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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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2,527 Ratings

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Ratings: 2527
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.89%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of KarlHungus


4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark ruby color. The head is large, pink, and fluffy. Lacing is thorough with thick chunks of foam sticking to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of passion fruit, bretta, oak, honey, and lavender. The taste is of cherries with a harsh tartness, followed by a stinging sourness, and ending in a balance of sweet and sour. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, there is a lot going on in this beer. It seem I find something new with each sip. I will certainly drink this many, many more times.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 22:22:19 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of ryantupy


4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark cloud ruby red with a nice creamy head that quickly reduces.

S - Tart at first but you also notice the beers sourness and oak. Then you notice cherries and spice.

T - Tart at first followed by hints of oak and cherries with mild spice. The tart smooths out into more of a sweet fruity beer.

M - Smooth medium bodied beer that goes down nicely.

D - This is a great beer that you can enjoy all night.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 15:43:24 | More by ryantupy
Photo of CPeterson


4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A -- A beautiful, deep crimson / brown pours with a vigorous head that settles at a mellow pace and leaves nice lacing.

S -- Sour cherry and apple, fig and other dark fruit are followed by oak and acid.

T -- Cherry and sweet - tart apple, acid and sweetness play to no end and contest to see which will win. You get both with this flavorful monster. Dark fruits come through later on the tongue with a great residual taste.

M -- A nice crisp bite from the acid and a nice pucker.

D -- Buy it, drink it, be amazed.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 01:41:45 | More by CPeterson
Photo of smakawhat


4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip glass.

A nice thick foam of light creamy brown is created off the pour, sitting on a solid dark Indian red brown body. Minimal sticking, but what is gives some nice sheets.

Salty sour, and hint of sweet cherry on the last whiff. Real wonderful, extremely balanced even a hint of creamy vanilla. Really like this mix

Taste is a wonderful rush of flavors. A great mix of sweet and sour cherries in the mid palate. Carbonated small but tight tingles on the swallow, creamy afterfinsh bringing some of the vanilla hints, maybe even some pepper strangely, and hot cinnamon. Chewy, sour viscous and a perfect almost raspberry tartness. Just loving it.

I could drink this all day. This is pure magic in a bottle, and much tastier than the classic. Complete total beer enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 23:34:53 | More by smakawhat
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4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured @ the Bier Stein into an 8 oz goblet.

A - Deep brown with ruby highlights, slightly murky, but clear along the edge, thin off-white cap, nice legs, light lacing

S - Sour cherries, acidic aroma burns the sinuses a bit on a heavy wif, vinegar, red wine, light oak, plums, caramel, brown sugar, juicy fruits, leather, funk, lots of sour

T - Just like it smells, sour, vinious, sweet & sour at the same time, red wine, cherries, earthy, leathery, vinegar, nice funky barnyard on back end as you exhale.

M - Med body, bone dry, light on the tongue, smooth fizzy carb, sweet, and quite sour

O - Great beer, nice and sour with a sweetness in the middle, dry, fruity, oaky, funky. Glad I went just to get this, would love another, and will definitely be seeking this out again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 21:41:31 | More by jbakajust1
Photo of MarioM


4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml poured into tulip

A: Cloudy deep reddish brown color with a light tan head, small bubbles and lingered for about a minute to a thin rim of creamy looking bubbles ending with some minor lacing.

S: Fruity, sweet smell with some sourness notes, fresh tart fruit upfront. This is a great smelling brew.

T: Great balance of flavors. Sweet dark fruit, slightly sour, great tartness and fruity. Its a bit bitter right after a drink but goes away quickly due to the balance being spot on. Just a tad vinigry, pleasant sourness, mostly tart fruitiness, almost no funk and very drinkable and very enjoyable. Fits the style very well.

M: Tartness lingers a bit with the sourness but then transforms into a fruity almost bread like maybe yeasty or funky aftertaste that is actually enjoyable, makes me want more and more. Carbonation is on the lighter side of medium, compliments the beer well, also a slight warm mouthfeel.

O: What a great beer. This is one of those beers that I keep on passing and ignoring when shopping, so so glad I finally gave it the attention it desired and well deserved. The balance of this Flanders Red is spot on, very enjoyable brew. I find myself stopping from typing to keep sipping this mouthwatering liquid. A must have.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 05:34:44 | More by MarioM
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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish color, slightly cloudy, small head. Very vinous nose (wine-like esters). Vinous taste, normal for Belgian red ales. Despite the vinous taste, there is a malty sweetness to the beer. Rich, full flavor that gets better the more you sip it. Definitely an acquired taste, but it is the best of style. Finish is clean, vinous and sharp. Aftertaste has a hint of cherry.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 01:14:21 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Budlum


4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rodenbach Grand Cru pours with 0.75 inches of thin, tan head that lasts about 30 seconds before ringing a Val Dieu chalice. The body is slightly cloudy and composed of a beautiful, deep ruby hue. Shades of brown and garnet distinguish this from the standard Rodenbach's already amazing red body. Thin lacing is always visible on the glass.

