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

3,503 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,503
Reviews: 1,057
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 273
Gots: 463 | FT: 24
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 ttruax
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

no technical stuff,

this beer rox.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Photo of One1Asterisk
3.01/5  rDev -29.8%
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 :(

Photo of Myotus
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of heytomcat
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the epitome of Flanders Red. Great tartness and a wonderful clean finish. Love this beer.

Photo of krh
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sour cherries. Expected more complexity out of this one. Looking to compare to the Sour Sisters.

Photo of chessiejackson
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reminds me of GT's original kombucha. Aka delicious.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of timontheroad
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of safphoto
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I really like this one. However, the tartness, while I like it, makes it a beer that I can't drink too often.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of MrMeerbill
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great sour like monks cafe but crisper

Photo of qrazvan
1.56/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Very sour. I could hardly drink it.

Photo of hombrisimo
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional beer for the price! I would pay twice as much for this one!

Photo of WoostaBia
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Flanders sour beer. Refreshing beer with light cherry sourness and dry finish. Perfect palette cleaner for rich dinner.

Photo of MattMorin
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Usually like this style but this didn't do it for me

Photo of dmitrosan
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: very rich, balanced & smoky nose with a sour cherry and mead notes.
T: A balanced acidity like in overaged white wine that then transforms in soft bread notes. Dominant sour cherry taste with sherry hint.
Aftertaste: Very rich and playful.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In the minority here but I just was a little underwhelmed with this beer. Still a pretty good flanders red though. Aromas are standard for a world class sour but I personally am a little put off by the slight rum noses and flavors as well.

Photo of notme80
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. A really pleasant sourness, well balanced.

Photo of Taybeh
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

from a bomber into a tulip
a: dull sepia with some reddish tints in the light, 1 finger khaki head
s: tart apple, sour cherry, strawberries, woodsy berries, some musty leathery warmth
t & m: follows the nose but a little less perfect, very vinous, a little molasses and some hoppy bite also...somehow not quite as nice as the nose to me, but still wonderfully integrated; very nice balance between dryness, tingling hoppy edge, and mildly puckering sour.

classic and thoroughly enjoyable. Bet this would pair really nicely with a fancy creamy cheese or a bleu.

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

Very smooth sour beer. Wish it had a bit more of a bite or sweetness to it (something that gives it a bit of *oomph*). Liked the subtle flavours in it. Kind of like Cuvee des Jacobins but more smooth/elegant (cdj has some bad flavours that go along with the pungent "bite"). I liked that it didn't burn my nose like cdj. I liked it overall a lot, but not perfect. Would try again.

Photo of Jumbo_James
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting nose. This beer smells of red fruit and acetic acid though they are very well balanced. This is my first sour and although it was a bit intense at first I quickly warmed up to it. Beautiful color, somewhere between mahogany and dark red.

Photo of bnes09
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild, lactic, cider like tartness. Rich apple and dark fruit flavor. Leaning toward sweet flavor though very well balanced.

Photo of captaincoffee
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A true classic. I know everyone says this beer is a great introduction to sours, but it is a great beer for experts as well. The flavors brought with the oak aging will have you swearing it sat on fruit for a time, which it doesn't. Cherry, vanilla, great astringency. This is a wonderful balance of sour. Even my wife likes this beer.

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

Like a fine wine, this beer is a true work of art.

RGC was my first introduction to Belgian Sours. Nice warm, honey reddish brown color with a thin carbonated head. Vinegary, smooth, warm, sweet bitter sour. Absolutely love this beer without a doubt.

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