Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by AwYeh:
4.22/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 ml poured into flute. Best by December 2014, so I'm assuming this is a fairly young bottle.
A: Pours a clear but deep reddish-brown, heavy mahogany tones here. Nice layer of foamy tan head; I set my drink down for about half an hour and when I came back it was still around. The color itself brings to mind the flavor of oak, which is always appreciated.
S: I'm trying to nitpick here with the rating but I can't deny the great qualities of this beer's aroma. Full of oak, sour cherries, and a light funkiness– all in chorus with another. I do love the really yeasty, "horse blanket" beers, but this one really kills it in moderation.
T: Tart, but not overly sour at all, well balanced with sweetness. Picking up a heavy dose of green apple flavors, alongside the cherries so prominent in the aroma, and another really unique sour flavor that I'm having trouble placing– I suppose white grapes are the best comparison, even if I'm hesitant in saying that (diatribe: that brings to mind beers like Dogfish Head's Midas Touch, which this is nothing like... just a really unique manifestation of a flavor that can go in so many different ways, though it really gels with this beer). While all of these flavors have a sour side to them, their sweetnesses also get to shine, and nothing is ever too out of control. I'm nitpicking with the 4.0 rating, as it's so close to a 4.5, and I would easily rate it so if I hadn't had already a number of other sours, even if in different styles.
M: Thin-bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a dry, tart finish. I don't have that much more to describe about it, but it's well done.
O: Great beer, perhaps unfairly held back in the sub-ratings by others that I've had and enjoyed more. The balance and light mouthfeel mean that this is a beer you can spend the evening with, offering something new with every sip. Furthermore, $10 for a 750ml of a Belgian sour? I can't think of many other Belgians or sours that meet that price tag– I'll be certain to pick this up again, and highly recommend you grab it if you see it.
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2011 07:01:44 | More by AwYeh
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4.29/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
i have to thank my friend paul for sharing this with us. what a legend, thanks man. killer beer of fame here, not sure i would ever find one, but sure enough. not quite a flanders red to me, not quite an oud bruin, but some dynamic synergy of both, greater than either, and about as complex as beer can get, just so much going on in this one. hazy very dark amber color, as much brown as red, with an inch of tan head that doesnt fade at all. it smells like nutty grain on the front end, but carries with it a palate watering acidity and tartness thats short of fully sour, but lactic and enticing. the first part of the sip is malt heavy, its sweet, brown sugar and candied red grain, but it moves swiftly into a whole mouth experience that draws unusual connections between acidity, oak, and earthy grain. the sweetness doesnt last at all, and the tartness that replaces it is both surprising and welcomed. even after the swallow i taste this for miles, some preserved lemon vinegar as it dies out, but i am amazed by all the layers here. massive body, but i like that the alcohol is so manageable. so many of these get too enormous for much drinking, but this stays right in the comfortable range. as much flavor as ive seen in a beer at 6% abv. enough carbonation, i wouldnt call it lively, but its not flat either. somewhere in the upper medium range, which is a nice compliment to the complexity. i wish this came to colorado. thanks again paul for sharing such a high end and unique beverage.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 22:18:42 | More by StonedTrippin
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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