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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,053 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,053
Hads: 3,604
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 288
Gots: 497 | FT: 27
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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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 botham
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a dark copper color with brilliant ruby red highlights. a finger of light tan head sits atop the brew, which is loose and does not last long.

smell is distinctively vinous, with a sour, fruity character. fruit notes of apple and plum are present as well. little else for the nose.

taste is earthy and sour up front, with the same vinous character running through the taste. malts and hops are overpowered by the sour character, which does exactly what a flanders red should. a nicely executed example of the style.

mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied, with a sour character and a not so smooth finish because of it.

drinkability is good for drinkers who prefer the taste of a flanders red, and gateway drinkers who have come fro mthe world of wines. overall, this is a great example of the style, and worth checking out for a different taste. cheers! (894 characters)

Photo of RedChrome
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour produced a light tobacco brown colored liquid. A one-half inch white head faded after a few minutes. No carbonation to be seen. A thin watery lacing is left.

Sour cherries popped right out of the glass and into the nose. An earthy aroma of dried grass fades into the back of the nose. Oak hint is sweet when compared to the other scents.

A sweet bitterness of tart red fruits. Cherries are extremely bitter but strong. Oak leaves a light vanilla in the very end, and only searching for flavors makes it appear.

Watery body that leaves a clinging flavor on the tongue. Carbonation is strong as it tingles with the tartness.

A very strong tartness. Worth pairing with a cheddar aged multiple years. A style that may not be suited for everyone. If you like something extremely tart, this is good for you. (810 characters)

Photo of DaggerEyes
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a glass at The Diamond in Greenpoint

Poured off the tap a dark ruby red with a very thin head. Stuck to the glass like crazy but there was minimal lacing present.

The nose consitsted of stewed fruits, sour cherry's and sweet tabacco. In many ways the profile of the nose was more consistant with a red wine than a beer.

Sour cherry present on the tongue with hints of candied lime. Makes you really pucker up but in a good way

Thin body with a fantastic dry finish. It's dry but at the same time doens't make you feel like you just swallowed a desert.

It'd be hard to session this beer but I think it would do an outstanding job as a food beer due to the high levels of acidity. it'd go great with steak or really any other heavy grilled meats. (756 characters)

Photo of blakesell
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Boston's Bistro 9/20/07 into a fluted Belgian glass (la fin du monde).

Appearance- Beer pours a deep dark red with a decent head. The head is an off pink that dissipates quickly.

Smell- Lots of cherries and raspberries with a hint of vinegar.

Taste- They may call this a grand cru, but I insist that this is a Kreik. Strong cherry with raspberry sourness. a nice kick of tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Sticky and thick. I would like this over ice cream. An excellent dessert beer.

Drinkability- Very nice for a beer with this level of sweetness. Back to back I noticed very little difference between this and the regular Rodenbach. (658 characters)

Photo of flowerysong
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: Reddish brown with a thin white head.

Smell: Black cherry fruitiness with mild acid character and hints of vanilla and oak.

Taste: Tart, acidic sourness in medium amounts on a background of sweet vanilla caramel. Intense cherry fruit, some oak character and yeast notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, medium carbonation. Light and crisp, with a long smooth finish.

Drinkability: Nice, well-balanced and refreshing. Will not be to everyone's taste, but I quite enjoyed it. (487 characters)

Photo of ejquin
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beatiful ruby/brown with thin white head. Some lacing.

S: Very nice candy sweetness. Cherries and raspberry pie, with some hop prescence. Smells exactly like cherry laffy taffy.
T: Very nicely balanced. Very sweet but held in check by the smokiness. Effervesces with sour cherries, fades to hop spiciness and smokiness from the oak and an alcohol tinge.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Good, but limited slightly by sourness. (442 characters)

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: pours dark brownish-red, slightly murky, with a 2-finger off-white hear. Some lacing from the head.

S: Immediate aroma is sour mixed with candy sweetness, some cherry. Sourness is lemony and almost vinegar-like.

T: Starts with a sour cherry, lemon, slightly vinegar flavor, moves into sweetness like rock candy, a bit of woody dryness. Acidic in the finish.

M: light, medium carbonation, smooth, not viscous.

D: A very enjoyable beer; the sourness is quite intense but somewhat refreshing. Needs to be served at 45-50 degrees; colder seems to accentuate the acidity of the sourness a little too much. At the right temperature it is unbelievably smooth.

