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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,348
Reviews: 1,019
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 244
Gots: 407 | FT: 22
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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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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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2/5  rDev -53.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of rapidsequence
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle bought at Whole Foods in Raleigh. It was less than $10.

Appearance: Beautifully clear dark ruby. Thick off white that leaves excellent sticky lacing.

Smell: Very fruity and vinous. Pretty sharp oaky notes, especially after swirling. Sour with lactic and less acetic smells.

Taste: Intense flavors with lots of sweet and sour. Mixed berries with lots of cherry. Again lactic and acetic with more of the former, but in a great proportion. Oaky right at the beginning and right as it finishes-- a little vanilla from the oak. Dry and pretty clean at the end.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is soft, but lively. Finishes with a clean flavor, but leaves a nice tannic coating inside the mouth that if you poke with your tongue will bring out an almost puckering sourness. I like it a lot.

Overall: I really like this beer. Excellent complexity of flavor and a great value.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of dejrrma
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Rodenbach Tulip at Brick Store. $6.

A vibrant dark red with auburn tones. Half an inch of head that fades out into a ring around the glass, but leaves significant lacing throughout. It has a pleasant vinegary smell. Taste-wise, it has a crisp tartness. It's sharp and acidic at first but incredibly well balanced by a slight sweetness of dark fruits and berries. It's light bodied and has the perfect carbonation topped of with a dry finish. I haven't had many sours, but this is definitely one of my favorite beers regardless of the style. Nearly flawless. I hope to have it again very soon, and it's definitely worth the price.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured from a 750ml. Deep vibrant red. Got me excited as soon as it was poured. Head was beautiful lacy white, that stayed up quite awhile. Resembled a champagne to me.

S- Sour right from the start, with a hint of sweetness. Quite surprising at first. Full with notes of cherries and balsamic vinegar, really just any vinegar. full of just tart citric notes. Really interesting.

T- Threw me off at first and wasn't sure I liked it. Straight tart and sweet cherries. Took another sip, and another, only to find my self now enjoying this beer. The sour, tart, taste of aged cherries had a great blend of tart and sweet. Not to much of either. Very refreshing.

M- This might be my favorite part of the beer. Hitting the mouth you can feel tart effervescent bubbles rush in your mouth leaving a very pleasant finish. Very crisp and refreshing. Had many similarities to a good champagne not in terms of taste so much but mouthful

O- Im proud to say that after one bottle I was hooked. The semi sweet tartness, with a crisp mouthful and finish left me wanting more. This is now at the top of one of my favorite beers if not leading the list. Its hard it like picking your favorite movie, but know one has seen them all.

Anyways all around i give this beer 5 stars. Very good beer and everyone should try it once, if not twice.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Poured into a tulip.

4.0 A: Fairly clear deep amber brown color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Both a big sweetness and a big sourness at the same time and both manifest as cherry. Balsalmic vinegar, some cidery notes, and berries galore. Fruity lactic funk. Vanilla and oak. Very nice.

4.5 T: Loads of cherries - tart and sweet. Mixed berry, Balsalmic vinegar, fruity and tangy lactic acid. Vanilla galore with oak mixed in. This brew gives a great balance. Not overly sour like some reds, but sour enough to hit the spot.

4.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation is nice and spritzy, though I could use just a touch more. Good creaminess and super smooth.

4.5 D: Really great beer. I'll have to be sure to not overlook this one in the future.

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4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep red color that looks beautiful with some light behind it and comes with a thick white foamy head. Steady carbonation bubbles flow. Fruit aroma, and you can smell the tartness

Rodenbach is sour and tart. Leaves your mouth begging for more. Abundant sweetness, but not candy sweet - more like sour cherry sweet. The dry finish is perfect.

Light/medium mouthfeel, but very thirst quenching and crisp, crisp, crisp.

Rodenbach is my ultimate standby. Always have some ready to serve. It's cheap, readily available, and nearly the best sour available.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

Found this beer sitting untouched on a shelf in a supermarket chain of all places. I had never had Flanders Red before so this was my introduction into the world of Belgian Sours, and what an introduction it was.

A: Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet. Pours a deep, opaque reddish color with a huge off-white head.

S: Smells very fruity and slightly tart, with some funky and spicy smells as well. Almost wine-like.

T: Sour at first, with a sour cherry and slightly vinegary flavor. The more I sip, the more I taste dark fruit flavors (date and fig-like) beneath the tartness, in addition to vanilla and spice. Finishes very dry.

M: Pretty light bodied, with a prickly carbonation, alot of bubbles hitting the tongue, which amplifies the dryness.

O: Mother of God, this beer is unlike anything I've ever tasted. Tart, complex and simply amazing. I feel the need to drink more sours other than fruit lambics after drinking this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,348 ratings.