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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

2,771 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,771
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 206
Gots: 232 | FT: 15
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.

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Michael_D

New York

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark pour with a khaki head. Smells very tart with some hay and earthiness. Tastes impressively smooth with heavy notes of cherries, sour, cherry, with some bitterness to balance. Very nice. Would definitely drink this again, and regularly if possible!

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2013 02:45:38 | More by Michael_D
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wjimson

Antarctica

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beer with a very clean finish, though not the most drinkable. The aroma is very welcoming, suggestive of a dry sour cherry like flavour. A complex flavour indeed. The flavour starts with an intense vinegar sourness, followed by hints of dry hops aftertaste. The aged oak taste is quite addictive and very much defines the character of this beer. Maybe I will try this one again with fish and chips for just an experiment.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 02:38:29 | More by wjimson
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Magpie14

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep, robust rudy red color with a touch of crimson. No head retention and was foamy at best. Little bit of lacing as it goes down.

Smell: not picking up to much but heavy malts, caramel sweetness and slight fruit tart

Taste: wow! this is the first flanders red ale/flemish sour that I have had. Mild to heavy tartness that I found incredibly drinkable that pairs well with slight maltiness. Sweet candied/caramel flavor soothes the tongue. Very interesting!

Mouthfeel: surprisingly smooth and nice medium bodied brew. Tartness comes around at the end and leaves a slight acidic bitterness.

Drinkability: I'll have this one around on special occasions or when I need to treat myself. Good brew! But a few of these would be a little to much for me to handle...but a great break from the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 02:50:28 | More by Magpie14
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Kromes

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very nice dark red with a thick tan colored head. When held up to the light it gives off ruby edges. Good looking beer.

S: Very sour and acidic smelling. A cherry and vinegar aroma. A little bit of earthy cork in the background.

T: Very tart and sour up front with an acidic tang to it. After the initial shot to the taste buds, a sour cherry and apple flavor kicks in. There is some sweetness there....the finish is almost like a sour candy.

M: Mouth puckering sour and tang. There is an almost citric acid feel and flavor to it. When it fades in the finish it leaves the mouth clean. It's a refreshing beer.

O: One of the better sour beers that I've had. The sourness is quite powerful and it adds to the quality of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 23:22:08 | More by Kromes
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joecast

Australia

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

so after trying the "regular" rodenbach recently and being surprised by how much i liked it, i was pretty excited to see this sitting in the display fridge at my favorite bottleshop. best before 08/12/06

sort of a turbid reddish amber color. head is pretty small, just forming an even layer above the beer and has a light tan tinge. pretty unassuming really.
pouring in the rest of the bottle helps form a much nicer sized head which settles to about 1cm. dense with the tinyest of bubbles. and the color of the beer does grow on you.

sweet/tart aroma makes the mouth pucker slightly with each sniff. cant say much more about the smell. its good, but not really inspiring.

take a sip, and wow! i think i need a tissue to wipe away the tears. this stuff is making my eyes water.
oh yeah, this is a sipper. seems like smaller sips let the flavor come out more. really sharp tartness through the whole mouth. leaves a hot sensation in the mouth, not from the alcohol, but from the flavor.

wish i could give this more for drinkability, but i couldnt see having too many of these in one night. however, with two flanders reds under my belt, i can say i have discovered a style i can definitely enjoy on occassion. very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 15:22:13 | More by joecast
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BeastofWotan

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark, almost black, but with a slight red or brown hue. Very little head or visible carbonation.

Smell: A pleasant vinegar-esque scent dominates the nose. Perhaps a bit of fruit in there as well. Very nice.

Taste: Fruits hit you at first, but it dissipates quickly, followed by an intense pleasant sourness. The sourness is gone by the aftertaste, leaving the drinker with more fruits.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light. A slight carbonation tingles on the tongue.

Drinkability: The sourness prevents this from being a chugger, but why would you want it to be?

