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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,375 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,375
Reviews: 1,025
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 252
Gots: 421 | FT: 24
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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their 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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Ratings: 3,375 | Reviews: 1,025
Photo of soupyman10
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one on-tap into the snifter. Actually had a friend order it who couldn't end up handling it, so I gave it a shot. Color is reddish-brown with a fairly small to medium amount of white head; looks alright, but nothing to write home about. Smell is biting, lots of cherries and grapes. Taste is remarkably strange; I've never anything remotely like it. It's mostly acidic; lots of sourness that really knocks you on your ass. There's also a good amount of cherry and grape, but not much in the way of hops. Other flavors in there as well (which other reviews hint might be oak). Again, body is medium overall, with fairly high carbonation (maybe a touch too high for me). It's a pretty good beer, and extremely unique; it's just not something I'd go out of my way to drink that often. So not bad, but not necessarily fantastic either.

Photo of NightINgale
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Stum-pub
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cherry with a 1/4 inch tan head. Smells of sour cherry, vanilla, oak, hints of port.

Taste is quite sour and cherry tart. The fruity tartness overpowers most of the other flavors. Lots of cherry flavors in here. Hints of oak and vanilla way back there. My only complaint is that with the sour aftertaste there is also a strong coppery aftertaste which I don't find appeaing. Don't know if that is indicative of the style or this bottle is past its prime. Full bodied and flavorful beer. This was the flavor explosion I was expecting from the Rodenbach Red. Not nearly as balanced but still amazing.

Photo of KeefD
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap last night at The Muddy Pig in St. Paul. Another bar patron a few seats down gave me an enthusiastic "Cheers!" as I ordered while lifting his glass in the air, and quickly proclaimed he was drinking the same thing. Poured a dark reddish-brown color into a tulip. Smell is very sweet up front, with hints of cherry and spice. Taste is out of this world tart, yet incredibly refreshing. Tart cherry dominates, backed up my some dark malt, fruity yeastiness, and a pleasant, sipable aftertaste. Slightly thin in the body and moderately carbonated. The overall tartness of this one makes it a great one-off, but it was fantastic to say the least.

On a side note, I enjoyed this brew while speaking to the owner of 21st Amendment Brewing out of San Fransisco, a guy named Sean. Great guy and a pleasure to share a beer with!

Photo of silentjay
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

the beer that made the whole "sour" category click for me, I will now review formally.

pours to a murky mahogany brown with a decent sized khaki head that retains very well and laces extreme.

aroma is dominated by vinegar and cherries, with a bit of oak and vanilla. pleasantly tart and sour with a bit of sweetness as well.

flavor is fruity and sour and tart and sweet all at once, I can't help but think of sour patch kids candies, with the stages of sour, sweet, tart coming and going in stages. the vinegar is strong in the first sips, but the interplay between the flavors works its way into the forefront of a multi-faceted brew. wonderful.

medium bodied with light carbonation but the tart acidity drys the tongue and tingles the sides of the mouth for a lively mouthfeel that few can match.

not for everyone, but for me, it drinks wonderfully. the interplay between, tart, sweet, sour, acidic, and vinegar flavors with a tingly mouthfeel just works for me. Not many 6%abv beers would be worth $10+, but this one is. maybe an introductory into the sours, but you could do worse as a starting point.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby-red color, a bit murky, topped by a thin bubbly off-white head that quickly dissolved into nothingness. Nose had a lot of sour cherry notes, hints of vanilla and a wooden aroma gleaned from the oak aging. I also picked up occasional hits of vinegar and that ol' farmhouse funk.
The taste had an immediate sharp tart taste of cherries and currants. It got to the point where my jaws ached after a while. Oaken flavor presented itself mid-palate as did some light vanilla. Very dry and light, velvety feel.
Overall, darn tasty and quaffable. Still, I think I might prefer the Classic over this creation. Hard to say, but I know I'm looking forward to having the GC again.

Photo of greg4579
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of KStark
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

11.2 oz shared courtesy of Bobsy - thanks a lot man! Best before date of 28.01.11

Pours a murky, muddy dark blood red, hints of amber with a finger of creamy tan head that dies slowly down, leaving a thin sweater of bubbles all the way.

Nose is effervescent. Sour cherries meets a restrained vinegar, foiled by a light sugary sweetness.

This is an extremely drinkable Flemish red. Wow. The carbonation sparkles and twirls around with your tongue as the balanced sourness and hint of funk glide through. Light on the vinegar, lots of cherry, hint of tannins and light oak notes, nice balanced sweetness without making it too thick or cloying.

This was an excellent example of the style, everything working in harmony to pucker you up without blasting you away. I wouldn't have ever imagined a Flemish red as overly drinkable but this one changes my mind - I would gladly sit down with a bottle or two of this. Cheers Rob!

Photo of pat61
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tart, fruity lemonade nose with light barnyard and over ripe fruit. It pours brilliant chestnut with cherry highlights and a very dense, persistent, finely bubbled, off white foam cap. It attacks with a light sweetness and then the tartness explodes with unsweetened lemon, plum, a little orange, and dark cherry. The sweet and tart oscilate through your mouth culminating in a sweet and sour finish that lingers in a long fruity aftertaste. The carbonation is above average but it has a very fine bead giving the beer a very light, creamy texture.

Photo of jarrgal
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of birdsellam
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Roze
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Gatch
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of rrski198
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of stevec32
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of kushlash23
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Served on tap into a snifter at 101 Bottles

A- Poured a beautiful burgundy/ruby red color, depending on how the light shines reddish/brown color. Nice frothy head that left no lace

S- Big astringent notes reminiscent of nail polish, some brett funk, sweet rapsberry, dark cherry, and raisin aromas

T- This beer has a huge astringent nail polish taste but not in a bad way, it is also the most oak forward tasting beer I have had, some sweet raspberry, dark cherry, and raisin flavors. Vinegar like notes are present as well. That brett funk is definitely there and it is quite sour.

M- Very dry, highly acidic, effervescent, big tingly carbonation

O- A truly unique beer, I really have not had anything like it. The astringent nail polish is a very unique taste, probably not everyone's cup of tea but I liked it. It is a sour and funky beer, I have had beers that are more sour, but this is definitely a sour beer.

Photo of speedvagen
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of eulerthegrape
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of devilfluff
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my second flemish sour ale. I've heard this brew described or referenced so much I had to try it. that said, here's what I thought:

A - faint head that quickly disspiated. Steady rising bubbles from the the glass let you know it's not flat. The beer is ruby red when held up to the light. Very nice to look at in the glass.

S - sour cherries, sour mash. did not notice any hints of oak but hey, could be me.

T- Sourness straight up. undertones of cherry and faint sweet malt. No question this delivers on the style flemish sour ale.

M - served at approx 55 degrees. medium to full bodied. Lot of reviews describe the carbonation as strong, but I did not see that with my drink. carbonation was light and complimentary to the drink.

Drinkablilty - Not a beer that drinks easy or fast. This brew is a commitment in my mind. A stronger sour than I expected.

Tantalizing style, but it may be a while before I try the other bottle. this is definitely a beer you need to be ready for.

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