Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Reviews: 1,060
Hads: 3,634
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 20.89%
Wants: 293
Gots: 513 | FT: 27
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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of Mini4x
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm always amazed how few people enjoy sour beers, this is an amazing drink, had on Draft at Brassire Beck in DC. Delicios balanced sour, cherry notes, not vinegary like soke can be. Well worth a taste.

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Photo of frozyn
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L -- Pours a ruby brown that shows clear ruby when held up to the light. Slightly tan head that bloomed when pouring and took a while to die down before becoming a ring around the edge.

S -- Sour cherries, oak, and a definite red wine-like quality.

T -- Very close to the nose, although my first taste involved plenty of plum and a little vanilla. The plum becomes more pronounced over time. Tart is a great way to describe the flavor, almost like eating a not-quite-ripe plum...and some cherries.

F -- Medium body, but very crisp. The sour puckers/prickles the tongue a little.

O -- One of my first "sour" beers and it took a little bit to get into it tonight. By the end, however, I was thoroughly enjoying the fruit flavors and sourness of it. A great beer to break up any staid patterns you may have fallen into (unless, of course, you only have a taste for sour-tasting beers).

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; burgundy in color with ruby accents at the edges; <1 finger khaki head that receded quickly to a thin collar with big bubbles;

S: fairly intense sourness; fermenting fruit;

T: intense fruit - plum and black cherry; mild tannic bitterness in the finish - very similar to red wine;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated; very dry finish; crisp;

O: complex;

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a murky amber brown color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Oak, tart, slight funk, cherries, musty, caramel, and bready malts.

Taste: Nice, tart, funky, sour, oak, cherries, caramel, and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little dry, medium to high carbonation, tart, pucker, chewy, light bitterness, and delicious.

Overall: Super nice grand cru. Definitely will revisit.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to try a sour and local beer store recommended. My first sour so I can't compare but I loved this beer. Maroon/dark red color. Smell is more tart then the taste. Not overkill on the bite and went down smooth. Can't wait to try my next.

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Photo of Tele
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 8.28.15

A: 4.5 Pours a fairly murky reddish-brown. The two-inch, off-white head dissipates rather quickly, leaving some lace on the glass.

S: 4.5 Aromas are pretty classic for the style. Lots of vinegar, oak, cherries, caramel, with a bit of damp, woody funk on the finish.

T: 4.25 Taste is very similar to the nose with all the oak, cherries, and a touch of funk. However, there’s a bit more malt presence, more sweetness, and less of the vinegary tartness the aromas suggested. The finish is nice and long and leaves a meaty, Worcestershire sauce flavor lingering.

M: 4.5 The body is really substantial without feeling heavy and the carbonation is just about right.

O: 4.5 Pretty hard to go wrong with Grand Cru as it just about defines the style. The vintage versions are usually a bit more tart and interesting, but for the price and availability, this beer is nearly prefect.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.37/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

350mL version bought in Belgium supermarket

L: opaque, dark brown, with a thin foam
S: balsamic vinegar,
T: weak balsamic vinegar, some sour notes that reminds me of lemon and some fruity sweetness. They are all in a great balance, nothing out spoken over each another.
F: dryish finish on the tongue. residual sweetness seem to linger a bit on palate
O: a great beer with a great balance.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a distinct looking dark red and a steady lace. Aroma and taste predominated by sour cherries, tart but also quite sweet at the same time. There is even a more prominent malt backbone that I usually do not detect in sours. Simple and complex at the same time; Light body and full mouthfeel. Dry finish leaves you wanting more. A world class sour.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL corked and caged bottle into a snifter. Warmer than fridge temp, slightly cooler than cellar temp.

Pours murky brown under a "blink or you will miss it" off-white head. This is typical for the style, and matches perfectly with my expectations. If this bottle stood without being disturbed for the few months I imagine this would be quite clear.

Smells like the perfect Flanders acid ale (red ale), with a rich smattering of white wine, oxidized un-steeped rooibos, cherry, and almost jammy notes hidden among a central tartness that is apparent without even tasting.

