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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,002 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,002
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 212
Gots: 292 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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Photo of CPeterson
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A -- A beautiful, deep crimson / brown pours with a vigorous head that settles at a mellow pace and leaves nice lacing.

S -- Sour cherry and apple, fig and other dark fruit are followed by oak and acid.

T -- Cherry and sweet - tart apple, acid and sweetness play to no end and contest to see which will win. You get both with this flavorful monster. Dark fruits come through later on the tongue with a great residual taste.

M -- A nice crisp bite from the acid and a nice pucker.

D -- Buy it, drink it, be amazed.

CPeterson, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, murky brown with beautiful dark red glow when held to light. Medium off-white, almost hazel colored head. Scent is lots of vinegar, cherries, and sweet fruits. I also get slight oak scents with some great funk. The taste is very interesting. Upon first sip, the sweetness comes first, followed by a cherry tartness. The vinegar taste is present but not overwhelming. Not as sour as I was inspecting. The oak and wood flavors follow through in the aftertaste along with hints of vanilla. The mouthfeel is like nothing I've tasted before...kinda an awkward feel. Very airy and somewhat "fluffy." Not necessarily bad, but just very different and weird feeling. The drinkability is somewhat high as long as this mouthfeel becomes more inviting.

DovaliHops, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of BigMike
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown ruby red color. A nice fluffy tan head. About two fingers worth. A very nice looking beer.
Lots of sour cherry and vinegar on the nose. Raisins, dried plums and sour green apple.
That sour green apple is really prominate on tongue. Tons of initial sourness turns into a tart cherry sweetness on the finish. An almost concord grape flavor on the finish.
Medium mouthfeel with lots of tanginess on the tongue.
I like this one alot more then the Duchesse I recently had. I would drink again for sure if I was able to find the smaller bottles.

BigMike, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours a dark plum color, red edges with a dark purple center. the head is a light tan color and has some bubbles leaving a lace that covers the entire glass.

S-sour dark cherries and plums hit the nose up front, plenty of acetic acid and sourness throughout the entire nose, a dusty oak aroma comes in with caramel malts holding strong and some tart raspberries in the back.

T- the acetic acid vinegar compenent has subsided slightly in the flavor, the caramel malt base starts off but very faint and there is a certain dustyiness to the oak. plenty of sour cherries, tart raspberries and ripened plums. the taste is quite sour with a moderate acidity and good bit of sweetness.

M-this has a good medium body and is extremely active on the tongue, great carbonation with a good crisp clean finish, its somewhat dry but not all overbearing or astringent.

D-this is a world class brew, it has a fantastic nose and great flavor profile. it has a very nice balance of sour and acidity to the sweet ripe fruit flavors. well done!

cpetrone84, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of brewcrew76
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Muddy brown with a thin tan head that fades immediately.

S - Vinegar, acetic acid, tart fruits, plums, dark sour cherries. Complex but fairly simple at the same time.

T - Sour with sharp acetic notes, dark sour cherries followed by light sweet malt, red wine oaky tannins and more sour fruit.

M - Light side of medium mouthfeel with average carbonation and a lingering tartness.

D - Wonderfully complex and simple at the same time. Very easy to drink for a sour.

brewcrew76, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 6% ABV, 33% Young, 67% Matured ale. Serve at 6°-8°C, Best before 02/01/12.

Thanks to Bryan for sharing this awesome beer with me!

A - Clear mahogany brown with a low off-white head. Decent retention and great lace clinging to the glass.

S - Sweet dark Belgian candi sugar, dark fruity aroma of currants and plum skin with some tart cherry. Awesome light vinegar and sour fink nose.

T - Tart cherries flourish in the flavor with a dash or vinegar and some toasted amber malts. A nice sourness to the finish and great fruity undertones to the flavor.

M - Awesome sourness level and medium body with a good medium-high level of carbonation. Tart crisp finish with a great feel.

