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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,297
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 240
Gots: 378 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours with 1 - 2 fingers of pale tan head with nearly a thin cap of retention. The colour is a reddish brown - something like tannin rich pond water.

S: Sour scent of red wine barrel, acidic, with wet wood and tannins
Profile of sour cherries and some wet earthy funkiness, but not at all disagreeable.

T: Tastes of sour cherries with a pucker of red wine vinegar and the dry tannins of red wine. I'm getting something that I can only describe as leather.

M: Medium carbonation and medium bodied with acidic complex like a red wine with more sugars. Great mix of sour, sweet, acidic and tannins.

O: Complex mix that presents a multitude of opposing flavour combinations. Interesting brew in how it so closely resembles a red wine. While I'm not a fan of sours generally, I find this brew complex and intriguing.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the first time I have had a beer of this style, so comments are a bit unorthodox.

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: very dark copper red; thin head
S: whew! Sour--vinegar. Is that good or bad for this style?
T: like smoking my first cigar; I'm coughing; incredibly flavorful and complex; very sweet and sour; would be ideal as an appetizer

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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoooie. Gotta love you some Flanders ales. If only they were more readily available and more people were making them.

This ale carries all of the hallmark characteristics of the style. Woody, mostly cherry tartness. Makes the back of your mouth pucker a little and do funny things. I'm really building this up quite nicely, aren't I? This is closer to the wild tones of a lambic or wild ale, so you better know what you're getting into. Bottom line: this is a grand cru that deserves the title. Gotta love it.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle.

Appearance: Dark, ruddy maroon with a big off-white head.

Nose: Tons and tons of layers of tart cherries, green apples, deep dark toffee malts, and bright lemon and lime.

Taste: Lots of complexity here. There's a lot of very ripe and assertive fruit: cranberry, cherry, raspberry, and lime to name a few. Everything is balanced by the hint of bready malt in the background and a sweet, syrupy finish.

Mouthfeel: Good for the style, which can generally be a bit flat and watery. This one has nice carbonation and a good body.

Overall: Its evident why its a classic. Perfectly balanced, layers of flavors, and not one of them a bad one. Still doesn't match up to the Cuvee des Jacobins in terms of complexity for me, but its pretty close.

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3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL shared with myself throughout the day. Been wanting to try this accessible, affordable sour for a while and finally cracked one since it was a trade extra.

A: Pours a deep garnet tinted brown, tan head is about one finger and sticks around for quite some time.

S: Red wine vinegar, unripe cherry and cranberry, candy sweetness and tartness. A hint of buttery oak.

T: Great balance of sweetness up front and dry tartness on the back of the tongue. Plenty of fermented berry flavor underneath the classic vinegar-like acidic sourness.

M: Solid carbonation, moderately acidic and astringent, finishes dry and slightly tannic like a good red wine. Leaves a nice tartness in the back corners of the mouth. However, unlike a Cabernet, this one makes my mouth water after each sip.

O: A very solid, approachable and drinkable sour. I hate to compare to Duchesse, but at the same price and availability, it's hard not to. I much prefer this beer, due to the less vinegar and more oak presence.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,297 ratings.