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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,541 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2541
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.89%


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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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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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into flute glass.

A - Surprising lack of murkiness and cloudiness. Ruby brown with a finger of off white head that dissipates somewhat rapidly.

S - Cherry and vinegar. It definitely smells tart and sour.

T - A big pucker punch of tart cherry and a bit of sour apple. The sweet and sour combo really works well with the cherry and apple.

M - Light-to-moderate body with high carbonation. The carb really makes the sour cherry pop on your tongue.

O - An outstanding sour from Rodenbach. Great puckering pour in a good way, letting the sweet/sour/tart cherry dominate the palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 00:14:43 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 12/10/13

A clear dark cola that has a ruby glow when held to the light, just a thin tan foam that quickly falls leaving just a lone patch of lace, enough clarity to see the other side of the glass under the foam

A tart cherry, raspberries, strawberries, very jammy, faint oak, vanilla, loads of brown sugar, some sour candy, smells solid

T tastes even better, great mix of sweet and sour, lots of fizzy candy, lots of berries, just a little vinegar, lots of flavor in a 6%er I could drink this all day

M medium bodied, a little creamy from the bubbles, slick after the fact, just a little sour, slightly sticky on the lips, brown sugar and berries on the finish

O pretty much what I want from the style, well rounded and it tastes awesome, very drinkable brew going on here, my glass is already empty

I'm loving this one and considering its 4$ a bottle I might go stock up, another great addition to the shelves here in Alberta, an easy recommendation

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 00:09:14 | More by wordemupg
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled, served in a triple karmilet tulip, 2012 vintage.

Opaque burgundy with a little ruby light on edge, thin cream head on edges with moderated retention and bubbly lacing.

Moderate potency aroma with oak, vanilla, and sour cherry notes.

Hint of vanillin touches my tongue first then overwhelmed with tart cheeries, fresh, creamy, finish with surprising strong oak character. This beer packs a punch considering how inexpensive and readily available it is...maybe I should shut up and just buy them all...

Mouthfeel is medium body, a bit wet, dry talc finish.

Amazing beer at price point of 8-9 clams. I will snag this anytime I see it. A benchmark for this style as others have mentioned.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 13:23:17 | More by williamjbauer
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almightyme3

New York

4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing representation of the style. Flemish red at its best. It's sour just enough but not overpowering. Smells and tastes like fresh juicy cherries. Ruby-red color and a perfect head. Some oak is present and woodiness is mixed with the fruit taste for sure. Grand cru is more refined than the regular rodenbach and for some reason I keep finding it cheaper. Cheers to that.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 04:09:24 | More by almightyme3
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Murky burgandy/brown body with no transparency. Bubbly cream colored head that stays around for a while.

S- Has notes of toasted malts, along with a lot of acidic, sour fruit aromas. Fruity, nutty, malty, not an over the top aroma, but pleasant.

T- A hint of malt gives way to big sour fruit notes. Mainly sour cherries, with lots of smooth oaky flavors coming in towards the middle through the finish. Very tart, with a dry and oaky finish.

M- High carbonation, very tart and acidic, slight tingle on the tongue with a lingering finish.

O- Very nice beer, very tart and sour, but complex and not overpowering. I am surprised at how much wood cuts through the tartness.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 23:35:03 | More by stephenjmoore
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TruePerception

California

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Rodenbach Grand Cru Ale: 6%; Appearance: hazy cola; Smell: raisin; Taste: Tartaric acid (sour candy powder), raisin; Mouthfeel: small bubbles, nicely effervescent; easy to drink, really good; head tastes of cantaloupe melon.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 16:10:32 | More by TruePerception
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joe1510

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$7.99
Binny's Orland

Rodenbach Grand Cru pours a murky, somewhat hazed rust with lively carbonation rising to the surface. A minimal head of one finger showed up on the pour and left fingers of lace as it fell to a respectable cap. A good looking beer without a doubt and just what would be expected from the style.

Each swirl brings about a sticky head and great aromas. Cherry Sweet Tarts start things of and quickly lead into a tart cherry character. A great sweet and sour (vinegar) character punctuate this brew. Slight acidity tickles the nose and light waves of oak weave in and out of the sweet and sour. The smell of this beer makes my mouth water uncontrollably.

The flavor mimics the aroma. A sweetened candy-like cherry flashes through upfront before tart cherry and cider vinegar wash over the taste buds mid palate. Ghost-like oakiness pokes its head out occasionally but just as quickly disappears. The slight sweetness shows up again on the finish to combine with the sour and oak to create a blast of flavor. Grand Cru is an exceptional beer and a true benchmark of the style that I never tire of.

The body is on the lighter side of medium and shows off a great silkiness. Carbonation is lively and awakens the tongue a bit but is very soft and natural. Extremely thirst quenching but gives that slight pucker as well.

