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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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3,382 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,382
Reviews: 1,026
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 253
Gots: 429 | FT: 24
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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Ratings: 3,382 | Reviews: 1,026
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4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice ruby red color with a pinkish white head and little lace.

S- a lot of balsamic vinegar here, along with sour cherries, lemon, and a little bit of vanilla.

t- the taste starts out very sour with cherries and vinegar as the main flavor, but at the back of the palate there is a nice washing over of oak and vanilaa, carmel and malt at the end. It really can be broken down into two phases: very vinegary, and then toasty and oaky. Well-balanced.

O- really nice sour here and I'm glad that it is so available because it is truly an incredible representation of the style.

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

Served in a mikkeller tulip.

Pours deep tawny brown dark ruby highlights with a modest fizzy white head.

Aromas of cherry and raspberry up front, oak aswell, and candy sugar. I get the general impression of some sort of delicious cough syrup.

The palate is tart, but I was expecting more acidity - the sweetness is definitely not overpowered here. The finish is long with oaky notes and quite dry aswell. Very refreshing.

This is a genuine classic Belgian, a must try. I look forward to aging this next time.

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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into stella chalice

A-dark burnt amber, mahogany color up to light. much darker away from light. small 1 finger head.

S-very familiar smell, cant put my finger on it. definitely smells a bit sour. sort of vinagar fruity smell.

T-Tastes like less sugary sour candy. Tart, apple flavor.

Mf-pretty thin for what I was expecting. Sort of fizzy.

O-I have never had a beer anything like this beer before. Never had a sour of anything along those lines. But this is really good. Drinks more like a wine. I really like this beer. I will be looking for more like this and i highly recommend this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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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

A - Pours a very dark caramel brown with a 1-2 finger creamy light tan head. Excellent lacing.

S - Strong scent of sour cherries. I also smell some dry sherry and vanilla. Really pleasant and the sour smell isn't too overbearing.

T - Straight cherry punch to start that dries the tongue with tartness.

M - Very nice balance of sweet/tart. Good carbonation and medium body.

O - Wow, I don't know why I put off trying this classic beer for so long. It's my first Flanders Red Ale and I really enjoyed it. Now I might be able to justify buying the $20 2008 vintage version soon.

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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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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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