This beer is delightfully tart and bitter on the nose. Sharp, fruity flavors of sour green apples and raspberries appear early. Sherry vinegar is represented in a very powerful manner followed by a huge rush of yeasty funk. For the Flanders Red, this is defining beer in terms of smell.

A tart, flavorful rush of apple, raspberries and currants start this ale off on a very fruity wave. Almost immediately, the microflora and yeast profile explode with the textbook Flemish tartness. The tartness is so powerful that there is almost a burning sensation at the back of the mouth. This Grand Cru finishes incredibly long with a creamy vanilla and black cherry taste riding on the continuous yeast profile. This is the Flanders Red style at its best. Perfect.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, very spicy and viscous enough to coat the palate after each sip. The Flemish style is held constant by a huge tartness presence with each sip.

Drinkabiliy is good when the power and complexity of flavor is considered. Still, even with so much flavor it still manages to be refreshing. However, it is certainly a brew to be enjoyed slowly and one bottle is more than enough for one sitting. Definitely not an everyday beer and most likely the worst choice to introduce a novice to the style.

Overall, the leading Flanders Red available in the US.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 02:08:19 | More by Budlum
Photo of sleazo

New York

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A_dark reddish brown with a nice cream and reddish coloured head. The head dissipates quickly.

S_smells like a sour cherry Dr Browns Black Cherry. Very nice

T-not as sweet as the aroma. Cherries invade the mouth followed by a nice puckering sourness. Hints of cola, lime and wood.

M_very reminscent of a fountain soda. Slightly syrupy but full of carbonation

D_This is absolutely delicious. Complex, challenging and at the same time approachable. I am wanting more and more of this.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2007 23:24:51 | More by sleazo
Photo of Boppar

New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap in a tulip glass at Map Room.

A: Dark brownish black, with subtle ruby tones. Two fingers of fluffy, creamy off-white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Enticingly sour and vinegary notes with an underlying sweetness.

T: Absolutely exquisite. Rich and sour and horsey and sweet all at once. Sour on the nose, segueing into a a rich mid-palate maltiness with subtle barnyardy notes and finally, an acidic lingering finish.

M: Slick, fluffy, and chewy.

D: Truly remarkable drinkability. I would not have ever considered sessioning this style, but I could drink this beer all night.

Everyone should try this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2008 02:56:59 | More by Boppar
Photo of Halcyondays


4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a burgundy red, with a small tan/pink head, which fizzes away pretty quickly, though the residual colour of this beer is quite beautiful.

S: Tart cherries and oak, syrup, wildberries.

T: Sweet cherries and strawberries and mild malts start the beer, which ends in an oaky, winey sour/cranberry tart finish with a hint of vanilla, very complex, a more mellow and richer beer than the regular Red, IMO.

M: Tart and dry on the finish, with a residual sugar/maple syrup sweetness as a good contrast.

D: An exceptional beer from Rodenbach, would be a great thirst quencher, would drink a lot of this if it wasn't $4 a bottle, glad it finally came to Orange County.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 05:51:20 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of joezak5

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip; hazy brownish red with and almost glittery sparkling three finger head; good spotty retention and amazing glistening lace.

Smell: Unreal vinegary acidic, sour and tart cherry, so pungent it just burrows to the back of your nasal cavity. Very nice oaky and earthy background. It's hard to believe this is all natural.

Mouthfeel: Puckeringly tart and sweet, with muted carbonation; I expected a cherry soda kinda bubble blast but this was smooth and creamy.

Taste: Puckeringly sweet cherries on the start with the sourness builing up to a crisp sour and warming finish. The oak swirls througout and is very welcome.

Drinkability: I want this on a hot sticky day; refreshing beyond belief. I'm glad this is a 750ml bottle. It's welcoming and just a complete surprise. This is something to introduce a non-beer drinker to.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 18:09:46 | More by joezak5
Photo of AChamberlain


4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured ruby, brown color. Almost no head, but some nice tiny bubbled lace whisped around the glass. Sour fruits and vinegararoma. Pungent, great. Great sour smack. Fruity, delicious.

