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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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2,813 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,813
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 209
Gots: 244 | FT: 16
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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.

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New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive reddish brown with whispy khaki colored head, very good retention and lacing. Smell is a tart blend of cherry, currant, wine grapes and lemon backed by a faint kiss of oak and vanilla. Taste is a wonderful blend of sour and tart cherry and currant with touches of wine grapes, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, lemon, earth, vanilla, oak and dried grain. There is a slight pucker upon first sip, but it maintains a quite plesent level throughout the glass. Medium body, great prickly carbonation that lasts throughout the bottle, minimal pucker or sour aftertaste. Not terribly complex in the ingrediant profile that are put into it, but just an amazing beer all around due to the aging and yeasts.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 15:29:25 | More by rfgetz
Photo of woosterbill


4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Delaney's into a Rodenbach goblet - cheers to proper glassware, even if it is only 25cl.

A: Clear, deep ruby body with a half-inch of fine white foam; pretty quick dissipation and next to no lace. Great color, but disappointing otherwise.

S: Red wine/balsamic vinegar is overwhelming at first, but then opens up slightly into tart cherries and a bit of oaky vanilla. A little off-putting off the bat, but becomes intriguing.

T: Pleasant tartness throughout, with vinegar up front and delectable ripe cherries toward the end, as well as some dry oak. Clean, sour finish. Beautifully complex and balanced - perfect level of sourness.

M: Hugely effervescent medium body, the high carbonation of which is crucial for cutting through the tartness. Very nice.

D: Simply too much vinegar in the smell to be fully appealing, but on the other hand the tart finish keeps me thirsty for more.

Notes: Far more intense and complex than the regular Rodenbach - if the vinegar were even slightly less pronounced, this would be my ideal Flanders Red.


Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 22:30:27 | More by woosterbill
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark ruby red with a light white head.

S: Fruity and a hint of vinegar. Powerful smell.

T: Very complex. Starts with a "wow" of tart cherries. Finishes off with a vinegar bite. While the whole experience is continually sour, in a good way.

M: Not too heavy, but pretty well carbonated. Still a bit of a sipper.

D: Personally, could only drink one. Very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 14:51:24 | More by mostpoetsdo
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4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sergio's World Beers in Louisville, KY.

In an appropriate tulip. A dark reddish-amber with off-white head.

Smells of sour cherry, alcohol, and some grains.

Flavors of raspberry, sour cherry, clean hop flavors, and minimal toffee malt.

Very clean beer, refreshing and well carbonated to offset the sour flavors.

One of the finest examples of the Flanders Red Ale/Sour style. Don't miss a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 18:20:20 | More by BillyBoysPie
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3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rodenbach Gran Cru, what an exceptional beer. Obviously a sour ale, which doesn't appeal to most, but shows me that the Belgian's know there shit when it comes to beer. Pardon my language. You can taste notes of wood, maybe oak, Tart cherries, and vinegar, all giving this beer a sour taste. While not too sweet, this beer is very drinkable, but not yet drinkable by some. This beer is very good, and is a famous addition to any ones beer collection.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 05:40:38 | More by StevenBilodeau
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01.14.10 at City Beer Store, courtesy of Aaron

A: dark copper, very similar to the 2007

S: a nice brett bouquet

T: tastes a bit sharper, less sweet, than the 2007, with a coconut-y flavor

M: nice, soft fizz

D: I'd love to see what a magnum of these tastes like.

Had this side-by-side with a Rodenbach 2007, a limited-release vintage. BEAUTIFUL

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 23:21:08 | More by Chambic
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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark reddish brown with a small wispy white head. No real retention or lace.

S: Lots of tart cherry, vinegar, and oak.

T: Flavor matches the aroma. Nice and tart dark berries. Sour acidic vinegar with a nice dose of wood.

M: Medium in body, bubbly carbonation, good.