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 23:48:35 | More by BeastofWotan
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grading this one for what it is supposed to be, though it took some adjusting for my pallette. Not my favorite style.

A- Beautiful deep amber red with creamy thick head that fades slow and leaves nice rings of lace.

S- Tart sour mash, tart cherries, pears, and other fruit notes. Perhaps green apples. Buttery esters with some sour grape and touch of yeasty spice like cloves and and coriander.

T- Bitter-sweet mix, sour mash, lemon and sour cherry, sweet/sour vineagar like reduced balasamic touch, sweet malts are there, but sour dough bread like. Buttery hints. Unique but balanced and nice. Took some getting used to.

M- Tart pucker, but sweet middle, medium and creamy

D- Must adjust taste buds, but once acquainted its a very enjoyable unique experience. It grows on you.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 06:21:48 | More by JayS2629
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treque

Mexico

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice deep red completely traslucent with white off two finger compact head never dissipates at all waste is left behind
S: A noticeable sour aroma lots of cherry and some wood is noticed
T: Same notes on flavour the sour is amazing on tongue some bitter is present the final is long and lasts for a while
A unique beer a totally different taste

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 03:44:52 | More by treque
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srandycarter

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Raspberry/brown color, not head nor lace. Clear through.

S - Sharp sour acidity and fruit.

T - Tart, with sweet fruit in middle. Clean tangy finish.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, nice balance.

D - A refreshing wonderful beer. Glad I got to try it on tap too.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 01:41:16 | More by srandycarter
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a ruby red colour. One finger of light brown head left a ring of retention and spotty lace.

S - Tart cherry, sugar, sweetness, wood.

T - Tart cherry, dark fruit, nice tartness and sweetness together. Sugar, wood, and fruit all together. Flavours blend well.

M - Gentle carbonation, nice medium body and a sweet then dry finish.

O/D - A nice Flemmish Red. Lot's of easy flavour with complexity while being easy to drink. A good one.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 19:45:07 | More by tbeckett
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Palm version, Sampled May 2006
Incredibly well carbonated, this beer pours with a frothy, though quickly disappearing, initially 4 finger thick, amber tan colored head. I get a nice tart aroma as soon as I pour this beer, a nice level of tart acetic acid. As I go in for a deeper smell the aroma becomes much more tart; a mix of vinegar and something like tamarind. Underneath the dominating sour character is astringent note that seems a bit woody. The aroma has a certain fruitiness to it that hints at cherries.

Tart and effervescent, the beer seems to be fermenting a bit more than expected in the bottle. Is this now being bottle conditioned, that would be surprising from this traditionally pasteurized product. This is quite tasty as usual, a combination of tart and fruity with woody tannic notes that come on in the finish. It is so interesting to compare this beer to others that I have had most recently (Supplication, La Folie, & Panil Barriquée), beers now carrying the torch that had so long only been held by Rodenbach. It is interesting to me, the other newer beers are so much more satisfying and complex than this brew, but you can't fault the Grand Cru for that. It did what it had to survive all those years, but it is clearly now not one of the best examples of the style. I can only hope that Palm will choose to make this a bit more complex brew in the culture.

Having said all of that ruminescent, romantic b.s., this is still a damn good beer. I am a sucker for these beers and this is still quite good. I can see this beer aging quite gracefully for some time. The acidity should round out a bit and a touch of oxidation should play up the rich malt character a bit more. In the end that is what this needs a bit more complexity to balance out the great sour character.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 04:50:25 | More by Gueuzedude
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ADZA

Australia

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

How on this world have I not reviewed this I'm sure I've tasted this before but after seeing no rating from me my memory is asking the question have I ever tried it and after a 2litre growler purchase ill be sure and on popping it pours a cherry red hue with a creamy off white two finger head and clingy lacing everywhere a beautiful looking red,the smell is musty,funky,slight oak and red grapes and highly approachable,the mouthfeel is borderlining on perfection it's medium bodied with moderate carbonation and like most have said before the taste of this Flanders is one for the non believers of this crazy beautiful style and its red grapes,beautiful funk,cherries and the finish is sour tart and bloody refreshing and overall now I'm confident I've tried this and the 2lt purchase was a great choice by me as its not on your face like most of this style and a great step in Flanders territory for virgins of the style and even veterans like me cheers.

