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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

3,000 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,000
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 212
Gots: 290 | 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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Photo of Enola
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.

Enola, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of JAXSON
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.

JAXSON, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of plaztikjezuz
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.

plaztikjezuz, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of joedon
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.

joedon, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of TLove
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.

TLove, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of EeRocKK
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

EeRocKK, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of supa0525
3/5  rDev -30.1%

supa0525, Jan 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

NatsnSkinsDC, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3/5  rDev -30.1%

Mikeluzzjr, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Dando54
3/5  rDev -30.1%

Dando54, May 28, 2013
Photo of aanth
3/5  rDev -30.1%

aanth, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of hAle2theWort
3/5  rDev -30.1%

hAle2theWort, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of pgrow
3/5  rDev -30.1%

pgrow, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Paige
3/5  rDev -30.1%

Paige, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of clemson14
3/5  rDev -30.1%

clemson14, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of micropale
3/5  rDev -30.1%

micropale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of brpendergast85
3/5  rDev -30.1%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of ptykozoon
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.

ptykozoon, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of mquartuccio87
3/5  rDev -30.1%

mquartuccio87, Oct 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

peagasus, Nov 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

Rtj1012, Oct 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

danieelol, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of TonyTalon
3/5  rDev -30.1%

TonyTalon, Apr 03, 2013
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,000 ratings.