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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
96
world-class

3,243 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,243
Reviews: 1,000
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 230
Gots: 343 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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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4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Saraveza in Portland. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - dark ruby, excellent retention, medium lacing

Smell - sour and sweet fruits, oak

Taste - amazing sour notes coupled with an oak balance p, great complexity, some tart notes, berry flavors, sugars

Mouthfeel - medium body, excellent carbonation layer, medium dry finish

Overall - really enjoyed this, not a lot of room for criticism, just a great sour/Flanders, exemplary red ale

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

I've heard of trattorias in Modena where every drink order is ignored and regulars know not to bother. Your Cotechino, your Ciccoli, your bocce ball-sized chunks of Parmigiano all come with a 200ml glass of the most ethereal balsamic vinegar--not as a condiment, as a beverage. It is viscous, oxidized, fruity, complex, somehow refreshing, a perfect, ancient, match with the food, and not for sale in bottles.

I'm not entirely sure what this has to do with Rodenbach Grand Cru, but Rodenbach Grand Cru is the kind of beer that uncouples you from reality for a little while--kind of like those lies we've heard about Absinthe--and sends your brain on joyful wild goose chases after visions that don't care if they make sense to you or not.

Alcohol has nothing to do with it (it's 6%), and I'm not claiming that I *actually* tripped from drinking this, but there is a layer of world-melts-away experience in a beer this good that the other 99% of craft aspirants couldn't achieve with all the Cascade hops in Chico.

Tasting notes? While you're at it, smash the Venus de Milo so you can describe the calcite particles in the marble. This beer is oxidized like a great sherry, tart like a great cherry, bound together by wispy acetic vinegar vapors that, once they're in your sinuses, have something very important to tell you. But you should hear it for yourself, not from me.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an extremely dark red with a large light-brown head that takes its time coming back down. Good clarity despite the color. Spotty lacing.

S: Smells very tart, with a hefty acidic bite. A mild cranberry aroma mixes with a mellow oakiness to provide further depth. No hop aroma to speak of, as is to be expected.

T: Tartness and sweetness build rapidly on the front of the tongue, climaxing in the middle of the sip and fading much more slowly afterwards. Though the tartness is certainly prominent, it is far from harsh –being much less acidic than the aroma suggests– and well-supported by the rest of the body. Finish ends a bit abruptly, leaving only a faintly malty/woody aftertaste.

M: Very smooth, with a medium-heavy body and barely noticeable carbonation. Mildly acidic.

O: This is a personal favorite. Maybe all the lambic I've been drinking lately has messed with my palate, but I feel like this used to be more tart/acidic. Still, all it takes is a tiny sip of this super concentrated brew to fully appreciate all of its flavors. Often overlooked in my opinion.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 3,243 ratings.