Serving type: growler

12-21-2013 12:13:41 | More by ADZA
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SirRuss

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep conker red with a gradually declining, off white head true to the style. The result is a resilient halo crowning the perimeter, a skim of surface foam, and good lacing.

S: Sarson's and wood come forth with more weight than other reds of this ilk, resulting in an aroma almost indicative of TCA - although the sum is expressed with a subtlety that makes it intriguing rather than repulsive. Tart cherry plays throughout, and a certain herbaceous quality hides within - although can't quite place my finger on it - perhaps sage or rosemary.

T: The genius of this brew is the way in which the complexity of flavors present themselves. Sequential expectations are defenestrated as contrasting tastes spontaneously appear, namely sweet and sour. Reminiscent of chewing on a packet of Sour Patch, candy-coated sourness works hand-in-hand, and it's up to you to decide which aspect is worthy of the most attention. How ever you chose to perceive it, the flavors are undeniably fruit focussed, with recapitulations of cherry, along with unripe white grapes, key lime, and Granny Smith cooking apples, all of which offer a welcome malic cleanliness. The complexity continues with a bold woodiness - a kind of wet cork - manifesting itself on the mid -to -finish, and provides a classy, atmospheric weightiness. Also characteristic of the finish is a distinctive Cola impression owed to the earlier fruitiness.

M: The score here is owed to the way in which polarized aspects of the palate are balanced in perfect harmony with an exemplary carbonation. The precision of that carbonation aligns the contradictory elements of this brew to see the dry acidic spine, round sweetness, and warm alcohol all fall into a very desirable place.

D: A very versatile ale, which would be equally successful as an aperitif with its mouthwatering tartness, as it would a digestif thanks to its candied coating. However, despite the palate-cleansing dryness, that charismatic tartness imposes a stern limitation, which should only be breached with a preparatory arsenal of pepto-bismol.

O - solid flemish red/brown, great complexity, superb balance, although slightly on the acidic-side.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 07:04:26 | More by SirRuss
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at ridgewood in raleigh. into a tulip.

pours a dark reddish brown with no head. good cherry aroma on the nose, not too tart or overwhelming. taste is quite drinkable and refreshing with a perfect amount of tart cherries . medium bodied with low carbonation.

overall just an excellent flemish red.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2013 16:52:48 | More by Axnjxn
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diechipmunk

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a glass poured from an aged 2007 keg. I was kind of amazing. This is not a beer to quaff, the flavors are intense and concentrated. The aging blunted some of the sharper edges and allowed some of the more subtle malt to develop a presence. Wonderful stuff!

A: poured into a tulip glass, 3 finger of rocky head that dissipate quickly into a thin lacing. The beer is deep amber with a reddish glow.

S: Barn, skunk, cherries, raspberry, black pepper and wet leaves.

T: Tart citrus and a slight peppery bite in the beginning fades into sweeter fruit with some pleasant malt. Sourness still dominates the millde, but the finish mellows to earthy, woody a hint of malt. Sourness and a little sweetness lingers on the tongue long after the beer is gone.

M: Crisp, light, smooth, mild carbonation.

D: It's light bodied yet immensely complex. A small sip spreads an grows across the palate, lingering long after.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2009 14:55:25 | More by diechipmunk
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bohemiandonut

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Having recently come into possession of some goat cheese Brie and a sourdough baguette, I found myself in dire need of another bottle of this classic.

This beer and I go way back, to what remains the single most traumatic and influential turning point of my beer-drinking career. I had come in search of Blondes, Belgian Blondes, and within the course of several easy-drinking fizzy wonders in strange glasses suddenly this is on my table.