This beer was consumed as a tribute to Michael Jackson. His books and videos opened a world that I never know existed and that I enjoy much more immensely as a result. Thank you Michael. (902 characters)

Photo of bosco7
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia (never seen it on tap before). Poured into a tulip dark red with a frothy head. Smells of lemon, sour cherry, slight vanilla, and vinegar. Tastes like it smells only smoother. Sourness is definitely mellow and not overpowering. Finish is bone dry and tart. This is my favorite Flanders Red because of the fact that it is quite sour but at the same time it has a silky smooth quality in both its flavor and mouthfeel. Highly recommended. (474 characters)

Photo of markaberrant
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on June 30, 2006

A - pours very dark red, clear, small white cap recedes to nothing but a ring, no lacing,

S - vinegar, sweet cherries, some malt

T - slightly more sour than sweet, still very much a cherry flavour, with some vanilla notes underneath.

M - light body, but not watery, carbonation is medium which restrains the acidity

D - I really enjoy this beer, but it is still just a once in awhile treat.

This is one of my favourite sour beers. I'm glad to finally have a whole bottle to my self instead of the shared samples I've previously had. Thanks to Goldorak for the bottle! (622 characters)

Photo of walshclimb
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy and reddish brown with 1/4 inch bubbly head and active carbonation. Smells sour with wet cardboard and green apple. The initial flavor is sweet and salty that transitions quickly into a sour aftertaste that picks up the green apples noted in the aroma. That apple flavor is relatively long lived, especially on the tip of the toungue. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a lightly oily texture and fizzy carbonation. This beer is interesting and complex but definitely not something I would drink very often. (538 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle served at just over fridge temperature in the distinctive tulip glass acquired at Ommegang's BCTCIV. Best by 27/06/07, this has been cellared for one year.

Appearance- With a terrific *pop* and a full nose of sour cherries, the beer flows a deep, musty pink into the glass. The head rises quickly to the top of the bulbous vessel, a four full fingers... then suddenly it falls with a loud crackle to just a thin mat.

Smell- Wild and sweet, this aromatic sensory trip offers some funky, sour cherries and some subtle oak notes that are completely in balance. The awesome nose combined with the chilly surface temperature of the beer feels perfect for drinking on this hot, humid evening.

Taste- From the moment this hits the tongue, you can begin bracing for the wonderful sour attack that ensues. Though the overall taste is one of extremely sour cherries, it's after the swallow that Part II begins and earns the brewer's undeniable respect. Chewy, woody, and extremely delicious... the teeth and gums are left with a marvelous impression of aged oak barrels. The hint of sweetness at the finish line wraps things up... this is the benchmark beer for the style IMO.

Mouthfeel- Wickedly carbonated, this beer goes ballistic in the mouth to the point of being impossible. It's gassy and explosive... a gentle swish in the mouth blows my cheeks up with air and leaves no choice but to swallow both beer and empty space. This category is poised to tank the numbers.

Drinkability- The most difficult beer I've encountered lately to actually enjoy based on its mouthfeel, yet the flavor and style execution is almost flawless. (1,652 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown with red edges.
Smell is sour, dark fruits and wood. (I think my nose is drooling (Ewww! Sorry.)) :-{)
Taste is very sour with a wierd vinegar sweetness (not unlike balsamic in that regard), cherry and a wood note.
A medium body, medium effervescence, sour cherry/vinegary aftertaste fades fast. An extremely drinkable brew. I want more! (359 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

AP: ruby tinted amber with a slow but plentiful carbonation creating a formidable tan colored head that becomes a fizzy 1/4" cap.

nose: sour and tart raspberrie fruity malt, sour dill pickles, overripe apples, sweaty feat-cheese, herbal hop and fermented grapes. pretty dang complex and odd.

flavor: This is an extremely tart raspberry flavored belgian yeast effect at first, mildly sweet malt, sour apples and a light white-wine taste that takes a back seat to the dominant sour yeatieness.

Feel: Medium body, light and fluffy feel with a dry finish. goes down pretty smooth.

DA: not bad at 6% ABV. (611 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was a very nice sour beer with a very cherry/fruity sourness nicely complemented by a pleasing amount of roastiness. It was a bit like a chocolate covered cherry, but a good bit more sour! Quite nice.

I split a 22 oz of this with SurlySober in a futile effort to empty his beer fridge. (303 characters)

Photo of karst
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Complex black cherry/red currant fruitiness with complementary malt. Mild vanilla and oak from 18 months in barrel. Sour, acidic wine like aromas arise from the reddish brown (from an extended less than rolling boil) clear half filled 0.4 L rastal sniffer a moderate head well supported by fine beading. Aromatics abound from the falling off white head with average retention.