Rodenbach's Grand Cru is an incredibly easy drinking beer. All at once deep in flavor and complexity with a great ability to quench the thirst this beer leaves. This bottle is a pleasure to put away.

This, to me, is the benchmark of the style. A truly great beer for the ages and one I always try to keep on hand. I just can't get enough of the Grand Cru.

Reviewed: 5/26/08

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:30:40 | More by joe1510
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aflamang

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in Schott Zwiesel bordeaux glasses from 750 mL bottle, which we got from the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA.

Appearance is deep brown. I found it to have almost no burgundy coloring. The head was lighter than tan, and had a lot of big bubbles.

Nose is sour berries and oak with a wonderful slight whiff of vinegar. Very complex nose even for a sour.

Taste is not overwhelmingly sour. The flavors really develop through each sip and between sips as the temperature rises. The major notes I picked up were cherry, grape, lemon, oak, and a surprising amount of yeasty flavor at the tail.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected, and more carbonated than other great sours.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 13:03:05 | More by aflamang
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter. Purchased at High Spirits in North Providence, RI.

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy, auburn-cherry colored body with a thick, off-white 3" head that reduces at a medium rate and leaves very little lacing.

Smell- Call me crazy but I get a very distinct aroma of chili peppers upfront, combined with a vinegary character that this beer's high lactic acid content creates. Further evaluation reveal some fruit, raisin, cherry aromas. There's some vanilla-caramel aromas in the background. Very unique and inviting.

Taste- Amazingly complex, I don't even know where to start. Let's start with the initial taste - it's an interesting combination of sweet and sour, the sour coming first and the sweetness following. Tart grape and cherry skins combined with balsamic vinegar notes. The follow through reveals a fruity, estery, vanilla-molasses sweetness that really compliments the initial sourness. The finish is slightly roasty and the oak barrels come through.

M- Medium body, medium-light carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

Such a unique style done to near perfection - you don't get this combination of flavors in any other style. The complexity is outstanding and the balance of sour to sweetness is amazing. Whether you're new to craft beer or a seasoned veteran, if you haven't tried this beer you need to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 01:26:58 | More by gcamparone
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StArnoldFan

Texas

4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

#250 for me here on BA

750ml poured to a tulip

A - aggressively poured. Dark brown, amber color when to the light. Has a 2 finger tan head that sticks around for a few mins then dissipates. Good lacing as the glass goes down

S - tart, funk, and fruit. Smells really good

T - follows the scent. Fruit up front with a little funk then sour in the end. I love it

M - the mouth is beautiful on this, great carb. Good fizzle on the tongue

O - overall, I want to state I'm not huge into sours but this was great. Maybe the best I have had yet. Will buy this one again when I see it on the shelf

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 00:12:16 | More by StArnoldFan
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xGrapeApe

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A=
Head- Practically none, diminishes quickly
Lacing- none
Body- clear - slightly cloudy
Particles- none
Color- deep red - cola brown
S=
Malt- soft, sweet, dark fruit, touch of carmel
Hops- very minimal, leafy, earthly
Yeast- sour, tart, estery,
Other- cherry, plum, fig, vinegar, oak
T=
Duration- lasting
Sweet- moderate, dark fruits, oak
Acidic- heavy, sour cherry, lactic/acetic, vinegar, tart
Bitter- none
M=
Body- medium
Texture- medium
Carbonation- moderate
Finish- sweet, sour, tart, dry.
O= Quite easy drinking, not overpowering in any respect. Fine balance of sweet and sour, complex.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 03:24:28 | More by xGrapeApe
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SanDNigel

California

4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork top bottle
A- Barely cloudy burgundy with a light tan head.
S- Sweet dark grape, fig, raisin with plenty of alcohol. Fruity without too much pucker
T- Tangy, grape, apple, delicious. Tart palate wrecking sensation. Really awesome and easy to drink.
M- 5/10 bubble size with an almost metallic after taste
This is a great beer. A perfect introduction to sours for most anyone.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 18:45:10 | More by SanDNigel
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mobius387

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

appearance: rusty red/amber with a big fizzy pour and a light brown head that disappears after a few seconds of settling.

aroma: big nose of blackberries, cherries, oak, pierced by slight hints of molasses, apples and slightly zesty. very complex, very fruit forward, very very good

palate: light, crisp, very drinkable. only a little disappointing as its fairly flat considering how fizzy it was at the pour

taste: huge fruit forward flavors of cherry, blackberry, apples, raspberries, hints of the oak barrels with a nice tarty backbone. if it was more sour forward, this would be amazing, but as is its still very good

overall: for a shelf beer at $12 a bottle, this is a fantastic option for anytime. very fruit forward, so you have to like fruity beers, but this one isnt too sweet or overpowering. if it had a bit more oakiness and more sour/tart to it, it could be a top shelf flanders. but its still a great beer and even greater considering it sits on shelves. if you are in need of a sour power day, and dont want to raid the cellar, look no further

