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
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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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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of alcstradamus
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of Axic10
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Photo of jdense
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I acquired this bottle in a trade with ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad! I shared it with drabmuh last Sunday.

2004 vintage

Upon the removal of the paper, I was surprised to find a green bottle. The beer is very clear and has almost no head left at all. What is there fades almost immediately, leaving no lacing. What more could you expect from a 10% Flanders ale over six years old?

The flavor seems to have held up fine. There is a very sour, funky , wild yeast aroma. The aroma is really quite amazing, actually. The beer tastes extremely tart, with a vinegar note evident in the finish.

Overall, a really interesting beer and a very enjoyable experience.

Photo of drabmuh
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa...Vin du Céréale 2004 (only vintage?) shared by the other Matt recently. Thanks a bunch Matt. The revenge is coming.

Little bottle wrapped in white paper. Beneath the paper is a tiny green bottle with this amber / brown beer in it. No sediment at all in the bottle. Beer poured into a tulip. Beer is clear and forms no real head to speak of, carbonation is nearly gone and of course this nonexistent carbonation and ghost head doesn't not leave lacing on the glass. The swirl does not leave legs on the glass.

Strong aroma, very acetic, a little solventy at times, but its mildly malty and a little funk but not a lot. There is some lactic acid in there as well. Its not metallic or leathery just a clean strongly acetic aroma.

Beer is thin in the body and moderately acetic in the forward and midpalate. There is almost a sour apply / pear feeling in the middle to late palate, perhaps a mild citric flavor to the whole thing. Its not super complex in the mouth but its a great Flanders. Drinkability is good and mouthfeel is about what I expected. A great beer.

Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting with AgentZero.

375ml bottle into my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass.

The beer pours a light clear copper, not much head or lacing...The aroma is really nice and complex. You get some really nice vinegar on the fornt which confuses the senses as you think the beer should darker colored. The vinegar is balanced with a little grass and has an almost white wine (savuginon blanc flavor)... The first sip is a little strong almost like grain alcohol mixed with vinegar but as you get into it becomes much sweeter. The vinegar is still present, but its got some grass, some very light wood/alcohol on the finish. A ton going on, super complex...The feel is very warming, it also coats the whole mouth...Its nice to drink but couldn't finish a whole bottle.

Overall, this is a another great one from Rodenbach with a twist.

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%.

Photo of craytonic
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Photo of adkirkish
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(2004)

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.

Photo of jgasparine
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Photo of brownbeer
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of ccrida
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!!!

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

I have caught a double-agent. The owner of "d'Afspraak" in Mechelen told me it was hiding in his cellar. Un-be-liev-able it hadn't yet been discovered there.

It's a wine pretending to be a beer, and a beer posing as a wine. It is neither and yet both.
It doesn't don the expected white hat, nor does it wear the classic frivolous lace. No-nonsense attire, and a nice tan to boot.

Suspicious already, I wanted to sniff it out. And oh, this Rodenbach was good at its job; it confused me even more. Cider, oak, chocolate, grass, malt: it was all there. An eau de toilette that could conceal anything and everything.

Now that I had my teeth into it, I was determined to reveal it as a fraud, but it threw everything it had at me.
Sweet and alluring, sourly contradicting my accusations, flirting and warm, such a smooth operator. Nearly had me calling it honey.

I may have caught it, but I have to admit it seduced me - like you might expect of the goodlooking spies in a James Bond movie. And I don't regret it one bit, nor will I ever turn it in. There are few of them left in the world, and less every day - you'll be lucky if you ever get to see one, let alone catch it.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of ricke
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of tpd975
4.25/5  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!

Photo of hoppymeal
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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