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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,102 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,102
Reviews: 994
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 223
Gots: 309 | FT: 17
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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Photo of Hachiman
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a very dark orange to me with a 1cm beige head.

Nice sourdough odor.

Taste is sweet and tart. Not as tart as most lambics but still a bit pucker-ish at the finish. Unusual sourness for a 'brown' ale. To me it has no definite fruit profile. No perceptible hop bitterness, and just bit of alcoholic bite that leads nicely into the tart finish. Nice balance between sweet and sour, and it goes very well with creamy sauces, risottos, fondues, etc.

Mouth feel is smooth, smooth, smooth. Contains some corn, so that may account for some of the softness. Also, obviously, the aging mellows things some.

Hachiman, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

364th review on BA
bottle to NB globe
750 ML C/C Best Before 8/31/13

App- A murkey garnet red with a one and half finger slow receding pancake batter head.

Smell- Yeasty, tart, ripe fruits

Taste- A slight tangy cherry flavor with a sour note. A very nice mix of sweet/sour. The cherry really develops late in the beer but the sweetness is there from the start.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a high carbonation level. Tangy cherry with a tannin like quality.

Drink- Very nice beer. The sours/wild ales are starting to really become a fixture in my rotation. This was sweet/sour and well done. Not overtly wild but well done.

FosterJM, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of treque
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice deep red completely traslucent with white off two finger compact head never dissipates at all waste is left behind
S: A noticeable sour aroma lots of cherry and some wood is noticed
T: Same notes on flavour the sour is amazing on tongue some bitter is present the final is long and lasts for a while
A unique beer a totally different taste

treque, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep reddish-brown color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head a decent retention, reducing down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet and sour fruit flavors, most notably cherries. There is also a very nice malt backbone and some oak elements in the nose.

T - Starts off sweet and tart with a lot of cherry flavor. Also some nice oak flavor and a touch of malt backbone. Through the middle a bit of sourness comes through with a touch of vanilla flavor. The finish is a nice mix of tart and sour, with nice fruit flavor and just enough malt backbone and oak flavor to balance. Finish lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with a well matched moderate amount of lively carbonation. Nice balance of tart and sour flavors overall. Finish is really pleasant and dry.

D - Very drinkable. Fairly bold flavors, but still very nice and smooth. The sourness is rally nice and strong, without being too much.

ngeunit1, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked & caged bottle, with best by date of 01/09/13 stamped on bottom.

deep garnet color, when held to light it reveals bright ruby highlights. creamy 1/2" head that fades to thin covering. some lacing.

aroma of soured fruit, a bit acidic. some vanilla in there too. taste starts of tart and sour, but then finishes more balanced, with a touch of sweetness. the fruitiness is closest to cherry. definitely complex.

mouthfeel is smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation.

It's my 2nd foray into the style, after Duchesse de Bourgogne. pretty similar in taste and quality. overall a very good, and interesting beer.

jmdrpi, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of cpmichael
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Founder's Brewing snifter.

A: Pours a reddish brown, more red though, with a half-inch of brownish foam that recedes quickly.

S: Sour tartness, coming from cherries specifically, with oak and vanilla hints, and a little vinegar.

T: Very sour in the beginning, but not off putting at all. The tartness of cherries is most prevalent. The oak, vanilla and vinegar come through near the back end of this beer.

M/D: A medium amount of carbonation that balance out the beer. Very refreshing, a clean and dry finish, which makes this beer highly drinkable.

cpmichael, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Poured hazy reddish brown color with one finger of off white head. Most of the head goes away almost right away leaving just a ring around the edge.

Smell: Quite sweet from the malt with a strong sourness. Hints of sour fruit, raspberry etc, some vinegar as well.

Taste: Initially sour, with hints of fruit, think sour raspberries. There is also some sweetness from the malt along with the sour fruit notes. There is some dry oak in there as well. All the flavors blend together very well and are very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate mild carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: This beer is very smooth and good. I love the sweet and sour notes together. Overall I like this beer and would definitely have it again.

oline73, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of bskrtz
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle, poured cold into tullip shaped glass beer snifter at Revolution Brewery (Chicago)

A) Dr. Pepper comes to mind -- brownish rusty red cola with frothy brown head that dissipates quickly

S) Sour dough bread, sweet cherries, musty with mild pepper spice

T) Classic version of the Flanders Red Ale. Sweet and Sour, an acquired taste. Dark fruits, pastry, tart apples

M) Sticky but smooth with ample carbonation. Alcohol is mild, the tart/sour is dominant

O) An excellent example of this category

bskrtz, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown with some red notes, small light brown head. Nose is like vinegar, tart and sour.

