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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,765 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,765
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 204
Gots: 232 | FT: 14
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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GrindFatherBob

New York

2.25/5  rDev -47.6%

01-31-2013 02:10:20 | More by GrindFatherBob
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gregb13

California

2.28/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cracked this one open after Thanksgiving dinner. Looks nice in the glass, but that's where the compliments end. Smell isn't bad necessarily, just lopsidedly sour with nothing else to balance. Taste is like drinking balsamic vinegar straight up. Bottle said it's supposed to have a "sweet-sour" taste and it absolutely did not. It's also so dry in the mouth that a couple sips totally ruin the palate. Very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 01:41:49 | More by gregb13
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DerBayer

Germany

2.28/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Now this is one sickly brew although it pours a decent colour with head. However the taste was getting so appaling after a while that i could not even finish a half pint. The smell is kind of telling it has slightly sickly hop notes and off malted with some sour grapes and apple. The mouthfeel again is kind of good but hard to segregate from the taste. I hope this was a bad sample

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 20:27:18 | More by DerBayer
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InfernoBoss

California

2.5/5  rDev -41.7%

11-21-2012 08:18:30 | More by InfernoBoss
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draftpunk

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -41.7%

03-22-2013 23:14:08 | More by draftpunk
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jaidenjb

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -41.7%

04-09-2012 00:00:20 | More by jaidenjb
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Durb777

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -41.7%

02-04-2012 05:38:28 | More by Durb777
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rspauldi

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -41.7%

06-02-2014 20:53:13 | More by rspauldi
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biercycle

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -41.7%

04-08-2012 23:06:53 | More by biercycle
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -41.7%

11-03-2013 13:33:33 | More by Brushkanna
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barknee

New York

2.65/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

RGC pours a deep red-cognac color with generous carbonation and a settling tan head. Quickly dispersing industrial vinegar nose, leading to repressed malty-apple cider vinegar nose. Taste of moderate tart laden cherries and an inhaled fresh black pepper attack upon the tonsil area of the throat. Medium bodied and strangely refreshing, there is some desensitizing to the overly assertive acids that are omnipresent within. I tried this version after it was recommended to me that the Grand Cru was "much better" than the standard version. This version of the style is commercial, squeaky clean and aromatically void of any discernable bret or wild yeast elements available to the taster.
I still continue to find it impossible to grasp what it is that turns beer enthusiasts on when consuming the Rodenbach line, as there is nothing hedonistic about it. Lacking true Flanders red authenticity; and as much as I try to convince myself that this is an enjoyable product; ingestion is a definite struggle.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 12:00:59 | More by barknee
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Naerhu

Japan

2.68/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thin brownish head, dark ruddish body. No visible carbination.
Huge vinous aroma.
This is not beer, it is red wine vinegar made with malt. Sour with an earthy base. Low carbination, medium body. Sweetness is present to balance the sour, but this is not chinese food, so I will pass on the sweet and sour combination. Smooth on the palate, the beer says nothing, if it does not say sour cherries.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 14:04:55 | More by Naerhu
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Higravity

Michigan

2.7/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown tint with a amber hue with a slight head of white foam. Sour vinegar sweet with a weird alcohol punch and large citrus bloom. The taste while complex is way too acidic in the finish. The favor of oak is present but the citris owns this beer and the heartburn is already starting. The malt comes through and the sourness would be pleasent but the vinegar note is sending this sideways. Maybe it might have been better colder but I thought cellar temps would be best. I finally polished off the 750 solo as the wife ran for the door at the first sip even though she usually like the sour beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 16:05:43 | More by Higravity
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I used to drink a lot of this stuff back "in the day" of the early seventies while listening to the tunes and having an illegal smoke or two.
We called it something else though, I believe it was wine, or sherry.
Anyhow, this product arrived a deep brownish/red with a medium + carbonation. The body is a medium.
The aroma is yeasty fruit.
The taste is very strong, very sweet, very lingering, and all of cheap wine.
Think I could use a smoke right about now...

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 00:02:15 | More by Shiloh
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HisBoyElroy

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -35.9%

06-02-2013 05:33:28 | More by HisBoyElroy
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jlkusarmy

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -35.9%

06-16-2014 20:49:44 | More by jlkusarmy
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Martin2D

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Brown with a large tan carbonated type head

S - Smells awesome. Hints of fruits and tartness dance in my nose. Can't wait to taste this one.

T - Well, I can't say the nose matches the flavor. There are hints of light malts and fruits, but there is an overwhelming acetic finish which is completely off putting. It's almost like drinking vinegar.

