Rodenbach Vin De Céréale - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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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
3.28/5 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
4.18/5 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
4.6/5 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
4.33/5 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
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
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
05-18-2011 03:53:19 | More by DefenCorps
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
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
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
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
04-11-2011 19:20:53 | More by TurdFurgison
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
3.83/5 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
4.43/5 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
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
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!
01-07-2011 03:02:15 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
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!
10-12-2010 15:47:23 | More by Dreadnaught33
Rodenbach Vin De Céréale from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.