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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

1,078 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,078
Hads: 3,734
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 20.89%
Wants: 305
Gots: 572 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of DevWand
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...

Just getting into the whole sour beer style and I have to admit, that the few I've had so far have not impressed me much. Thanks to this beer I'll continue drinking the style. The cherry tartness from the beer blends perfectly with the oak aging. Mouthfeel finds the best balance; not too light and bubbly, not too thick and heavy.

Completely blown away! Definitely a must try.

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Photo of mkh012
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hard to give detailed tasting notes here because I'm so unfamiliar with sours. Got this one on a whim after seeing the high reviews. Couldnt pass up something like this on tap. A deep red brown with very little head. Smells like sweet sparkling wine and cherries, and the taste largely follows. Although certainly sweet and sour, there is a nice bready balance to it that keeps it from being cloying. No detectable alcohol, no bitterness. This has made me curious to try other sours. Much more restrained/well-crafted than the few American Sours I've tried. Very smooth and well-balanced. If you already like sours, this should be right up your alley. Craving more already...

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours clear reddish brown when held to the sun with a cream colored headshot disapates to a small ring. Aroma is quite tart with some fruity notes, cherry, vinegar. Taste is a nice tart sour cherry.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells like wine, tastes like wine. This was my first sour beer, so id isn't know what to expect. The cork popped open with a moderate pop. It's a pretty red/orange color & a small, short lived head. Grapes, I smell grapes. It tastes like a sparkling wine, slighty tart & very delicious. There is a hint of grain but overall it tastes more like wine than beer. I thoroughly enjoyed this & will have to explore more sour beers. Grand Cru is truly the the Champagne of beers. Excellent!

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Photo of fscottkey
3.27/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.25] Pours out a dark brown leather color. It looks like brown and dark red mixed and is pretty inviting. The beer has very minimal to no head. The bottle has the ABV (6.0%) but no date info at all. I find the no date info ironic since the bottle says "Character Ripens with Age" (Well great, except I have no idea how old it is...)

S: [3.00] Red wine, brown sugar,brown bread.

T: [3.50] Sparkling apple juice, lemon, tangy citrus, a hint of Belgian yeast on the finish.

M: [3.00] This has the feel of Sprite, very tingly and carbonated. Sparkling water in feel. Finish is sort of bitter, but not hop bitter, citrus bitter.

O: [3.25] I have read that this beer has been a gateway, to this style, for many beer drinkers. I think it is just not a style that I like. I can appreciate what the brewer has crafted - it is just not for me. The taste, to me, is like Zima (there I said it). I'd much rather have many other styles.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great, classic beer that tastes delicious. However, it is kind of an ugly beer. It looks a bit like mud.

Flavor is sour and winey with some nice fruit and belgian character.

Carbonation is spot on.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark mahogany and thin brown head with ok retention. Sour cherries and light oak aroma. Sour cherry flavor and vanilla with oak finish. Biscuit undertones and semi dry finish and linger. Light smooth carbonation with a twinge of sour.

Sweet and sour with a very pleasant, refreshing feel. Wonderful flavors are balanced and mingle nicely throughout. It tips slightly to the sweet but is brought back with the acidic linger to make you salivate for more.

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Photo of Xibion
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am new to the sour beers but I am very impressed by this one. This is what I would use to introduce people to sour beers. The hue of the beer is a pleasant amber with a tinge of red in it. Smell is a sweet scent accompanied by tartiness. It goes down very smooth and sits lite in the stomach which is impressive for the ABV. The taste is a great balance of sweet fruitiness, with a sour bite and still maintaining the beer body. This one has easily escalated to one of my go-to beers when available.

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Photo of Sacrilege
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An amazing red ale, which is very carbonated and acidic, but is so full of flavour when you let the beer roll over the behind and sides of your tongue.

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Photo of dro7
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty good Flemish Amber Sour. Amber color, light mouth feel, not a strong sour smell, sourness is right on, not too sour, not really too sweet, a vinegar smell with a faint cherry smell. Totally different than an American Sour or a Gueuze.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rich amber color with a light tan head, about 2 fingers. Very fruity smell. Taste is of very a sweet cherry and spices, similar to a sweet wine. Okay for special occasions, but not a thirst quencher.

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Photo of Fargrow
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange-ish brown with a light tan head. Smells of vinegar, cherries, apples. Kind of pungent, but in a good way. Flavor is perfumey apple cider with cherry, spicy. Ends tart. Very sweet. The sweetness leaves the mouthfeel a little heavier than I would like. Overall, it's a nice beer. But not good enough to buy again at the price.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown hazy body, highly carbonated. Smell has red fruit, solid sourness, raw oak, a touch of vinegar. Bold. Flavor takes it down a notch, more simplistic although still layered. Heavy on the sweet, tart and sour cherries. It is apparent this was barrel aged from the very mild vanilla and wood notes. Sickly sweet cherry juice comes through on some finishes. The feel is great- medium body, very fluid, well carbonated but not harsh.
Really great beer, both on its own and paired with food. Brings a lot of quenching tartness as a main course while still offering some depth of flavor to keep it from being one-dimensional. Still, the finish sometimes seems immature, like straight fruit juice. A lot of respect for the craft behind this one.