Upon tasting, it is hard to believe this is only malted barley, hops, water,yeast, bacteria and oak. There really isn't fruit in there!?!? Flanders acid ales are some of my favorite in the world, and this is a shinning example of the outstanding quality which can be readily found in stores 5,000 miles from the source. Rodenbach has recently been stepping up their advertising, and for good reason. This is a damn fine libation. Last time I was in Belgium I bought this in cans and drank it everywhere- in trains, before bed, in the park, for breakfast, with dinner, etc. The balance of tartness (almost a sour cherry quality) and sweet is awesome. This could be funkier and be amazing, but instead of going "all out", this is quite restrained. Harmony is present. This isn't for stripping tooth enamel or re-populating your gut with complex barrel flora and extreme funk. No gym socks or horse sweat here. Finesse is more a fitting adjective. Buy this and drink it.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours an extremely dark amber that actually looks brown if it is not being held directly up to the light. Head is small and off white. Smell is tart cherries with slight grape and a little bit of wood. Taste is more tart than the smell leads on. Tart cherry amd red wine is the main taste to me. Feel is light with a dry finish. Overall this is only the 2nd flanders red I've ever had and I slightly prefer Red Poppy, but this is still very good and interesting. I hope to further explore this style

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Photo of RabbleRouserRye
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nose is mildly sour with a subtle acetic aroma. Sounds strange but reminded me a little of the apple beer I used to drink back in the day. There is some sour tang with a just-so lightly tart finish. Very light on the palate. As tasty a sour beer as there is. A very clean finish. no hop character. An instant favorite.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL:

The beer was served in a tulip glass, 10oz (?):

The beer was a nice dark cola color that produced a very small head that was not well retained (as expected for the style) but did leave a nice ring throughout the beer.

Great aroma…gave off both a sour and sweet aroma. Cherries and citrus

The taste of the beer is outstanding. Sour and you get all of those fruit flavors combined, but not overly so. The beer was exceptionally smooth and easy to drink. Overall, perhaps the best Flanders Red that I have had.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No idea how to describe this. I would say it's sweet(er) than most sours. Some woody/musty notes that add complexity. Idk. Indescribable. 9/10

What she said: "Smells... smells like something familiar.. smells like communion wine." 7.5/10

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy Dark brownish reddish color with a good slightly off color white. Smells like vinegar mixed with some sweet cherries. Tart sweet cherries with medium lite body and medium lite carbonation. The taste buds really go crazy. Different interesting beer.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz serving served quite cool on-tap into a Rodenbach Grand Cru flute at Bier Markt -Square One. Wanted to try something different, and saw this was on tap, so had to give it a try.

Appearance - Poured and enticing shade of ruby, with some mahogany colored hues. Not clear, but not hazy and very mysterious. Small thin layer of off-white head was poured and stuck around with wisps resting on top of the beer and numerous rings of lacing as was consumed.

Smell - Sour cherries, a hint of grape and some wood with some raspberry maybe. Smells like a sour beer, but crafted in the most subtle of ways that's hard to describe but smells oh so fine.

Taste - Great Scott this is delicious. Sour cherries and raspberries amongst a medley of other small fruits, some serious tartness like the sweet tarts candy, but way more refined without the excessive sugary rush afterwards. Some dry oak flavors melded with grape that remind of champagne. Some earthy bitterness to follow. So much going on it's hard to describe. Some mild saltiness throughout.

Mouthfeel - Flawless, just the right amount of carbonation to go with the flavor profiles, which means lower carbonation (but not too low). Some heft to support the 6%, but on a warm summer's day, this goes as easy as any beer I've ever had.

Mouthfeel - World-class and top notch all the way. Granted my experience with sours is pretty limited, enjoyed a couple, glad I tried a couple others but wouldn't repeat the purchase, but this was just "wow". I finally see what the fuss is all about. Super highly recommended, and makes the list of top 1% of beers I've ever tried. I wanted to go back for another glass the very next day even at exorbitant prices, because it was so good.

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Photo of Zet
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Weird label: I get the reference to the wooden barrels, but altogether it looks like a poster for a '60s western movie. Reddish brown colour with some carbonation on the surface; foam is pretty much lacking. A full nose of oak wood, sherry and tannic acid. A mouthful of flavours: sourness from the tannic acid combined with hints of cherry, sour apple and even rhubarb. This beer manages to combine a very intense taste with a unique experience of refreshment. Awesome.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a gorgeous and lush beer full of berry and grape - tart and clean, fresh and fruity - mild drying with little bit of pucker on the finish; flush of tingle on the tongue from gentle carbonation - very soft-feeling. Plush and delicate at the same time. Very fine. Recommended.

