Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.22/5 rDev -1.6%
Mouth-puckering sour. Due to expire on my birthday, June 21, 2004, it had noticeable sediment from the oak barrel which prevented the last drops, and takes away from its georgeous red-brown colour with lacing. Cherry and tart real vanilla that works through the roof of the mouth before eating, Ranked up in fresher bottle sampled a year later. Had again 6.3 years later an just as good. As good in the style as can be.
06-20-2004 05:10:41 | More by Sammy
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
Pours a murky dark brown with a 1 inch fizzy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of balsalmic and red wine vinegar, funk, and some woody aromas. Taste is of sweet and sour cherries, vinegar, funk, and a dry woody flavor on the finish. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp and bubbly mouthfeel but with a drying quality in the mouth with each sip. Overall, this is a very good beer that is better than the classic Rodenbach but not as good as the 2008 Vintage I have tried.
04-05-2012 00:33:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.83/5 rDev -10.7%
Pours a dark crimson with an off-white head. Good deal of lacing as it goes down. Smell is vinegar and lactic acid with some dark fruits, cherries, and currants. Taste is quite similar, with the acetic acid coming through. Also a sort of cream-soda-type taste. Mouthfeel is very nice between the sourness and the creamy body. Good drinkability. Not the best Flanders Red, but up there, especially considering its availability.
09-23-2010 21:47:25 | More by Thorpe429
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
A: The beer is clear dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. Only a very light amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose has a moderately sour aroma along with some notes of cherries, oak barrels and vinegar.
T: Like the smell, there is a moderate amount of sour taste but these are intermixed with some sweetness from the fruit that results in an interesting balance between sweet and sour flavors. Notes of the oak barrel aging are also noticeable in the taste.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied and rather tart on the palate, particularly in the lingering aftertaste. It has a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing because the sourness is not overpowering.
08-06-2010 00:12:46 | More by metter98
4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
Vivid blood orange with bright tangerine trim. The cork colored cap is two fingers immediately after the pour and isn't strinking very quickly. It becomes nicely creamy as it melts and leaves a surprising amount of thick lace on the upper reaches of the glass. What a warm, inviting looking ale.
The nose is reminiscent of sweet and sour fruit (cherries mostly) soaked in gourmet vinegar. There's also a lovely woodiness born of 18 months in Brouwerij Rodenbach's massive oak tuns. I love the way I smell something slightly different each time I put my nose over the glass. I haven't had a huge number of Flanders reds yet, but this nose has to be a classic of the style.
No version that I've had thus far prepared me for what just splashed over my taste buds. Most of them seem to be sour for sour's sake. I like sour, but I need more. Rodenbach Grand Cru delivers more... and more... and more. I'm amazed at the stunning amount of depth and complexity in each mouthful.
I have to believe that oak is the key to Grand Cru's success. I'm sure the chemical reactions that occur as the beer seeps into the wood and is then breathed back out again change the original ale in untold ways. I have no idea if more time together would improve things to an even greater extent, but I do know that less time wouldn't be advisable.
Impressively tart and tangy are the order of the day. Having said that, I don't know that I've had a Flanders red with as much underlying sweetness. The utilization of multiple sets of taste buds (sweet at the tip, sour along the sides), and the contrast between the two, is what sets this world-class ale apart.
The finish has a perfect acidic bite. It's easy to see why Michael Jackson considers this the most refreshing beer in all the world. I'd probably choose something else for that honor, but I can damn sure see what he means. As much as I'm enjoying it solo, I can also see how it would complement a wide variety of foods extremely well.
I wouldn't change a single thing about the mouthfeel. Given the style, it's pretty close to perfect. It's light, yet has a undeniable strength; like a heavy strand of silk thread. A light stickiness promotes flavor linger and a gentle sizzle of carbonation keeps the tongue's attention. Not that it was in danger of wandering given the remarkable flavor profile.
This is fantastically delicious beer. I'd advise anyone who is interested in Flanders reds to start here before proclaiming their love, like or dislike for this unique style. Put me solidly in the 'love' camp. It's hard to imagine that La Folie is superior since there's so little room between Rodenbach Grand Cru and perfection.
06-20-2007 15:54:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.3/5 rDev +0.2%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy tawny color with garnet highlights and a fluffy head that leaves splashy lacing
Smell: Interesting - let it lie still and the odor is of sour cherries and pineapples; stir it up and the yeasty mustiness jumps to the forefront
Taste: Like a sweet tart - starts out with sweet cherry flavors and then all of a sudden, whammo, a sour tartness takes over the palate, leaving me puckering through the finish; then, seconds after I thought all flavors were done, an odd, minty flavor appears
Mouthfeel: Light bodied and fizzy, like a champagne
Drinkability: Wish it was bottled in a smaller bottle; while I enjoy the style for a change of pace, it is not something I can consume in quantity
09-19-2005 22:23:20 | More by brentk56
4.22/5 rDev -1.6%
Bottle: Poured a reddish colored brew with a nice bubbly head with standard retention. Aroma is nice mix of oak and cherry with some acidic and tart note also noticeable. Taste is an extremely complex mix of oak, sour cherry (without the sweetness) and some tart and acidic notes also mix in there. The finish is quite bitter; carbonation is average and body is medium. Overall, this is a very complex beer that is also very refreshing. Now, if I can get my hand on some Alexander I would be a happy man.
