Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by ahq514:
4.25/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from 750ml into tulip glass.
Pours dark brown with an airy, off white head (roughly two fingers worth). Appears to have fairly high carbonation. Some light lacing.
Complex aroma which consists of multiple fruits (cherries, dark fruits, apples, etc.). Also a certain vinegar aspect of it because of the sourness. Behind the fruit and sour aspects of the aroma is a decent malt backbone, even giving it some light caramel/chocolate aromas.
Tastes similar to aroma. Starts off sour and a little puckering, which contains some of the fruits in the aroma, mostly cherries. Then comes some sweetness which brings out fruit flavors even more. The malt presence is there throughout making it more balanced than some other sours that I've had. A smooth presence of oak and vanilla wedged in there too.
Great balance of sweet and sour making it very drinkable and refreshing. Medium body and pretty carbonated.
While I haven't had many sours, this is awesome. Some of the others I've had, have just been all pucker and nothing else. This one allows you to taste the malt and some sweetness balancing out the sourness quite well. Will happily recommend this beer to others looking to have a well balanced sour.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2012 22:36:46 | More by ahq514
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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.
95 out of 100 based on 2,412 ratings.