Acidic and fizzy, lovely. A great sipper. A sipper at 6%, this could go all night and I would with this one. I wish I had some good cheese right now. Next time I will plan accordingly. Soo good.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 00:53:01 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of schroe58


4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a - deep red/amber color with thin wispy head that fades quickly. fair amount of lacing.

s- sour berries, red wine/balsamic vinegar, and a touch of sugary sweetness.

t- tastes like heaven. wow this is good. taste similar to smell, intense dark sour cherry, raspberry. blackberry flavors complimented by a light sweet vinegary character. finishes a bit dry, well balanced with tartness and subtle sweetness.

m- lighter viscosity but velvety texture that coats the mouth momentarily. little bit of an effervescent tingle on the swallow.

d- i could drink this until i die. very nice experience. very pleasant and different yet still very approachable, i'll have to spread the word on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 17:37:01 | More by schroe58
Photo of goblet

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the bottle is a 330 ml /12.2 fl oz that says "flemish sour ale aged in oak for 18 months "on the label and a grand cru R on the crown which i popped and poured into my goblet.

Apeareance: after the pour i got a small rocky, frothy head with very little retention time.the color is a deep russet hue on the reddish brown side no carbonation ,lite lace.

Smell:oh yes this is good ,sour vingery heaven.It`s like sour cherries and grapes with lemon and sugar ,red vinger a bit of malt in the back ground,no hops .its magic ! you could get a lot more out of this .

Taste:like the smell a lot of sharp sour flavors like an green apple cidar ,sour grape juice and fresh lemon ,yep acidity and even a bit of a woodsy taste that must be from the magic wand that they used to make this brew.

Mouthfeel:meduim to lite body with all this sour ness my mouth just wants to pucker up like i just ate a lemon wedge but not to much ,its got great balance .

Drinkability: this is a fantastic brew one of the best beers of this style out there ,i like sour brews tremendously,(to give you an idea of my taste) .over all great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 14:55:39 | More by goblet
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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

This is the best flemsih red brown going.

It pours dark amber, a reddish brown color with a very light tan head and with minimal lacing.

It smells vinegary but sweet, a touch of cherry.

It starts out tasting sweet notes of cherry and oak and finishes with great vinegar bite. A wonderful surprising end.

If you want something sour with bite this is your beer. Great every once in awhile.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 15:40:29 | More by jrallen34
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served 3 ounces at a local beer tasting, into a wine glass.

Poured reddish brown with minimal foam. Pour was careful to avoid disturbing the yeast, so no noted sediment. Minimal foam.

Tasted like sour cherries, yet strangely delicious. Tart, but balanced well - reminiscent of a cherry cola taste. Some oakiness to the consistency. Good carbonation.

Fantastic beer - the 3 ounces was not enough to apprecitae it fully, but I will be seeking this one out.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 19:41:43 | More by KTCamm
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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This review pertains to a 2008 version shared amongst alexd3891, myself, and some fellow beer peeps. Not much in terms of head, and what is sits atop a body of dark ruby.

Aromas of vinegar, oak, cherries, and something else is incredibly funky (but in a great way). Ahhh, lifts the nostrils into the heavens and beyond into the great void of ecstasy.

Flavors include a fine balance of the aforementioned bouquet characteristics, with everything coming together in a delicious balance of smooth tartness.

Mouthfeel is fairly tingly and somewhat dry, but the flavors remain king.

Overall, the 2008 just continues the long tradition that Rodenbach Grand Cru has been known for: a refreshingly transcendent experience among Flanders Red Ales.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 18:59:05 | More by jminsc76
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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A nice reddish orange color with minimal off-white head.

S - One whiff of this lets me know I'm one for a sour treat. Acetic cherries with some oak mixed in. Some earthy wine characteristics here, as well.

T - Mouth puckering sourness right up front. Cherries and oak are fluid throughout. Vinegar. Sweet caramel malt hidden behind the sour. Also some grapes in here, as well. Immensely complex.

M - Great carbonation, creaminess, with a nice dry finish.

D - I was expecting one very sour beer and I was not let down. Easily the most sour beer I've had and also very complex. This is an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 03:20:50 | More by fropones
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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

oh my! came into this beer with little expectation and a wait and see attitude.

From a magnum into a standard pint glass. shared with non craft beer enthusiast friends.

pours a beautiful dark red-brown with three fingers of white head that will not quit. good lacing. waited for it to settle with a standard pour for about 5 minutes.

my first glowing review in a while.

Smell is must and a hint at complex sour. not pungent.

Is there something higher than 5.0 for taste? cherries, brett funk awesomeness, smoothness coming through from barrel aging. Hey Rodenbach we get it, you win beer, well played.

