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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,543 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2543
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.89%


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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SavvyStudent

Texas

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber compared to some other FR I have tried. little lacing and little carbonation.
S: More sour cherries on the nose than anything. You get the musty wood too which is nice but not too much outside of that for me.
T: Nothing too crazy outside of what to expect within the style but they nailed this to a tee. The sour cherry profile is balanced nicely with a clean sensation.
M: Surprisingly just a medium-light mouthfeel with little carbonation. One of the more drinkable FR I have tried.
O: This beer has an odd palate-cleansing sensation that amazed me. Not too sour nor a fruit punch with is refreshing in its' own right.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2014 22:08:19 | More by SavvyStudent
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Drink before 16/09/16.

A - Deep ruddy brown with hints of garnet. The creamy foam on top is so fine that it looks like a nitro pour. Fluffiness of beaten egg whites. Gorgeous. The contrast between head and body gives this beer such an elegant aspect. The head has phenomenal retention.

S - Huge nose of sour red grapes, musty cherry, damson plum. Sweet berry crumble. Scent of red wine vinegar spilled on oak planks. Sour red fruits predominate with the musty and oaky flavours playing a supporting role.

T - The first sip provides a mild mouth-puckering before washing the palate with a richer and fruitier parallel to the nose. I got more sourness on the nose while the palate is treated to a symphony of dark red fruits, musty earth, soured malt and a sweetly vinegary, oaky flavour, finishing dry. Rodenbach Grand Cru is such a juicy and flavourful beer, it's hard to say enough good things about it. The more I drink the more I get the sourness and hint of sweetness as of fresh-picked wild raspberries. I say this every time, but it amazes me this does not contain any actual fruit influence.

M - Effervescence abounds on the pour, rendering the sumptuously creamy mouthfeel that is in store all the more surprising. The prickliness from the carbonation peppers the tongue on first sip before the the tongue is enveloped by a blanket of plush russet decoction. Lovely balance.

O - I have not had this beer in about 9 months so I was a little anxious to see if it would be as impressive as I remember it being after drinking many new beers. It is. It's hard to say if I'd change anything about it. I'd perhaps opt for a darker vanilla head, accompanied by a little more funk and sweetness on the nose. Tastewise perhaps a little more funkiness and weirdness. I'd love to try this beer at 10-12% just to see what the additional viscosity could do for the mouthfeel, although it's already superb. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 20:20:25 | More by abeeronthebeach
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This Belgian classic has finally made it to Indiana, and I’m very happy it did. Cheers.

A: Deep ruby in color with a whispy off-white head that ends up as a little more than a thin ring along the glass’s interior, even after a moderately aggressive pour.

S: Strikingly acidic, yet grounded in a base of barrel wood aromas: tart white wine vinegar scents accented by black cherry and berry stand in bright contrast to a mellow vanilla beneath. A great blend of the two characters.

T: Sour yet savory, much like balsamic vinegar. Ripe fruit meets a subdued acid profile upfront, quelling most of the edge the acetic had and leading to a rounded flavor of maraschino cherry, sweet red wine, and faint vinaigrette. Barrel wood is less prominent here than in the nose, but each sip is endowed with a dense undertone of dark candi syrup that’s augmented by the unmistakable vanilla of oak. Finishes lightly dry and herbal, like sweet vermouth.

M: Fizzy carbonation and a light body, reminding me of a soda fountain Sprite. Very refreshing when you take into account the fruit tastes of the body.

O: Meaty sours are hard to come by (Duchesse de Bourgogne is the only one that comes to mind) so this is something of a treat for sour lovers. Though not exactly my favorite take on the Flanders red style, this beer is unforgettably unique and would make for a great dinner beer; I could see it pairing with countless dishes.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 22:02:29 | More by BarryMFBurton
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dar482

New York

4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a rusty brown and dark maroon.

The aroma has overly ripe sweet plums, a big dark candy sugar sweetness, some red wine character, and sour berries.

The flavor explodes on the palate, a rush fruit complexities. Red cherries, black cherries, cranberries, tart raspberries, red grape peel, figs with a strong tartness that engages the back of the throat. It has lots of red wine vinegar sourness balanced with a big fruity and dark sugary candy sweetness. A good amount of oak character and alcohol that hints at red wine.

The finish cleans up quite well with that tartness still lingering on the back of the throat.