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Photo of arkanu
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a reddish brown with almost no head at all. Little amount of bubbles go away soon. Maybe it was a tad too cold when poured into the glass. Not impressed.

S - Sweet and sour fruits with a lot of cherries. Very refreshing, some vinegar and fermented wine notes. Really interesting.

T - Very crisp, with strong sweet and sour cheery notes. Aftertaste is sour and leaves hints of oak and

M - Lots of burn from the bubbles, medium body. Fabulously refreshing, you can almost imagine a late summer fading into the sunset.

O - Remarkable beer overall - it's an outstanding performance to have such clear cherry notes without even one drop of cherry juice in it. Alcohol is also properly masked, even though the oak notes and the wine like body make sure they don't transform this beer into a juice.

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Photo of M_chav
3.22/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep and desk red/brown... Similar to a red-over malted IPA.
Nose rotten plums/cherries
Tastes like tart cherries, quite pleasant actually, deep flavors
Mouthfeel is full bodied, a complete brew for sure.
Overall I can really appreciate this beer even though it's outside realm

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Looks like a soda. Very murky brown. Two finger head that quickly dissipates. Audible hissing with very active bubbles.

S - Sweet and sour fruits. Strong cherry notes with some hints of apple cider vinegar. Almost smells like a wine.

T - A fruity sweetness with a strong cherry presence. the aftertaste is sour. Very crisp.

M - Lots of burn from the bubbles, medium body.

O - A refreshing beer that is almost like a cherry cider. Sour but with a pleasant sweetness to balance it out.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Crisp on the tongue due to a combination of a thin body and pleasant carbonation. The flavor is complex with acetic and lactic notes. No sweetness unlike some other Flemish red/browns. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of NCMatt
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First Flanders Red. Didn't really know what to expect. I had an idea how sour I thought it might be, but beyond that it was going to be a surprise. It was less tart than I imagined, but it still had a zing. You could really smell and taste the barrels, had almost a bourbon like quality. Dark, but not black. Overall, it was a very good and well balanced beer. There's a reason it's been produced as long as it has. It's good. Give it a try!

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Photo of majorbase2
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a thin off white head. Dissipates quickly, leaving a thin head and a small ring of lacing around the edges,

Aroma leads with a bit of funk. Lots of sour odors and tartness. Apple, grape and cherry.

Taste is sharp, tart sour, and vinegary. Fig and cherry are strong. Very sweet. Sweet, sour grapes on the back end, and just the slightest hint of caramel malts.

Light bodied, sour and tart. Rather crisp, well carbonated. Very drinkable at 6%. FInished in no time.

Excellent beer, and its reputation is justified. An excellent beer for any time of the year.

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Photo of headlessparrot
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy almost cola-type colour, very murky and bog-water-ish. Capped by a finger of head that recedes quickly to nothing, leaving no islands, no lacing, no nothing. Visibly effervescent. Honestly, it does not look tremendously appetizing in the glass.

Smell, however, more than makes up for it. Caramelized sugars, lots of tart cherry, a touch of clove. Fruity esters. A slight almost smokiness. Quite sweet. Raisins, apple cider, plums, apricot. Some serious tartness. Grapey, almost vinous.

Taste is very acidic, very sweet and sour. Not a lot of sign of the oak-aging, but big tart cherries, sugars, more apple cider/apple cider vinegar. High carbonation, fairly dense, sugary body.

It would be virtually impossible to put more than one of these down in a sitting--so rich, so sweet and tart, so dense and acidic and carbonated. And yet it's nevertheless probably one of my absolute favourite beers.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown. Smell is cherries and vinegar. The vinegar doesn't really show up on the palate. I get a lot of sour/sweet cherry and white grape that are brought together by the oak. Very easy drinking and a good place to begin in the world of sours. This is a much more complete beer than the classic and I'm happy to see that it's in 11.2oz bottles now.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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