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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,011 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,011
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 213
Gots: 295 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

oldedog, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

brbrocc, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

JoeBloe, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

DanE, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Satyr179, Mar 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Seaba, Mar 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Alek, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear rusty color with nice ruby tones around the edges. Slightly bubbly. Small off-white head fading quickly leaving minimal lacing down the glass.

Lots of cherry and oak on the notes. Some vinous acidic sourness and a bit of musty funk.

Light tartness up front. Cherries with a little bit of acidity. Nice balance. More oak and vinegar tones come out later creating a tart dry finish with the cherries. Very nice.

A little bit lighter body style than average with good prickly carbonation that enhances the tartness. Finishes pretty dry.

Very pleasant beer for the style. I love good acidity in a Flanders and this one doesn't fall into the trap of being a vinegar bomb like most. The sourness is noticable and pleasant yet restrained.

jmarsh123, Feb 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

yancot, Feb 28, 2013
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Kopfschuss, Feb 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

owend, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Things are just as burgundy here as in Classic world, though a touch darker and a whole degree of magnitude more brackish. The khaki cap is now more baseball than beret, ‘cause it has to appeal to a wider audience, and who doesn’t love America’s pastime, eh? No one, that’s who!

Whatever subtlety lived in the classic nose is mostly gone here, replaced by an even sharper contingent of berries, the elite sniper brigade of the bush/bog/wherever the hell else berries happen to come from. Luckily for the sanity of the nose hairs, these sumbitches are constantly hounded (and likely annoyed) by a loudmouthed, yappy little toffee bastard. Now the berries know how Spike felt all those years ago with that pest Chester always tagging along, makin’ a comedic mess o’ things for the big lug. The traces of red wine on the edges are more blatant now, in the vein of a rich, earthy Pinot Noir. A short field of dark ivy crawls beneath it all, ensuring the tartness and the sweetness don’t battle in a vacuum, that it’s not just a young buck taking on a crowd of comers one at a time (I’m lookin’ at you, any extra that’s ever been in an action movie before). Finally, swinging along the edge of the canopy with the last vestiges of the wine is a twinge of apple vinegar, young, lithe, and carefree, but still with a chip on its shoulder. Be wary of this little fireball, as it probably won’t take much to set it off in an adolescent rage. I blame the parents. It’s always the parents. Usually. Sometimes.

Similar layers stratify themselves atop the tongue. First comes a basal sediment of sweet, buttery toffee. On top of this rolls a tide of berry-laced wine, this time verging closer to a Malbec. Then comes a thin-ish wash and veneer of straight white vinegar, quick and effervescent as a misty ninja, yet effective as the blade of a veteran samurai. Once this silent wind of puckering doom whooshes away, the wine and toffee helically battle through the air, a Torch and Sub-Mariner for these Modern Age times (clearly I’m not counting their appearance in Marvels as anything new, more a rerun of the past in stunning Alex Ross HD). Depending on the curvature of your tongue at the right instant, you may be left with a dry, tannic scar or a mildly-nutty sweetness. Either way, the feeling doesn’t last long, but a crater is indeed left behind, laden with remnants of everything that once dwelt on that craggy little asteroid. Shit, geologists are gonna have field days for years to come with this nonsense.

As hearty as everything comes and as thoroughly as things express themselves, there is a very bearable lightness in their collective being. An evanescence somehow pervades, even in spite of the lack of that dark beauty, Amy Lee. Dammit, this shit just turns out to be so drinkable because of this. There are worse burdens, I s’pose.

TMoney2591, Feb 26, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into globe style glass at flying saucer Nashville.
Pours a deep red brown...nice thin lacing hugs the glass. Awesome woody sour red aromas...lots of funk and wood. Taste is amazing...woody funky sour tart amber malt. Wow.
Its just so drinkable and tasty...get it now. If you like the style you will love this. Its damn near perfect and a guaranteed palate pleaser.

DrinkSlurm, Feb 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

JackOGreen, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

zimm421, Feb 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

muskiesman, Feb 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

MIA4IPA, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

clevbrown2, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

jaylib, Feb 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

YobroitsJoe, Feb 19, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.2.13

A - Pours a ruby-dark brown with a one inch tan head, fizzy and fades fast.

S - Wood, cherry, raspberry, funky.

T - Cherry, wood and funky.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Dark and fruity with a strong wood impact, not overly sweet, well balanced.

HuskyinPDX, Feb 18, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown (almost mahogany) in color with garnet red highlights and moderate to heavy amounts of fine visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall thin off-white to light beige head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall there is a moderate amount of sourness to the nose of this beer with some moderate to strong aromas of vinegar, cherries, oak, and just a hint of vinous/wine notes.

T: There is a light to moderate amount of tartness/sourness that is fairly well balanced with the sweeter notes from the cherries. Moderate notes of oak, vinegar, and wine. Very little bitterness but a lingering acidity that can be appreciated.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with just a touch heavier than light amounts of carbonation. Extremely acidic and prickly on the tongue.

O: Overall this beer is not quite as tart/sour as one might think from an initial sniff, making a little more approachable for people that are new to the style. The beer is fairly easy to drink with a lighter mouthfeel, lower ABV, and not too intense flavors.

dbrauneis, Feb 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

takemetothelion, Feb 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

jeffhenders0n, Feb 16, 2013
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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