Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by akorsak:
3.55/5 rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This is a 750 mL bottle, served slightly chilled in a snifter.
Appearance: With no light upon it, the beer appears to be quite dark. When held up to light, a deep ruby red color comes out. The beer pours a 1.5 finger head.
Smell: This smells unlike any other Flemish red that I've had (including Duchess and Rodenbach Red). The aroma is not pleasant. In fact, it reminds me of my dog have receiving a bath (heretofore known as a wet Domi odor). My dog does not smell great just after a bath, neither does this beer.
Taste: Very good pucker factor in this ale. The sour taste inherent to this style hits mid-sip. Up front, there is a nice fruity taste that transitions nicely into the sour aspect. This beer is so sour that one can't help but take another sip.
Mouthfeel: The interplay of sweet and sour is very nice and makes for an enjoyable drinking session.
Drinkability: While the flavors meld and transition nicely, I don't see this as an ale meant for pounding. It is, however, nice for sipping, especially as it warms.
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2005 02:28:23 | More by akorsak
More User Reviews:
4.44/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Took me a lot longer to get to this than it should have.
A - Blood red, darker than regular Rodenbach, but just as heady. Crystalline.
S - Sharp tart vinegar leads, a twinge of alcohol and oak, and cherries.
T - Wow. Thank jeebus this was created. Sharp tartness makes your tongue stand on end at the beginning, but quickly changes to sweet tastes of cherry juice, oaky vanilla and earth. Slight bitterness and very slight alcohol flavor, but to me, this helps accentuate the other qualities and puts a nice little "bow" on top. Incredible.
M - Very bubbly, light and clean. Super, super refreshing and cleansing.
O - I understand why people call this the best shelf sour you can buy. Would buy cases of this stuff next time I see it. An absolute gem, and a must-drink for any beer connoisseur.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 06:09:53 | More by Trifecta1
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 2,831 ratings.