Mouthfeel - Belgian angels dancing on your tounge while you consider buying more of this beer,

Drinkability, easy drinking sour Belgian at 6% abv? yes please!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 09:14:44 | More by pdoran10
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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this one up back in December while traveling home to Northwestern Pennsylvania. Review is from notes taken on 6/22/2011 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a dark, murky, coppery brown -- like a really old, dirty penny (if that can be used as a descriptor); starts with a short, light tan loose head that fades immediately to nothing other than a thin island and an even thinner ring hanging around the surface; body shows some really deep ruby/mahogany highlights, and it's pretty cloudy; near the sides, one can see some thin lines of carbonation trickling up to the top.

Smell: Wow. Pretty strong and it just pours out of the bottle upon getting the cork out (which proved to be a bit of a challenge); lots of tart fruitiness, that has a hint of cherry to it, but also a sweeter raspberry or strawberry quality to it as well; bit of a sweet, vanilla-like scent as well. The smell is great, and it's actually making my mouth water.

Taste: This beer is pretty superb. Lots of the sweet and sour/tart fruity flavors (again, I would guess cherry, and the sweeter raspberries and/or strawberries); bit of a dank, dark malt hiding out in there; the tartness is great, and it has just a touch of funk to it without being overwhelming. I would definitely compare to this to a lighter version of Consecration, despite being very different styles of beer.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight, and has a nice, spritzy carbonation that works great with the sweet and sour flavors and creates just a bit of pucker, but still remains very refreshing; a moderately thick, sticky coating is left all over the palate and it really holds those flavors well -- I'm really impressed by how well the sweet and tart flavors hold on; belly is left a little warm from the acidic nature of the drink.

Overall: This is seriously and all day, all year beer. I'm loving it on this warm summer night, but would never complain about having to drink it in the middle of winter. With an ABV clocking in at only 6%, it wouldn't beer hard to drink all night long. I'm glad to have come across this beer and if I ever see it again, I will be buying the store out.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 01:44:56 | More by bamadog
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4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really dig this beer. I mean DIG, its just loads of fun to pop one of these and smell it right away straight from the bottle and savor whats to come.

Pours a dark red with minimal head but retains decent lacing.

Smell is gorgeous under-ripe fruit, vinegar, tartness, nose searing sour smells, with dark fruits, and oak.

Taste is like the smell with a big sour punch, not as much as some stronger examples, but damn near perfect. Oak, cherries, nectarine, slight vinegar, and sour apple.

Feel is fantastic. Light but present malt character, and mild carbonation.

Great beer, Great brewery

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 05:28:01 | More by BastardKing24
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4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up in Washington on a recent visit. I haven't seen it locally (LA) so it was a must buy. A dark amber color with a off white head that leaves little lacing.

Fruity and spiced ale taste hits me up front. A bit of wild yeast combine to give it a citrus almost acidic type flavor and mouthfeel. The theme to this beer though is in its wooded, smoked, oaked flavor. Lots of earthy roots balanced by the mildly wild yeast, funky backer. Cherries are present and give it a level of sweetness that is needed. Highly peppered in the mouthfeel and down the throat, it adds a unique kick to this brew that I like very much.

Notes: quite the tart and sour little treasure. Hops don't really make a presence and aren't necessary. One that I will pursue and purchase whenever possible and a worthy brew just short of greatness in the end.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 04:05:51 | More by DogFood11
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4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was afraid hype would get the better of this beer as I have heard much high praise. Fortunately, this beer lived up to its hype.

Deep brown cherry colored with a tall fizzy brilliant white head. Head reduces, lacing moderate, good signs of carbonation. Smell is strong on oak and sour cherries. In fact that was it for awhile but then some yeasty raw flavors came out and were really unique with their wildness yet restraint. Taste begins sweeter than I thought. Braeburn apples dipped in caramel. Sourness ensues. Sweeter woody flavors under but don't come completely through. Yeast funk rises instead. Sourness stays. Tart fresh picked unwashed cherries. Apple cider vinegar. Purely acidic finish. Wait, a touch of earth too. Mouthfeel is prickly from the carbonation and that's how it should be. Man this is enjoyable. Complex, easy to drink, flavorful, balanced enough. Me likey!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 22:28:44 | More by granger10
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Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a brownish-amber with lots of lively carbonation. Very little head.

Smells very tart, sweet...cherries, raspberries. Mmmm, I'm loving the nose on this. Taste is what would be expected from the nose. Extremely tart and puckering, sweetness, sour cherries, can pick up on the woodiness in the finish...almost musky. Mouthfeel is very thin, very carbonated, finishes ever so slightly dry. I'm huge on this style and love this beer, so I could sip on many of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 22:45:35 | More by Doomcifer
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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