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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,297
Reviews: 1,009
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 240
Gots: 378 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

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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3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 into a tulip.

A - nice but nothing that stands out. Fizzy head when pouring that dissipates almost immediately to a tiny white ring that sticks around. Deep red-brown color.

S - bit darker fruit up front, darker sour cherries perhaps. Also some apple with a vinegar sourness. Fruity but not on the citrus side.

T - tart and fruity. A little sweet up front and fizzy. Definitely cherry and apple (Granny Smith) fruits. A bit of plum at the back end. The tartness is primarily vinegar but there is some lactic mixed in there. This is a "sour" - basically no funk/Brett. Just a hint of oak at the very end as it warms some.

M - pretty fizzy. The sweetness in the taste doesn't come through in the mouthfeel at all, this is actually fairly dry. My big knock on this is that it's fizzier than I prefer, otherwise it's pretty good.

Overall this is a tasty beer. A good basic sour that's very drinkable. Not the most complex, funky, or sour of beers, but that's ok too. The sourness is well-incorporated into the beer and it has some definite winelike characteristics. And at $10 a 750 you really can't beat the price for a decent sour.

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4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip.

A- Pours a very dark brown, bordering on cola. with about an inch of slightly off-white head that slowly subsides, some lacing. looks pretty good to me.

S- Straight up theres some fruity flavours, plum is predominant, as well as some dark dried fruit. Following that there is a vinagery sourness that finishes everything off. smells really good.

T- straight up there is a heap of fruity flavour, i get the plum that was on the nose, but theres a lot more, sour fruit comes through, cherry, slightly underripe grape, some acidity as well. the sourness finishes, but its vinigary sourness, not over the top, but really damn nice. super flavourful. amazing.

M- on the lighter side, yet still mouth filling. the tartness really gets the saliva flowing. really good length of flavour as well.

O- wow, this beer is really tasty, so much flavour. really, really like it.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

25 oz bottle into tumbler:

A: Beautiful deep red-brown color with off-white head, good retention and lacing

S/T: It starts off with a pretty simple grape-cherry smell, perhaps some nice floral notes. Once it comes to tasting, it has a beautiful dark cherry/grape soda taste, but with a pleasantly tart, almost apple-sweet finish. Something in the background gives it some subtle rounding, perhaps hops, or even oak.

M: Very nice in-between creamy, silky, and carbonated textured.

O: Changed my mind about Flanders Reds. The sour cherry aspect has me thinking this is a nice, nostalgic soda, but the body fills out, and even at only 6%, it feels very very big. It's the kind of beer that makes me never want to see the bottom of my glass.

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4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: reddish brown pour with good head that stays as a large ring and some lacing.

S: malt vinegar, apple, fruity esters of yeast or something. I'm not that familiar with the style but it tastes delicious.

T: delicious, as I said. Sour, apple or pear flavor, good malt taste as well.

M: Highly carbonated does well for the style, medium-light body.

O: great beer, overall it's pretty good for the price of $9. Can't believe I found it where I live.

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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Garnet hues through a muddy red body. Antique white head with little lacing. Served in the appropriate stemware.

Balsamic vinegar, sour raspberry, musty funk, tart cherry, pomegranate juice, flooded basement, green apple. Amazing.

Cherry bark, acetic acid, sour apple, mossy earth. Fruitier than the original, with a vinous quality. Less vinegar, too. Nice wet acidity. Rich sour unripe berry. A standard that has been set very high.

Crisp and very palatable. Medium-bodied, or a tad thinner.

One of the all-time greatest beers in the world, hands down. An incredible drink. Highly reputable.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,297 ratings.