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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

3,425 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,425
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 261
Gots: 440 | FT: 23
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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Ratings: 3,425 | Reviews: 1,034
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.

Photo of Wanne
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is between red and brown. Nice aroma of red fruit and red wine. Taste is mixture of sour and sweet and is a bit vinous. It has a bit more character than a regular Rodenbach, hence the slightly higher score I gave it.

Photo of Kuaff
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cellar temperature in my tulip. I think this my first time with a sour.

The head is nothing but a thin ring of fine tan bubbles . No foam whatsoever. The color is a kind of a slightly hazy mahogany-ruby-red.

An interesting aroma. I pick up on some acetic acid for sure, but for some reason the smell doesn't bother me in this context like it usually does. There are also various red fruits in here, like red apples, cherries, cranberries, plus a grape-like vinous quality. Maybe a touch of honey. Also, it has a unique musty herbal note. Distinctive!

Well. They don't call them sours for nothing! Sour and tart it is, similar in taste to many different sour fruits. It's weird. It has a pretty intense sour grape and cranberry thing going on, but somehow it's restrained just enough by a mellow, drying herbal bitterness that buffers the sourness, much like a properly prepared buffer system neutralizes a strong acid. The more familiar-to-beer bread and yeast show up in the finish. Really a harmonious flavor profile.

Love the feel. Calm carbonation.

My palate is pretty intrigued by this Flanders red ale. It has excellent complexity, as well as focused and controlled intensity. Much in the same way there's an art to integrating the alcohol of high strength beers into their flavor seamlessly, I think this ale artfully integrates sourness in a way that keeps it intense yet doesn't overwhelm.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Alewife in Long Island City, NY.

My first Flanders Red! Deep ruby color with a bubbly white head. Pleasant, fruity aroma mainly consisting of cherry, cranberry, and plum. I didn't pick up on the complexities that are associated with the style, but the combination of fruit and acidity was really inviting. The flavor is outstanding. The fruitiness, acidity, and malt are all in perfect harmony. The balance is incredible, nothing is overdone. Every thing just works really well. Medium bodied, sour, and tart.

Excellent stuff here. Not sure if you like sours? Give this one a whirl. Highly recommended.

Photo of KellyD59
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really like the Rodenbach...I drink it like they give you the option in Belgium...with a little bit of pomegranate syrup at the bottom....delicious!!!!

Photo of Shane_Gr
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

If this is the same Flemish Red I had at the Toronado, this is currently my favorite beer.

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

Appearance - 4/5
A deep red color. In low-light it looks red-brown, in bright light, it looks brighter red.
Has a small amount of head. Seems quite clear, but due to the darkness of the color, you cannot see much through.

Smell - 4/5
Sour, barnyard funk. Some tart fruitiness, maybe cherries and lemons.

Taste - 4.5/5
A softly tart taste of cherries, wine, barnyard funk, and an overall tart flavor which is hard to describe. When something is hard to describe, I consider that very good, as it likely means this is something that has never been done before. I have never tasted anything quite like this beer. It is tart, but only slightly so. It has a fruity taste of cherries, and other indiscenrabile fruits. Reminds me of Jolly Pumpkin's La Roja, but better. This is a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, in between crisp and creamy. A medium amount of medium to high intensity carbonation. Quite smooth. This is a treat to the mouth.

Overall - 4.5/5
This is an amazing beer. It is sweet and tart and has lots of tart fruit/etc flavor. Yet is still tastes like a beer. At only $9 a 750ml I will definitely be picking up a few more of these.

Photo of toronadotornado
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Toronado - San Francisco, CA

Photo of pat61
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tart, fruity lemonade nose with light barnyard and over ripe fruit. It pours brilliant chestnut with cherry highlights and a very dense, persistent, finely bubbled, off white foam cap. It attacks with a light sweetness and then the tartness explodes with unsweetened lemon, plum, a little orange, and dark cherry. The sweet and tart oscilate through your mouth culminating in a sweet and sour finish that lingers in a long fruity aftertaste. The carbonation is above average but it has a very fine bead giving the beer a very light, creamy texture.

Photo of Gilyano91
2.14/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

It's not for me,but not bad

Photo of HarryHamburger
3.72/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sour but not hoppy.not bad

Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip. BB 14-8-2017
Nice Frothy head, dark, garnet, brown.
Smell, grape, vinegar, not very assertive or complex but nice.
Taste is nice and sour, cinnamon, sweet grape-soda.
Sweetness adds to the mouthfeel, medium.
Overall a little too sweet but that's stretching for a complaint.

Photo of CraigP83
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, almost prune juice like. Grape on the nose with red wine vinegar. Grape again on the taste with a little vanilla in the background. Welchs grape soda anyone?

Photo of bluehende
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the classic Flander's Red. It has quite a bit of sweetness with a very clean sour finish. Malt and sour combine to a great complexity. This would have received 5's from me if it were a bit more sour. That is certainly a personal preference of mine.

Photo of minterro
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Little's Wine and Liquor. Poured into a tulip glass and paired with popcorn and the movie stardust.

A&S: Head is a fizzy light tan and dies immediately. Beer is an extremely lively opaque dark prune colored. Fantastic aroma! Smell consists of red wine, rich cherry (ripe to the point of runnyness), very tart, and with a little funk thrown in. Very potent.

T&M: Taste is a little more subdued in comparison to the smell. Very tart (raspberries), but still with a sweet side. Almost has a kiwi like sourness. Mouthfeel is light and crisp body. I wouldn't considered it refreshing, because it does hang around, but it certainly crisp.

Overall: Very impressed by this amazing beer. Reminds me of Monk's Cafe, only in my opinion a little better. Very much worth the price of 11$ for 750ml.

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

Small bubbles, finger and a half of reddish-tan head that doesn't stick around for too long. Very tart. Raisins and cherries. Musty. I get some brett, but the pedio/lacto do most of the legwork.

Smells like red wine. A bit solventy, but I suppose that's to style.

My wife says it smells like hairspray. :P

Photo of Silverback24
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The quintessential sour beer!!! Must buy more!!!

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

Poured from the 750 into a large stemmed tulip.
Pours a dark rub color with one finger of head, decent retention.
Smells of dark fruit and brett sourness.
Tastes great, huge flavor, sweetness from berry fruit and lots of brett sourness.
Finishes crisp and dry considering the sweetness in the beer.
I loved this beer.

Photo of Jondoyle24
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light brown, thick cream color head, light on taste, fruity with a refined finish. Similar to a fine wine

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

look - pours a dark brown/ruby red color. thick tan head. not so much retention or lacing

smell - raisns/grapes, malty, musty, sort of chocolaty, has that aged smell. overall a very strong, pleasant aroma.

taste - absolutely delicious. tastes like raspberries with some citrusy character and hints of raisins. the sour tickles the tongue. finishes sweet and savory

feel - creamy, smooth, tingly

overall - super delicious. am going to buy again and also try other versions of this style ale.

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.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,425 ratings.