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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,040 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,040
Reviews: 991
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 219
Gots: 304 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

KevdoggNasty, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Bobbydigi, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of ahq514
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml into tulip glass.

Pours dark brown with an airy, off white head (roughly two fingers worth). Appears to have fairly high carbonation. Some light lacing.

Complex aroma which consists of multiple fruits (cherries, dark fruits, apples, etc.). Also a certain vinegar aspect of it because of the sourness. Behind the fruit and sour aspects of the aroma is a decent malt backbone, even giving it some light caramel/chocolate aromas.

Tastes similar to aroma. Starts off sour and a little puckering, which contains some of the fruits in the aroma, mostly cherries. Then comes some sweetness which brings out fruit flavors even more. The malt presence is there throughout making it more balanced than some other sours that I've had. A smooth presence of oak and vanilla wedged in there too.

Great balance of sweet and sour making it very drinkable and refreshing. Medium body and pretty carbonated.

While I haven't had many sours, this is awesome. Some of the others I've had, have just been all pucker and nothing else. This one allows you to taste the malt and some sweetness balancing out the sourness quite well. Will happily recommend this beer to others looking to have a well balanced sour.

ahq514, Mar 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

london1o1, Mar 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

jrfehon33, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer had complications at first. The wire cage broke while untwisting and the cork was 1/2 the size expected. I was honestly convinced the cork broke in 1/2, but I couldn't find the bottom 1/2 to prove it...
Anyways, the beer pours a dark dark brown with a fluffy tan head that fades fast.There's great lacing and almost no haze in the light. The smell is a vinegar and plumb balsamic vinaigrette with a very light sweetness underlying. It's got a very subtle sourness, which I'm pleased about, complemented with an underlying sweetness. There is a slight indication of the alcohol, but it's more present in the beer's bite after sipping. Honestly I was expecting more cherries based on the regular rodenbach...
The beer drinks like a champ though with it's clean tasting malts and vinegar fruitiness. Absolutely incredible beer that pushed flavor to the max while remaining balanced. For a sour, this drinks like a champagne. The aftertaste is a lingering sweet and sour that leaves hints of tobacco leaves and ripe stone fruits. Absolutely the right balance between sour, drinkable, sweet, tangy, and dry.
Overall, this beer's a great price and is easily accessible. It's highly drinkable due to its muted sourness, modest abv, and tingling mouthfeel.

ThePorterSorter, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

emilylee, Mar 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

mikeg531, Mar 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

TGCarr, Mar 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

sponch51, Mar 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Vylo, Mar 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

harrymel, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured dark brown in color with a frothy, off-white colored head leaving it's mark all over the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of tart, sour cherry flavors to it. A sweet, malty presence really helps give it some balance. It has a lot of real nice funky, fruity, malty flavors to it.

The taste has some sharp sour and tart flavors to it up front. The finish is where I get more of the dark fruits, tart cherries and sweet caramel malts. Again, nice balance of the sweetness and tartness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little above average. Overall it's very good beer and a classic version of the style. It has a very good range of flavors but manages to bring them together very well. Very nice overall.

billab914, Mar 18, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark red brown colour, no real head or lacing, just a ring and a few spots.

S - Cherry, yeast, green apple, pear.

T - Tart cherry, sweet cherry, vinegar, plenty of fruity esters, some wood.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation. A subtle tart finish. Lovely and just perfect for the style.

O - A very good Belgian. Worth seeking out if you like Duchesse de Bourgogne.

dansmcd, Mar 17, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.7%

girl1dr, Mar 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jheezee, Mar 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

LoveBeerNo7, Mar 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

DeerNick, Mar 15, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brownish red, slightly hazy with a big off white head that faded rather quickly to a thin layer over the top.

S- vinegar and cherry. Some funk and sweet.

T- lots going on here, there's the sour vinegar, some sweetness, followed by some slight vanilla oak like taste. Very good.

M- light-mediumbody with good carbonation.

O- very good beer with a lot going on and it all comes together in my mouth so well! Definately getting some more of this.

vobr0002, Mar 15, 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

A: nice dark red color with finger width of white head.

S: great sour cherry smell with a small amount of wine smell to it.

T: love this taste. Very crisp, sour, somewhat dry with a finish of an Oakley small.

M: good dry crisp light mouth feel. Bubbly

O: overall, a delicious beer. Unique finish for a Flanders as well. Would get it again

TVolt1, Mar 15, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying with my good friend pshul4

A: Very dark orange or brown. Pours with very little head and no lacing is left. Looks like apple cider.

S: Light sour notes, melons and dark cherries. Quite pleasant. The sour scent is somewhat analogous to the scent of a bourbon barrel aged beer.

T: Very nice. Cherries and lemons and green apples, similar to how it smelled but better. Tastes a little like apple cider with some lemon juice mixed in.

M: Really smooth, very little carbonation. Goes down like juice. Super easy drinking.

O: Really good beer. I honestly have not had very many sours so it is difficult for me to compare this to other beers of the like, but this is just downright tasty.

areich6, Mar 15, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with my drinking buddy areich6 and my girlfriend (who loved it, thanks BA community)

A- Pours much darker than I was expecting but it is my first flanders red

S- Very nice mellow sour notes, some dark cherry and lemon scents which is definitely pleasing

T- Tasty sour notes with big cherry flavors and some sour lemon in the background. Can tell there is malt but in the mouthfeel moreso than the taste

M- Nice and light. Extra refreshing on this sweltering (79 in chicago in march is sweltering!) day

O- I love this beer and maybe I like sours more than I thought I did

pschul4, Mar 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Rconn006, Mar 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

EmilySanders, Mar 09, 2012
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