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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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2,920 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,920
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 212
Gots: 269 | FT: 15
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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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

Glad to see this one back on the market. 750 ml. bottle, corked and caged.

A: Pours crimson brown, with a thin head that settles very quickly. Carbonation is good, and as expected, lacing is minimal.

S: Some malt character, but overshadowed with hints of sour cherry, citrus, and cassis, along with some woody tones.

T: Some caramel and spice at first, followed by a burst of sour dark fruits and a bit of citrus. Slight barnyard notes with mellow oak make up a refreshing finish. Hop notes are non-existent, as they are used strictly for preservation.

M: Tart, dry, and having complex flavors, this medium-bodied beer ataacks the palate with force.

D: Probably the best Flanders Red I have ever tasted. I forgot how good it was. This beer will mellow with age, but I don't think it will get much better than it is now.

02-17-2010 04:24:36 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of coldwarkid


4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance: Decanted into a wine glass, pours a dark ruby brown in colour and shows bright, blood red highlights when held up to the light. Similar to a sunburst color on a telecaster. Soapy white head dissipates pretty quickly

Smell: Tannic oaky, very similar to red wine with a grape/lemon like tart aroma, as well as the smell of red twizzlers.

Taste: Refreshingly tart with a grapelike and lemony flavour, a definite but balanced oakiness, and a bit of malt sweetness. Not too complex, however definitely intriguing and extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a spritzy and perfect level of carbonation. tannins coat the teeth a bit.

Drinkability: Super tasty and light and refreshing, the perfect beer for a special occasion in the spring or summer time.

02-15-2010 10:59:49 | More by coldwarkid
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3.58/5  rDev -16.6%

valentines day review...2 year old bottle of Rodenbach....i'm really excited for this one

aquired in a trade from youbrewidrink. thanks!

a: pours a nice signature red/burgundy color....very clear with a one finger head that slowly dissipates.

s: ahhhh, i love that flanders red aroma...great sour malt notes...subtle hints of oakiness. good, and fitting of the style.

t: very tart and sour. borderline vinegar in flavor. i was hoping for a bit more sweetness, but i guess the age took care of that. nice oaky flavor, but overall, this is just too far on the sour side. and i really love sours, mind you.

m&d: smooth mouthfeel, but the tartness makes your tongue tingle, which i find unpleasant.

unfortunately, i had bigger expectations for this brew. i really love flemish red ales, but i think this one could do without 2 years of cellaring, because this was very vinegar-y. i would certainly try it again and see if it's better balanced than this time around.

02-15-2010 00:22:33 | More by tzieser
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.43/5  rDev -20%

My first attempt at a Flanders Red Ale. Opened a Rodenbach Grand Cru 750ml that I bought about a month ago.

Wow, as soon as I popped the cork I was immediately punched in the nose by the aroma, which is of tart cherries mixed with vinegar, apple juice and apple cider.

The taste isn't as intense as the smell, but this is FUNKY, but somewhat similar profile to the smell, cherries, vinegar and carbonated apple juice. Wow, this is really tart, almost like I am drinking a carbonated apple cider beverage, but in a good way.

this is really tart and sour, I couldn't see having more than one glass in one sitting (I have to put the rest of the 750ML for later drinking, I dont think I can drink anymore of this tonite), maybe because this is my first approach to this style of beer. This is good, but would take a little bit more of getting used to. This is certainly a unique style, to me its less a beer and more of a malt beverage.

02-13-2010 23:09:30 | More by keithmurray
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.8%

330ml bottle, at Beer Bistro in suit-heavy downtown Toronto.

This beer pours a clear, very dark, yet bright ruby amber hue, with one skinny finger of low-key foamy, and mostly soapy beige head, which leaves a small ring of lace in its slow retreat.

It smells of tart, fruity funk - cherry, apple, and red grape, mostly - a softly oaken woodiness, bready, pastry-like malt, a twitch of likewise malt-borne vinegar, a bit of earthy yeast, and soft leafy, weedy hops. The taste is sour, acidic orchard fruit - cherry, apples, dry white wine, some sweeter Lifesavers-like analogue, a hint of dry yeast, and a bit of earthen woodiness.

The carbonation is actually quite average, and quotidian in its support duties, the body a bit south of medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes fruity, dry, and receding in its tartness, the cherry tendencies most likely to come out and make a day of it.

A well-balanced sour ale, if that's even a thing, though not quite the sort to knock one over the head, like some of its brethren. Easy to drink, fruity, and a tad funky - good stuff.

02-11-2010 23:44:05 | More by biboergosum
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Leffe glass.

Appearance:Pours a dark "Coke" color with no head.

Smell: Sour cherries, vinegar,

Taste: Sour cherries, raspberries, slight vinegar

Mouthfeel: Light, tart and refreshing.

Drinkability: So good, I can't really say any more. A bargain at $9.

02-08-2010 01:58:46 | More by Axic10
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

A- Pours a nice dark ruby/brown with about a finger and half's worth of head that recedes pretty quick but leaves a nice little bit of lacing on the glass. The beer is a little murky and only a little light can pass through.

S- Smells of a red wine. A nice touch of oakiness in there also. There even seems to be a bit of a cherry/cranberry scent in there as well.

T- A bit of dark, tart cherries to go along with a little bit of maltiness and an oaky finish that seems to linger on the tongue. Pretty good balance between the flavors.

M- A nice, crisp beer that has an excellent dry finish. A good amount of carbonation makes this beer medium bodied but is a little on the lighter side.

D- A pretty good beer but I think it is a little sweet for me to have more than the bottle. I think this would make for a good dessert beer. Different than most beers out there.

02-01-2010 01:19:29 | More by Wisconsinality
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New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

01-25-2010 15:29:25 | More by rfgetz
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4.05/5  rDev -5.6%

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.


01-24-2010 22:30:27 | More by woosterbill
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Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

01-23-2010 14:51:24 | More by mostpoetsdo
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4.45/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

01-20-2010 18:20:20 | More by BillyBoysPie
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3.53/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

01-19-2010 05:40:38 | More by StevenBilodeau
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

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

01-15-2010 23:21:08 | More by Chambic
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

01-11-2010 00:32:33 | More by tpd975
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4.53/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

01-10-2010 19:18:27 | More by jampics2
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4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

(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.

01-06-2010 22:23:55 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

01-02-2010 16:47:48 | More by ThaCreep
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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

01-02-2010 01:15:38 | More by TheFightfan1
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4.05/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

01-01-2010 03:14:11 | More by OnThenIn
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4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

01-01-2010 02:46:36 | More by Kurioser
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3.85/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

12-30-2009 06:54:53 | More by oskoreien
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

12-30-2009 02:07:11 | More by Mora2000
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

12-25-2009 21:26:59 | More by oggg
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

12-24-2009 02:05:05 | More by alpinebryant
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3.85/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

12-15-2009 07:03:19 | More by crossovert
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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