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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,295 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,295
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 237
Gots: 379 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
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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Photo of spoony
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

A-Pours a murky brown with golden highlights. Not much red to speak of. There was a half finger of khaki head that died down pretty quickly. The thin ring left behind didn't leave much lacing. Not much visible carbonation.

S-It was not super-tart like some other sours, but you know you're drinking a sour brew. There is a sweet, somewhat malty backbone. I got cherries, green apple, and grapes. I didn't pick up much heat or wood initially, but as the beer warmed, the smell got a little more funky and oaky.

T-This tasted like real cherries (sour cherries), not just some beer-like imitation of fruit. Very fresh with just the right amount of sour for me. The flavors are on the sweeter side, but it isn't just sweet juice, there is a long finish of tartness that hangs around the back of you mouth.

M-Really smooth and balanced. Not particularly carbonated, but not slimy or oily feeling. Again, quite drinkable for a sour without being boring.

O-I really enjoyed this. If I were looking for a sour that I could drink easily without overpowering everything else on my palate, but something that is still concentrated/interesting enough to be worth drinking, I would go here.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a dark clear amber red with a rich thick head and exceptional lacing.

Smell – Cherries, intense oak, a nice sweetness combined with sour, with a hint of grapes and red licorice.

Taste – Cherry, with a sweet and sour that balance each other out.

Mouthfeel – A light carbonation; very smooth and slightly creamy, with a slightly sour aftertaste.

Drinkability – A great sour beer because it's not overly sour.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of gatornation
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

corked caged 750ml bottle with BB 070314 on bottom of bottle

A- pours a dark chestnut color with a 1 finger tan head that recedes to a fresh filmed cap thru out

S- was grapes and black cherry with dark fruit it had a sweet and sour smell nothing overpowering but very inviting

T- perfection! tart cherries with currant fruits a sweet grape taste with oak in the background

M- it was tart upfront but was sweetened with wine like taste a subtle amount of wood with with just the right sweet and sour mix

O-outstanding brew for the style and $8 will not be beat,this is in a top tier rung for the style

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Filosoof
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From some beers you will never forget where and when you drank your first. Rodenbach is such beer.

My first impression was (like the colour): Ice-tea-beer. My second impression was Ice-tea-beer (because of the sourness). My third impression is: there's nothing like Rodenbach.

L: the foam won't win be world champion;
S: not too powerful, but elegant, nuts, vanilla, milky sours;
T & M: absolutely great; starting round and fresh, with a nice sour finish, a very tine tartness.
O: classic!

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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%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of flyingpig
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut brown colour that is topped with a thumb sized, light brown head with a foamy texture and solid retention.

Sour cherry and dark fruit aroma to kick things off and backed up by some tarty aromas. There is some sugar and sweetness in the middle and a hint of grape and acidity.

Lingering sour taste to it and it just seems to go on and on. There is some cherries, grapes and apples along with a definite sugar presence and a little bit of tart. Almost like a champagne at points towards the end.

Medium and very smooth with some acidity and a huge helps of sourness that follows this. It is quite sweet and goes down a treat with great balance and medium, bordering on strong carbonation.

An exceptional beer and one that I could drink all night, the flavours and aromas had great balance and all seemed to work well together for the better of the beer. At first I thought the sourness would prove to much for me but it settled down a little with great depth.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,295 ratings.