D - Spectacular, this brew is a major winner in the sour/tart category. I love it and could put this bottle down myself. So enjoyable!

BeerFMAndy, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of pdoran10
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

oh my! came into this beer with little expectation and a wait and see attitude.

From a magnum into a standard pint glass. shared with non craft beer enthusiast friends.

pours a beautiful dark red-brown with three fingers of white head that will not quit. good lacing. waited for it to settle with a standard pour for about 5 minutes.

my first glowing review in a while.

Smell is must and a hint at complex sour. not pungent.

Is there something higher than 5.0 for taste? cherries, brett funk awesomeness, smoothness coming through from barrel aging. Hey Rodenbach we get it, you win beer, well played.

Mouthfeel - Belgian angels dancing on your tounge while you consider buying more of this beer,

Drinkability, easy drinking sour Belgian at 6% abv? yes please!

pdoran10, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of nerdrocker101
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark brown with a ruby hued edge and just under an inch of light brown head. Somewhat inconsistent lacing around the sides of the glass.

The aroma of tart, red fruit is dominant but not overwhelming.

Sour cherries come out first with a sharp bite. The tart notes are then followed up by softer flavors of red fruits, orange, lemon and wood.

Loads of carbonation. Medium body with a dry finish. Pretty refreshing overall. Each sip demands another.

nerdrocker101, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Eulogy in Philly. 12oz into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

A: Pours a deep ruby reddish brown with a thin beige head.

S: Smells sour, fruity, cherries, maple syrup, flowers, slight cocoa.

T: Taste is dry, sweet, sour, cocoa, tart, citrus, cherries, strawberries, apples, peaches. Lots of fruit in there, but it's still not overly sweet. It's not as sweet as Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale. This has a great balance between the dryness, fruitiness and sour/tartness.

M: Mouthfeel is light, dry, only slightly astringent, little carbonation.

D: Very refreshing and easy drinking.

VoiceOfTheSoul, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a really nice red/brown color with a surprisingly nice frothy head. The aroma is sourness followed by fruit and oak. The taste does not disappoint! The initial taste is of tart and sour fruit flavors followed by a a mild vinegar taste. Acidic. Light /medium mouthfeel. An excellent example of a Flanders Red Ale. Re-Rate: Having tasted this next to Amorosa, Temptation, and Consecration, I have since re-rated this beer to be below those. Grand Cru is very good and easily accessible but it is a little sweet.

kbutler1, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of joshstevens87
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark red/rusty brownwith a minimal dirty tan head
S-a big bouquet of fruit mixed with a sharp vinegar
T-a sharp vinegary mustyness and a good dose of darkerfruits and apples with a slight smooth woodness
M-a full boddy with a modest carbonation very smooth and complex
D-a delicious beer that is amazingly complex and vcan easily be enjoyed all night

joshstevens87, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of mudbug
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine snifter produces a small foamy reddish head, the body has the appearance of cola, if you wait there is a slight amount of clearing on the bottom with continuos small bubbles, no lacing at all.
The smell is sharp vinegar with ripe cherries, not overwhelming, got to get right down there for the aroma.
Taste is the winner, sourness up front with a mouthwatering sour cherry then quickly fading into a sweetness that flows along with the incredible creaminess, just stupendous!
You can take large quaffs of this one, unlike other sours it's easier to drink fast.
The price was more than reasonable considering it's near Consecration in taste and quality, but costs half as much.

mudbug, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a mahogany ambber color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of sweet and sour fruits,

t - Tastes of sour fruits, sour grapes,

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent flanders with some decent sour fruits. Would try again.

mdfb79, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. Only a very light amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose has a moderately sour aroma along with some notes of cherries, oak barrels and vinegar.
T: Like the smell, there is a moderate amount of sour taste but these are intermixed with some sweetness from the fruit that results in an interesting balance between sweet and sour flavors. Notes of the oak barrel aging are also noticeable in the taste.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied and rather tart on the palate, particularly in the lingering aftertaste. It has a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing because the sourness is not overpowering.

metter98, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of zoolzoo
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sort of dirt brown with red highlights. A copious amount of bubbles gather in the depth of glass, rushing up to form a surprisingly small head. Notably, the head was off white, almost tan.

