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Rodenbach Vin De Céréale | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Vin De CéréaleRodenbach Vin De Céréale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium
rodenbach.be

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed once, but due to success, the brewery is considering making it again.

Added by ggaughan on 12-17-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
90
pDev:
11.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
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Photo of MasterSki
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.37/5  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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.94/5  rDev +16%
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

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -27.2%
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

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.32/5  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!

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Photo of jdense
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.09/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.24/5  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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
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%.

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Photo of craytonic
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of adkirkish
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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Photo of brownbeer
3.51/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -53.1%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
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!!!

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Rodenbach Vin De Céréale from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 90 ratings
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