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Rodenbach Vin De Céréale - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 89
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 71
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ggaughan on 12-17-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed once, but due to success, the brewery is considering making it again.
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Photo of woosterbill
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Cheers! (932 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SeaBass for bring this one from the home land!

2004 Vintage Barrel 132 Bottle 2658.

A: Pours a nice golden hue with zero head. You can manage a few bubbles with a swirl but no lace.

S: Big blast of tartness up front. Hints of crushed sweet tarts and green apple.

T: Apple, apple, and more apple up front, all green nothing sweet here. Crushed up sweet tart in the middle with a big blast of acid on the back of the tongue.

M: Nice light and tart. Very dry in the finish.

D: Not one to pound, but an enjoyable refreshing brew.

Thanks SeaBass! (559 characters)

Photo of Crosling
2.96/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (258 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle purchased and consumed at Delirium Cafe in Brussels. Recommended to me by the bartender after I expressed a lukewarm reaction to the Cantillon 50x4.

A: Pours a brilliant, clear orange / reddish amber that glows faintly in the light. The vigorous pour produces a finger of off-white head with great retention for a 10% ale; Julian (the bartender) seemed surprised and said this beer is normally closer to flat. Well, that's a good sign. No lacing.

S: Apple cider, with hints of vinegar and a grape presence (much like brandy). Green apple and light tannins. I'm not a wine connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination, but I had a sweet dessert wine some years ago that was orange in color, and this reminds me heavily of that (but with a touch more vinegar).

T: Again, the dessert wine comparison is appropriate, but it's not cloying or sugary by any means. A powerful blend of apple cider, brandy, and oak. Hints of tamarind and grain. A restrained acetic character adds complexity and forces this to become a slow sipper with a semi-dry finish.

M: Light-bodied, with airy carbonation. Absolutely no hint of alcohol in the taste, although there is a small, heady warmth on the exhalation. Very smooth, with a semi-dry finish as noted above.

D: I hadn't heard of this beer before having it, as I'm not familiar with the Rodenbach brand. If I had known it was so hard to get this beer, I might have tried to get one to bring home. (1,455 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 007214 split with onix1agr and poured into snifters.

A- no head from a hard pour just a very faint ring around the glass. Pale orange pink in color with perfect clarity that shine yellow when lit from behind.

S- apple cider vinegar and peaches, some wood and a vinous hit.

T- tart and sour up front with green apples and myer lemons. Apple cider vinegar and under ripe peaches. Oak and funk. Very crisp and bright.

M- less then medium in body and a light carb. Awesome pucker that gets the juices flowing and keep you coming back for more.

D- this is amazingly drinkable for 10 abv. Very clean and crisp. Huge flavors and super easy to enjoy. I really dig this brew. (685 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FMetzger for sharing this one. Pours with little foam at all. Amazing deep gold color, very clear, with faint carbonation. White wine aroma, buttery, with dried apricots and a oakey sour funk. Faint alcohol fume.

Vinegary sourness dominates the flavor with an intense fruity character. More sour than I expected, with primarily tart apple and pear. Very acidic, lightly drying. Alcohol kept in check well for 10%. The mouthfeel is mostly thin, geting only a tiny bit syrupy at the finish, holding onto the tastebuds. The carbonation is a bit low but good enough for this beer.

Overall a great sour beer. Was afraid it would get too strong being much higher ABV for the style, but it didn't. Recommended... (719 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (395 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. numbered bottle vintage 2004 generously shared by Todd Hannon from his most awesome cellar for BA bottle share at The Beer Mongers 9.5.2010.

Light gold/straw colored body, no visible carbonation, minimal head and lacing. Dope funk nose, some characterized as vinegar, I got more of a fermented apple/peach juice aroma, no hops to speak of in the nose. Taste is quintessential Rodenbach, deep wood aromas, big Brett presence, a bit of fruitiness, but overall huge funk, though no horseblanket or leather, overall very very smooth, more sour than tart. This is probably attributable to the unblended 'old' lambic character of this beer. Mouthfeel is medium-light, good effervescence, not sticky. I wish there was more of this to drink, in any case many thanks to Todd for sharing this gem. (797 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (592 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (620 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,945 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (637 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (550 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004. Pours a light honey copper in color, almost a pinkish hue, clear, barely a skirmish of white bubbles appears and just as quickly is gone. Aroma shows some great malty sweetness, sweet berries and raisins, also some lemons, oakiness, white wine notes, grapes, and mustiness. Taste follows with a decent dose of honey sweetness, sweet raisins are also evident, a good dose of oakiness, grape, lemons, hay, and vinegar rush in and take over the sweet flavors. Mouthfeel is medium in body, a very nice blend of weight from the malts and puckery tartness and drying finish. A very delicious beer, the balance of sweet and tart are very nice, a quite complex aroma and taste are pleasing throughout. (699 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,092 characters)

Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (482 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!! (857 characters)

Photo of ricke
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (1,246 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

241st Review
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! (785 characters)

Photo of benfons
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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. (797 characters)

Photo of mhewes
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was able to get a bottle of this. It pours flat. There was basically no head. It looked just like apple juice. It had a smell of apple cider vinegar. I could tell it was going to be sour before even drinking it. The taste of it was sour and not in the bad sense. It was a very smooth sour that went down real easy. It was easy for me to drink and I'm not big on sour beers. It's one that I would love to get again and enjoy. (426 characters)

Photo of MCImes
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Acetone, leather and sour on the nose. Medium sweet, medium sour. Well balanced. Overall very lucky to try. 2004 vintage. hope to drink again. very very good. (158 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite an unusual beer for Rodenbach. Big alcohol that left a very warm feeling. Golden color. Must have been aged in white wine barrels. Almost no head. A slightly tart sourness but not to the extent of a traditional Rodenbach or Rodenbach Grand Cru.. I loved this beer. (270 characters)

Photo of Crittervision
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (644 characters)

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Rodenbach Vin De Céréale from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.