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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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2,828 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,828
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 210
Gots: 247 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

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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4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a long stemmed tulip glass. Dark brown with maybe a finger of head initially. Lots of carbonation visible at the edge of the glass.

Nose is vinegary acidity, with sour cherries and a bit of oak.

Taste is pleasantly sour with a decent amount of sourness. Sour cherries and plums.

Light bodied and nicely carbonated. Not too much of an aftertaste from the sourness.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 03:30:30 | More by nataku00
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-19-2012 20:49:38 | More by GennyCreamAle
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

10-12-2013 22:56:11 | More by scottwurst
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-08-2013 22:07:42 | More by KeyWestGator
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

06-14-2014 17:53:38 | More by JMUbrewz
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-11-2011 00:01:48 | More by marct
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4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the first time I have had a beer of this style, so comments are a bit unorthodox.

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: very dark copper red; thin head
S: whew! Sour--vinegar. Is that good or bad for this style?
T: like smoking my first cigar; I'm coughing; incredibly flavorful and complex; very sweet and sour; would be ideal as an appetizer

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 20:40:09 | More by Arithmeticus
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-05-2014 22:19:18 | More by July2Nov
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4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle poured into a chalice. Nice reddish brown and very murky appearance with a large bubbly light-tan head which fades slowly. Nose is lemon and citrus zest with oak and sour cherries. Some vinegar in there too. Taste is really nice with a mild sour/tart combined with a sweet and deep tannin bite. Noticed a cherry and red grape skin combo with a crisp oak finish. Prickly carbonation makes this really drinkable. Overall, a great "sweet-tart" sour blend. A favorite for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 03:13:59 | More by wethorseblanket
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A ton of pop on the uncork but no overflow.

A - Great 2 finger head that started off as large bubbles which quickly fell to a trace of tiny bubbles. Slight beige head. Body is a deep, dark amber. Some beautiful lacing.

S - Mmmm. A lot of cherry and raspberry. Only the slightest funk is there in the background.

T - Decent raspberry and cherry flavors again. Some blueberry. Not really funky at all. Hits with the sour up front which sticks with you. Finishes with a touch of sweet sugar.

M - A little lighter than I expected. Carbonation is good, but that body is lacking.

O - I thought this was going to be an amazing work of art, but the body brought it down to just a dang good beer. Well balanced and good to look at.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 00:50:08 | More by RuckusDu
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

09-15-2013 19:22:36 | More by Agentveba
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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is brown in color supporting a crisp dissipating head. Smell of prominant fruity sour with some wild yeast and oaky aromas. Taste has a very nice balance of sweet and sour with the yeast and woody oak. Mouthfeel is medium light with good carbonation. Not much on sours, but one of the better sours I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 03:36:32 | More by Bookseeb
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4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into 330mL St.Bernardus branded chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish-blackish-brown color with a medium tanned head that dissipates fairly quickly yielding to a thick ring of lace and leaving behind a good amount of foam floating on the beer.

Smell: Sour cherry and lemon are predominant, with a slightly woody backing and hints of grain, yeast, and caramel.

Taste: Begins sweetish and mildly tart and spicy, rounding out to a sour flavor somewhere between cherry and lemon. The finish is bittersweet with a solid funky note. There's also a woody and mildly musty noted that makes its way through the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lighter, natural carbonation and a sticky, acidic finish.

Drinkability: A great sour beer that will satisfy a craving for funk without being overpoweringly sour. Complex, without being something that requires too much though. A thoroughly enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 03:53:47 | More by Mosstrooper
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

330ml bottle, poured into a T'ij brewery tulip

Pours with a deep red slightly burgandy body. Some thick ruby highlights supplemented with a tight off white bubbly head with good retention. Some thick patches of lacing up and down the glass.

Smell, thick sweet estery cherries. Sweet caramel and toffee covered dried fruit, some astringent acid along with a huge whack of phenolic undertones. Slightly spicy on the nose, a hint of mixed chiinese spice and a bit of estery alcohol

Taste, thick dry estery soaked cherries. A nice harsh acidic note with a hint of brett character, prickly carbonation with a winey syrupy body and a thick rich sweet port character on the finish. Masses of deep acidic red fruit, cherries and redcurrants soaked in rum along with a heap of lemon juice and sulphuric acid. Deep red wine vinegar profile along with a lasting slightly sugary and syrupy mouthfeel. Thick crisp biscuity body lying behind the initial sour fruit, some lasting acidity on the finish

A legend in the realms of the flanders red. Some sweetness but generally overpowered and knocked into touch by a whack of acidic fresh fruit. The quintessential flanders red, sour, slightly sweet and fruity.... perfect

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2004 16:04:21 | More by cypressbob
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

01-06-2012 17:28:31 | More by DSlim71
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

06-05-2013 02:18:10 | More by MrVonzipper
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-19-2014 22:10:46 | More by dexterk1
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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

02-04-2013 01:15:52 | More by tastymug
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

09-05-2012 18:19:44 | More by comfortablynirm
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. Although it looks red as it poured, it is darker in the glass: deep brown with red highlights around the edges. One finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma starts with cherry, tart apple, and vinegar. It definitely sets up very well for a sour tasting. As I stir the glass and as it warms, I get some light woody oak and also a bit of caramel malt.

Delicious flavor. The tartness is very tolerable and enjoyable. Definite flavors of cherry, raspberry, and green apple on the fruity side. The vinegar flavor is present but much less pronounced than the aroma would suggest. Only the slightest note of oak, but the flavors blend so well, it's just goes down easy.

The mouthfeel is fairly light overall as it does not taste "heavy" at all. It finishes crisply with no notice of the alcohol. A superb brew. Highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 00:21:46 | More by FanofHefe
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-12-2013 19:48:58 | More by afksports
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-09-2012 06:46:58 | More by CarolinaKev
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

03-13-2014 04:41:45 | More by HopsintheSack
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

10-24-2013 21:28:37 | More by ncelauro
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-06-2014 03:03:32 | More by JamesStreet
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