Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
United Kingdom (England)
3.83/5 rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2012, so it's well out of date. I'm hoping the style allows for aging with too much deterioration. Picked up several years ago on a trip to Belgium. A classic aged Flemish red that I've been wanting to try for a long time.
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep reddish hue that appears almost opaque in the glass. Yields a decent head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of tart, fruity malt with hints of balsamic vinegar, cherries/red fruits, subtle dried fruit, faint brown sugar, earthy yeast and a lingering sourness. Mild notes of sherry in the background - I can't tell if the oxidation is due to the age of the bottle. Impressive.
Tastes of sharp, acidic malt with a fruity character and a tart, dry finish. Notes of balsamic, cider vinegar, cherries, red fruits, mild dried fruit, a twinge of brown sugar, faint sherry/port and earthy yeast. Highly attenuated and sour, with subtle oxidation and a lingering fruitiness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and bone-dry, with prickly carbonation and decent body. The acidity puckers the palate. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of dry, fruity vinegar.
A unique brew in a class of its own. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are great - very sour and fruity. Plenty of vinegar notes. The only aspect I'm not sure about is the oxidation - I can't tell if this would be present in a fresher bottle. Lovely body that tantalises the tongue. An intriguing drinking experience and one that I must repeat (and possibly re-review). Well worth sampling if you have the chance.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 02:47:01 | More by jazzyjeff13
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4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
14oz pour on-tap at bier markt mississauga
a: a very gorgeous clear ruby red with about a finger of off-white frothy head
s: really sour vinegar up front, but underneath that is a blend of woody notes and tart fruits, mainly cherries
t: follows the nose. tart to begin with, but leads quickly into fruity notes -- cherries, slight tart apples, berries, even some vinous qualities. the oak flavours add a dimension of complexity, working really well with the fruit tastes. no alcohol whatsoever. dry finish
m: medium-bodied with medium-to-high prickly carbonation, but it's kind of creamy. i love this mouthfeel
o: what an absolute delight of a beer. it's sour, fruity, tasty, and refreshing. i'm glad to have had the opportunity to taste this, and i'll definitely have this again in the future if i ever see it
Serving type: on-tap
07-28-2014 01:18:55 | More by kevinlater
4.31/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Pours a brilliant amber with red highlights and a lingering, frothy khaki head. Aroma is laden with balsamic vinegar and oak. Tart cherry surfaces late. Flavor is slightly sweet, but the balsamic vinegar acetic notes counter to balance. Cherry notes mingle with oak, and somehow, there's an almost creamy mouthfeel. Not as tart as some, but very characterful. It's sweeter than I recall.
Serving type: on-tap
07-26-2014 02:26:07 | More by barczar
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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