Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.44/5 rDev +3.5%
Took me a lot longer to get to this than it should have.
A - Blood red, darker than regular Rodenbach, but just as heady. Crystalline.
S - Sharp tart vinegar leads, a twinge of alcohol and oak, and cherries.
T - Wow. Thank jeebus this was created. Sharp tartness makes your tongue stand on end at the beginning, but quickly changes to sweet tastes of cherry juice, oaky vanilla and earth. Slight bitterness and very slight alcohol flavor, but to me, this helps accentuate the other qualities and puts a nice little "bow" on top. Incredible.
M - Very bubbly, light and clean. Super, super refreshing and cleansing.
O - I understand why people call this the best shelf sour you can buy. Would buy cases of this stuff next time I see it. An absolute gem, and a must-drink for any beer connoisseur.
07-23-2014 06:09:53 | More by Trifecta1
4.49/5 rDev +4.7%
A classic beer, and one I've yet to try. Tasted 11 July 2014.
Pours deep cherry-wood rust brown, clear but dark. Two fingers of yellowish-tan head tinged with red.
Smell is delightfully tart. Cherries, wood, and acidity. Lovely, if a bit on the simplistic side.
Taste is outstanding. Starts out tart, bends fruity, then brings back the sour pinch. All the while little variations are playing on the edges, adding complexity. Definitely on the acidic side of balanced, but with enough fruit presence and balancing sweetness that it's not a straight paint-stripper. Yum.
Feel is, likewise, outstanding. Full-bodied and robust, but airy and flowing as well, with medium-high carbonation that fizzes up and stirs the pot of tastiness. An excellent fit with the taste.
No question why this beer is renowned. It's great across the board, nothing bad, and a whole lot good. Deliciously tart with just the right amount of fruit to complement it. I'll be drinking more of this.
07-19-2014 23:11:25 | More by zeledonia
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 2,920 ratings.