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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,294 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,294
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 237
Gots: 380 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of GregSemenza
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of poskok
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nazzz
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trosevear
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MPSTARR
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KurtisAyr
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dabarton
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kevanb
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a vintage Rodenbach tumbler glass.

The beer pours a very hazy, dark, burgundy color, hues of garnet when hit by the light where a thick khaki head rests, about a finger or so with decent retention leaving behind a few soapy spots of lace. The aroma is very pleasant, tart cherry, cranberry, musty oak, a bit of vinegar and some red wine grape. The flavors are right on the money, tart but jammy fruits, cherry, red grape, cranberry, plum, a bit of wine like oak, lightly vinous and definitely musty and funky, hints of sour vinegar, with just a touch of lemon citrus at the back. The mouthfeel is perfect, very lively beer, nice medium body, perfect carbonation though it coats well and feels very smooth with a lightly dry, sour pucker at the finish.


Verdict: A staple of the style, remarkably balanced and well rounded. The complexity is there, though it feels effortlessly simple to drink and explore. It hits the mark for anyone who loves a good sour, especially a Flanders Red and should be the beer that all others get compared to within the style.

Photo of Mattyb79
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of T_Hass
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of msanborn
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got mostly grape notes from this, almost like a tart wine...the sourness is sharp but it finishes very clean, and it is balanced excellently with the fruit notes.

Photo of okcommuter
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tillmac62
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown with a dark ruby cast. Above normal head volume, good lacing and retention for the style. Excellent nose of slightly sour tart raspberries (most prevalent) and cherries over a light caramel sweetness with notes of oak. Almost light medium bodied with a nice smooth texture that has bursts of creaminess in the finish. Well carbonated with effervescence from the middle on. The flavor profile is World Class and hits the marks on intensity, complexity and balance. It begins with a slightly sweet burst of raspberry with cherry undertones. These flavors effervesce into a nice tartness in the middle with just a touch of sourness underneath. Coupled with these are notes of oak over a balancing caramel sweetness. As these progress towards the finish, tartness becomes prevalent and a mildly sour puckering effect sets in. The somewhat dry finish is a fade of fruit flavor remnants over a lingering mildly tart sourness.

Photo of Cosmic_Chieftain
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Switz90
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Merks
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shandycan
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pmarlowe
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown, excellent clarity, with a generous tan head. Very good retention and

S: Appealing red fruit (cherry, strawberry, dried cranberry), light earth and grassy notes.

T: Red fruit, light barrel, sour is light to the point of absent, red apple, and light sweetness.

M: Medium-light carbonation and body.

O: A lighter, flavorful sour. A good everyday option.

Photo of DudMan
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,294 ratings.