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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,093
Reviews: 994
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 223
Gots: 309 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

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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Photo of falloutsnow
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: "12/09/14 13:56" stamped on bottom of bottle
Glass: Tulip

Rodenbach's Grand Cru is a superb Flanders Red Ale, with complex malt, cherry, and wild yeast flavors and aromas. Overall, not as potently sour as Jacobins, but approaching that level; slightly less to equally complex. The price point and availability of this beer is phenomenal as well. I think I'd like to have one of these on hand at all times.

Pours a 1.5cm head with small to medium-sized bubbles, tan in color, that has average retention, fairly quickly receding to a thickish ring around the glass and a wispy island of foam isolated atop the body. Lacing is fairly substantial, small continents washed upon the sides of the glass. Body is an opaque dark brown with reddish tinge. Carbonation is visible only towards the top of the glass.

Aroma has elements of apple cider and balsamic vinegar, sauerkraut, oak barrel, fresh sweet cherries, and a bit of cherry candy.

Generally well-balanced between tartness and sweetness. Opens with some brown malt sweetness, mineral and iron nuances, and lush, ripe, red cherries with just a hit of tartness. Tart cherry becomes dominant in mid-palate, alongside lighter notes of vinegar and oak barrel. Back of palate is stronger on tartness than sweet cherries and brown malt base, but those are still there, too. Aftertaste of brown malts and lingering tartness on the sides of the palate.

Beer is medium-bodied, with higher-level carbonation that foams the beer substantially across the palate. Overall mouthfeel is at first fizzy, then smooth and creamy, suitable for the style. Closes dryly, with notable lingering tartness on sides of palate.

falloutsnow, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep reddish brown. Some haze. Head is off-white and drops to a loosely carbonated collar rather quickly. Some deep oranges when held to the light.

Smell: Red apples and cider vinegar. Big malty sweetness as well. Some other dark fruits, cherry and plum. Acetic and sweet. Some caramel sweetness as well. Slightly phenolic and some apple flesh and skins.

Taste: Balsamic vinegar base with some cider vinegar thrown in for good measure. Apple flesh and tart cherry skin. Almost jelly-like sweetness. Grapes, flesh and juice. Vinegar builds as the beer warms. Incredibly sweet. Some malty sweetness. Some slight breadiness. So much vinegar. Apple balsamic vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Minimal carbonation. Tartly dry. Medium body.

Overall: Blended vinegar and cherry juIce. Decent cold, but warms close to jelly an that's just weird.

Goblinmunkey7, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/16/12

Appearance: On the darker side of amber with some purple highlights - pours with a little, bubbly off-white head, fades quickly, leaves a few nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Vinegar, sugar, and acidity - light musty, wet Belgian basement - funky wood, dark fruits, and some red wine characteristics - some other light spices

Taste: Follows the smell, with tons of sweet, acidic vinegar - sweet Balsamic vinegar to the degree that I would consider cooking with this - Belgian funkiness, tart and lightly sour - cooked and caramel malts underneath - malty sweetness and some straight-up sugar - some oak and some vanilla

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, smooth in an oily, slick way - light carbonation, with a mild tart aftertaste

Overall: Would you like some beer with your vinegar?

Flanders Reds are weird. This is no exception. On the spectrum of a "dank sponge in a basement" to "straight-up vinegar," this is on the vinegar side. Nicely complex, but a little too sweet for me.

angrybabboon, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Paige
3/5  rDev -30.1%

Paige, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of jbear68
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jbear68, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of ReeseMax3
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

ReeseMax3, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No BB. From Platinum.

Pours a deep mahogany red - the one finger off white head dies to film. Large spots of lace.

Aromas of lemon citrus, cherries, sherbert, vinegar. A tart explosion.

Taste is in the same vein. Dry crisp, refreshing, without being overpoweringly sour. More cherry on palate than on nose.

Mouthfeel is zesty and well carbonated, light bodied.

Overall, good drinking, prefer this to their Classic.

heygeebee, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of yossarian14
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

anteater, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of fortheunheard
5/5  rDev +16.6%

fortheunheard, Sep 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

jivex5k, Sep 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

grumpygerman, Sep 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

JeffreyJDavis, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

AdamP, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of gtermi
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours a very dark black cherry body with a thin white head that quickly fades to nothing.

S: If I ever did a blind taste test with this beer, I would thought somebody put a wine in front of me. It has a deep merlot oak smell to it with some cherry and a little bit of booze.

T:Oh god this is absolutely delicious! It starts off like the smell where i pick up the oak Merlot, but then the beer flavors start to go crazy. There is a bunch of cherry and grape flavor sweetness..

M: The mouthfeel is very nice and crisp as it goes down, but the only problem is that it sort of reminds me of a coke and has a little bit of a burn to it.

O: Just an all around fantastic beer. The flavor is so delicious and unique that it stands out and a totally different style of beer to me. I will for sure get this beer again.

gtermi, Sep 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

smithj4, Sep 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

trevorpost, Sep 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

t0rin0, Sep 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

HopHead29, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of spoony
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

A-Pours a murky brown with golden highlights. Not much red to speak of. There was a half finger of khaki head that died down pretty quickly. The thin ring left behind didn't leave much lacing. Not much visible carbonation.

S-It was not super-tart like some other sours, but you know you're drinking a sour brew. There is a sweet, somewhat malty backbone. I got cherries, green apple, and grapes. I didn't pick up much heat or wood initially, but as the beer warmed, the smell got a little more funky and oaky.

T-This tasted like real cherries (sour cherries), not just some beer-like imitation of fruit. Very fresh with just the right amount of sour for me. The flavors are on the sweeter side, but it isn't just sweet juice, there is a long finish of tartness that hangs around the back of you mouth.

M-Really smooth and balanced. Not particularly carbonated, but not slimy or oily feeling. Again, quite drinkable for a sour without being boring.

O-I really enjoyed this. If I were looking for a sour that I could drink easily without overpowering everything else on my palate, but something that is still concentrated/interesting enough to be worth drinking, I would go here.

spoony, Sep 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

HamGlade10, Sep 08, 2012
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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a dark clear amber red with a rich thick head and exceptional lacing.

Smell – Cherries, intense oak, a nice sweetness combined with sour, with a hint of grapes and red licorice.

Taste – Cherry, with a sweet and sour that balance each other out.

Mouthfeel – A light carbonation; very smooth and slightly creamy, with a slightly sour aftertaste.

Drinkability – A great sour beer because it's not overly sour.

Falcon91Wolvrn03, Sep 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

heddar33, Sep 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

GeoffreyM, Sep 06, 2012
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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