"What the hell is this?" I drunkenly demanded. It tasted like balsamic spiked kombucha. Needless to say I had absolutely no appreciation for the style whatsoever. I wanted my money back and thanks to poor service and my somewhat belligerent disapproval with the beer, I took it to the limit, talking to managers and essentially kicking myself out of The Trappist in Oakland. Oh, what folly youth does bring!

Fast forward one year and I can hardly name a beer that does its thing more gracefully. To me now this is not even a challenge on the palate. Reddish brown whiffs of sour cherry, oak, and tamarind with a subtle coat of vinegar and funk.

A rapidly descending head loses marks and somewhat detracts from the experience, but as a world class "food beer" there is little one can say that detracts from the greatness that is Rodenbach. Compared to where some are taking the style this might be considered a rather simple offering, but like I said before, if you've got brie and bread what better pair is there? This beer is to wine what wine is to Capri Sun. Sold.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 00:44:54 | More by bohemiandonut
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750 ml bottle. Thanks go out to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this one.

Appearance: Pours a shoe leather brown with a foamy tan head. A cloudy and dense brown body is noted with little yeasties in there.

Smell: Sour oak, bubblegum, sour champagne. The sourness dominates but there is a delicate balance between the sourness and the bubblegum sweetness that keeps coming back.

Taste: A bubblegum taste first, very sour to follow, oak, and then a palate caving tart finish. Very complex and interesting. Hints of vinegar, apple juice, and cabarnet grapes pop up here and there. There is a little bit of a vinegar aftertaste but balanced with the bubblegum sweetness. I know it sounds like a mess but it was really quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and maybe a touch over carbonated.

Drinkability: I wouldn't want this all the time but it was quite tasty. Everyone should try it once.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 15:02:45 | More by mattcrill
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billab914

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured dark brown in color with a frothy, off-white colored head leaving it's mark all over the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of tart, sour cherry flavors to it. A sweet, malty presence really helps give it some balance. It has a lot of real nice funky, fruity, malty flavors to it.

The taste has some sharp sour and tart flavors to it up front. The finish is where I get more of the dark fruits, tart cherries and sweet caramel malts. Again, nice balance of the sweetness and tartness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little above average. Overall it's very good beer and a classic version of the style. It has a very good range of flavors but manages to bring them together very well. Very nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 23:00:43 | More by billab914
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this bottle up at Brass Rail, enjoyed chilled in a teku and sampled until about cellar temp toward the end.

The color is very deep crimson with translucent clarity with thick sand colored head that dissipates and recedes to nothing with fine bead and visible carbonation. The smell is very fruity, lots of tart cherry scents with mild wood ester. The feel is great, very tart, but not overwhelming, a mild sweetness is there with moderately high carbonation and dry finish with low alcohol but a slight acidic bite in the finish.

This taste is pretty incredible, lots of fruit presence as in the nose with some dark cherry and slightly tangy cherry flesh flavor with a nice amount of malt and yeast adds that lactic tang with a nice wood flavor rounding out this fine flemish red. Overall I have had this on a few occassions and it really is a treat. I was glad I could enjoy a 750ml myself but the acid was a little strong as it warmed for me- a highly drinkable Belgian, well worth having multiples of.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 13:04:53 | More by Slatetank
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Furlinator

California

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky red-tinted brown. The thin tan head quickly disappears completely and leaves very faint spots of lace.

The smell is of sour cherry and faint vinegar tartness.

The taste is of unripe cherries, white grape skins and faint molasses sweetness.

The texture is medium bodied and effervescent with high carbonation.

A delicious sour cherry beer that is bubbly and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2014 02:16:05 | More by Furlinator
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Mongrel

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Looks elegant and creamy; thicker than it actually feels on the palate. Very good head retention for a sour.

S - The nose is much more mellow than the taste spectacular that follows. It's mildly barnyard-y, with some lemon and lime.