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 00:31:16 | More by mobius387
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart cherry, raspberry, cranberry, green apple, red grape, balsamic vinegar, oak, red wine, clove, light leather, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of tart fruity ester notes with good barrel presence; and good strength. Taste of tart cherry, raspberry, cranberry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, balsamic vinegar, red wine, light leather, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate tart acidity on the finish; with lingering notes of tart dark fruits, oak, hay, balsamic vinegar, red wine, light funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of tart fruity ester flavors with moderate oak presence; with a great malt/acidic balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately slick and acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Flanders Red ale! All around great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic flavors with moderate barrel presence; and very smooth to sip on with the moderate acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 04:39:03 | More by superspak
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark chestnut, cloudy body; no real head

Aroma: wine-like; oak notes; sour

Taste: Acidic; Sour; fruity;

Remarks: good to have something different every once in a while. Don't normally like sour beers, but this one wasn't bad.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:08:12 | More by IchLiebeBier
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mmapes

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a bottle earlier in the day that was fresh. Reviewing a roughly five year old bottle from Beer Mania.

Poured into wine glasses. Head was there briefly but dissipated quickly. Color is cola-reddish-brown.

Smell is sour up front, carmel, maybe a hint of slight vinegar... we hope it's okay. I think the fresh bottle earlier had a more appealing scent -- the sour note seemed more fruity.

Very interesting first sip: Sweet, a little sour, very complex. Some cherry up front, but quickly turns less fruity than the fresh bottle earlier had been. The age makes it smoother than the fresh bottle. The sour component is preceded by a dark brown sugary malt that is quite sweet, and just the right offset for the sour. The long finish makes it easy to sip. I'm not the biggest fan of sour beers, but this is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 15:31:02 | More by mmapes
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dwren89

Virginia

4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark black/brown with red hues in the light, creamy tan head, no clarity from dark color

Aroma: fruity with notes of black cherry and orange, and plum, soft malt sweetness in the background

Taste: immediately taste the cherry, orange and plum, malt then takes over and rounds out taste to keep it definitively in the beer taste category and not wine, sour finish, incredible complexity of flavor and evolution of taste

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium body, prickly in the mouth like a soft drink but smooth on the swallow

Overall Impression: A beer with amazing complexity and depth. Deftly skirts the line between beer and red wine, sour and sweet, and biting and smooth. Best described as a beer dressed up as a red wine with a sour kick.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 22:02:02 | More by dwren89
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

14/05/15 stamped on the bottom of the bottle. So still good for a little less than two years. Wow.

A: Beautiful deep, ruby red with shades of brown. Fizzy, light brown head that fades into a bit of lace and retention.

S: Pungent layers of funk and sweet malt. There's some fruit in there, too.

T: Very fruity and refreshing. Plenty of malt and a good bit of funk. Great example of the style.

M: Crazy smooth but with plenty of proper carbonation. Never cloying. Great body.

O: It's nearly room temperature by the end of the bottle and it's still fantastic. Tons of flavor and a very enjoyable beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 21:21:16 | More by Gatch
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-tan ruby color with small off-white head and minimal lacing

S-tart cherries, oak, vinegar, vinous, caramel malt

T-tart cherries, tannins, oak, wine vinegar, apple, caramel

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, tart and astringent

O-a very solid ale and a bargain for this style and readily available, nice balance between the sweeter and sour aspects

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 18:28:47 | More by MDDMD
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had a surprising amount of trouble finding this beer in my area, so when I finally was able to find it, I made sure to grab a few bottles. I've heard great things about this beer, and I'm excited to finally give it a go. It pours a deep, murky brown-ish color with some red and ruby hints when light is allowed to pass through it. Translucent with a bit of haze, topped off with a slightly beige head; big-bubbled and quick to fade away.

The aroma is simply fantastic - one whiff and I already know this is going to be a winner for me. Incredibly layered and complex, each successive sniff brings about new aromas that I wasn't getting before; cherry skins, berries, balsamic vinegar, vinous grapes, heavy oak, tannic dryness, faint lemon... Just so much to take in. As a whole, the combination proves to be exceedingly tart and sour and I can feel my saliva glands starting to sweat just a bit.

The marriage of the fruit and barrel aromas are exquisitely done here, and the level of sourness that my nose is picking up is great. The finishing dryness from the oak is enough to blunt the acidic characters just enough to keep you from tiring of the smell too quickly. Every once in a while, a beer comes along that will have you sitting and smelling it for minutes before you even bother to take a sip, and Rodenbach Grand Cru has done just that.

