellow tartness, with the vinous feel of a Pino Grigio. Dry, tart, and acetic. An interesting experiment from Rodenbach, that hopefully continues in some form...
03-10-2009 01:16:59 | More by emerge077
2/5 rDev -53.1%
Bottle: Poured a light pale reddish color ale with almost no carbonation and a little bubbly head that disappeared really quickly. Aroma consists of light sour notes with some very subtle oak and light cherries. Taste was quite a disappointment with a thin watery body and light tart notes with some oak and not nearly enough sour notes. I tasted this side-by-side with a regular Grand Cru from 2004 and this one was not even close to the regular GC. I wonder if the bottle had not been cellared properly but I won't seek this again.
04-01-2010 15:49:46 | More by Phyl21ca
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
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
08-31-2011 01:25:09 | More by mikesgroove
3.28/5 rDev -23%
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.
10-20-2011 17:39:17 | More by largadeer
4.43/5 rDev +4%
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.
01-11-2011 04:52:48 | More by Axic10
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
District of Columbia
4.6/5 rDev +8%
From 375mL bottle to Bruges glass at a small gathering of NoVA BA's on 9/4/11
-- 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.
09-17-2011 22:01:58 | More by Rhettroactive
3.83/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
01-15-2011 03:16:44 | More by alcstradamus
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
08-28-2011 19:42:12 | More by Crittervision
5/5 rDev +17.4%
I was fortunate enough to buy a case of these from Belgium. I opened bottle #10593 today. It poured with no head and looked like apple cider in the glass. The smell was very strong. As it poured into the glass at arms length I could smell the sweet vineger aroma. The taste was not too sour but stronger than the Rodenbach Grand Cru. The complexity in the beer was so impressive that it hid the 10% alcohol. I could not tell the beer was so strong until I felt the buzz half way down the glass. Drinkability factor is off the chart if you like Flander ales.
04-06-2008 03:23:56 | More by dalion037
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
05-14-2011 13:22:05 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -6.1%
At a tasting with jrallen34.
A - Pours orange, very odd looking. It's pretty, if you can/should use that word to describe a beer. No head to speak of, very ransparent. Weird looking, but not bad.
S - Tart smelling, a lot of wine-vinegar smell. A sweet strawberry scent comes off of this, adding an additional layer to the smell. Quite nice.
T - A real shock to the system, at first it was like drinking vinegar. You actually get used to that very quickly. A lot of apple-cider like taste on it, especially as it seems to be somewhat flat. The tartness explodes on the end as it leaves your mouth.
M - Flat, pretty light, a little syrupy.
D - Tart and flat takes this to just a little above average. It tastes good, but is hard to get down. On the plus side, shocked that this is 10%.
06-26-2010 20:08:27 | More by AgentZero
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
Sampled a 2004 Vintage bottle. It is listed here as a Flander's Red, but it appears, smells and tastes like straight lambic. I have reviewed it as such.
A- Poured from the bottle with very little carbonation. No head, no lacing. The body was the color of apple juice, filtered clear. Not the typical appearance of something from the Rodenbach brewery, and not very impressive in appearance as a Flanders Red, but average for a young lambic.
S- Very complex nose: acetic, vinous, with apple and strawberry-like esters, and a wheaty malt base. Smells very much like a delicious young lambic, kissed with oak. The alcohol is exceptionally well-hidden...
T- Very estery on the palate. Tons of apple and strawberry-like esters, laced with vinegar. Some tangy wheatlike flavors throughout, with some oaky interplay . Sharp and Dry finish.
M- Highly attenuated- thin to medium body, slightly oily... almost no perceived carbonation. Slightly astringent.
D- Very drinkable, and very refreshing. The alcohol is so well-hidden in this one, I would have guessed 6%-ish based on sensory perception!
05-09-2010 21:26:38 | More by jgasparine
Rodenbach Vin De Céréale from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.