Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.7/5 rDev +9.6%
L- Deep brown with ruby highlights almost no head when served but little bits of lace above the top of the beer to indicate that it once had a head. There is no lacing left on the glass while drinking this.
S- Dark candied fruits hidden under a funky, tart, and slightly sour aroma of vinegar, complex and balanced.
T- Candied cherries with a subtle tartness right away, the middle is a mix of tart green apple, grape, and wood notes, then the finish has a slightly puckering sour final note of cherries to close things out. Very complex lots of subtle flavors continue to come forward as this warms and the palate adjusts to the sourness in this. I could drink a lot of this.
M- Medium in body and carbonation, right on the mark to go with the complex flavors and the sourness in this one.
O- This is one fantastic beer, highly recommended, and an easy drinker at 6.0% ABV. This has a character that is all it's own, it is somewhat like other sours I have had, but in a league of it's own.
10-22-2012 05:53:43 | More by ToddT
3.95/5 rDev -7.9%
Just had an RR Supplication, in a sour mood.
Poured from a big bottle into my Russian River tulip glass.
Appearance: Brown but when held to the light deep amber and dark ruby. Nice off-white head. This one looks pretty.
Smell: Vinegar and lemon. Acidic plum and pear? I'm afraid based off the smell...
Taste: Tart lemon and cherry. This one is a lot more subtle than other sours I've had which is a good thing IMO. Tart apple finish. As it warms the lemon and vinegar become prevalent. Even some slight sweet caramel on the back end. Somehow, it's sweet and sour in different ways. Taste is way harsher than the smell, somehow.
Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Carbonation is more moderate than other sours I've had.
Overall: This one is awesome, along with being a great value. Smell threw me off but the taste made up for it. Highly recommend to any sour enthusiast. Very refreshing and drinkable.
10-22-2012 01:18:23 | More by MagicJeff
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby red color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fizzles away
S: Sour and tart, with the usual smelly gym socks and vinegar aromas. Get some nice oak and fruit as well
T: Follows the nose, minus the gym socks. Vinegar is very light compared to the rest of the flavors coming forward. Tart raspberry and cherry come forward for the fruit aspect, along with a good oak character. Slightly puckering, but not as bad as, say, a gueuze
M: Medium bodied with moderate spritzy carbonation
O: A very good Flanders red, with just enough tart fruit to combat the oak. Very good price point at under $9 for a 750 mL bottle, too. Probably not the best intro for sours because of the complexity and overly funky nose, but aside from that, this is very good
10-20-2012 06:49:17 | More by BEERMILER12
4.85/5 rDev +13.1%
pours the darkest of possible reddish-brown, only on the thinnest of edges is the light able to lighten the color. thick, foamy two-finger head, tan.
smells of vinegar, not balsamic, but spiced-in-some-way type of vinegar.
taste is sweet and beautiful on the front and middle of the tongue, vinegar-sweet when it falls off the sides of the tongue- almost a tongue on battery bitter/sweetness. kind of a fish-n-chips vinegar after-taste (although i'm not a fish guy- it's what i think it would be like- the malted vinegar packet that comes with it...)
mouthfeel a little carbonated and surprisingly light. perhaps it's because it tricks the mind into thinking it's a thicker vinegar product.
overall.... i love this stuff. i love the petrus sour also, and this one feels lighter. i could drink these things all night. the abv is less than i appreciate whereas the petrus is a 7.6%, i believe, but that probably explains the abv.
just poured the second part of the large bottle and the color is incredible. i am truly excited about this brew. i can understand how some folks wont like the vinegar and the tartness, but i love vinegar and this is an absolutely special product. if there were a score between 4.5 and 5 available, i'd give this a 4.8. but since there isnt, i have to give it a 5 for overall. i mean, i dont think there is another beer out the which i could 'session' like i could this one, or the petrus....
10-18-2012 22:17:55 | More by pkalix
3.53/5 rDev -17.7%
Poured into a Big Tulip Glass (Judas glass) from a 33 cl bottle.
A/ muddy brown with a head of-white (1 finger)
S/ vinegar, alcohol and wood. Long laste, acetic smells even when the tulip is empty.
T/ sour vinegar taste with a little sweetness touch. Long.
M/ medium body with high carbonation (little bubbles ), very fizzy in mouth.
O/ strange, bizarre ale. Honestly I can't say if I have enjoyed or I am only surprised.
10-16-2012 18:48:54 | More by Jetulio
4.53/5 rDev +5.6%
Its deep ruby red. I love it.
Smells nice. Tannins, astringent, acidic, red wine, funk from the yeast. Very much identical to a dirty, earthy red wine. The smell lacks strength however.
So smooth. I get a perfect amount of tartness coating my mouth and a nice cherry/ mixed fruit and then it goes down smooth and sweet. Not too acidic or cloying like the Duchesse, and the price is way too great. $9 for a 750ml may be the best beer deal next to Old Rasputin 4 packs.
10-11-2012 05:27:12 | More by raynmoon
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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