When I finally bring the beer to my lips, my palate is met with a wonderful display of ripe fruits, straight out of the gate; cherries, grape skins, and more berries, all with insane, yet manageable levels of tartness. Each sip has me puckering my lips as the beer traverses to every corner of my mouth, injecting a solidifying sourness that's putting a smile on my face. I was hoping for sour, and the Grand Cru delivered.

But it's not just the copious tartness of the beer that makes it enjoyable, as anyone can dump lactic acid into a beer and make it sour as hell. It's the crafted execution of how the sourness developed that must be appreciated, and the layered complexity of the flavor profile can speak to those methods. The tart cherries, the heavy grape skins, the dry oak, the mild vanilla, the heavy balsamic-like vinegar, the sharp yet delicate acidity, the delicate tannin, and the superbly integrated vinous feel make this beer almost as much of an art form as it is a drink.

The mouth feel is nice for the style; thin, bordering on medium; my only complaint is that the carbonation in my bottle could have been higher. There isn't much more that I can say about this beer, other than the fact that it exceeded any and all expectations I had. I'm a big fan of sour beers, and I sure do love my American Wild Ales that stretch the palate towards unobtainable levels of tartness, but this beer proves that you can be both sour AND complex, and when done properly, it's a wonderful thing to behold. The fact that it's fairly readily available may be the biggest wonder of them all.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 11:49:29 | More by tectactoe
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml C&C opened up and poured into CCB snifters to share with 3 friends yesterday, 5/25/2013.

Aroma: Tart and sweet up front. Not like dark fruits like cherries but something more like apple cider but less sweet and more tart. A good bit of vinegar and oak. Not super complex but you can't miss the fact that its a sour beer! You can smell the underlying sweet fruit which boded well for the malt contribution. (4)

Colour: Ugly-looking bubbly reddish brown body that comes with a 2cm tan head that dissipates quickly into the body. Leaves a small sized collar. Lacing is solid but nothing to write home about. As with some of these Flanders reds, the appearance is definitely not the strong suit. (3.5)

Flavour: Very nice! Lots of earthy tartness rolled up into green apples, a bit of raisin, a little cherry and a good bit of oak on the back end. It's not a vinegar bomb by any means. Lots of acidity but it doesn't burn as it goes down, not at all. A well balanced sour'n'sweet beer. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side, fairly typical for the style I'd say. Well-carbonated with a nice fizziness to it. The aftertaste is basically drying earthy oak flavour. Refreshing but not something you'd want to throw down. (4)

Overall: Excellent sour, very tasty and refreshing. Its not too sweet, not too sour but everything is put together just right to make it a nice sipper on a summer or winter evening, whatever season it is. It's a versatile sour beer that would be a good introduction to sours due to it being balanced and not too over the top.. and the price is right for a barrel-aged Belgian sour- $8-12 for a 750ml is a great deal. (4.25)

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 08:34:37 | More by Stevedore
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RaulMondesi

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight out of a bottle at tha hipster joint - Haven, in the Plaza in Orange, CA.

Like a Tiger Woods drive: fouuur! All across the board, fours all across the board. Pretty decent brew for Raul. Solid like a prescription of Cilias. Sour, tart, spunky and funky (like Raul's first girl - I still think of you, ma).

Yep!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 23:29:08 | More by RaulMondesi
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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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Humulus85

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had this several times, but this is the first real sit down analysis for me. From the 750ml C&C bottle into my tasting glass. BB 11/06/15

Pours a murky garnet with a tight two finger light khaki head. Solid retention for the style with pretty good lacing.

Tart, but not sour. Picking up a bunch of funky apples, like really ripe apple skins. Characteristic balsamic vinegar. Dome vinous notes, and barrel juice. Bits of oak and even some vanilla. No hops, and no straightforward malts. Wonderfully complex, I could smell this all day.

Slightly tart on the front that quickly blossoms into an array of that funky apple, ripe cherry, and oak. More vanilla than I anticipated. All this with a very nice Belgian candy sweetness that keeps things in check. The sour side of this beer is subdued compared to some of the hardcore guezes and American wilds, but very well balanced between the lactic and acetic. Sourness builds ad this warms, but never overpowers. This is seriously tasty.

A solid medium, with ample carbonation. Finishes dry and clean, with just the right amount of pucker. Superior drinkability, and one of the most refreshing beers I've
had.

Overall this is one of the best Flanders Reds I've had, right up there with Cuvee des Jacobins. This hits the perfect balance of sweet and sour. So layered and complex, I can hardly believe this is just water, barley, hops, and assorted bugs. There are just so many fruit flavors here, and the added vanilla/barrel character just brings it to that next level. The best part is its widely available and cheap relative to the style. I could drink this every day. If you are a fan of sours and haven't tried this one you need to. If you are wondering about trying a sour beer, this is a great place to start. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 06:25:40 | More by Humulus85
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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