D: Pretty good, a solid sour. Tough one to drink all alone though.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 00:32:33 | More by tpd975
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4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at McNulty's Bier Market.

I was thrilled to see this was on tap and I had a few pours :)

Looks great - a reddish brown with a nice white ring.

Smells like cherries, leather, sour funk, Balsamic vinegar. Lots of Oak as well.

Taste can only be described as "WOW". My notes say "the beer, the myth, the legend". Sour cherry backed with tanins and vanilla from the oak. Sour but not decimating. Very wine like.

A lovely carbonation and body, this feels great in my mouth.

As for drinkability, the best ever. Hands down the standard for Flanders and perhaps all sours in general. Classic business here, thrilled to have had it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2010 19:18:27 | More by jampics2
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4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer is clear but a bit dense with a glow of reddish-brown at the base. There is a thin tan head supported by a soft carbonation.
S- This beer has a soft bright hint with an old wet wood note that has some hints of walnuts. There is a bright tart cherry hint in the finish. As the beer warms there are notes of caramel and roses with a stronger cola note in it.
T- This beer has a nice brown malt note with a bright tart finish and some chewy flavor and vinegar notes in the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft astringency and no real alcohol heat.
D- This beer has a nice flavor with notes of old and young beer in good combination. It was a pleasant surprise of malt flavors coming through as the beer warmed.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 22:23:55 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The nose is less loaded in balsamic vinegar but it'is more acidic and more aggressive, it also feels aromas of old wine. The taste is certainly a little more acidic than Rodenbach because the flavor of vinegar found it more strongly, coupled with hints of red fruit not yet ripe. The woody notes of oak, perceive themselves more distinctly, and tannins. The finish, in turn, is a bit more sour and there receives the acidity of currants. Always side with the winey and sweet and sour, it is remains rounder and more pleasing than the Rodenbach.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 16:47:48 | More by ThaCreep
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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours a very deep ruby color in which is somewhat translucent. A fizzy heading for just a bit and turns flt looking. No lacing.

Smell is extremley tart and extremley cherry. A kind of grape aroma as well. Is this beer?

Taste is again heavily tarted,sour whatever. Cherry is right up front and finishes with a little malty kiss. Nothing much else just a whole lot of sour.

Mouth is full bodied,not fizzy looking but very much alive on the palate in which tingles the entire mouth.

Drinkability is actually quite drinkable. This is the beer folks wine.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 01:15:38 | More by TheFightfan1
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4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Beautiful beer with a slightly off white head that was tiny and died down quickly. The beer was a magnificent dark ruby color with some amber hues.

Smell: This is one pungent beer. It smells a bit like apple vinegar with some cherry elements and a bit of backing sweetness.

Taste: A sour cider with a massive sour taste which included a finish that just kept going. There was a sweet backing flavor and a tiny bit of oakyness. Cherry and a vinous character were clearly present. It is complex as all get out.

Mouthfeel: The sourness is so strong that there is an carbonation like prickle, which goes fantastically with the lighter, thinner body.

Drinkability: The thin body and huge complexity would be a wonderful combination leading to a massively drinkable beer, but the super sourness makes it a serious sipper. It was rather enjoyable and a good introduction to sours.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 03:14:11 | More by OnThenIn
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4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep coppery brown, poured with a low short-lasting tan head.
S: Acetic/Hard cidery smell
T: Sour cranberry/cherry-strawberry flavors, finish is long with a lingering acetic taste
M: Clean, crisp
D: This is a great once-in-a-while beer; the lingering acidity on the finish make it a food-friendly drink IMHO

I enjoyed this beer; wonderful style. Not my favorite for everyday drinking, but it's a definite addition to my repitoire.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 02:46:36 | More by Kurioser
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3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml corked and caged bottle, poured into a goblet.

Firstly, I've had a very small number of these types of beer and my taste generally doesn't lean toward the style either, so my review may be just a bit skewed.

