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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,012 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,012
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 213
Gots: 296 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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Photo of MarioM
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml poured into tulip

A: Cloudy deep reddish brown color with a light tan head, small bubbles and lingered for about a minute to a thin rim of creamy looking bubbles ending with some minor lacing.

S: Fruity, sweet smell with some sourness notes, fresh tart fruit upfront. This is a great smelling brew.

T: Great balance of flavors. Sweet dark fruit, slightly sour, great tartness and fruity. Its a bit bitter right after a drink but goes away quickly due to the balance being spot on. Just a tad vinigry, pleasant sourness, mostly tart fruitiness, almost no funk and very drinkable and very enjoyable. Fits the style very well.

M: Tartness lingers a bit with the sourness but then transforms into a fruity almost bread like maybe yeasty or funky aftertaste that is actually enjoyable, makes me want more and more. Carbonation is on the lighter side of medium, compliments the beer well, also a slight warm mouthfeel.

O: What a great beer. This is one of those beers that I keep on passing and ignoring when shopping, so so glad I finally gave it the attention it desired and well deserved. The balance of this Flanders Red is spot on, very enjoyable brew. I find myself stopping from typing to keep sipping this mouthwatering liquid. A must have.

MarioM, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of jasker
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jasker, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is dark red with a moderately-sized off-white head.

Smell is very good. Balsamic vinegar, oak, juicy fruits (cranberry, dark cherry, grape, plum).

Taste is a bit sour, a fair bit of oak, some nice fruit flavours (cranberry, plum, currents, grape, cherry), balsamic vinegar. Very nice.

Medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation, dries the mouth. Oak is strong.

Overall, very good. A really nice Flanders.

jrenihan, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of ultimatekiwi
4/5  rDev -6.8%

ultimatekiwi, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

MAUEX_MFA, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Paulkasykes30
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Paulkasykes30, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

BigGingDrinker, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of jmich24
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

jmich24, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of ThinkRedEsq
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

ThinkRedEsq, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev -6.8%

mdagnew, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of lafunguspore
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

lafunguspore, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of sloelco
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

sloelco, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of mportnoy
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

mportnoy, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of SupremePie
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

SupremePie, Dec 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

PalaniRajan, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of jco3rd
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jco3rd, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of smonice
4/5  rDev -6.8%

smonice, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of FLima
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark ruby color. Poured 2 fingers of consistent beige head with a medium retention.
Nice aroma of sweet malt with red or black fruits, mostly grapes, and a clear noticeable hint of Port Wine or Jerez, result from aging it for 2 years in oak barrels.
Similarly, very complex taste, sweet cherries, currants, citric, grapes, wood and touches of plum with peel on a malty base. All in a perfect balance, mildly acid, and sweet and sour. Aftertaste is a bit astringent.
Medium body with a good carbonation with small bubbles. Alcohol is well hidden, almost like drinking a carbonated grape juice.
In my opinion it tastes better than any good champagne. Close to perfection, awesome beer.

FLima, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of JustinMatthew
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

JustinMatthew, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of HundredWeight
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

HundredWeight, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Tinfang
1.5/5  rDev -65%

Tinfang, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of noremac423
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

noremac423, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 split between 2 people. Served in an Orval chalice

A - Russet brown, with a creamy light brown cap.

S - Sharp oak wood, very fruity, apples, pears, dates, raspberries, plums, apple cider vinegar,

T - Soured fruit, candied apples, pears, tart cherries, wet oak wood runs deep throughout the drink, trappist yeast, bananas, great malty background that creates a sweet backdrop against the sourness.

M - Medium body, syrupy feel, low carbonation, soft and acetic at first but quickly turns sharper and sour.

Very complex intermingling fruit and malts, sour but not puckering. It's sweeter than the Classic red but is more tart. One of my favorite Flanders.

StaveHooks, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of stairwell2811bre
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

stairwell2811bre, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So much to love about this beer. It stands alone in my eyes. With further sippings, I may hope to one day fully realize its greatness.

EYES: Big, foamy suds - lasts okay, but no lace. Cranberry-red color and brilliantly clear.

NOSTRILS: Smells slightly funky - almost, but not quite vinegar. Mostly fruity aromas - mostly that of a cranberry juice cocktail wine, though no alcohol present. Not as vibrant as I would like.

MOUTH: Tartness (exponentially so with larger sips) - potent, but not puckering. Quite fruity in the aforementioned cranberry, et al fashion. Now this is vibrant, but it lacks the sugary sweetness of a fruit juice. Also, I could swear I tasted a touch of chocolate in the back/finish.

It's thirst-quenchingly dry and lightly crisp, however, I almost yearn for just a bit more (malty) body/sweetness - of course not quite in the arena of Duchesse. Mellow, pleasing sour tang/film seems to coat the entire mouth after each sip, fading real slow. And as I mentioned above, a large, quick sip will just about shock the palate.

VERDICT: A magnificently-crafted beer (that I wouldn't doubt was better before Rodenbach was bought by Palm). One of the more effervescent, thinner examples of this style - seems like a bit of a joke grouping this with Duchesse, but I get it.

Bouleboubier, Dec 11, 2012
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,012 ratings.