Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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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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