Taste is sweet and super tart. Some earthy malty flavor as well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall quite good.

kingcrowing, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL cork & caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Huge thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing!

(A)- Pours a dark brown color that produced a good tan colored head.

(S)- A really nice soured vinegar aroma with dark fruits and dates. Bits of a dry oak.

(T)- A really nice puckered vinegar oaky sour bite up front. Finishes dry too with a good fruit bite.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance to it. A nice vinegar-like acidic sourness with an oaky dryness and fruits.

(D)- A great flanders. Smooth and mellow, yet has a great sourness, fruit, and dry oak.

sweemzander, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of readbaron
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark reddish brown with a bit of white lace.

Smells highly acetic - unpleasantly so. A hint of funk and fruit underneath. As you get used to it, it improves, but overall is a bit less than ideal.

A lot like the nose - initially a lot of vinegar, then some fruity sugar - initially tastes rough - not as well blended as would be ideal. As you make your way through the bottle, it improves.

Mouthfeel is nice - light, a bit sticky, decent carbonation.

readbaron, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at McKinnon's. Pours a murky copper-brown body with a thin film of khaki colored head. Acidity permeates the aroma with notes of dried fruit, bread, chocolate, and caramel. Sourness encompasses the flavor as well - a profound tasty pleasant sourness - but noes of apple skins and flesh, bread, and caramel are also present. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Each sip invites another. Having only tried a handful of this style, I'm having trouble wrapping my head (and tongue and nose) around the complexity of this brew, but it is certainly far and away one of the best sour beers I've had.

MrHurmateeowish, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of magnj
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - Deep purple with a mostly non-existent head.

s - Tart, fruity aroma. Not typical Belgian dark fruits, this is more grape and cranberry.

t - Just like the aroma. Not a real funky sour, just sour. Tart and fruity.

m/d - Body was on the thin side. Served in a snifter, at 6% this was drinkable. My second sour, enjoyed it more than the other, I think the low ABV made it tolerable.

magnj, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.45/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I hate to do this because I know this is a very well respected beer, but I'm not that much into it.

The flavors are good, but too much vinegar to be very drinkable. Smells good, definately cherry and sour apple. And there's proof of fine craftsmenship.

I just think it would be fantastic with more of "young" beer and just some of the aged to balance it out and give it the complex elements. It would probably be one of my favorite beers, just not as balanced as I would like for it to be.

Interesting, a must try if you have not had one.

OttoPeeWee, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours dark red/brown, 1 finger bubbly brown head that quickly recedes.

S: Tart dark fruits, cherries, lots of vinegar, funk

T/M: Very tart dark fruits (sour apple, cherry, etc), a little vinous, slight vinegar, bready malt, a little funk, a little oak. Fruit esters are off the chart. The vinegar isn't as pronounced as the nose suggests. Fairly high carbonation, medium to full bodied, very sticky and chewy, dry. Finish is dry and puckering.

D: While this is refreshing and pretty tasty, it's too sour to be a real easy drinker. I definitely need to take my time.

Satchboogie, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of cookedw
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was shocked to discover that Jupiter (Berkeley) had this beer on tap, but then I remembered they were doing a sour special for beer week.

A - This is a gorgeous looking beer, a beautiful deep red.

S - Very red wine in character from the oak+fruit notes, a little vinegary but not a ton. Not really very aromatic, honestly.

T - Immediately, I tasted cranberry and sour cherries, and then this subsided into grapes. This beer is not particularly sour, which I appreciate, but it was almost too fruity. As the flavor accumulated on my tongue over time, I tasted a lingering tobacco-like note.

M - Lightly carbonated, this was pleasurable, with enough robustness to let the flavors linger and enough pucker to make the mouth water without blistering it.

D - As far as the style goes, it's really light and not super sour, so I consider it pretty drinkable.

O - This beer is good, but I kept on wanting something more from it. Maybe 'cause it's relatively low in alcohol content and so fruit-centric, I just didn't really yearn for each sip. I'm glad I had it, and it was tasty, but this is not one for the "absolutely seek out", IMO.

cookedw, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of davesway10
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this is the first time I've had this style of beer. Words such as "sour" usually send me packing. That said, I really enjoyed this beer. Nice Hazy brown, a little red, with a tan head the quickly recedes. Taste has some nice tart fruitiness to it, I get the apples more than the cherry that others have noticed, and thats fine. My palate isn't as "refined", one day though. Anyway, this wont be a regular staple for me but I'll certainly pick it up again, and look forward to trying others of the style.

davesway10, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of cooch69
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in a 750ml. labeled 33% young and 67% matured. I had originally thought that this beer was completely aged maybe I'm wrong or maybe they changed it when they switched owners. Or maybe I'll never know.

but anyways this pours a deep brown with some red highlights.

