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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,129 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,129
Reviews: 995
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 223
Gots: 314 | 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 robertgurley
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

robertgurley, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of greenmonstah
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL into HF glass

A - Nice ruby brown color with a tan one-finger head.

S - Sour and vinous, wine-like with grape and oak. Vinegary and acidic.

T - Sour as can be, but it mellows into a sweetness in the back end, like an over-ripe concord grape. Sour and tart as can be in the first sips, but you get used to it and appreciate the cherry flavors and the red wine character. Balsamic vinegar and blackcurrants were noted in another review and I think that is spot-on.

M - Velvety smooth with a bit of sharpness from the carbonation. Really wonderful.

O - Perfectly balanced and drinkable. Exemplifies the style. Can be enjoyed by people new to sours and is a classic to those who love them. A perfect beer to serve to wine lovers to try to convert them.

greenmonstah, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

rolltide8425, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of buckyp
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

buckyp, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drunk from the Rodenbach glass.

A: Clear reddish brown.

S: Cidery and vinegary.

T: Wow, tastes like a sour English cider. Fizzy, sour and vinegary with a soft aftertaste of bread and cherries. That's really it.

O: Refreshing but boring. I doubt I'll ever have it again.

Hoppsbabo, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of JamFuel
5/5  rDev +16.6%

JamFuel, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of kw22478
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

kw22478, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of shebby
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

shebby, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of sbanacho
4/5  rDev -6.8%

sbanacho, Aug 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Goldfishman, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights under the light. There's a 1 finger head and lasting lace. The aroma is of dark fruit, a yeasty mustiness, and wood. The flavor has dark cherry, plum, and vinegar notes with a hint of wild yeast. It's mouthfeel is medium with a mild lasting warmth. Rodenbach Grand Cru is a good beer. Highly recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of mattsander
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite hazy, chocolate brown with lots of red highlights. No head, tiny bubbles.

S: Cherries, lactic and acetic twang, cocoa, overripe pears, some oak. More acetic/vinegar vibe than La Folie but less than Duchesse. Kind of a 'cola' vibe, this smells great.

T: Fruitiness first: cooked apples, more pears & cherries. In the center there a soft acetic sourness and a slight roasted malt / chocolate vibe. Finishes crisp, lactic and wet.

M: Low-medium carbonation allow for the full delivery of complex flavor. A very complex and refreshing beer. The slight vinegary character took me a few sips to acclimate to, but this is an awesome beer I will drink anytime I get the chance.

mattsander, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Kromes
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very nice dark red with a thick tan colored head. When held up to the light it gives off ruby edges. Good looking beer.

S: Very sour and acidic smelling. A cherry and vinegar aroma. A little bit of earthy cork in the background.

T: Very tart and sour up front with an acidic tang to it. After the initial shot to the taste buds, a sour cherry and apple flavor kicks in. There is some sweetness there....the finish is almost like a sour candy.

M: Mouth puckering sour and tang. There is an almost citric acid feel and flavor to it. When it fades in the finish it leaves the mouth clean. It's a refreshing beer.

O: One of the better sour beers that I've had. The sourness is quite powerful and it adds to the quality of the beer.

Kromes, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tall tulip De Struise glass.

Slightly clear red(with brown and orange hints) body with lots of carbonation bubbles present. A towering light brown head is produced and sticks around lacing the glass.

On the nose there is vinegar, oak, and a wonderfully inviting fruitiness of grape and cherry.

Nice pop of sourness here. Vinegar, granny smith apple, red grape, cherry, some balancing sweetness, and the oak barrel aging shines through.

Medium bodied, crisp, smooth, medium carbonation, and mouth watering.

Definitely at the top of the Flanders Red game. A great beer.

MattSweatshirt, Aug 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

H0rnedFr0gs, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of rangerred
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip out of a 750ml bottle.

Poured a very dark reddish brown with a one finger tan fizzy head. Decent head retention.

A wide variety of aromas coming from this one. Red wine vinegar, some oak and overripe cherries and strawberries. A slight mustyness as well.

Everything really comes together on the taste. Very oaky and quick shot of vinegar quickly followed by lots of dark fruit. Tartness is only moderate with high carbonation leading to a soft, slightly sticky finish.

Overall, a very unique beer and quite enjoyable in my opinion. Not something I would drink all the time but is a wonderful treat on occasion.

rangerred, Jul 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

windypete, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of javahead71
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

javahead71, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of draheim
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL (2011) into a tulip. Pours a clear mahogany brown w/ a 2-finger khaki head that hangs around, sustained by lively carb.

Aroma is bright and tart, vinous with plenty of oak.

Taste closely follows nose. Tart, bright, crisp, slightly vinous w/ dry oak and a lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, clean, dry. Carbonation is just right.

Overall this beer defines the style. Expertly crafted, exactly what it should be.

draheim, Jul 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Geuzedad, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served on-tap @ Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a tulip glass

Pours a gorgeous dark ruby color. The body is pretty clear and contains within it many spectrum of red, but they skew darker. It looks vinous in this way, but the 1.5 fingers of head reveal this to be a beer. I can't imagine a Flanders Red looking any better, so I'm scoring this a 5.0.

The aroma is not all that different from regular Rodenbach. I find that beer's nose to be full of sour cherry, full of balsamic vinegar, full of red wine notes. I find the same with the Grand Cru. The only real difference for me is the elevated amount of astringent oak barrel aroma in the Grand Cru.

The taste, however, is significantly different than normal Rodenbach. Where that beer is lightly tart and quaffable, the Grand Cru does not shy away from being tart. This is a truly sour beer, in all of the good ways. Balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, blackcurrants, and woody, dry oak flavor (but not the vanillin you'd get in oak-aged stouts) -- Rodenbach Grand Cru has a lot going on for it. There's just enough sweet malty flavors and red fruit flavors to balance the sour character (the beer becomes more balanced as it warms, too). It's really delicious.

The mouthfeel is nice and dry. The aggressive tartness makes for a beer that isn't as easy to drink as it could be, but everything is just fine. Overall, this is about as great as you could ever expect a Flanders Red to be. In this day and age of scarce fruit lambics and overhyped American Wild Ales, this beer still exists as an affordable option for that sour fix.

Reaper16, Jul 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Poured from the 750 mL bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Less than one finger head off white. Burgundy brown in the glass.
Smell. Tart cherries, vinigar, crab apple.
Taste. Same as the smell but with tannins.
Mouthfeel. Mouth puckering, drying, tart astringency.
Overall this an intresting beer because its a sipping thirst quencher. How can that be?

BellsFan, Jul 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

lecoupdejarnac, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

at Sams. Pour is deep red. Thin tight white head. The smell is really sweet, but sour as hell. Lots of vinegar, sweet cherries as well. The taste is tart and sour as hell. Almost puckering. Loads of tart sour cherries dominate through the drinkable finish.

This is how to do a Flanders. Loads of tartness, sourness, yet subtly sweet and drinkable.

VncentLIFE, Jul 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

KTien, Jul 15, 2012
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,129 ratings.