This beer is very visually striking to me. It pours a brown color, with beautiful red hues around the edges, especially when held into the light. It has a moderate off white head that fades and laces the edges of the glass.

It's very tart, almost lambic like. Strong flavors of cherries and perhaps a little bit of raspberries. Some vinous characteristics that make the beer exceptionally interesting. The sourness is what keeps me away from beers like this. It's good, but I can only stomach a glass of it at a time.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 06:54:53 | More by oskoreien
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.

2007 vintage. Beer pours reddish brown with a small white head. The aroma is a mix of sourness, oak and tart cherries. The flavor is a medium sourness with sour fruit (cherries) and some oak and vanilla. Not as sour as some of the beers I have had, but one of the best overall sours I have tried. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 02:07:11 | More by Mora2000
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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

Champagne style bottle, cork, and wire cage. BevMo in San Mateo. Served in a Unibroue goblet

Out of the fridge, this pours a little hazy with a big bubbled head that fades to lace around the edges. On warming, the beer becomes clear. It is a gorgeous "brune" brown color. Deep reddish brown with yellowish tints at the edges. Looks like still Coca Cola from the top but has reddish tints from the side.

The aroma is quite a bit funky with some oxidized notes. It really hints at what is to follow.

On the tongue it starts sweet and fizzy. As it passes the sides to the back of the tongue, I get a crescendo of tartness. I get surges of two distinctly different sournesses. Tart cherry and something more funky. The sourness lasts quite a while and seems to interchange with some good tight sweetness. There is just a tiny bit of bitterness that coincides with the tart surge in the beginning. Finish is impossibly clean.

Medium to full bodied. Tastes obviously bigger than the classic Rodenbach, even though it's just a little more ABV.

Overall: I loved the classic sour, and I love Monk's sour, and now I love this Grand Cru version. It's not for everyone. It's a bit more out there than the classic, but if you like the classic and you're up for a special treat, this is great.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 21:26:59 | More by oggg
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown / red color, respectable brown head

Smells sour and bitter, some funky oak odors as well

Taste is definitely sour, would make someone pucker if they were unsuspecting. I had this as part of a beer flight and will be going back for a full glass in the coming weeks for sure. Lots of oak, sour cherry, somem dark fruits and some wild beasties to level it out. I really enjoyed the flavors that were brought out in this one -

Good carbonation, nice and smooth body, this has clearly been perfected and I would not hesitate to recommend to anybody that enjoys a good beer. I cannot believe that there is only 6% in this one, completely stunned by this revelation

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 02:05:05 | More by alpinebryant
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3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I hated Duchesse but Im giving this a try.

Pours a reddish brown with a short lived off white head.

Smells like vinegar, some oak, and sour cherry.

Taste is sweet and sour, tastes like cherries fermenting in oak barrels, a huge step over Duchesse. This isn't the offensive vinegar horseradish tasting harseshit that I have associated with this style, Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 07:03:19 | More by crossovert
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New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served 3 ounces at a local beer tasting, into a wine glass.

Poured reddish brown with minimal foam. Pour was careful to avoid disturbing the yeast, so no noted sediment. Minimal foam.

Tasted like sour cherries, yet strangely delicious. Tart, but balanced well - reminiscent of a cherry cola taste. Some oakiness to the consistency. Good carbonation.

Fantastic beer - the 3 ounces was not enough to apprecitae it fully, but I will be seeking this one out.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 19:41:43 | More by KTCamm
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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This pours a translucent, dark brown color with deep ruby tinting. It forms a head of medium brown colored foam, about one finger thick. The retention is not long, but that's typical of the style, to my experience. Lacing is light and foamy and rather slick.

The sourness in this one seems very big, on first scent. With a few more inhalations though, it begins to find it's level of balance. The sourness is still what you notice first, but there's a good amount of oak in here, also. Big notes of cherries. A decent presence of barnyard funk. Some tart, purple grape skins. There is also an unexpected hint of maltiness.