05-31-2004 14:48:12 | More by Phyl21ca
4.7/5 rDev +9.6%
Second sampling: Still a strong contender in the Flander's market. Still, could use more body and depth. A hint of chocolate malt and nuttiness would really improve this brew.
Mother pucker! That one's taaaart. Right out of the aromas, barnyardy, vineous, and muskiness makes the mouth water and the eye twitch. Looks burgundy in color with a lightly creamy off-white head that fleeted quickly. Flavors of cider, cherries, and tart berries accompany the intense tartness. Though malt sweetness offers a nice mellowness, it never balances the beer correctly. It could have more sweetness. Alcoholic and lightly astringent in the mouth feel. A woodsy flavor persists in the aftertaste. I like it, but it makes my teeth hurt. Good for all Flander's lovers! Thanks SheepNuts
01-13-2006 18:03:25 | More by BEERchitect
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
a very interesting choice for me to make this evening after everyone went to bed, a really am just trying to get through my backlog, but wow, what an unexpected result
Rich red in color and cloudy with a ruby/garnet look to it. nice light head that hung around for a nice little bit. Then I go in for the smell and I am knocked back. Sour, apple vinegar with hints of citrus bouncing around it as well. tart cherries all over. So amazingly complex. Grapes, and plums, lots of fruit notes and a granny smith apple or two all coming up into the air. Carried over very well in to the first sip, as it was biting tart through and through. Really lip puckering sour that took a second to get used to, but once you did, look out. Bright lemon and orange notes then lit it up. Very light, very bright flavor that was soo complex and wonderfully done. Smooth, gentle, not overly carbonated, but amazingly drinkable.
overall just what i needed and really set me back where i needed to be
05-27-2011 03:23:23 | More by mikesgroove
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
I realized I haven't review this one yet. Bottle shared with some family after Thanksgiving dinner.
A: Grand Cru pours a dark brown color with reddish tint and an off-white head. The beer leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.
S: The aroma is very acetic, vinous, and tart. There is also a substantial malt aroma which provides a bit of balance to the nose.
T: This is what I think of when I hear "Flanders Red Ale". The taste is incredibly acetic and vinous. There are also great sour cherry and wood flavors, lending the beer a tannic quality.
M: The beer is rather full bodied with abundant carbonation and an astringency that can be a bit strong if you're not really expecting it.
D: As previously mentioned, this beer is pretty much *the* example of a Flanders Red. It's a really solid beer and a great one for wine drinkers like my cousin that I shared the bottle with.
11-27-2009 06:41:29 | More by womencantsail
4.15/5 rDev -3.3%
750ml bottle - $9.49 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georiga.
Appearance: Escapes the bottle an opaque, dark brown-red body with a thinnish, scant, khaki-colored head.
Smell: Easy breezy aroma of moist, ripe cherries leisurely soaking in first-class vinegar and dusted with vanilla sugar.
Taste: Flavorful blend of both sweet and tart cherries with a lesser hint of black raspberry and an overall robust acetic quality. Subtle, subdued oakiness with a kiss of vanilla. Pinch of pickling spices. Cracklingly tart, puckering finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation. Mouthfeel is has a tad oiliness to it but is also lightly spritzy.
Drinkability: An all-around admirable brew that's surprisingly refreshing. As my astonished roommate said of it, "How dey do dat??" Some things are best left unsaid, man.
06-01-2010 04:46:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.24/5 rDev -1.2%
This poured out as a nice deep red color with a fizzy white head on top. Hardly any lacing and retention on this beer. The smell of the beer is slightly sour, with notes of oak and cherry. The taste is really nice, it's got a subtle tart cherry flavor with a slight sweet malt backbone. The flavors are very well balanced. The mouthfeel is light bodied, with a solid carbonation and very drinkable. Overall this beer is very good. Would drink it again anytime.
04-21-2013 04:34:48 | More by Knapp85
4.08/5 rDev -4.9%
Poured into my tulip glass a deep burgundy with a large blooming head,sour cherry to be expected dominate the aromas with a touch of iron and barnyard as well.This stuff can make you pucker sour cherry hits hard on the tastebuds but rounds nicely into a more sweet cherry-pie like flavor in the finish.It has an almost creamy mouthfeel to it as I drink more the more it grows on me once your palate gets used to the sour tinge this stuff goes down very easily,glad to try this classic.
08-03-2005 02:03:59 | More by oberon
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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