Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by moderndrunkard:
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
3.8/5 rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
As the slogan goes, you either love it or you hate it, and I fell in love with it after trying it on tap last summer. Since it's readily available here in Dresden, I almost always keep one handy.
This beer pours a cloudy, dark brown color with a hint of red. Even an aggressive pour yields only the slightest head that quickly disappears.
The smell is obvious as soon as you start to pour. Overwhelming acidic, vinegar smell. Has the aroma of wine.
The taste is all tart. Nice moderate carbonation level. And the sparkling character really adds to the flavor. The tartness really lingers on the back of the tongue. And as I'm drinking this glass, I suddenly realize why I love this beer so much. It reminds me of the sparkling cider we would always have at family dinners when I was a kid. I couldn't get enough of that stuff.
As for the mouthfeel, it's medium-bodied, not too thin. The serious sourness really balances the beer out.
Unfortunately, though, this is not very drinkable. I love having one in a night, usually to get things started. But after that, I'm ready to move on, which accounts for the low score.
Still, all in all, this one's one of my favorites.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2006 14:49:40 | More by moderndrunkard
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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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