Medium body with medium carbonation to links with tanic mow astringency to off set the slightly dextrinous "fat" body for this style. Little need for hops as Brett, Lacto and acetobacter and their elevated T. A. easily overcome the round malt mouthfeel. This was a pleasant surprise (adding to the drinkability) and demonstrates the brewers skill with this unblended masterpiece.

Rodenbach brewery, established in 1820, ages the Grand Cru in huge oaken barrels for up to two years. The staves host a wonderful microbiota that along with their expertise provide a Rlanders Red reminescent of a well aged red wine from start to finish.

Not as oaked as New Belgium La Folie, more drinkable that Duchesse de Bourgogne and more wine like than Petrus Oud Bruin. (1,143 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle at The Squealing Pig, Boston, MA

Poured a dark crimson/mahogany with no head but rather a tan layer of bubbly froth that faded to a lasting ring.

The aroma was oaky, funky and very intriguing. The eighteen months of barrel aging definitely came through in the nose. Sour cherries and a touch of fruity sweetness was noticeable as well.

The taste was a strong, yet well-balanced mix of sweet and tart flavors, along with a Brett and Lacto yeasty funk. Some rich, supple maltiness appeared up front before the sour, cherry-like flavor kicked in. As the beer moved along the palate, I picked up strong notes of dark fruity sweetness as well. The flavor profile switched between tart and sweet. At times the beer also took on a red wine-like quality. As the beer reached the back end, the sourness intensified. The beer finished sour and slightly tannic, but the aftertaste was an equal mix of sour and sweet. Needless to say, this beer definitely kept me on my toes. There was absolutely no indication of hops in this brew, as is typical for the style.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine, mild carbonation.

Overall, this was a terrific and interesting beer. My only complaint was that it was at times a bit too sweet. It was definitely much sweeter than Rodenbach Red but also much more complex.

I would suggest pairing this with a pot of freshly steamed mussels (and pouring another bottle in the pot if you are making them yourself). (1,477 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with ruby highlights, foams up somewhat but is fairly subdued. Not much for retention, decent collar around the brew with some spotty stuff in the middle. Little lacing.

Aroma is big on the tart, with plenty of cherry and other fruity esters, and a deep vinous character. Oak, with a hint of toffee malt, but very much dominated by the sour fruits.

Similar flavor to the nose, very light and tart. Body is light, with not a lot of carbonation, the powerful fruit blast stays on the palate. An incredible array of yeast strains combine to produce this outstanding wild Flemish ale. Very flavorful and easy to drink. As highly recommended a Red Ale as any. (671 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark reddish brown with a medium sized head and good clarity.

S - Acidic and earthy/ spicy. Fruity with some dark cherry character.

T - Tart smooth and spicy. Very earthy and refreshing.

M - Fairly dry and strongly carbonated. Finishes somewhat sweet and never becomes overly sour and puckering.

D - This is a greatly enjoyable beer. It is so well balanced that I find myself often overlooking the complexity of its flavor and aroma. Hard to find any flaws in this one. (485 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large corked bottle, expiration date 12/12/08.

Beautiful, classical reddish appearance, slightly hazy, with a foamy pinkish tan head when poured into my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass. The foam eventually dissipates, but the lacing coats the glass and the top of the beer all the way to the end.
The aroma immediately suggests the tartness/sourness to come. Acidic, vinegary, fruity, mostly berries and grapes, sour apples and sugar, with some oak and vanilla notes as it wamrs up.
Light and extremely refreshing, it is puckering at times, tart, acidic and sour, but also sweet and sugary, fruity with notes of cherries, sour apples, strawberries and other berries, with some oak and vanilla hints.
Very complex, wonderfully refreshing, a great summer brew, one of my favorites. (779 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a frothy head of a red tint that disipates slowly to leave thin lacing. The beer itself is a brownish ruby red. A very impressive looking brew.

Smell: Smells as if it will taste tart. Hints of fruit, maybe cherries and damp dank wood. Unlike anything I've encountered before.

