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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,089
Reviews: 994
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 223
Gots: 309 | 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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4/5  rDev -6.8%

bauermj, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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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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5/5  rDev +16.6%

beerme411, Nov 14, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep, dark cherry to brown in color with thinnish tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving nice lacing. Aroma is vinous and fruity with apple, raspberry, cherry and grape notes. A touch of nutty or biscuity malts lurks in the background. The flavor brings out some stale malt with plenty more fruit flavors. A tad sweet but not nearly as much as what the aroma hinted at. Definite sour, earthy overtones, with a kick of moldy barnyard funk almost reminiscent of some strong blue cheeses toward the end. Medium bodied, fairly mouth-puckering feel. Nice and refreshing with just enough complexity and funk to make a lively, interesting beer.

goldbot, Nov 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a Russian River tulip. No date on the bottle or cork.

Pours hazy burgundy with a creamy light beige head that sticks around for most of the session.

Fruity aromas of cranberries, grapes, and sour cherries are the most forward. Followed by aged balsamic and sweeter malt. A touch of tannin and more fruit.

Opens with cranberry and crab apple like flavors that quickly move into a biting balsamic vinegar. Again, tannin and more fruit. Grapes and sour cherries.

Mouthfeel is pretty much spot on. Smooth and some what creamy, with a thin-medium body and a tickle of carbonation. A touch of drying as well.

Grapes and cranberries intertwine with some earthy tannin and oak flavors, with a biting sourness. A great, widely available example of a great Flanders acid ale. Glad this one is popping up again in my area. For the price, it is the definition of a bargain. My only complaint is that it isn't bottle conditioned. I would love to see what some yeast in the bottle may do to this one with time.

auroracrisis, Nov 09, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.
No date but had for 18 months
Victory snifter tulip

A: Pours a murky reddish brown. Finger of off white tannish head. Mild light lacing. Bottle popped with smoke. Tight tiny bubbles.

S: Smelled this upon opening. Dark cherries, oak and funk in this one. Other dark fruits like prunes and plum. Vinegar hints as well.

T: It's just the staple Flemish Red. You get the tart dark cherries on the tip of the tongue. It's delicious. Middle of the mouth you get that funkiness. Mild mouth pucker but not as much as a Kriek. And the a crisp refreshing finish. Dry and wine like. No alcohol presence.

M: Light to medium. Mouth coating from the pucker.

O: A for sure. It's definitely a world class beer. And I love that I can find it whenever I want another....

inlimbo77, Nov 07, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a novelty glass, with a nice light at the bottom of the glass. this would work but this is a far darker than deeper colored beer than expected. Deep amber colored beer, amazing champagne carbonation with a tall creamy thick head, well retained. Call me impressed.

Tart and sour nose with am amber and almost toasted hint well in the back ground. Fruity without really being overt or bringing out any clear fruit flavors.

This is absolutely amazing. A mild sweetness hits the front of the tongue, amber malts. As it drags back the sour notes pick up more and more as they go back, finishing puckerlingly sour and tart. Then the sour fades leaving fruit flavors (apples?). The whole tongue is simply overwhelmed with flavors beyond anything i've ever had. This is the best sour I've had and at a fraction the cost of the cantillions.

Crisp, well carbonated, but the sour flavors bite and burn the back of the mouth. You can't do this beer without this bite, but it can be a bit off putting. Maybe the flaw of a sour?

I admit I've only had maybe 15 sours, but this one stands miles above the rest. This is just to die for and I'm going to buy another bottle after work tomorrow. I'm not sure how one can improve upon this other than finding a way to make sours smell better.

bobhits, Nov 06, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into flute. Best by December 2014, so I'm assuming this is a fairly young bottle.

A: Pours a clear but deep reddish-brown, heavy mahogany tones here. Nice layer of foamy tan head; I set my drink down for about half an hour and when I came back it was still around. The color itself brings to mind the flavor of oak, which is always appreciated.

S: I'm trying to nitpick here with the rating but I can't deny the great qualities of this beer's aroma. Full of oak, sour cherries, and a light funkiness– all in chorus with another. I do love the really yeasty, "horse blanket" beers, but this one really kills it in moderation.

T: Tart, but not overly sour at all, well balanced with sweetness. Picking up a heavy dose of green apple flavors, alongside the cherries so prominent in the aroma, and another really unique sour flavor that I'm having trouble placing– I suppose white grapes are the best comparison, even if I'm hesitant in saying that (diatribe: that brings to mind beers like Dogfish Head's Midas Touch, which this is nothing like... just a really unique manifestation of a flavor that can go in so many different ways, though it really gels with this beer). While all of these flavors have a sour side to them, their sweetnesses also get to shine, and nothing is ever too out of control. I'm nitpicking with the 4.0 rating, as it's so close to a 4.5, and I would easily rate it so if I hadn't had already a number of other sours, even if in different styles.

M: Thin-bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a dry, tart finish. I don't have that much more to describe about it, but it's well done.

O: Great beer, perhaps unfairly held back in the sub-ratings by others that I've had and enjoyed more. The balance and light mouthfeel mean that this is a beer you can spend the evening with, offering something new with every sip. Furthermore, $10 for a 750ml of a Belgian sour? I can't think of many other Belgians or sours that meet that price tag– I'll be certain to pick this up again, and highly recommend you grab it if you see it.

AwYeh, Nov 02, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thinnish sudsy creme head, translucent orange-brown body.

Smell is cider vinegar, but with plenty of grape.

Taste is remarkably tart... but so well balanced. Vinegary, for sure, especially on the aftertaste. Especially mellow and rounded out in the middle, grapey tartness accompanies. Some sour raspberry (not ripe). Faintly appley as well, but that's tertiary.

Mouthfeel is nice- carbonation is appropriately lively, but not so bright as to over-tang the flavor.

This is one of the best Flemish reds I've ever had-- truly worthy of the hype and representative of the style. Mestreechs Ajt Red is another good example if you enjoy this one.

zaphodchak, Oct 21, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle dated 6/19/2012. I have a feeling its been sitting here for quite some time.

A: poured into pilsner flute. Clear dark red color with light dull orange head. highly fizzy carbonation.

S: vinegar, apples, black cherry, wet wood.

T: tart cherries and apples. Smoothed out by bits of sugary sweetness and woody notes. Finishes crisp and a little dry.

M: medium bodied, almost syrupy at times, but loaded with fizzy carbonation. Insanely drinkable.

O: still expanding my horizons on sours, but DAMN this is good! Just the right amount of tartness. Will buy this again and again.

ReelBigwigFish, Oct 18, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cellared almost a year to the date. Flute glass pour and I am met with a nice dark brown colored ale with accompanying brown/beige foaming head that lingers. The smell has nice oak and different dark fruits in the mix. Just a touch of the vinegar in the aroma. Very pleasant. Amazing taste. Sweet and sour are blended perfectly. You get the fruitiness up front followed by a slight acetic dose of sourness on the swallow. Very dry finish and the salivation keeps me coming back for another sip. Carbonation is there but that's to be expected. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Not overly sour or harsh like some sours. Just a great blend as the Rodenbach crew knows exactly what they are doing. Great stuff!

kaseydad, Oct 16, 2011
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,089 ratings.