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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,008 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,008
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 213
Gots: 294 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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Photo of Hollywould
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Draught pour into mini tulip glass.

Appearance: Clarity is Hazy, color is Brownish/Mahogany
Aroma: Intensely sour, with some sweetness. Notes of green apple lemon-lime and herbal, slight orange citrus and tart & overripe cherry.
Taste: Sweet on entry, green apple skin, lemon-lime, then a burst of cohesive flavors and a sour pucker towards the end. Finish is tart with green apple and cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Fizzy, foam, dry feel that leaves you salivating and anxious for the next sip.
Overall: A wonderful, drinkable, exciting beer that makes you crave each sip. It is sour but a slight sweetness balances the palette.

Hollywould, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Gehrig
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at The Independent in Tampa, FL.

Deep ruby red with dark orange trim, topped by a finger of white foam; nice lacing and and head duration, a very good-looking beer all around.

Good aromas, nicely sour with some maraschino cherry sweetness, but more raspberry.

The taste is excellent, really sour, almost puckeringly so, but with some sweet berry and cherry as well. Raspberry and blackberry are evident, with cherry in the finish. It reminds me of a delicious, sour version of Ommegang's Three Philosophers, no light comparison given my deep fondness for 3P.

The mouthfeel is just about ideal--very smooth, but with a nice creaminess, a velvety finish that brings a hint of tart in the end.

This really impressed me, so much so that ordering a second quickly on the heels of the first was in order. Fabulous beer, a very pleasant surprise. Highly recommended.

Gehrig, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A classic beer, and one I've yet to try. Tasted 11 July 2014.

Pours deep cherry-wood rust brown, clear but dark. Two fingers of yellowish-tan head tinged with red.

Smell is delightfully tart. Cherries, wood, and acidity. Lovely, if a bit on the simplistic side.

Taste is outstanding. Starts out tart, bends fruity, then brings back the sour pinch. All the while little variations are playing on the edges, adding complexity. Definitely on the acidic side of balanced, but with enough fruit presence and balancing sweetness that it's not a straight paint-stripper. Yum.

Feel is, likewise, outstanding. Full-bodied and robust, but airy and flowing as well, with medium-high carbonation that fizzes up and stirs the pot of tastiness. An excellent fit with the taste.

No question why this beer is renowned. It's great across the board, nothing bad, and a whole lot good. Deliciously tart with just the right amount of fruit to complement it. I'll be drinking more of this.

zeledonia, Jul 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Photo of mtomlins
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bomber into a stemmed MoB teku glass and shared with friends.

Pours a cloudy mahogany red color with a bubbly reddish tan head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose…ahhh, the nose is just wonderful! Lots of toasted malt, ripe fruit sweetness, cherries, hints of oak, some subtle acidity, leather and whispers of some tart barniness. The taste is equally complex and yet so drinkable. Really pronounced red fruit (cherries), but some deeper ripeness in the form of raisins; some toasted malt and caramel, white pepper, leather, oak. The body is full and round, yet light on the tongue with lots of carbonation, but in no way over-carbed. Wow, this is just a fantastic complex, subtle yet highly drinkable beer. Truly delicious!

mtomlins, Friday at 07:08 PM
Photo of SmashPants
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Bottle: a standard 330mL brown bottle with a decent macro label. (3.5)

Appearance: poured into a tulip glass. A dark amber-red in colour with visible carbonation across the profile. A thin off-white head lingers for a time before dropping to a thin ring. (3.5)

Aroma: plenty of sour notes up front - currants, cherries, dark fruits, and an almost vinegar note. Not unpleasant though - quite the contrary. (4.0)

Taste: again that lovely sourness comes through nice and strong - almost mouth puckering, but it is softened slightly by a light fruit sweetness. A great sour beer. (4.5)

Aftertaste: still a strong sourness lingers on the palate, with some spice, heavy fruits and a touch of base malts. (4.5)

Mouth feel: absolutely bang-on. I don't know how they manage to make it viscous, smooth and sharp all at the time, but it is very impressive. (5.0)

Overall: definitely the best sour beer I have had to date. Lots of complexity and an fantastic, smooth-yet-sharp mouth feel make this one a must have, even at a price of AU$130+ for 24 x 330mL. Maybe one every now and then as a treat.

SmashPants, Friday at 01:33 AM
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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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