Rodenbach Vin De Céréale - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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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
2.98/5 rDev -30%
Bottle, Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà, Rome, Italy. Light golden. Mildly aromatic, with hardly any depth, some sour fruits. Mild malts, some sourness. Not sweet like the grand cru. Very little depth, tastes dead and unpure. Ok taste. A bit dull. Just an ok beer.
06-09-2008 14:27:58 | More by Crosling
3.1/5 rDev -27.2%
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
03-20-2011 19:23:53 | More by stcules
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
3.35/5 rDev -21.4%
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.
01-30-2012 15:56:59 | More by cpetrone84
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
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
3.58/5 rDev -16%
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.
05-05-2011 05:54:28 | More by HopHead84
3.65/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
06-28-2011 21:35:11 | More by MasterSki
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
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
4/5 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
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
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Foeder 132, Bottle #004711, 2004 Bottle Date; Sampled April 2008
Served lightly chilled in a 25cl tulip glass. As expected the beer pours completely headless, only a slight ring of bubbles forms on top of a brilliantly clear, honey copper colored beer. A close inspection actually shows a slow, persistent generation of bubbles rising up from the bottom of my glass, so there is a touch of CO2 here. The aroma is tart, fruity and warm from alcohol. Reminds me a bit of a mix of apple cider-vinegar and brandy. Acetic & lactic acid aromatics up front yield to soft apple and perhaps a touch of plum aromatics. It is actually quite sour smelling throughout and other than this it is not overly funky. A chewy malt character seems to lay just underneath the surface here, never particularly noticeable, but its presence is somehow sensed in the aroma.
Quite tart tasting, and very dry up front, but it does pick up some very slight sweetness towards the middle and beginning of the finish that accents a soft cider-like flavor. Very light for a beer of this strength, and the alcohol is quite well hidden in the flavor by the dominant tartness. Mainly a lactic acidity is found in this beer, though a touch acetic essence is here as well. Dusty, stale malt flavors (like some crushed malt that has been left out for a couple of weeks) seem to inject themselves into the finish. Definitely not completely flat, the carbonation is quite slight, but contributes an extra texture to this beer. This really does have an apple cider essence to it that is quite nice and provides a slight balance to the tartness. This beer is not overly sour, at least compared to a hard Lambic, but is certainly quite tart tasting. Flavors of tamarind, slight sherry and some grassy, lightly toasted (to the aromatic point with not browning) grain.
This is certainly a sipping beer, though given a couple hours a 375ml bottle is not unmanageable. A very interesting take on a Barley Wine (or literally Grain Wine). I definitely am enjoying this brew, it is quite the experience. I find it interesting that the alcohol is only noticeable as a nose warming sensation in the nose, but not in the flavor. All in all this is quite soft tasting, the malt has certainly mellowed over all this time and the acidity, while substantial, is not harsh at all. Quite an experience.
04-16-2008 04:43:39 | More by Gueuzedude
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
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
09-28-2011 19:41:08 | More by billab914
District of Columbia
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
2004 vintage on 6/23/10; I believe this was made once and never again.
Appearance: Pours with a small, mother-of-pearl head, brilliantly clear amber-red
Smell: Tat and vinegary, with some cherry-like fruit; similar to apple cider vinegar. You can definitely detect the malt base.
Taste: I was taken aback by how sour/tart this was, a bit of a shock. That said, there is a misplaced sweetness on the finish. Lots of vinegar and lactic acid, again reminiscent of apple-cider vinegarr.
Mouthfeel: Very dry, well carbonated. No noticeable alcohol.
Drinkability: Impossible to drink quickly, but an enjoyable slow sipper
06-26-2010 02:59:04 | More by craytonic
Rodenbach Vin De Céréale from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.