M - Light in body with a medium-heavy carbonation.

D - The cork was stuck in this beer so it took me a while to open this beer. It was fate telling me not to crack this beer by myself. It's far too tart to drink a bottle by itself. Any more than one glass is going to be a challenge.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 02:22:58 | More by Martin2D
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Jade

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -35.9%

05-22-2013 10:50:46 | More by Jade
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diablo14

Australia

2.8/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

have to say, i really didnt enjoy this beer at all. maybe it was too old, tho it wasnt past its use by, but it was just way too tart for me to enjoy it on any level.

superb reddy brown color with a voluminous head, it looked like a fair dinkum ripper. ordinary smell, alot like red wine vinegar, with some hops and a bit of citrus. tasted alot like vinegar too, and also resembled blood oranges and grapefruit. the malt and sweetnees was completey overcome by the tart acidic nature of the beer. finished really dry and cloying. the subtle presence of wood didnt help much either. not as full in body as id hoped for. couldnt help but think if i wanted something that tasted and felt like this i would have just grabbed a carton of succo rosso or a bottle of pellegrini.

i was utterly disappointed with this beer, the alexander is so much better. definately an acquired taste. it wasnt total crap, but i was wanting a lot more, and i can find it much better with numerous other belgians. worth a try, but again, its going to be one of those beers you either really love or really hate. im heading toward the latter.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2003 13:27:43 | More by diablo14
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gonzo46and2

Florida

2.83/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark amber. Rocky head. Fully diminishing.

Smell - Rotten wood with a hint of beaver piss. I now have beaver fever. Another whiff gives off soy sauce and lemonade.

Taste - Very sour close to lemonade mixed with tea. Puckering cherry and other sour fruit. I have a very hard time determining what else I'm tasting. No hops. No malt. No Yeast.

Mouthfeel - Fizzy and clean finishing.

Drinkability - Easy to drink but the flavor leaves a lot to be desired.

This would be my first sour ale. I am thinking because of high marks on this site that this is probably a good example of a style that I simply just don't like.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 04:51:10 | More by gonzo46and2
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RandomExile

Maryland

2.83/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: deep brown, tinged with red, quickly dissipating head. Fine, persistent, sheeting lacing.
S: sour, fruity, medicinal
T: dominantly sour, slightly bitter, malt/citrus
M: thin-medium body, sour bite
O: Not particularly enjoyable. Sour, on the watery side for a dark beer ... it feels like there's just something missing. I've heard it compared to champagne ... and I guess if you want a beer glass of middling champagne, this works.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 05:04:07 | More by RandomExile
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Nbr1Geech

Germany

2.85/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Rusty bike chain, leaky D batteries, fermented cider, and deep inside, a robust Belgian beer. I shall drink it 'til I get it right! It is part of a bounty I captured at my new favorite place on earth. It is the 7th Belgian I've tried and is very distinct in character. At first taste I believed it to be bad. I quickly inspected the bottle cap looking for signs of rust. There were none. I proceeded to google. To my fiscal satisfaction, it's supposed to taste that way. I will inspect every drop.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 19:45:56 | More by Nbr1Geech
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Enola

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer shocked me. The color is an oak stain color. The head was unreal. I poured a small amout into a sampler glass and it turned into all head. No beer at all. It finally settled so here we go.

The smell is of wine. No question about it. Maybe some hidden caramel in there too. The taste will take you if you are not prepared. It tastes like wine as well. A very distinct flavor af soured grapes. The mouthfeel is active. The carbonation comes alive. The drinkability is affected by the alcohol. If the alcohol was not so up front this would be a much better beer. I could not drink this much but it would be ok time to time.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 00:12:15 | More by Enola
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours like coca cola from a 12 oz. bottle with a quickly dissipating beige head with lively bubbles. A light sourness followed by a huge vinegar kick dominates the aroma and flavor, and to me, nothing could overcome that vinegar phenomena. Kind of tough to get through the whole bottle, to be honest. Not great at all; no cherry, oak, or other expression making it complex or noteworthy beyond the slightly unpleasant vinegar character. I've had good beers of this style and though according to many it's a benchmark, it's not enjoyable to me in the least.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 18:46:46 | More by JAXSON
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

this grand cru pours a very deep copper, with some reddish hues, the head is very thin and beige.
the aroma is a mix of carmelized malt, some unidentified spice, some mangos, and some thing acidic.
the flavor is malty, fruity, acidic, light.
i guess i'm not much of a fan of this beer, i dont like the acid zing, and the body is a little to light for the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 03:46:02 | More by plaztikjezuz
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 2,765 ratings.