Smell is of big vinegar and oak - sour cherries thrown in the mix. In regards to taste, one of the best Flanders I have had. Sour, oak, a little vinegar, sure. What stood out here was the fruit. Rodenbach Grand Cru gave me more than an impression of dark fruit. Grapes, cherries, plums - layered beautifully. Also a hint of sour green apple.

Mouthfeel is right on the mark with a blast of carbonation, and a wonderfully light body. Think sparkling red wine but brighter flavors. A 750ml easily polished off.

zoolzoo, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

almost opaque ruby brown color with spare off white head, spare lacing, and average carbonation. strong balsamic vinegar like smell that followed through in the taste but wasn't nearly as potent. very sweet sour and tart with some fruity like hints. the blend of the sweet and sour was almost perfect. light body and a thin slick texture. long flavor duration with a very tart finish. very different and unusual flavors that were very pleasing. definitely worth a try.

berpwillie, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of jmhart
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served a bottle at Cambrinus Pub in Bruges, and it was so good, I brought a 4 pack home and served it with a pepper encrusted porterhouse steak and asparagus.

A- Pours a thick creamy reddish-brown, forming a heavy off white head that rescinds quickly and leaves an intricate lace all over the beer. The lace eventually disappears.

S- Heavy acetic acid with some tart fruits like plums and dark cherries. Hard to pick out any flavors over the acetic acid.

T- Straight up sweet and sour. Deliciously sour with strong acetic notes, dark cherries, plums, and some really nice oak and bready, like a piece of bread soaked in red wine vinegar and buried in a pot for 3 years.

M- Really wonderful. Chewy and sour, with some nice oils, and impressively moist. Something this sour usually dries you out, but it's really refreshing.

D- Easily one of my favorite beers. So tasty and refreshing. I can't say enough about this beer. I'd never had it before my trip to Europe, and I was so happy to see it in nearly all of the beer stores I frequent back home.

Overall, I love this beer and drink it FREQUENTLY. Great with dinner. A nice steak or delicious pot roast. If it wouldn't be such a waste of good (and expensive) beer, I'd love to cover a good roast in this and slow cook it for 8 or 10 hours...mmm

jmhart, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of Caml
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glassware: 4oz de Molen goblet

A: Gorgeous mahogany red-brown, dark but with a good deal of clarity. Short, tan head followed by strong lacing.

S: Nice and sour, maybe even a touch astringent, somewhere between good vinegar and really sour cherries.

T: Amazingly dry and crisp. There's a mite of malt sweetness swimming around in there somewhere, but the dry sourness is the primary feature.

M: Lightly carbonated and rather astringent.

Drinkability: Not terribly high for me, despite its excellent taste and reasonable ABV. Two would easily do it and send me on my way to something else.

Caml, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle poured into a chalice. Nice reddish brown and very murky appearance with a large bubbly light-tan head which fades slowly. Nose is lemon and citrus zest with oak and sour cherries. Some vinegar in there too. Taste is really nice with a mild sour/tart combined with a sweet and deep tannin bite. Noticed a cherry and red grape skin combo with a crisp oak finish. Prickly carbonation makes this really drinkable. Overall, a great "sweet-tart" sour blend. A favorite for sure.

wethorseblanket, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of thepeter
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark murky reddish brown with very little head that turns into a swirling film and leaves very nice lacing.
S- Unripened plums, grapes, and sour cherries, a hint of vanilla and wood
T - those same sour fruits along with slight vineger taste and the woody bitterness at the back end as you swallow
M&D- Wonderful carbonation that makes it so easy to drink. Very smooth in your mouth and all the way down, I would gladly drink this all day. . . unless too many gave me a sore stomach, I guess I will have to find out.

thepeter, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml from Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego. $10. Poured into my sweet new Delerium Tremens goblet.

