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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,296 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,296
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 239
Gots: 378 | FT: 19
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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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Photo of chocosushi
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

C&C->Duvel Tulip

A ~ Pours a rich dark red/mahogany with a nice head.

S ~ Red Wine grapes & Vinegar Barrel with some dried cherry & lemon rind.
Great complexity here. Twinge of clean metal & cellar. Plums as well.

T ~ Dried cherry & grapes follow through in full effect with hints
of homemade caramel/spun sugar with Bragg's apple cider vinegar & finishing
with crisp granny smiths & cranberry. Wow. There's just deep pockets of flavor that I simply cannot describe.

M ~ Top notch feel with the smoothest carb & cleanest tart bite that excites yer palette I have ever experienced in a red.

O ~ Incredible. This was a birthday present & I was not disappointed. Seek this out.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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1/5  rDev -76.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of ToddT
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Deep brown with ruby highlights almost no head when served but little bits of lace above the top of the beer to indicate that it once had a head. There is no lacing left on the glass while drinking this.

S- Dark candied fruits hidden under a funky, tart, and slightly sour aroma of vinegar, complex and balanced.

T- Candied cherries with a subtle tartness right away, the middle is a mix of tart green apple, grape, and wood notes, then the finish has a slightly puckering sour final note of cherries to close things out. Very complex lots of subtle flavors continue to come forward as this warms and the palate adjusts to the sourness in this. I could drink a lot of this.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, right on the mark to go with the complex flavors and the sourness in this one.

O- This is one fantastic beer, highly recommended, and an easy drinker at 6.0% ABV. This has a character that is all it's own, it is somewhat like other sours I have had, but in a league of it's own.

Photo of MagicJeff
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had an RR Supplication, in a sour mood.

Poured from a big bottle into my Russian River tulip glass.

Appearance: Brown but when held to the light deep amber and dark ruby. Nice off-white head. This one looks pretty.

Smell: Vinegar and lemon. Acidic plum and pear? I'm afraid based off the smell...

Taste: Tart lemon and cherry. This one is a lot more subtle than other sours I've had which is a good thing IMO. Tart apple finish. As it warms the lemon and vinegar become prevalent. Even some slight sweet caramel on the back end. Somehow, it's sweet and sour in different ways. Taste is way harsher than the smell, somehow.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Carbonation is more moderate than other sours I've had.

Overall: This one is awesome, along with being a great value. Smell threw me off but the taste made up for it. Highly recommend to any sour enthusiast. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby red color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fizzles away

S: Sour and tart, with the usual smelly gym socks and vinegar aromas. Get some nice oak and fruit as well

T: Follows the nose, minus the gym socks. Vinegar is very light compared to the rest of the flavors coming forward. Tart raspberry and cherry come forward for the fruit aspect, along with a good oak character. Slightly puckering, but not as bad as, say, a gueuze

M: Medium bodied with moderate spritzy carbonation

O: A very good Flanders red, with just enough tart fruit to combat the oak. Very good price point at under $9 for a 750 mL bottle, too. Probably not the best intro for sours because of the complexity and overly funky nose, but aside from that, this is very good

Photo of pkalix
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours the darkest of possible reddish-brown, only on the thinnest of edges is the light able to lighten the color. thick, foamy two-finger head, tan.
smells of vinegar, not balsamic, but spiced-in-some-way type of vinegar.
taste is sweet and beautiful on the front and middle of the tongue, vinegar-sweet when it falls off the sides of the tongue- almost a tongue on battery bitter/sweetness. kind of a fish-n-chips vinegar after-taste (although i'm not a fish guy- it's what i think it would be like- the malted vinegar packet that comes with it...)
mouthfeel a little carbonated and surprisingly light. perhaps it's because it tricks the mind into thinking it's a thicker vinegar product.
overall.... i love this stuff. i love the petrus sour also, and this one feels lighter. i could drink these things all night. the abv is less than i appreciate whereas the petrus is a 7.6%, i believe, but that probably explains the abv.
just poured the second part of the large bottle and the color is incredible. i am truly excited about this brew. i can understand how some folks wont like the vinegar and the tartness, but i love vinegar and this is an absolutely special product. if there were a score between 4.5 and 5 available, i'd give this a 4.8. but since there isnt, i have to give it a 5 for overall. i mean, i dont think there is another beer out the which i could 'session' like i could this one, or the petrus....

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Jetulio
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Big Tulip Glass (Judas glass) from a 33 cl bottle.
A/ muddy brown with a head of-white (1 finger)
S/ vinegar, alcohol and wood. Long laste, acetic smells even when the tulip is empty.
T/ sour vinegar taste with a little sweetness touch. Long.
M/ medium body with high carbonation (little bubbles ), very fizzy in mouth.
O/ strange, bizarre ale. Honestly I can't say if I have enjoyed or I am only surprised.

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,296 ratings.