Oh man, that is delicious.
I have no idea if they use cherries in this brew, but the cherry notes in this are huge! Notes of sweet Ranier cherries and tart cherry skins. A beautiful presence of grape flavor, both tart and sweet. There is a nice amount of caramel malt sweetness, which balances the whole sour thing. Mild notes of black currants. Mild hints of hay/barnyard funk. A nice, mellow, oakiness sits on top of all of this, smoothing it all out, but never getting in the way.

This has a solid medium body. The carbonation level is medium-to-high, yet manages to not get in the way of your enjoyment. It is crisp and light, yet almost full and lightly creamy, all at the same time.

This one is absolutely wonderful and at only 6.0%abv it could be enjoyed on a regular basis. Now, if only I could get it at my local liquor store, instead of having to travel/trade to get it...

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 21:48:08 | More by coldmeat23
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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did I mention that I love cherries? I know it's not "made" with cherries, but the critters in this stuff make it taste like tart dark fruit. Delicious! It's got a light red-brown color going on, and a really lace head. Like some lingerie. Sexay. Sour. Tart. Lip smacking. Tonguing the inside of your mouth for residual flavor. Good.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 06:19:14 | More by Sechavar
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4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 2009/11/25.

Pours deep brown into a glass with deep red highlights. Fine white head that provides a modicum of lacing.

There's no nice way to say it; I couldn't distinguish the aroma of this beer from that of vinegar. There was also a nice apple cider note and grape note to offset it, however.

The flavor is quite sharp: tart, sweet berries and a vinous character that dances right on the edge of vinegar. Some fleeting wood character. Despite this, it didn't strike me as especially complex.

Finish is notably dry and slightly acidic.

This one pulls off an amazing feat: successfully walking a tightrope over undrinkable sourness. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 01:12:04 | More by charlzm
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4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours dark ruby brown with a 1+ finger tan head with good retention

smells of grape cherry some vinegar

taste is great - powerful tart sweet/sour fruit cherry grape that last and linger

mouthfeel is very well carbonated that gives you some bite at first but then smooth and creamy on the finish

drinkability - i could have this with my dinner everynight

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 01:40:55 | More by jsh420
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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into a Chimay goblet

A - poured a very thin layer of off white loose foam which fell quickly. all thats left is a thin ring and small island floating in the cneter of the glass. the beer itself is a cloudy, dark amber/brown color.

S - huge funky sour fruits. picking out apples, grapes, vinegar, bit of sweet toffee like qualities occasionally near the end. tart and mouth watering.

T - yowza! massive loads of funky vinegar, sour fruits (think smarties or sweet tarts), and nice sweetness near the end for balance. its way sour, but not puckering. cherries, apples, grapes, vinegary, oak. delicious.

M - tons of carbonation add to the exciting dancing flavors. sour, sweet and tart all rolled into one. slightly chalky feel from all the carbonation and sugars. thin bodied yet powerful.

D - delicious and interesting. one of the few sours readily available here that dont cost an arm and a leg, and so worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 01:59:17 | More by Stigs
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I realized I haven't review this one yet. Bottle shared with some family after Thanksgiving dinner.

A: Grand Cru pours a dark brown color with reddish tint and an off-white head. The beer leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is very acetic, vinous, and tart. There is also a substantial malt aroma which provides a bit of balance to the nose.

T: This is what I think of when I hear "Flanders Red Ale". The taste is incredibly acetic and vinous. There are also great sour cherry and wood flavors, lending the beer a tannic quality.

M: The beer is rather full bodied with abundant carbonation and an astringency that can be a bit strong if you're not really expecting it.

D: As previously mentioned, this beer is pretty much *the* example of a Flanders Red. It's a really solid beer and a great one for wine drinkers like my cousin that I shared the bottle with.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 06:41:29 | More by womencantsail
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