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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,377 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,377
Reviews: 1,026
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 251
Gots: 423 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a bottle earlier in the day that was fresh. Reviewing a roughly five year old bottle from Beer Mania.

Poured into wine glasses. Head was there briefly but dissipated quickly. Color is cola-reddish-brown.

Smell is sour up front, carmel, maybe a hint of slight vinegar... we hope it's okay. I think the fresh bottle earlier had a more appealing scent -- the sour note seemed more fruity.

Very interesting first sip: Sweet, a little sour, very complex. Some cherry up front, but quickly turns less fruity than the fresh bottle earlier had been. The age makes it smoother than the fresh bottle. The sour component is preceded by a dark brown sugary malt that is quite sweet, and just the right offset for the sour. The long finish makes it easy to sip. I'm not the biggest fan of sour beers, but this is delicious.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark black/brown with red hues in the light, creamy tan head, no clarity from dark color

Aroma: fruity with notes of black cherry and orange, and plum, soft malt sweetness in the background

Taste: immediately taste the cherry, orange and plum, malt then takes over and rounds out taste to keep it definitively in the beer taste category and not wine, sour finish, incredible complexity of flavor and evolution of taste

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium body, prickly in the mouth like a soft drink but smooth on the swallow

Overall Impression: A beer with amazing complexity and depth. Deftly skirts the line between beer and red wine, sour and sweet, and biting and smooth. Best described as a beer dressed up as a red wine with a sour kick.

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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.

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4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-tan ruby color with small off-white head and minimal lacing

S-tart cherries, oak, vinegar, vinous, caramel malt

T-tart cherries, tannins, oak, wine vinegar, apple, caramel

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, tart and astringent

O-a very solid ale and a bargain for this style and readily available, nice balance between the sweeter and sour aspects

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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