A creamy mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation, super refreshing.

Again Cuvee de Jacobin, the complexity of this beer wins it out for, but both are world class.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 03:56:01 | More by dar482
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No date spied on this one.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown. Tall, effervescent light brown head. Head fades slowly but leaves absolutely zero lacing. Decent retention.

S: Sweet and sour berries. Sugary, perhaps belgian candi sugar?

T: Much more tart than the aroma gives away. Tart cherries and a vague berry-ish flavor to go with it. A touch leathery at times. Tartness is at its strongest in the finish. Minor acidic character here too. Lingering sour cherries in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, surprisingly full for 6% in fact. Smooth. Super drinkable.

O: Mildly tart, nicely balanced. One of the better sours I've ever had. Very drinkable. Nice berry and stonefruit fruitiness. Simple but balanced and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 04:48:03 | More by Dope
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i have to thank my friend paul for sharing this with us. what a legend, thanks man. killer beer of fame here, not sure i would ever find one, but sure enough. not quite a flanders red to me, not quite an oud bruin, but some dynamic synergy of both, greater than either, and about as complex as beer can get, just so much going on in this one. hazy very dark amber color, as much brown as red, with an inch of tan head that doesnt fade at all. it smells like nutty grain on the front end, but carries with it a palate watering acidity and tartness thats short of fully sour, but lactic and enticing. the first part of the sip is malt heavy, its sweet, brown sugar and candied red grain, but it moves swiftly into a whole mouth experience that draws unusual connections between acidity, oak, and earthy grain. the sweetness doesnt last at all, and the tartness that replaces it is both surprising and welcomed. even after the swallow i taste this for miles, some preserved lemon vinegar as it dies out, but i am amazed by all the layers here. massive body, but i like that the alcohol is so manageable. so many of these get too enormous for much drinking, but this stays right in the comfortable range. as much flavor as ive seen in a beer at 6% abv. enough carbonation, i wouldnt call it lively, but its not flat either. somewhere in the upper medium range, which is a nice compliment to the complexity. i wish this came to colorado. thanks again paul for sharing such a high end and unique beverage.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 22:18:42 | More by StonedTrippin
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buzzardman

California

3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Funky Champagne, light fruit

Appearance: Light brown with a red tint, small light tan head.

Flavor: Sour, fruity, grape soda.

Mouthfeel: Light tart, dry finish, highly carbed.

Overall: Nice tart sour ale. Very grape soda like and easy to drink. Not a huge fan of this beer, too much like drinking grape soda.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 22:57:26 | More by buzzardman
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magictacosinus

California

4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. This is year-round, but I purchased this about 3 months ago as soon as it started popping up everywhere in the Bay Area. Usually these have a best by date of 2-3 years, but, just like your Late Bottled Vintage or Dated Vintage port, they are best consumed fresh.

To this day, Rodenbach Grand Cru still stands as one of my favorite looking beers that's easy to find out of Belgium. Brownish, with an assertive garnet and reddish tinge that the style demands for. Great, sticky lacing and an off-white egg beaten head of foam. Carbonation is gentle and generous, but nothing too extreme or excessive. It truly looks like a wonderful, rustic Pinot Noir, but it retains its qualities as a unique looking beer.

Yeah, this is where it's at - tons of red fruit, vinegar notes, as well as light, proper oxidation from the additional wood aging. Cranberries, cherry pits, fleshy ripe currants, as well as a dried raisin finish. White pepper, violets, and some tea tannic consistency at the finish. Notes of green apple skins and an underlying yet balanced acetic acidity, especially one that resembles a light red wine vinaigrette. Some Sherry like notes are already here, with a light spicy and barrel spiced laden backbone - caramel, cashews, almonds, and light leather. Really great stuff - isn't as intense as other offerings, but is unbelievably restrained and graceful, even here.

This has got to be the most simultaneously refreshing and flavor packed year round Flanders red I've had to date. As much I love Cuvée des Jacobins for its physically demanding qualities, this is where it's at. A vibrant red fruit flavor pushes forward on the palate, delivering brown cherry skins, currants, as well as cranberries and raisins (often resembling Craisins) with a tart, vinegar forward finish and acidity that cleanses the palate fully. Slightly spicy, with peppery notes from the barrels and light oxidation that goes in the beer making process. Finishes fruity, ripe, and slightly nutty, with cashews being most predominant. A caramel malt finish allows the acidity to be more restrained and yet creamier and more balanced at the same time. The carbonation is wonderful here - the fruit flavors become more pronounced with sparkling wine-like effervescence, and the acidity is further cut by the 1/3rd addition of the younger Flanders in providing toasty malted notes at the back. A victory!

