Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,259 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,259
Reviews: 1,002
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 232
Gots: 351 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml C&C opened up and poured into CCB snifters to share with 3 friends yesterday, 5/25/2013.

Aroma: Tart and sweet up front. Not like dark fruits like cherries but something more like apple cider but less sweet and more tart. A good bit of vinegar and oak. Not super complex but you can't miss the fact that its a sour beer! You can smell the underlying sweet fruit which boded well for the malt contribution. (4)

Colour: Ugly-looking bubbly reddish brown body that comes with a 2cm tan head that dissipates quickly into the body. Leaves a small sized collar. Lacing is solid but nothing to write home about. As with some of these Flanders reds, the appearance is definitely not the strong suit. (3.5)

Flavour: Very nice! Lots of earthy tartness rolled up into green apples, a bit of raisin, a little cherry and a good bit of oak on the back end. It's not a vinegar bomb by any means. Lots of acidity but it doesn't burn as it goes down, not at all. A well balanced sour'n'sweet beer. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side, fairly typical for the style I'd say. Well-carbonated with a nice fizziness to it. The aftertaste is basically drying earthy oak flavour. Refreshing but not something you'd want to throw down. (4)

Overall: Excellent sour, very tasty and refreshing. Its not too sweet, not too sour but everything is put together just right to make it a nice sipper on a summer or winter evening, whatever season it is. It's a versatile sour beer that would be a good introduction to sours due to it being balanced and not too over the top.. and the price is right for a barrel-aged Belgian sour- $8-12 for a 750ml is a great deal. (4.25)

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight out of a bottle at tha hipster joint - Haven, in the Plaza in Orange, CA.

Like a Tiger Woods drive: fouuur! All across the board, fours all across the board. Pretty decent brew for Raul. Solid like a prescription of Cilias. Sour, tart, spunky and funky (like Raul's first girl - I still think of you, ma).

Yep!

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4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this bottle up at Brass Rail, enjoyed chilled in a teku and sampled until about cellar temp toward the end.

The color is very deep crimson with translucent clarity with thick sand colored head that dissipates and recedes to nothing with fine bead and visible carbonation. The smell is very fruity, lots of tart cherry scents with mild wood ester. The feel is great, very tart, but not overwhelming, a mild sweetness is there with moderately high carbonation and dry finish with low alcohol but a slight acidic bite in the finish.

This taste is pretty incredible, lots of fruit presence as in the nose with some dark cherry and slightly tangy cherry flesh flavor with a nice amount of malt and yeast adds that lactic tang with a nice wood flavor rounding out this fine flemish red. Overall I have had this on a few occassions and it really is a treat. I was glad I could enjoy a 750ml myself but the acid was a little strong as it warmed for me- a highly drinkable Belgian, well worth having multiples of.

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,259 ratings.