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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: 240
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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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.

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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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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.

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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into stella chalice

A-dark burnt amber, mahogany color up to light. much darker away from light. small 1 finger head.

S-very familiar smell, cant put my finger on it. definitely smells a bit sour. sort of vinagar fruity smell.

T-Tastes like less sugary sour candy. Tart, apple flavor.

Mf-pretty thin for what I was expecting. Sort of fizzy.

O-I have never had a beer anything like this beer before. Never had a sour of anything along those lines. But this is really good. Drinks more like a wine. I really like this beer. I will be looking for more like this and i highly recommend this one.

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A - Pours a very dark caramel brown with a 1-2 finger creamy light tan head. Excellent lacing.

S - Strong scent of sour cherries. I also smell some dry sherry and vanilla. Really pleasant and the sour smell isn't too overbearing.

T - Straight cherry punch to start that dries the tongue with tartness.

M - Very nice balance of sweet/tart. Good carbonation and medium body.

O - Wow, I don't know why I put off trying this classic beer for so long. It's my first Flanders Red Ale and I really enjoyed it. Now I might be able to justify buying the $20 2008 vintage version soon.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 into a tulip.

A - nice but nothing that stands out. Fizzy head when pouring that dissipates almost immediately to a tiny white ring that sticks around. Deep red-brown color.

S - bit darker fruit up front, darker sour cherries perhaps. Also some apple with a vinegar sourness. Fruity but not on the citrus side.

T - tart and fruity. A little sweet up front and fizzy. Definitely cherry and apple (Granny Smith) fruits. A bit of plum at the back end. The tartness is primarily vinegar but there is some lactic mixed in there. This is a "sour" - basically no funk/Brett. Just a hint of oak at the very end as it warms some.

M - pretty fizzy. The sweetness in the taste doesn't come through in the mouthfeel at all, this is actually fairly dry. My big knock on this is that it's fizzier than I prefer, otherwise it's pretty good.

Overall this is a tasty beer. A good basic sour that's very drinkable. Not the most complex, funky, or sour of beers, but that's ok too. The sourness is well-incorporated into the beer and it has some definite winelike characteristics. And at $10 a 750 you really can't beat the price for a decent sour.

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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