A: Pours a deep red brown color with a off colored tan head, great retention, nice spots of lacing. Pretty decent clarity. Not a bad looking beer.

S: This really reminds me of NB La Folie, maybe just a little bit more sweet, strong sour notes, sour cherries and lemons really stand out, oak aging is there, and caramel as well. Nicely complex nose. Great.

T: Not as sour as the nose leads on, based on the smells I was expecting a huge pucker factor, but instead there is a slight sour cherry flavor, slight lemony sourness and then a really deep complex malty profile. There are some excellent caramel notes and even maybe a bit of roast. Definitely a tasty beer.

M: Medium to medium thick body, light bubbly carbonation, slightly puckering sour, and dry as well. Nice here. Maybe a little on the thick side.

D: It won't be much to drink a whole 750 of this, however I think a little bit more sour would really make this beer top notch. Nice beer, glad to try it.

pokesbeerdude, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in a goblet at Pepperland. The appearance is a dark mahogany with a hint of red. A centimeter of off white head sits on top with very thing lacing. At first whiff all I got was a nose full of red wine vinegar. It really reminded me of a fresh garden salad with a vinaigrette on top. At my second go towards a smell tart cherries and raspberries penetrate through a big vinegar nose. The fruit is very welcome company to this one. The taste seems a little more balanced. Nice and sour with a forefront of tart cherries followed by a vinegary aftertaste. Oak notes underlie fruit and sourness. The finish is rather a little sweet, making this a very ranged beer on the pallet. Nice to drink and it went very well with my corn chowder. I thought the carbonation was a little much but overall, this one drank nicely.

Bendurgin, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of jpoder
4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my absolute favorite beers!

a: pours cola colored with red highlights when held to the light. creamy off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a lacing

s: whoo nellie! there is A LOT going on in this beer. sour cherry is the first thing to hit, followed by vinegar, funk, apple, assorted fruit. you just know this one is going to be SOUR

t: ambrosia! puckering sour/tart (not as much as Cantillon gueze). oak. very woody taste.

m: feels pretty full up front with quite a bit of sweetness, but the sourness balances it out, and a second after the sip it leaves a very dry aftertaste leaving you wanting more. good amount of carbonation definately tingles in the mouth.

d: excellent. I could drink A LOT of this.

jpoder, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Slightly hazy brown-cherry in color with a small off-white head that fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. Light patches of lacing. Swirling the glass brings back a decent amount of head.

Light ethanol, cherries, oak and creamy vanilla comprise the nose. Sweet malts and a touch of sourness linger. One of the best Flanders Red's I've had the pleasure of smelling.

Sweet, candied grapes, a touch of tart cherry and light vinegar notes dance on the tongue. Sweet malts, yet a good sour burn on the finish. Lots of sour candied fruits. Very good for the style.

The mouthfeel is composed of a smooth body and vinegary sourness. Small, tingly carbonation. Somewhat warming and rich.

Drinkability is quite good. This is a very well done Flanders. Nice sourness. Sweetness cuts down on the drinkability a bit, but otherwise very enjoyable. Had a good time splitting this with three others. Great to sip with blue cheese. Looks like I should check out the Alexander Rodenbach if it crosses my path in the future.

sisuspeed, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of pmccallum86
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for busting this beer out.

Pours a dark cherry color with a bubbly small head.

Smell is is sweet, and a little off. It almost smells like grape cough syrup.

Taste is very sweet and sugary with lots of grape. Light tart funk also comes through. This beer is decent, but not good, I am trying to figure out why so many people seem to love it.

Mouthfeel is light, bubbly and sweet. Actually pretty good in this department.

Drinkability is pretty good, but would be better with less sugary sweetness. I would imaging some age could do this beer well.

pmccallum86, Jul 02, 2010
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,002 ratings.