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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,346 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,346
Reviews: 1,019
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 243
Gots: 406 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of LoveBeerNo7
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of DeerNick
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of vobr0002
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brownish red, slightly hazy with a big off white head that faded rather quickly to a thin layer over the top.

S- vinegar and cherry. Some funk and sweet.

T- lots going on here, there's the sour vinegar, some sweetness, followed by some slight vanilla oak like taste. Very good.

M- light-mediumbody with good carbonation.

O- very good beer with a lot going on and it all comes together in my mouth so well! Definately getting some more of this.

Photo of TVolt1
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice dark red color with finger width of white head.

S: great sour cherry smell with a small amount of wine smell to it.

T: love this taste. Very crisp, sour, somewhat dry with a finish of an Oakley small.

M: good dry crisp light mouth feel. Bubbly

O: overall, a delicious beer. Unique finish for a Flanders as well. Would get it again

Photo of areich6
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying with my good friend pshul4

A: Very dark orange or brown. Pours with very little head and no lacing is left. Looks like apple cider.

S: Light sour notes, melons and dark cherries. Quite pleasant. The sour scent is somewhat analogous to the scent of a bourbon barrel aged beer.

T: Very nice. Cherries and lemons and green apples, similar to how it smelled but better. Tastes a little like apple cider with some lemon juice mixed in.

M: Really smooth, very little carbonation. Goes down like juice. Super easy drinking.

O: Really good beer. I honestly have not had very many sours so it is difficult for me to compare this to other beers of the like, but this is just downright tasty.

Photo of pschul4
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with my drinking buddy areich6 and my girlfriend (who loved it, thanks BA community)

A- Pours much darker than I was expecting but it is my first flanders red

S- Very nice mellow sour notes, some dark cherry and lemon scents which is definitely pleasing

T- Tasty sour notes with big cherry flavors and some sour lemon in the background. Can tell there is malt but in the mouthfeel moreso than the taste

M- Nice and light. Extra refreshing on this sweltering (79 in chicago in march is sweltering!) day

O- I love this beer and maybe I like sours more than I thought I did

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of EmilySanders
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a fairly deep brown with a small off white nearly tan head that doesn't have much staying power
S: Smells intensely of sour cherries and other berries with faint wisps of oakiness
T: Delightfully sour cherry flavor turns deceptively sweet before another wave of sourness rushes in. Vanilla and oakiness comes in on the back end and a slightly sour but mostly woody sweet finish on the swallow
M: good carbonation and a solid mouthfeel. Not thin but not overly heavy
O: Rodenbach Classic is great and this one ratchets up the sourness to the next level. I think a little bit of the complexity is lost due to that but this one still has the same flavors with an extra dash of tartness.

Photo of wo87810
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wha! I've never reviewed this beer before. Well silly me.

Pours a nice fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades pretty quickly, just a touch of light getting through the dark reddish maroon burnt sienna brown colored beer.

Nose is definite Belgian flemish, sour malts, malt vinegar, light bready malts, sour fruit, a bit of tart cherry and apricot like fruits, hints of brown sugar and molasses, and a bit of lactic acid like aromas.

Taste is more of the same as expected, tart fruit and sour malts hit right off, again a malt vinegar but not quite Duchesse level, tart berry, sour peach and cherry like fruit, lactic acid, etc. Then a bready brown malt, hint of molasses, juicy tart fruits. Finish is bone dry, actually even more than bone dry, but slightly flemmy, with tons of sour and tart fruits and malt flavors lingering, and a bit of lactic acid.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb which I always thought it had more carbonation, and a little bite from the acidity.

Overall great, this is one of the staples for a flemish red style, great tart fruit, sour brown malts, light lactic acid, but smooth and juicy, and still somehow decently drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of JustAnotherGalen
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a Tulip

A: Nice 1-1.5 finger Khaki head that receded quickly. Beautiful clear deep burgundy body.

S: Vinegar, slight funky barnyard but very minimal. No hops, no malt.

T: Sweet fruity flavors with strong acidic tartness. some lingering malt flavor as an aftertaste

M: Thin and highly carbonated

O: I love this style and this beer. A wonderfully refreshing sour that is reasonably priced. I will always welcome a chance to enjoy this beer.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color with a brownish head. Good lacing on my snifter glass. The nose is super tart, with vinegar, cherry, some oak and a very acidic quality. The taste is very similar in profile, but a little more complex. The oak comes out more in the taste, along with other berries. Feel is tart, with a mouth puckering effect. There's also some fruit sweetness, as well as a mellowness on the fringe. Overall, very solid brew, I like it.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl into Rodenbach tulip. On draft at brewery. Off white head, fluffy, high retention. Much darker than classic, almost black. Aroma more pungent, this time puckering my entire face.  Tongue smacking. Balsamic in nature. An amazing and memorable experience drinking this surrounded by the oak tuns. Wow. 

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style glass. Stamp on the bottom of the bottle says 07/03/14 which I take to mean drink by March 7, 2014.

A- Pours a dark brown that's almost opaque with a 1/2 inch head that's very fizzy as it quickly gasses away to just a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and almost no surface foam. Below average lacing.

S- Smells of rotten cherries and sour red grapes. Oh boy. Here we go.

T- Immediate lashing of the tongue with dry, puckering sourness but what's this? A soaring rescue as the sweetness follows and gives the tartness a purpose. As more sips are taken, the palate becomes acclimated to the wildness and things become more enjoyable. The aroma is still kind of off-putting but can be overlooked. Notes of cherry, raspberry and blackberry.

M- Not as dry or acidic as other Flanders Reds can be. Still plenty of pucker but the body keeps things balanced. Low carbonation.

O- This could definitely be intense for someone who's not used to sour beers but IMO it's one of the better beers in its class. I'm still not a fan of the aroma, but it tastes great.

Photo of LukeONeill
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of biga7346
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark chocolate like, murky brown, cloudy, one-finger thick tannish foam on top which dissipates quickly.

N - Oak, baker's milk chocolate, powdered sugar, mineral water; there is tart I mean TART green apple aroma, sour patch candy, lemon peel, furniture polish; some sherry-like or maybe closer to champagne notes.

T/M - Slick and oily mouthfeel rolls around the palate, the sourness isn't jaw dropping but quietly assertive; balsamic vinegar up front, red wine, thirst quenching notes of granny smith apple; there is oakiness from the smell and it is slightly drying in the finish, and an unexpected aftertaste of like kiwi, or lime juice.

D - Probably the most drinkable deeply sour beer I've ever had, would be great with a nutty hard cheese.

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,346 ratings.