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Rodenbach Vin De Céréale - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Vin De CéréaleRodenbach Vin De Céréale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 71
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed once, but due to success, the brewery is considering making it again.

(Beer added by: ggaughan on 12-17-2007)
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of spdyfire83
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of woosterbill
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of largadeer
3.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks, Alex.

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.

Photo of billab914
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 375mL bottle to Bruges glass at a small gathering of NoVA BA's on 9/4/11
*From notes

-- 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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Crittervision
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4/30/2011

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.

Photo of GRG1313
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Rodenbach Vin De Céréale from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.