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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
96
world-class

3,248 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,248
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 232
Gots: 346 | FT: 18
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Funky Champagne, light fruit

Appearance: Light brown with a red tint, small light tan head.

Flavor: Sour, fruity, grape soda.

Mouthfeel: Light tart, dry finish, highly carbed.

Overall: Nice tart sour ale. Very grape soda like and easy to drink. Not a huge fan of this beer, too much like drinking grape soda.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. This is year-round, but I purchased this about 3 months ago as soon as it started popping up everywhere in the Bay Area. Usually these have a best by date of 2-3 years, but, just like your Late Bottled Vintage or Dated Vintage port, they are best consumed fresh.

To this day, Rodenbach Grand Cru still stands as one of my favorite looking beers that's easy to find out of Belgium. Brownish, with an assertive garnet and reddish tinge that the style demands for. Great, sticky lacing and an off-white egg beaten head of foam. Carbonation is gentle and generous, but nothing too extreme or excessive. It truly looks like a wonderful, rustic Pinot Noir, but it retains its qualities as a unique looking beer.

Yeah, this is where it's at - tons of red fruit, vinegar notes, as well as light, proper oxidation from the additional wood aging. Cranberries, cherry pits, fleshy ripe currants, as well as a dried raisin finish. White pepper, violets, and some tea tannic consistency at the finish. Notes of green apple skins and an underlying yet balanced acetic acidity, especially one that resembles a light red wine vinaigrette. Some Sherry like notes are already here, with a light spicy and barrel spiced laden backbone - caramel, cashews, almonds, and light leather. Really great stuff - isn't as intense as other offerings, but is unbelievably restrained and graceful, even here.

This has got to be the most simultaneously refreshing and flavor packed year round Flanders red I've had to date. As much I love Cuvée des Jacobins for its physically demanding qualities, this is where it's at. A vibrant red fruit flavor pushes forward on the palate, delivering brown cherry skins, currants, as well as cranberries and raisins (often resembling Craisins) with a tart, vinegar forward finish and acidity that cleanses the palate fully. Slightly spicy, with peppery notes from the barrels and light oxidation that goes in the beer making process. Finishes fruity, ripe, and slightly nutty, with cashews being most predominant. A caramel malt finish allows the acidity to be more restrained and yet creamier and more balanced at the same time. The carbonation is wonderful here - the fruit flavors become more pronounced with sparkling wine-like effervescence, and the acidity is further cut by the 1/3rd addition of the younger Flanders in providing toasty malted notes at the back. A victory!

For $10 a 750ml bottle that is year-round, I daresay it doesn't get better than this. So many flavors, combined with a predominantly soft and creamy wood aged texture, as well as delightful fruit and wine-like notes, this is a world class Flanders red. It won't kick the crap out of you, but its profile to be extra flavorful and yet so easy to drink (as well as easily pair with food) should be noted. Want to turn wine-only drinkers on to beer? This is the one!

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 3,248 ratings.