Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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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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4.49/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A classic beer, and one I've yet to try. Tasted 11 July 2014.
Pours deep cherry-wood rust brown, clear but dark. Two fingers of yellowish-tan head tinged with red.
Smell is delightfully tart. Cherries, wood, and acidity. Lovely, if a bit on the simplistic side.
Taste is outstanding. Starts out tart, bends fruity, then brings back the sour pinch. All the while little variations are playing on the edges, adding complexity. Definitely on the acidic side of balanced, but with enough fruit presence and balancing sweetness that it's not a straight paint-stripper. Yum.
Feel is, likewise, outstanding. Full-bodied and robust, but airy and flowing as well, with medium-high carbonation that fizzes up and stirs the pot of tastiness. An excellent fit with the taste.
No question why this beer is renowned. It's great across the board, nothing bad, and a whole lot good. Deliciously tart with just the right amount of fruit to complement it. I'll be drinking more of this.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 23:11:25 | More by zeledonia
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 2,812 ratings.