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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,053 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,053
Hads: 3,604
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 288
Gots: 497 | FT: 27
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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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 Tele
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of Takahiro
3.37/5  rDev -20.5%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.41/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,561 characters)

Photo of CNoj012
4.24/5  rDev 0%
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 (509 characters)

Photo of RabbleRouserRye
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of CraigS119
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
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 (239 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
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 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. (1,726 characters)

Photo of Zet
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of arkanu
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of M_chav
3.22/5  rDev -24.1%
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 (288 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of Theheroguy
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (206 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
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! (441 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of headlessparrot
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of grapes
Head – none
Lacing – none
Body dark red-brown, hazy
Flavor of grapes, vinous tones, slightly tart
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25 (266 characters)

Photo of One1Asterisk
3.01/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Scorched earth in my mouth. Acidity to clean the enamel right off my teeth. My lady enjoyed it a great deal, I truly hope to re-review this sometime down the line with much more positive things to say! I want to enjoy it as much as you guys do :( (246 characters)

Photo of Myotus
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle (drink by date 23Sep16) into a Rona shifter. Pours with a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates to half a finger's worth within 10 seconds. Beer is so dark and murky, no bubbles are visible. Redish brown in color. Lacing is moderate. Has strong, sour yeast aromas that harmonize well with fig, cherry and oak aromas. Initial taste is of strong (but not overwhelming), tart yeast flabors that combine with mild oak flavors. Mild fig and weak cherry flavors enter immediately after as tartness persists creating a delicious dance of flavors on my taste buds. Light-bodied, smooth with subtle dryness. My first flanders red ale and I have to say that I picked a wonderful first choice. (721 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber/reddish color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention is minimal, and lacing is mild. There is a lot of precipitate as well. Very tart aroma. Can detect figs , maybe some cherries and a little bit of brandy. The taste is where it really shines. Sour cherries all the way. Some figs at the end. Very, very good. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. (383 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of those world treasure sorts of beer, it doesn't just exemplify the style, it IS the style. Beautiful layers of oak, berry fruit, wisps of light funk, and a really pleasing level of tartness, not too much, not too little. Gorgeous, just gorgeous. (251 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red color, with a half inch head that dissipated quickly. Nice aroma of sour cherries, raisins, figs, some sweetness in the nose as well. The tartness hits you up front immediately, but then this beer starts to shine, with complex sour cherry, raisin, dark fruit and oak/caramel flavors - how did they cram all those flavors into one taste? The mouthfeel was just the opposite of what I expected for a sour beer - kinda sweet/kinda dry, but in a very nice way. I can't get enough of this beer - and at around $9-10 for a 750ml you just can't beat it. (564 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a small chalice: color is amber, slight haze, no head on this pour but usually a feint top, that dissipates quickly, typical of these low hop, extreme sours.

Nose is extremely distinctive to this beer: sharp sourness, sweeter and less pungent than vinegar, and enjoyable. Leads to a fruity complex profile, vinous, earthy, grapes, figs all subtle but pleasant notes in the aroma.

Taste is also distinctive: again sharp sourness, with a sweet complent, vinegar like presence is not noticeable, flavor is extremely enjoyable. Flavor profile leads to sour grapes, vinous, light earthy, no weird off flavored funk. A clean tasting but extremely delicious sour ale.

Mouthfeel is sweet then dry then sweet in lingering presence; balance of flavors is throughout the mouth touching on the tongue and cheeks equally but not lasting long or lingering poorly.

Overall, this is one of the best beers in the world, style defining and exceptionally tasty and drinkable. (978 characters)

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 1,053 ratings.