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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,843 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,843
Reviews: 982
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 211
Gots: 251 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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coldmeat23

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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This pours a translucent, dark brown color with deep ruby tinting. It forms a head of medium brown colored foam, about one finger thick. The retention is not long, but that's typical of the style, to my experience. Lacing is light and foamy and rather slick.

The sourness in this one seems very big, on first scent. With a few more inhalations though, it begins to find it's level of balance. The sourness is still what you notice first, but there's a good amount of oak in here, also. Big notes of cherries. A decent presence of barnyard funk. Some tart, purple grape skins. There is also an unexpected hint of maltiness.

Oh man, that is delicious.
I have no idea if they use cherries in this brew, but the cherry notes in this are huge! Notes of sweet Ranier cherries and tart cherry skins. A beautiful presence of grape flavor, both tart and sweet. There is a nice amount of caramel malt sweetness, which balances the whole sour thing. Mild notes of black currants. Mild hints of hay/barnyard funk. A nice, mellow, oakiness sits on top of all of this, smoothing it all out, but never getting in the way.

This has a solid medium body. The carbonation level is medium-to-high, yet manages to not get in the way of your enjoyment. It is crisp and light, yet almost full and lightly creamy, all at the same time.

This one is absolutely wonderful and at only 6.0%abv it could be enjoyed on a regular basis. Now, if only I could get it at my local liquor store, instead of having to travel/trade to get it...

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 21:48:08 | More by coldmeat23
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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 2,843 ratings.