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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,006 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,006
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 213
Gots: 294 | FT: 16
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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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Adamostella, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Beerboi1123, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl into Rodenbach tulip. On draft at brewery. Off white head, fluffy, high retention. Much darker than classic, almost black. Aroma more pungent, this time puckering my entire face.  Tongue smacking. Balsamic in nature. An amazing and memorable experience drinking this surrounded by the oak tuns. Wow. 

KickbacksSteve, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Kirby
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Kirby, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style glass. Stamp on the bottom of the bottle says 07/03/14 which I take to mean drink by March 7, 2014.

A- Pours a dark brown that's almost opaque with a 1/2 inch head that's very fizzy as it quickly gasses away to just a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and almost no surface foam. Below average lacing.

S- Smells of rotten cherries and sour red grapes. Oh boy. Here we go.

T- Immediate lashing of the tongue with dry, puckering sourness but what's this? A soaring rescue as the sweetness follows and gives the tartness a purpose. As more sips are taken, the palate becomes acclimated to the wildness and things become more enjoyable. The aroma is still kind of off-putting but can be overlooked. Notes of cherry, raspberry and blackberry.

M- Not as dry or acidic as other Flanders Reds can be. Still plenty of pucker but the body keeps things balanced. Low carbonation.

O- This could definitely be intense for someone who's not used to sour beers but IMO it's one of the better beers in its class. I'm still not a fan of the aroma, but it tastes great.

Immortale25, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

LukeONeill, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of biga7346
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark chocolate like, murky brown, cloudy, one-finger thick tannish foam on top which dissipates quickly.

N - Oak, baker's milk chocolate, powdered sugar, mineral water; there is tart I mean TART green apple aroma, sour patch candy, lemon peel, furniture polish; some sherry-like or maybe closer to champagne notes.

T/M - Slick and oily mouthfeel rolls around the palate, the sourness isn't jaw dropping but quietly assertive; balsamic vinegar up front, red wine, thirst quenching notes of granny smith apple; there is oakiness from the smell and it is slightly drying in the finish, and an unexpected aftertaste of like kiwi, or lime juice.

D - Probably the most drinkable deeply sour beer I've ever had, would be great with a nutty hard cheese.

biga7346, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

DrWalterWhite, Feb 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

halo913, Feb 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Beezee, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

GennyCreamAle, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

ConorThomas, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

somnus, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

jfcaa193, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

LostHighway, Feb 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

oldp0rt, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rodenbach Grand Cru Flanders Red Ale 6.0% alcohol. 33% young ale, 67% ale matured for two years in oak vats. 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Lindeman's flute glass.

A- Pours a dark brown fluid with a heafty off white almost tan head that grows with the pour and falls to a half inch tightly carbonated froth that lingers the whole way down. Lacing is slick with remaining rings as you drink down the Flute. In direct light the beer a dark firey copper brown glow.

S- Upfront are scents of sour cherries and currants, with notes of sweet sugary malts. Secondly sour Granny Smith green apples come to mind with sweet rasberries.

T-M- Taste is perfect with a sour kick of apples, cherries, and unripe grapes. Not only sour but midway through it shows a great light brown sugary malt backbone leveling off with a earthy yeast ending. Mouthfeel is refreshing and light with huge carbonation to roll this one over the buds in a world class way.

Overall the best representation of Flander Red ale i've ever come across... period.

wesbrownyeah, Feb 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

PeteRiz, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

John11486, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

jlepersia, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of BenHesk12
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at SourSunday in Berkeley, CA. When I think of Flanders red ales, this beer comes to mind. It is the epitome of the style. Pours a deep rusty red with a small enjoyable head. You can taste the sour more than you can smell it. Immediately sour, but balanced by it's complexity and yeasty smoothness. The mouth feel is sharp and crisp, but quaffable. The oak also comes into play here and gives the beer a recognizable oak flavor which melds well with the exotic tart and yeast esters.

BenHesk12, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

kayrex, Feb 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

beerbrute, Feb 14, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice ruby red color with a pinkish white head and little lace.

S- a lot of balsamic vinegar here, along with sour cherries, lemon, and a little bit of vanilla.

t- the taste starts out very sour with cherries and vinegar as the main flavor, but at the back of the palate there is a nice washing over of oak and vanilaa, carmel and malt at the end. It really can be broken down into two phases: very vinegary, and then toasty and oaky. Well-balanced.

O- really nice sour here and I'm glad that it is so available because it is truly an incredible representation of the style.

Tschnab, Feb 13, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mikkeller tulip.

Pours deep tawny brown dark ruby highlights with a modest fizzy white head.

Aromas of cherry and raspberry up front, oak aswell, and candy sugar. I get the general impression of some sort of delicious cough syrup.

The palate is tart, but I was expecting more acidity - the sweetness is definitely not overpowered here. The finish is long with oaky notes and quite dry aswell. Very refreshing.

This is a genuine classic Belgian, a must try. I look forward to aging this next time.

, Feb 13, 2012
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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