For $10 a 750ml bottle that is year-round, I daresay it doesn't get better than this. So many flavors, combined with a predominantly soft and creamy wood aged texture, as well as delightful fruit and wine-like notes, this is a world class Flanders red. It won't kick the crap out of you, but its profile to be extra flavorful and yet so easy to drink (as well as easily pair with food) should be noted. Want to turn wine-only drinkers on to beer? This is the one!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 21:59:56 | More by magictacosinus
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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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clayrock81

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this classic and it did not disappoint. Poured a reddish brown body with one finger a head on top of an aroma of a lot sour and funky fruits, mainly a tart cherry aroma, a touch of wood and/or wine-like qualities and a a touch of sweetness. Beer is light bodied and smooth and not as sour/funky as it smells. The sour/tart cherry aspect is aplenty but there is a great balance of sweetness (whether it be candi sugar or fruit derived) and the funk aspect is minimal so it's not a overpowering, puckering sourness or tartness but just hits the right spot. Great carbonation so beer is lively and finishes real crisp. Just a great beer to sip with after dinner.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2014 14:45:58 | More by clayrock81
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msimone372

Delaware

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer several times. The first time was on tap at Eulogy in Philadelphia. The second time was from a 750 mL bottle from Carriage House Fine Wines & Liquors in Wilmington, De. I am writing this review drinking from a 32 oz growler I had filled at Total Wine on Naamens Road in De.

A: Beer pours a very dark amber color. It is the color of a dark tree resin. It pours light and with low density. It doesn't create a large head; however, it does have a fair amount of carbonation. A small head appears then thins out, and it is created completely by the carbonation of the beer and not the pour.

S: Smell is subtle. Initial sent of white or cider vinegar. Later very subtle notes of oak and smoke emerge. At the end a faint traditional "ale smell" is detected.

T: Similar to the smell the taste begins with a sharp vinegar taste. I really enjoy the acidity in vinegar, so for me this taste is very welcoming. It definitely has an acidic taste on the tongue that lingers. Once the sip has been swallowed the flavor transitions to a traditional Flemish Red Ale taste. The complexity is easily discovered to be the blend of young and aged ales. the blend is flawless.

M: The ale keeps its carbonation. It has an upfront light and carbonated fell. Once falttened, the beer is light on the palate. Very acidic.

O: This is my favorite ale. I started drinking it in January 2014 and I haven't been able to stop. I really love the taste of vinegar, so I really enjoy that aspect of this beer. With that being said, I imagine that for some this taste could be overwhelming or even unpleasant. I really love this beer!

Serving type: growler

02-13-2014 05:08:29 | More by msimone372
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle with a best by date of May 29th, 2016. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice glass with a thick sturdy base and a thinner glass bowl.

Appearance - Pour yields a three-fourths finger head the color of light tan, with effervescent bubbles that are reminiscent of champagne foam, only this one sticks around a bit longer. It still dissipates rather quickly, leaving a rim of light foam and a small amount of film across the body. Speaking of which, the body is a dark walnut brown with ruddy burgundy highlights that can only be seen when the glass is held directly in front of the light. Small carbonation bubbles cling to the side of the glass in isolated places.

Smell - Nice blend of musty funk, with fainter notes of oak and light cherry, almost like syrup. Underlying the entire taste is a considerable presence from the grain--with a malty sweetness underscoring the other elements. Throughout there is a pleasant vinegar-like character as well, hinting at a very sour beer to come.

Taste - I have to admit I'm a little dismayed by the lack of puckering after the smell suggested a good deal of tartness. In fairness, allowing the beer to warm up a bit enhanced the tart characteristics of the beer. I also have to wonder if this would have been more tart if I had opened it closer to the freshness date engraved on the label, especially given the number of reviews that note just how sour this beer is to them. At any rate, I get a mix of flavor profiles--some tart citrus and almost lemon juice element blends rather nicely with the fruitier cherry and red currant elements. Some apple cider vinegar notes are also present, but the predominant flavor profile is cherry, with some faint elements of wood as well.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, with a slightly viscous feel to it, as well as a moderately-carbonated effervescence that fades away as I let it sit to warm up a bit and enhance the tart elements. Finish is mostly sweet.

