Rodenbach Vin De Céréale - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Drank from a 40cl chalice in Copenhagen. Sampled at Nørrebro Bryghus with fellow enthusiasts...
Appearance: pours from a wine corked 375ml bottle..virtually flat. what head existed dissipated almost immediatly. a very pale, almost completely translucent apple juice like color. gorgeously brilliant. 3 years or so will do that, i suppose...
Aroma: horsey brett - with lactic tones - fresh lambicesque aroma - some characteristic acetone rodenbach scent.
Taste/Mouthfeel: first sip: typical [ok, on it's best day] rod. grand cru with VERY lingering warm buttery cognac-esque oak character - wow. so incredibly well crafted... my god. some subtle acetic but much less than many bottles of the grand cru that i've had.
tasting onward as it warms: does have essence flavor of ancient warming oak - refreshingly tart and uniquely their own. this brewery can make beer this good? damn. reminds me a bit of Cantillon's 50ºN-4ºE - buttery rich oak presence. diminished hop. awesome. better than alexander.
a single foeder? wow. i could drink this beer on a daily basis. am hoping that this will become a more frequent experiment from these folks. if it held a head, it would be damn near perfect [oh, acid...]. glancing over at the other examples of this style - flanders red [can we call this red?] it is above and beyond all of them [with the exception of the under rated de dolle oerbier reserva 2005...and possibly Panil Barriquée when the 2005 was at its peak]. profoundly better than anything from Verhaeghe and more immensely immaculate than any bottle of La Folie. this beer deserves to be sought out...
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2008 22:06:20 | More by grassrootsVT
4.7/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2007 19:51:08 | More by ggaughan
Rodenbach Vin De Céréale from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.