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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,351
Reviews: 1,019
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 244
Gots: 408 | FT: 22
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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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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.

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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.

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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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303rd Review
33cl bottle poured into Westy 12 chalice

A: Burgundy. ½ (mocha) fingernail head on brisk pour.

S: Candied brown sugar, vanilla, vinegar, and touch of caramel.

T: Sweet red fruit, soft caramel, and rounded tartness. Very enjoyable.

M: Medium body with soft carbonation.

O: I've never enjoyed a capped bottle of the Grand Cru previously (only draft and C&C bottles), but this was quite good. Very young and "fresh" for a Rodenbach, but quite tasty nonetheless.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,351 ratings.