Overall, a good beer, and much like Duchesse, it is reputedly a benchmark for the Flanders Red style. Admittedly, my favorite Flanders Red was bordering more on kriek territory, with a teeth enamel-melting sourness to it, so perhaps this style isn't my favorite in the world. I am curious enough about aging it to go get a second bottle so that I can sit on it until closer to the 'drink by' date.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 06:58:25 | More by LambicPentameter
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fourstringer

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately aggressive hand. Bottle dated 22/04/15. I've had this in the cellar for about a year or so.

A: Hazy, dark ruby brown with 1 finger of off-white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Tart cherry. Notable acetic acid notes. Lighter citric acid, lemon. Oak. Honey. Balsamic. Light tobacco.

T: Moderate tartness rolls into a fruity, cherry-forward sweetness. Semi-dry finish. Very little bitterness/hop quality. No perceivable alcohol presence. Very tasty chocolate, honey notes develop and linger in the aftertaste, along with the pleasant sour.

M: Moderate, smooth carbonation with moderate body. Nice coating on the palate. Fitting.

O: Very nice Flanders red. Nice mix of sour qualities and good underlying depth of flavor. Excellent sweet/sour balance. Solid through and through.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 01:58:45 | More by fourstringer
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BSK_ONE

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Ruby red, purplish color, and with no carbonation.
S: Sour Dark fruits, cherries and plums
T: Sour cherries, lemons, limes, with hints of oak.
M: tartness, but overall enjoyable.
O: This is only my second tart beer. (1st Cuvée Freddy). Sour beers are such a shock to my taste buds and mind that I can't even say with conviction that I like the taste. It's unique. And I don't hate it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 02:57:59 | More by BSK_ONE
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BierJager89

California

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark purple tinted ruby red and dark enough to be opaque with a light mocha, almost gray, head.

S: Dark tart cherries, oak, dark fruit, red berries in the nose.

T: Sour cherries, oak, raspberry, mellow and very drinkable, especially for a sour.

M: Medium bodied and neither smooth nor harsh with carbonation.

O: An excellent tart beer. The oak flavor really plays well with the tart fruits.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:54:38 | More by BierJager89
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Bookseeb

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is brown in color supporting a crisp dissipating head. Smell of prominant fruity sour with some wild yeast and oaky aromas. Taste has a very nice balance of sweet and sour with the yeast and woody oak. Mouthfeel is medium light with good carbonation. Not much on sours, but one of the better sours I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 03:36:32 | More by Bookseeb
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The king of the Flanders reds perhaps, there could very well be better tasting examples of the style out there but this one is widely available and a relatively recent arrival to Alberta. A russet reddish to brown color with around three inches of tan head comprised of noticeably small bubbles. Aroma is that of red wine vinegar, grape candy, tart cherry juice, red berries, and lemon. Very sour and makes the nose tingle (in a good way). I also get some light earthy malt beneath the sour assault. Taste is dry, sour, woody, fruity, carbolic, and sour. Complex and somehow manages to juggle a bright, intense fruitiness with a strong sourness such that neither component gets trumped or dominated by the other. Tastes like dilute balsamic vinegar, sour pie cherries, lemon, tamarind, raspberry, nectarine, and tea leaf, but there are also some light sultana raisin and brown sugar notes in the background. Pucker-inducing to my palate. The ABV does put in a brief appearance here and there. Body quite thin with a moderate to high degree of carbonation. Reminds me a bit of the chokecherries you could snack on in the Northern Saskatchewan bush if you were so inclined, albeit much, much tastier. I am tempted to introduce this beer to a few wine snobs I know.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 16:40:02 | More by CalgaryFMC
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown with a hazy brown reddish tint when a light was going though
S- wine smell that seemed to faded to a tart like raspberry aroma
T- a sour tart raspberry taste that turned to a sweeter taste in the aftertaste
M- full body feel that seen to have a medium carbonation
O-my first of this beer style and I was not disappointed, great beer

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 02:39:16 | More by a0lbudman
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MattRiggs

Germany

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: mahogany w/purple hue. not much of a head or retention.

