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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,194 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,194
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 224
Gots: 326 | FT: 18
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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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

godmare, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

kmwilson76, Dec 27, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

beerhorn12, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Burnsy22, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

mrebeka, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The color is a dark amber with reddish brown highlights. A tall white head leaves sticky lacing around the edges all the way through the end of the glass.

S - Very tart cherries and pears. Has an acidic aroma like vinegar that cuts through the nose harshly. It is not unpleasant, but rather candy like sour.

T - Very tart cherries upfront that subside towards the end and leave a sweet dry sugar flavor at the end of a sip. As the beer warms up the bite from the sourness tends to back off a little.

M - High carbonation with a chsmpagne like dry finish that seems to evaporate off the toungue.

O - In keeping with styles, this is one of the very best.

buyBinboaVodka, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Telestic, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

OBIrish24, Dec 25, 2011
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1/5  rDev -76.7%

Marc33, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

mendvicdog, Dec 24, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -65%

nivlac18, Dec 24, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -65%

Harkrank, Dec 23, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany which turns crimson when the light strikes it, tight and creamy ecru foam. Dark fruits drive the beer - sour cherry, plum, and cranberry. Sour and funky, of course. The acidity further accentuates the fruity aspects. The funkiness is reminiscent of an old, moist basement. Musty oak, almost mossy. The oakiness lingers into the finish - certainly the most vinous of beer styles. Mild sweetness balances and contrasts the sourness.

World class and the benchmark for the style. Not much more to say, except that I'm so thankful this beer is available to me year-around. Why are some regularly spending $30/bottle on hard-to-find mediocre American sours when this stuff is sitting around for 1/3 of the cost all over the US?

bump8628, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

CelticAleMan, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jtmcgraw, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

PhineasGage, Dec 22, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a Duvel Tulip

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Very deep reddish, copper, brown. Small tan head that recedes to a ring very quickly.

S: Strong pungent sour vinegar nose, with big cherry notes in it. Light hint of caramel.

T: Very, very sour. Strong on the fruit notes of cherry, apple, raspberry, with a vinegary sting in the back. With some warming, it mellows a little and the oak comes through lightly in in the finish.

M: A medium mouthfeel with strong, dry tartness. Makes you want to sip again and again to refresh the mouth.

D: The best of the style I've had, a real treat. The don't make them like this often.

ncfranklin, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

sweatervest27, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Leftofthedial, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

bkny27, Dec 17, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. This is dark brown with amber hues. There is a light tan bubbly head.

The aroma is slightly sweet malt vinegar, lots of acidic character here.

The taste starts out with a nice vinegary tartness and finishes with just a bit of sweetness in the finish. This is one of the better balanced Flanders Red Ales, which for the most part I consider a garbage style. This isn't too bad though. I would probably say it's kind of tangy.

The body is medium, with nice sharp carbonation.

Good, but I'll pass for other sours most of the time.

andrewinski1, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

cld253, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Discordian, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Ajlvt, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

peteramullen, Dec 15, 2011
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 3,194 ratings.