T - Didn't initially strike me as sour. Bracingly tart, yes; sour, no. Somewhat lighter in body than I expected and very bright and refreshing. I'm getting tart berries and cherries, lemon, lime, and yes... It's getting more sour. Sweet Tarts come to mind. Leather and bitter orange rind come through too.

M - Soft, creamy, semi-dry finish that doesn't leave anything cloying behind.

O - really great all around, but I wasn't prepared to tackle the bomber myself. The sweet/tartness just gets to be too much for me with this style. Ideal serving size is probably about 10 oz.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2014 02:27:22 | More by Mongrel
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Ek0nomik

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Snifter
Purchased At: HyVee (Madison, WI)

Appearance: The pour produces half a finger of foamy head that runs away after just a few seconds. Looking through the whole glass the beer has a bistre color, but when just a fraction of the beer is held to light it has a burnt umber and Bulgarian rose color. It's hard to see through the beer, but judging by the top of the pour it doesn't look effervescent which I was expecting. Although, perhaps I shouldn't have expected it as I don't think any of the other flanders red ales that I have had have produced effervescence in the glass.

Smell: The nose has the obvious brown malt playing in the background, but on top of that sits a handful of sourness, tart cherries, vinegar, vanilla and oak.

Taste: Just like the nose, brown malt sits in the background while the exciting features both jump out, and slowly come out. The acidic sourness comes out immediately bringing along a tart cherry flavor with it. Notes of oak, vanilla and vinegar start to creep out, followed by plum juice. The aftertaste leaves me with more cherries, although now they are more sweet than tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with a medium amount of carbonation. The first few sips were aggressively carbonated, but as usual, after letting it sit for a few minutes it became more pleasant.

Drinkability: This will end up in my crate again for sure. I can't remember how much it was, but I think the price was pretty reasonable. Around $10 or so I do believe for the 750mL bottle. This has a really nice set of flavors, quite a bit of sourness (not as much as La Folie, but because of how sour La Folie is I think this is slightly more drinkable).

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 01:39:30 | More by Ek0nomik
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goldbot

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep, dark cherry to brown in color with thinnish tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving nice lacing. Aroma is vinous and fruity with apple, raspberry, cherry and grape notes. A touch of nutty or biscuity malts lurks in the background. The flavor brings out some stale malt with plenty more fruit flavors. A tad sweet but not nearly as much as what the aroma hinted at. Definite sour, earthy overtones, with a kick of moldy barnyard funk almost reminiscent of some strong blue cheeses toward the end. Medium bodied, fairly mouth-puckering feel. Nice and refreshing with just enough complexity and funk to make a lively, interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 23:20:40 | More by goldbot
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oline73

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Poured hazy reddish brown color with one finger of off white head. Most of the head goes away almost right away leaving just a ring around the edge.

Smell: Quite sweet from the malt with a strong sourness. Hints of sour fruit, raspberry etc, some vinegar as well.

Taste: Initially sour, with hints of fruit, think sour raspberries. There is also some sweetness from the malt along with the sour fruit notes. There is some dry oak in there as well. All the flavors blend together very well and are very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate mild carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: This beer is very smooth and good. I love the sweet and sour notes together. Overall I like this beer and would definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 23:52:26 | More by oline73
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Sigmund

Norway

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rerate: Drank it out of a proper glass this time, still a great beer! Original rating: 330 ml bottle, ABV 6%. Drank it out of a plastic "glass" (sacrilege, I know!) at cellar temperature. Cherry-like aroma with hints of cowshed and ensilage. Flavour is sour/acidic/red wine vinegar-like, with strong barnyard and ensilage elements (not that I normally eat ensilage, but still...). This was my first Flemish red ale, an exciting experience! It will not be my last beer of this style. (Okay, I know I wrote my rating of the Duchesse de Bourgogne a bit earlier today, but I actually drank the Rodenbach 4-5 days before the Duchesse).

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 22:06:44 | More by Sigmund
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 2,771 ratings.