Rodenbach Vin De Céréale - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
09-09-2010 16:30:10 | More by jdense
4.68/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
08-15-2010 18:45:58 | More by BARFLYB
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
08-10-2010 01:45:45 | More by oglmcdgl
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
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
I acquired this bottle in a trade with ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad! I shared it with drabmuh last Sunday.
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.
07-28-2010 18:01:16 | More by Huhzubendah
4.43/5 rDev +4%
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.
07-27-2010 18:27:47 | More by drabmuh
4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
06-26-2010 20:10:17 | More by jrallen34
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
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
4.63/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
06-15-2010 22:56:59 | More by adkirkish
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
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!
05-09-2010 21:26:38 | More by jgasparine
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
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
4.97/5 rDev +16.7%
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!!!
02-26-2010 01:13:02 | More by ccrida
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
11-10-2009 18:47:51 | More by Paisan
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
10-18-2009 20:30:26 | More by Arbitrator
4.43/5 rDev +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.
07-06-2009 13:20:11 | More by ricke
4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
07-05-2009 20:37:29 | More by tpd975
4.43/5 rDev +4%
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.
05-21-2009 01:57:20 | More by hoppymeal
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
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
01-03-2009 20:27:24 | More by kkipple
4.43/5 rDev +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.
07-18-2008 19:03:17 | More by bigbelcher
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
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...
07-08-2008 00:00:09 | More by bennetj17
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
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
Rodenbach Vin De Céréale from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.