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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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3,301 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,301
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 241
Gots: 380 | FT: 19
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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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Photo of djbreezy
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

Photo of whahoppened
4.72/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of danielp215
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -65%

Photo of BMoldy
4.42/5  rDev +3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

A - poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The color is a dark amber with reddish brown highlights. A tall white head leaves sticky lacing around the edges all the way through the end of the glass.

S - Very tart cherries and pears. Has an acidic aroma like vinegar that cuts through the nose harshly. It is not unpleasant, but rather candy like sour.

T - Very tart cherries upfront that subside towards the end and leave a sweet dry sugar flavor at the end of a sip. As the beer warms up the bite from the sourness tends to back off a little.

M - High carbonation with a chsmpagne like dry finish that seems to evaporate off the toungue.

O - In keeping with styles, this is one of the very best.

Photo of Telestic
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of OBIrish24
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -76.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -65%

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1.5/5  rDev -65%

Photo of bump8628
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany which turns crimson when the light strikes it, tight and creamy ecru foam. Dark fruits drive the beer - sour cherry, plum, and cranberry. Sour and funky, of course. The acidity further accentuates the fruity aspects. The funkiness is reminiscent of an old, moist basement. Musty oak, almost mossy. The oakiness lingers into the finish - certainly the most vinous of beer styles. Mild sweetness balances and contrasts the sourness.

World class and the benchmark for the style. Not much more to say, except that I'm so thankful this beer is available to me year-around. Why are some regularly spending $30/bottle on hard-to-find mediocre American sours when this stuff is sitting around for 1/3 of the cost all over the US?

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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%

Photo of ncfranklin
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a Duvel Tulip

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Very deep reddish, copper, brown. Small tan head that recedes to a ring very quickly.

S: Strong pungent sour vinegar nose, with big cherry notes in it. Light hint of caramel.

T: Very, very sour. Strong on the fruit notes of cherry, apple, raspberry, with a vinegary sting in the back. With some warming, it mellows a little and the oak comes through lightly in in the finish.

M: A medium mouthfeel with strong, dry tartness. Makes you want to sip again and again to refresh the mouth.

D: The best of the style I've had, a real treat. The don't make them like this often.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,301 ratings.