Smell: sweet grapes, slight alcohol, barrel

Taste: carbonic and fairly thin, but works very nicely to sweep the sweetness off your tongue. dark malt/candy sugar sweetness that pairs nicely with a fair amount of oak, finishes very clean

Notes: A fantastic beer that would be a great alternative to champagne due to the carbonic bite and sweetness. You can definitely smell the barrel in this beer. I’d like to try it directly from the finishing tank.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 19:14:29 | More by MattRiggs
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big fizzy head, tons of carbonation. Head is a light tan, almost cream, with pretty good retention. Brew is surprisingly dark for a Flanders red-brown ale, with hints of garnet coming through an otherwise opaquely dark beer (not unlike a stout). Lacing is very nice but minimal.

Beer has a wine-like sourness to the aroma, along with muted wild ale funkiness. Red grapes, yeast, oak, wheat, wine.

Such a surrounding and complete flavor profile, encompassing everything in the nose and more. Vanilla and dark fruit make an appearance, everything blended with a bit of sour, incredibly delicate funkiness, oak, and grapes.

Almost no carbonation sting in a beer that nonetheless comes across as very lively. This is a shockingly thick beer, about medium-full, with such a full flavor profile and slight sour and funk notes that make it a sipper.

Rodenbach was my revelation beer in 2013, and Grand Cru is more of the same. This is an excellent beer across the board, for someone who truly appreciates the complexities of the style, to a complete novice in wild-type ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 02:09:56 | More by Roguer
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LambicLion

Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark, even very rich appearance, little or no head, pleasantly sour as described on the establishment's beer list minus the term "pleasantly". To my disappointment, it was the only sour on tap. From which I can gather that my taste buds have rare company or/and it's just not a popular taste. I'm fine with that...

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 05:37:43 | More by LambicLion
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titty_mcbitty

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown with ruby tones when held to the light. Not really any head on this one, but there's a thin tan film.

S: Tart raspberries with brown sugar, acid, and vinegar.

T: Oh yeah, this is good! First off: tart raspberries, brown sugar, citrus acid, vinegar, light oak, tangy raisins. There's some cherries and peach as well. Good stuff.

M: I think a lot of others said it well; damn near perfect. For this style, I don't think I'd have it any other way. Light, almost medium bodied and slightly creamy but dry finish.

O: Glad I found this one for such a cheap price. I wanted to buy it earlier but it costs over $20 at the local store- found it for $10. This is an awesome Flanders red ale and reminds me of Jacobins Rouge. It comes in a huge bottle as well so that you can enjoy it for a long period.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 03:47:23 | More by titty_mcbitty
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sets the bar very high with a near sculpturesque body. The head is tight, thick and resembles a cream like froth. The color is a deep ruby with highlights of mahogany at the edge.

The scent is sour with a sweet cheery tartness, some dried fruit lingers at the back.

The cherry tartness stands out on the tongue. I'm catching some date and prune but the sour washes it away. Dry malts also make an appearance but for the most part the cherry really rides on through.

The feel is very dry and smooth. The carbonation is not too noticeable but it still has a sprite air to it.

This is very good, very tasty, and nice all around. My only complaint is that it seems to be holding out the real strength that lies within.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 21:41:54 | More by KYGunner
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ap - Deep, brilliant amber; thin, off-white head that dissipates to a thin ring. Spotty lacing throughout.

Ar - Sweet vinegar, ripe red fruits.

T - Tart berries, vinegar is more subdued than nose suggests. Lingering candy sweetness, almost like a fruit roll-up.

M - Perfect. Slick, light to medium bodied with great carbonation. I wouldn't want this any different.

O - A near perfect Flanders Red. Having it on tap is a surprise for me. I have never seen it anywhere else than my local bottle shop.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2014 20:33:10 | More by KVNBGRY
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville NC

A- pours murky brown with a small white head that reduces to a ring of lace

S- balsamic vinegar, tart cherry, grape, with a hint of oaky vanilla

T- puckering up front with grape skin and apple peel, fruity and tart cherry with a bone dry finish

M- Medium body with a fizzy carbonation, spritzy mouthfeel with a fizzy and dry finish

O- The fruity flavors that come from this beer are amazing, considering there is no fruit used to make it, a fine beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2014 01:06:40 | More by Treyliff
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