Rodenbach Vin De Céréale - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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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
4.97/5 rDev +16.7%
33cl bottle at 't Poatersgat (2004 #005481), served in a plain tulip, Vin De Céréale is a still copper with a small white collar, leaving a smattering lace. There's a really nice glow to the color.
Smell and Taste are the same, absolutely amazing! Sweet and sour, like sweet tarts candy, a nice vinousness to it, very clean. The perfect beer, my all-time favorite.
Mouthfeel is still, slick but light bodied and dry.
Drinkability is exceptional. Why is this a rare one-off? Please Rodenbach, make this again!!!
02-26-2010 01:13:02 | More by ccrida
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
4.85/5 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
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
4.68/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
08-15-2010 18:45:58 | More by BARFLYB
4.63/5 rDev +8.7%
A: Pours clear dark golden, visible carbonation in the glass, but no head.
A: Brett Funk, sweet fruits, strawberry, peach, and alot of that tart grapefruit. No hop aroma.
F: Slight Alcohol warmth but subdued from the tartness, Sweet and sour, grapefruit w/ oak / red wine overtones from the barrel aging, conceals the alcohol very well.
M: Medium bodied. No carbonation but drinks slick/smooth. Savory and puckering, finishes dry
O: This is my first Flanders Red Ale and a very complex beer. As others in the style I couldnt perceive any chocolate or vanilla notes in the aroma, but the complex fruit was there. This beer makes the mark in appearance. Again in flavor, no chocolate or vanilla notes present but would have been welcome complements. I really liked this. If you are a fan of sours, seek this beer out.
06-15-2010 22:56:59 | More by adkirkish
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
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
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
Rodenbach Vin De Céréale from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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