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Photo of lastmango
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby brown with a tan one finger head. Light lacing. Medium light carbonation and body. Aroma is a mild sour cherry. Taste is red wine like . . . perhaps wild cherry.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle Belgium Beer Factory - Pours hazy dark brown with a large tan head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - dark fruits, cherry, fermented apples Taste - tart, tannic/red wine lightly dry finish. Nice change for me, very drinkable sour beer.

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Photo of Mini4x
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm always amazed how few people enjoy sour beers, this is an amazing drink, had on Draft at Brassire Beck in DC. Delicios balanced sour, cherry notes, not vinegary like soke can be. Well worth a taste.

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Photo of frozyn
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L -- Pours a ruby brown that shows clear ruby when held up to the light. Slightly tan head that bloomed when pouring and took a while to die down before becoming a ring around the edge.

S -- Sour cherries, oak, and a definite red wine-like quality.

T -- Very close to the nose, although my first taste involved plenty of plum and a little vanilla. The plum becomes more pronounced over time. Tart is a great way to describe the flavor, almost like eating a not-quite-ripe plum...and some cherries.

F -- Medium body, but very crisp. The sour puckers/prickles the tongue a little.

O -- One of my first "sour" beers and it took a little bit to get into it tonight. By the end, however, I was thoroughly enjoying the fruit flavors and sourness of it. A great beer to break up any staid patterns you may have fallen into (unless, of course, you only have a taste for sour-tasting beers).

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; burgundy in color with ruby accents at the edges; <1 finger khaki head that receded quickly to a thin collar with big bubbles;

S: fairly intense sourness; fermenting fruit;

T: intense fruit - plum and black cherry; mild tannic bitterness in the finish - very similar to red wine;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated; very dry finish; crisp;

O: complex;

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a murky amber brown color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Oak, tart, slight funk, cherries, musty, caramel, and bready malts.

Taste: Nice, tart, funky, sour, oak, cherries, caramel, and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little dry, medium to high carbonation, tart, pucker, chewy, light bitterness, and delicious.

Overall: Super nice grand cru. Definitely will revisit.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to try a sour and local beer store recommended. My first sour so I can't compare but I loved this beer. Maroon/dark red color. Smell is more tart then the taste. Not overkill on the bite and went down smooth. Can't wait to try my next.

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Photo of Tele
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 8.28.15

A: 4.5 Pours a fairly murky reddish-brown. The two-inch, off-white head dissipates rather quickly, leaving some lace on the glass.

S: 4.5 Aromas are pretty classic for the style. Lots of vinegar, oak, cherries, caramel, with a bit of damp, woody funk on the finish.

T: 4.25 Taste is very similar to the nose with all the oak, cherries, and a touch of funk. However, there’s a bit more malt presence, more sweetness, and less of the vinegary tartness the aromas suggested. The finish is nice and long and leaves a meaty, Worcestershire sauce flavor lingering.

M: 4.5 The body is really substantial without feeling heavy and the carbonation is just about right.

O: 4.5 Pretty hard to go wrong with Grand Cru as it just about defines the style. The vintage versions are usually a bit more tart and interesting, but for the price and availability, this beer is nearly prefect.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.37/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

350mL version bought in Belgium supermarket

L: opaque, dark brown, with a thin foam
S: balsamic vinegar,
T: weak balsamic vinegar, some sour notes that reminds me of lemon and some fruity sweetness. They are all in a great balance, nothing out spoken over each another.
F: dryish finish on the tongue. residual sweetness seem to linger a bit on palate
O: a great beer with a great balance.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a distinct looking dark red and a steady lace. Aroma and taste predominated by sour cherries, tart but also quite sweet at the same time. There is even a more prominent malt backbone that I usually do not detect in sours. Simple and complex at the same time; Light body and full mouthfeel. Dry finish leaves you wanting more. A world class sour.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL corked and caged bottle into a snifter. Warmer than fridge temp, slightly cooler than cellar temp.

Pours murky brown under a "blink or you will miss it" off-white head. This is typical for the style, and matches perfectly with my expectations. If this bottle stood without being disturbed for the few months I imagine this would be quite clear.

Smells like the perfect Flanders acid ale (red ale), with a rich smattering of white wine, oxidized un-steeped rooibos, cherry, and almost jammy notes hidden among a central tartness that is apparent without even tasting.

Upon tasting, it is hard to believe this is only malted barley, hops, water,yeast, bacteria and oak. There really isn't fruit in there!?!? Flanders acid ales are some of my favorite in the world, and this is a shinning example of the outstanding quality which can be readily found in stores 5,000 miles from the source. Rodenbach has recently been stepping up their advertising, and for good reason. This is a damn fine libation. Last time I was in Belgium I bought this in cans and drank it everywhere- in trains, before bed, in the park, for breakfast, with dinner, etc. The balance of tartness (almost a sour cherry quality) and sweet is awesome. This could be funkier and be amazing, but instead of going "all out", this is quite restrained. Harmony is present. This isn't for stripping tooth enamel or re-populating your gut with complex barrel flora and extreme funk. No gym socks or horse sweat here. Finesse is more a fitting adjective. Buy this and drink it.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours an extremely dark amber that actually looks brown if it is not being held directly up to the light. Head is small and off white. Smell is tart cherries with slight grape and a little bit of wood. Taste is more tart than the smell leads on. Tart cherry amd red wine is the main taste to me. Feel is light with a dry finish. Overall this is only the 2nd flanders red I've ever had and I slightly prefer Red Poppy, but this is still very good and interesting. I hope to further explore this style

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.