Taste: My palate is completely unprepared for this beer. The tartness was a little difficult to handle and it took a great degree of thought and contemplation to uncover this beer's flavors. I would really love to find a proper meal to pair this with, but the flavor was too much for me to handle and I'll have to come back to it in a few years. Tasted of tart cheeries. It was amazingly tart along the edges of my tongue though sweet at the same time. Clearly there's more going on here than I can handle, but the tartness overwhelms me and the main reason I'm not giving it a better taste rating.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The aging smoothes out this beer very nicely, but it's difficult to see this as drinkable with the great degree of tartness. Yet, somehow it gets better the more I drink, strange. To sum this up in one word - peculiar, but I feel as if there's something more here than I'm realize. I'll come back to this one sometime down the road. (1,260 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a nice light tan head. It has the aromas of sweet dark cherries. In the taste, sour cherries, a nice malt and a tad yeasty. It is a smooth beer, well the sourness leaves a small sweetness behind. It has a great body nice and complex. (263 characters)

Photo of basica
3.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this at Brussel Sprouts together with my long awaited Abbaye Des Rocs Brune beer. I
was pretty skeptical about this beer due to reviews saying that it is sour. I am just not into
sour beers and that's the reason why I close myself to Lambics. The Rodenbach is a Flanders Red
Ale style of brewing and is generally sour and fruity (in a sense analagous Lambics though not
quite) This Flanders Red Ale pours out slightly dark ruby red with minimal head which quickly
becomes a fair lacing. It smells intensely sour with notes of grape. The sour taste was further
pronounced in the taste and it was kind of too overwhelming for me; it was very much like someone
spilled vinegar into a beer that tastes like a light wine. I could develop an appreciation for
this beer by sipping it and the entry taste was actually fruity and yeasty which was quite
pleasant. But once the pellates are filled and the after taste starts to kick in the vinegar
like sourness is domainating and even in the nose. All in all way to sour for me; after I got
used to it; the sourness was mainly overwheming in the after taste and on the nose. The after
taste also has grapes in it; somewhat like red wine but the sourness kills it all. This ale was
medium body and with an overly high level of carbonation. Drinkability is low and this one's
definitely a sipper unless you want to sour up your evening. Not really my type but I still
can slightly appreciate the grape and winey side of it. (1,490 characters)

Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out rather dark when held up to a light revealed a redish hint with a nice cream colored head that faded quickly. Smell reminds me of vinegar and fruit with the sour yet sweet taste to follow and a hint of citrus. Tingled the taste buds with the carbonation and left me wanting another (292 characters)

Photo of doubleipa
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very surprised at the very faint sound when the cork was opened. My first thought was uh-oh!! Not to worry though. Virtually no head. Cherry, vinegar, and large amount of oak. No overpowering sour like some of this style. Good mouthfell - only a lishgt pucker. Surprisingly lively considering the lack of head and lack of any kind of pop with the cork. If this was the first sour ale I had I would be really iimpressed. But I prefer others over this one - slightly. (465 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautifully bold and shiny dark brown color with a fine, bright ruby glow within and around the edges when strongly back lit. Much like if it were an interchangeable stage light. Starchy topping of parchment paper colored foam builds up gracefully after the pour to about a finger high and slowly fades to a light skim and a few light specks and strings of lacing.

Aroma is sweet and mostly sour with vineous grapes and cherry vinegar and a whole lot of earthly woodish notes that are very high ended and nose hair pullingly sour.

Taste is a towering inferno of souring stuff that is quite complex and uniquely snappy on the palate. Instant tongue cleansing and cheek parching with super sweet, tart cherries, souring vinegar, and vineous quailties that scream dry wine. Lots of superb surroundings to earth, wood, and leaves. Dare I say raisin seems to drift around with some currant skins and a bit of plum too. The texture of sourness is incredibly complex. Acidicly sublime and balanced with just enough sweet to help keep it a bit more in check then it probably could be. The oak aging has done wonders here with all sorts of unique notes that remind me of being in a deeply wooded forest on a hot day as the heat rises from the forest floor and sifts through the thick tree foilage. Wonderful in that regards.

Mouthfeel is like a swig of vinegar balanced with souring fruits and sweetened fruity malt. Crisp, tangy, full on oaky tinged heat and character, vineous dryness, and tones of well-handled sour is the beast of each sip. If sour patch candies were oak aged and pulled from the ground this would be the liquid form of that.

Now as much as I enjoy these types of beers, I have always had a tremendously hard time drinking them with any ease. The sourness is beyond me and my capacity to handle them like a pro Lambic drinker is not something I can keep up with. So on that note I unfortunately have a hard time attributing a nubmer to the drinkability of such a beer. So since this took me a very, very long time to finish, I guess its my average? Damn good stuff though. (2,096 characters)

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 1,053 ratings.