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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

2,830 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,830
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 210
Gots: 247 | FT: 16
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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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
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joedon

Minnesota

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

Nice tan head with lots of lace atop a dark brown-garnet beer.
Strong aroma of sour cherries plus earthy-dank notes.

Overpowering sourness with sour cherries, buttery-acetyl and alcohol bite. Very much of an acquired taste.

Decent mouthfeel for a strong flavored beer.

Not very drinkable to me. This beer might be right for someone really into lambics or lactobacillus flavors but it's not for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 22:02:33 | More by joedon
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TLove

District of Columbia

2.95/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle hanging out with a friend.

I'll be honest... I took one sip and I was immediately offput by the awkward tartness of this beer and the septic carbonation. There is a vinegar-like flux to it that really pulled my focus on the flavors away from the complexity of the beer. I had tried the Portsmouth Flanders and liked it, but there was a different approach to this one.

The color is incredible. Has a reddish tint when held up to the light, but the brown color is soft and full. The consistency is muddled in the smell, but the smell is quite round, rolling into the taste. The flavors and alcohol are overpowered by the tartness and, while smoky and oaky and slightly spicy, are dominated by the plum, apricot, and framboise flavors. Tartness also dominates the mouthfeel, but dissipates quickly with the awkward and rather late-blooming carbonation. But it drinks like a Belgian brown, with its complexity and fervent porousness. Excellent finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 02:11:47 | More by TLove
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EeRocKK

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I tried the Grand Cru once from the bottle, and once from a slender pilsner style glass, akin to my profile pic. This brew is an interesting mix of flavours. It has the barnyard gueuze undertones to it, yet it has a slightly malt vinegar taste to it.

If you are looking for a complex beer, this is a great example. It isn't torture to drink one of these, but I could not drink them all night like I could lambic ales.

Try it once anyway!

E

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 04:40:39 | More by EeRocKK
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - wow, the first ounce or two gets completely converted to about four fingers of foam. Getting a mug full of this beer will take some patience. Ends up a nice caramel amber capped with a solid film of multi-colored foam ranging from light mocha to cocoa brown.

Aroma - yeasty, mild funk mixed with some sour lemon. Hmm, I'm undecided.

Taste - sour lemon, sweet, musty. A mix of flavors, some I like more than others. The finish is dry, tart, and sour. Still not my favorite style.

Mouthfeel - lively carbonation with medium body, this beer has panache, that's for sure.

Drinkability - I liked it less at first and more as I progressed. Generally, this isn't a beer I'd revisit, but it's not bad, just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 03:45:07 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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supa0525

Michigan

3/5  rDev -30.1%

01-29-2013 18:43:05 | More by supa0525
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -30.1%

09-12-2012 13:15:56 | More by wattoclone
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NatsnSkinsDC

Maryland

3/5  rDev -30.1%

12-03-2013 00:21:04 | More by NatsnSkinsDC
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -30.1%

03-24-2014 03:45:31 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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Dando54

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -30.1%

05-28-2013 12:36:23 | More by Dando54
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aanth

California

3/5  rDev -30.1%

11-18-2011 03:42:07 | More by aanth
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hAle2theWort

Maryland

3/5  rDev -30.1%

06-21-2014 15:41:42 | More by hAle2theWort
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pgrow

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -30.1%

12-15-2013 21:55:45 | More by pgrow
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Paige

California

3/5  rDev -30.1%

09-15-2012 14:17:11 | More by Paige
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clemson14

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -30.1%

06-06-2013 01:58:58 | More by clemson14
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micropale

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -30.1%

08-01-2013 20:18:06 | More by micropale
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -30.1%

03-25-2014 04:56:16 | More by brpendergast85
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ptykozoon

California

3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark red, wannabe brown. Spotty Lacing. Pretty color.

Band aid, dark fruit, cherry, cherry and more cherry. Cough syrup cherry. Very dense and sweet. Bits of raisin and raspberry.

Very yeasty/sedimenty/grainy - which I dislike in sours. Lots of cherry, vanilla undertones.

Aforementioned grainy mouthfeel, cloyingly sweet. So much fruit in this.

I have come to the realization that there is a particular brand of sours that I don't care for. It is these dense, super fruity, acidic and sediment ridden ones. I'll keep revisiting the style though as I know Rodenbach is a staple.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 01:09:10 | More by ptykozoon
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mquartuccio87

New York

3/5  rDev -30.1%

10-02-2013 02:52:27 | More by mquartuccio87
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peagasus

Belgium

3/5  rDev -30.1%

11-02-2012 15:27:44 | More by peagasus
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Rtj1012

California

3/5  rDev -30.1%

10-01-2013 03:35:34 | More by Rtj1012
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danieelol

Australia

3/5  rDev -30.1%

11-28-2011 15:17:17 | More by danieelol
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -30.1%

04-03-2013 02:11:18 | More by TonyTalon
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capuchinpilates

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -30.1%

08-24-2013 18:03:06 | More by capuchinpilates
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jriggins6

Colorado

3/5  rDev -30.1%

07-02-2013 15:47:10 | More by jriggins6
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 2,830 ratings.