Nose of candied sour apples, vinegar, bready caramelly malts, and a barn in the spring time.

Taste is Sour and becomes pretty acidic when it goes down the throat. Lot's of phenols includung sour apples, and a bit of orange tartness. Bready malts come through in the finish.

A nice full bodied Flanders Red that I'm surprised took me this long to try cause i've had it's sister beer many times before.

cooch69, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of modernartblues
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on Tap at Mikro in Hamden

Served in a Tulip

A: brownish-red with a dark head 1/2" head that recedes into nothing, not much lacing and no head retention

S: sour cherries, vinegar, touches of other fruit and funk....I like it, but not blown away.

T: cherries, tartness, sour with some funk, sweetness on the finish is not overbearing, this is a nice balance of acidity and vinegarness and fruity sweetness..impressive

M: light and smooth, pretty good for the flavor profile, I don't like these types of beers when they get super chewy.

D: really good for the style, I can see knocking off one of the 750 ml bottles in a night

I'm not as enraptured with this one as others I've talked to, but hey tastes are different right?

modernartblues, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of RTJakarta
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dark red/brown, leaving behind a little lacing as you drink.

The smells caught me off guard initially with how good it was. Leads off with a light vinegar smell before bringing in a real nice tartness.

The taste. Oh man, the taste. A lovely tartness/sourness I've never really had in any other beer. Can definitely taste the bits of cherry and apple people have mentioned.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and light.

Drinkability is out of this world. I wish I had more than just one of these bottles available right now, because this is a beer I would love to drink more of. Gets better with every sip. A tremendous beer.

RTJakarta, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of babaracas
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear red-tinted dark brown with two finger dense khaki colored head, settles to a thin cap leaving big splotches of lace. Smell: sweet black plum beneath a blast of tart fruit, apple vinegar, and a touch of pipe tobacco. Taste: red plum, reduced/sweetened apple vinegar / granny smith apple, a little tart tropical fruit. Mouthfeel: ultra smooth and creamy with a drying soft and tart tropical fruit finish. Quite good.

babaracas, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 500th review!

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Dark, gorgeous mahogany with thin cream-colored head and light lacing tendrils.

Smell: Oak, apple cider vinegar, tart cherries and pepper. Tart and drying aroma overall.

Taste: While there is a definite tartness, there is also much more sweetness than noted in the aroma. Apple cider and cherries lay the foundation, over which vinegar and oak add some very nice complexity. Finishes more on the tart side along with some dryness creeping in as well, reminiscent of white pepper.

Feel: Light and silky body with moderately high carbonation. Despite the sweetness, it has a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Oddly refreshing with great complexity. My Flemish Red/Brown experience is rather limited (only had about 4), but this is my favorite among what I have had.

bsp77, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of JLeege
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

C&C 750 mL ~ poured into a flute
33% young / 67% matured

Appearance- Pours a hazy mahogonay with a one finger off white head. Decent retention, a little lacing throughout the drink.

Smell- Tart cherry and picking up some apple. Vinegar notes. Some earthy oak.

Taste- Sweet initially then turning tart on the sides of the tounge, a bit sour, but nothing crazy. Cherry, subtle apple, and vinegar are the main attractions here. Candi sugar and a bit of spice. As it warms, the woody oak notes make themselves more known. Finishes a bit dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, lower carbonation, a bit sticky.

Overall- I will be drinking this again. You could almost call this beer refreshing. The price point bumps the drinkability even higher for me.

JLeege, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Bmcg266
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red/Brown, small, short-lived head.

Smell: Vinegar, sweet dark red fruits; cherry, etc.

Taste: Tart up front, with some cherry/fruity sweetness and some lactic sourness on the end, dry finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth going down, Dry on the finish. Awesome.

Drinkability: Would be higher if it weren't so sour. Would be an amazing summer refresher, but as I'm drinking it early February it's a rare treat.

Bmcg266, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Sexual Chocolate 2011.
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thin brownish white head and a ton of lacing. Smells of tart cherries and of Belgian yeast. Tastes of tart cherries, brett sourness, and Belgian spices and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium and it has a mild but pleasant carbonation. Drinkability is high.

TheKingofWichita, Jan 31, 2011
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,102 ratings.