Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by NolateM:
4.25/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I believe this bottle is a year or two old, but I have no exact number. Poured STRAIGHT DOWN into a Maudite tulip glass, with a perfect 2-finger head. Brownish-crimson red.
Smells sour and kriek-ish. This is a good thing, if you're anything like me. It's the kind of sour/sweet funky aroma that almost makes me start to salivate before I even take a sip. But I will anyway...
Wow. That is different than regular Rodenbach, that's for sure. Definitely just as sour, if not moreso, but there's definitely more than just funky sour cherry-ish wild-yeast flavor in there. Pretty prominent malt kick too, and I think I can taste a very small hint of roasted barley. Some earthiness and even faint remnants of hops, which do give it a little bit of clash in tastes ("flavor dissonance," so to speak), but it's not overpowering. Very vinous in the finish, almost like olive brine, which could put some people off... but not me.
Fairly lively carbonation, doesn't leave the mouth too dry, and seems relatively drinkable. Maybe not quite as 'refreshing' as regular Rodenbach (which to some may sound like an odd description, but I tend to agree with that sentiment), but a fantastically funky brew nonetheless. I will say it's not for everyone though.
If you can find it for ten bucks a four-pack like I somehow did, go for it!
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2008 21:54:19 | More by NolateM
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4.49/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A classic beer, and one I've yet to try. Tasted 11 July 2014.
Pours deep cherry-wood rust brown, clear but dark. Two fingers of yellowish-tan head tinged with red.
Smell is delightfully tart. Cherries, wood, and acidity. Lovely, if a bit on the simplistic side.
Taste is outstanding. Starts out tart, bends fruity, then brings back the sour pinch. All the while little variations are playing on the edges, adding complexity. Definitely on the acidic side of balanced, but with enough fruit presence and balancing sweetness that it's not a straight paint-stripper. Yum.
Feel is, likewise, outstanding. Full-bodied and robust, but airy and flowing as well, with medium-high carbonation that fizzes up and stirs the pot of tastiness. An excellent fit with the taste.
No question why this beer is renowned. It's great across the board, nothing bad, and a whole lot good. Deliciously tart with just the right amount of fruit to complement it. I'll be drinking more of this.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 23:11:25 | More by zeledonia
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 2,812 ratings.