Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.35/5 rDev +1.4%
A - Pours deep mahogony with less than one finger of tan head and no lacing.
S - Nice aroma of cherries and other tart fruit. A bit of acetic acid, some sweet malt and mild funk.
T - Amazingly fruity for a beer with no fruit added. Lots of cherry, a touch of lemon and grape. Some sweet malt in the middle, with a touch of vanilla. Nice tartness, but not bracingly sour. Very tasty and refreshing.
M - Medium mouthfeel that manages to still be crisp and refreshing.
O - Very good Flanders red. Amazingly fruity. This is one I'd like to keep around often.
05-29-2012 03:02:35 | More by warnerry
4.23/5 rDev -1.4%
A: Poured a nice deep red color but as it settled it was very much a deep red-borwnish color with a nice white cap
S: Dark fruits, fresh and ripened cherries with vinegar, wood and funk
T: Tart dark and red cherries on the tip of the tongue. It's delicious. Middle of the mouth you get that funkiness. Mid mouth pucker but not as much as a Kriek. And the a crisp refreshing finish. Booze tinge with a vinegar note from start to finsih
M: Light to medium. Tart, tasty and funky
with a nice lingering vinegar and tart funk
O: Very good
05-28-2012 21:52:27 | More by barleywinefiend
3.9/5 rDev -9.1%
Early on in the poor, it's a looker. Darker brown than I expected, like a 7 out of 10 dark brown. The head is a finger thick of contrasting offwhite. Unfortunately, the head dissipates quickly leaving a tiny white ring up top.
Several scents take center stage in the nose. A slight vinegar smell, a slightly tart, funky, fruity yeast smell, and grapey wine smell.
It's not my style, so I may be biased against a sour. It reminds me of a kriek, just not so vinegary. The vinegar is there, it's just balanced by a slightly sweet-tart fruitiness. Some green grape in the background.
Lots of complexity. VERY tart early on, but the sweetness breaks up the tartness before it gets overwhelming. There's a malt character, but no hop presence. Some spiciness near the crisp, dry finish.
It's actually not a bad beer, rather it's pretty good, but it's an acquired taste. While not as sour as a kriek, it's still got a vinegar bite that will chase some away. I couldn't drink a lot of this, but I'm glad I had the bomber I did. Will be a while before I have another, but I'll definitely have one again someday.
05-27-2012 04:38:14 | More by RickS95
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev -4.4%
Appearance. Pours a deep red-brown with a finger of creamy head with and orange-tan tint that fades pretty quickly to a skim that leaves some decent lacing.
Smell. Ripe cherries, red wine, some balsamic vinegar and cherries.
Taste. Sweet cherries, a dash of red wine vinegar, just a hint of caramel and malt with a light tartness.
Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth, fairly lively and fine medium carbonation.
Overall. Easy drinking, nice medium-light sourness with some great fruit flavours. What's not to like?
05-18-2012 02:52:18 | More by Rutager
British Columbia (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev -8.4%
A: Pours with 1 - 2 fingers of pale tan head with nearly a thin cap of retention. The colour is a reddish brown - something like tannin rich pond water.
S: Sour scent of red wine barrel, acidic, with wet wood and tannins
Profile of sour cherries and some wet earthy funkiness, but not at all disagreeable.
T: Tastes of sour cherries with a pucker of red wine vinegar and the dry tannins of red wine. I'm getting something that I can only describe as leather.
M: Medium carbonation and medium bodied with acidic complex like a red wine with more sugars. Great mix of sour, sweet, acidic and tannins.
O: Complex mix that presents a multitude of opposing flavour combinations. Interesting brew in how it so closely resembles a red wine. While I'm not a fan of sours generally, I find this brew complex and intriguing.
05-14-2012 03:07:59 | More by FondueVoodoo
4.1/5 rDev -4.4%
This is the first time I have had a beer of this style, so comments are a bit unorthodox.
Poured chilled in ale glass.
A: very dark copper red; thin head
S: whew! Sour--vinegar. Is that good or bad for this style?
T: like smoking my first cigar; I'm coughing; incredibly flavorful and complex; very sweet and sour; would be ideal as an appetizer
05-11-2012 20:40:09 | More by Arithmeticus
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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