Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,503 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,503
Reviews: 1,057
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 272
Gots: 463 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a small chalice: color is amber, slight haze, no head on this pour but usually a feint top, that dissipates quickly, typical of these low hop, extreme sours.

Nose is extremely distinctive to this beer: sharp sourness, sweeter and less pungent than vinegar, and enjoyable. Leads to a fruity complex profile, vinous, earthy, grapes, figs all subtle but pleasant notes in the aroma.

Taste is also distinctive: again sharp sourness, with a sweet complent, vinegar like presence is not noticeable, flavor is extremely enjoyable. Flavor profile leads to sour grapes, vinous, light earthy, no weird off flavored funk. A clean tasting but extremely delicious sour ale.

Mouthfeel is sweet then dry then sweet in lingering presence; balance of flavors is throughout the mouth touching on the tongue and cheeks equally but not lasting long or lingering poorly.

Overall, this is one of the best beers in the world, style defining and exceptionally tasty and drinkable.

Photo of MrMeerbill
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great sour like monks cafe but crisper

Photo of qrazvan
1.56/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Very sour. I could hardly drink it.

Photo of hombrisimo
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional beer for the price! I would pay twice as much for this one!

Photo of WoostaBia
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Flanders sour beer. Refreshing beer with light cherry sourness and dry finish. Perfect palette cleaner for rich dinner.

Photo of MattMorin
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Usually like this style but this didn't do it for me

Photo of dmitrosan
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: very rich, balanced & smoky nose with a sour cherry and mead notes.
T: A balanced acidity like in overaged white wine that then transforms in soft bread notes. Dominant sour cherry taste with sherry hint.
Aftertaste: Very rich and playful.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In the minority here but I just was a little underwhelmed with this beer. Still a pretty good flanders red though. Aromas are standard for a world class sour but I personally am a little put off by the slight rum noses and flavors as well.

Photo of notme80
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. A really pleasant sourness, well balanced.

Photo of Taybeh
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

from a bomber into a tulip
a: dull sepia with some reddish tints in the light, 1 finger khaki head
s: tart apple, sour cherry, strawberries, woodsy berries, some musty leathery warmth
t & m: follows the nose but a little less perfect, very vinous, a little molasses and some hoppy bite also...somehow not quite as nice as the nose to me, but still wonderfully integrated; very nice balance between dryness, tingling hoppy edge, and mildly puckering sour.

classic and thoroughly enjoyable. Bet this would pair really nicely with a fancy creamy cheese or a bleu.

Photo of BeerStyx
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth sour beer. Wish it had a bit more of a bite or sweetness to it (something that gives it a bit of *oomph*). Liked the subtle flavours in it. Kind of like Cuvee des Jacobins but more smooth/elegant (cdj has some bad flavours that go along with the pungent "bite"). I liked that it didn't burn my nose like cdj. I liked it overall a lot, but not perfect. Would try again.

Photo of Jumbo_James
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting nose. This beer smells of red fruit and acetic acid though they are very well balanced. This is my first sour and although it was a bit intense at first I quickly warmed up to it. Beautiful color, somewhere between mahogany and dark red.

Photo of bnes09
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild, lactic, cider like tartness. Rich apple and dark fruit flavor. Leaning toward sweet flavor though very well balanced.

Photo of captaincoffee
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A true classic. I know everyone says this beer is a great introduction to sours, but it is a great beer for experts as well. The flavors brought with the oak aging will have you swearing it sat on fruit for a time, which it doesn't. Cherry, vanilla, great astringency. This is a wonderful balance of sour. Even my wife likes this beer.

Photo of ErikaBockDopples
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like a fine wine, this beer is a true work of art.

RGC was my first introduction to Belgian Sours. Nice warm, honey reddish brown color with a thin carbonated head. Vinegary, smooth, warm, sweet bitter sour. Absolutely love this beer without a doubt.

Photo of Wanne
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is between red and brown. Nice aroma of red fruit and red wine. Taste is mixture of sour and sweet and is a bit vinous. It has a bit more character than a regular Rodenbach, hence the slightly higher score I gave it.

Photo of Kuaff
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cellar temperature in my tulip. I think this my first time with a sour.

The head is nothing but a thin ring of fine tan bubbles . No foam whatsoever. The color is a kind of a slightly hazy mahogany-ruby-red.

An interesting aroma. I pick up on some acetic acid for sure, but for some reason the smell doesn't bother me in this context like it usually does. There are also various red fruits in here, like red apples, cherries, cranberries, plus a grape-like vinous quality. Maybe a touch of honey. Also, it has a unique musty herbal note. Distinctive!

Well. They don't call them sours for nothing! Sour and tart it is, similar in taste to many different sour fruits. It's weird. It has a pretty intense sour grape and cranberry thing going on, but somehow it's restrained just enough by a mellow, drying herbal bitterness that buffers the sourness, much like a properly prepared buffer system neutralizes a strong acid. The more familiar-to-beer bread and yeast show up in the finish. Really a harmonious flavor profile.

Love the feel. Calm carbonation.

My palate is pretty intrigued by this Flanders red ale. It has excellent complexity, as well as focused and controlled intensity. Much in the same way there's an art to integrating the alcohol of high strength beers into their flavor seamlessly, I think this ale artfully integrates sourness in a way that keeps it intense yet doesn't overwhelm.

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

S:
grapes,cherries,plums,balsamic vinegar
T:
-Follows the nose
-medium sourness
-very dry
-slight bitterniss
F:
-low carbonation
-light body
O:
Good,but not as good as i hoped

Photo of Jacobob10
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Alewife in Long Island City, NY.

My first Flanders Red! Deep ruby color with a bubbly white head. Pleasant, fruity aroma mainly consisting of cherry, cranberry, and plum. I didn't pick up on the complexities that are associated with the style, but the combination of fruit and acidity was really inviting. The flavor is outstanding. The fruitiness, acidity, and malt are all in perfect harmony. The balance is incredible, nothing is overdone. Every thing just works really well. Medium bodied, sour, and tart.

Excellent stuff here. Not sure if you like sours? Give this one a whirl. Highly recommended.

Photo of KellyD59
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really like the Rodenbach...I drink it like they give you the option in Belgium...with a little bit of pomegranate syrup at the bottom....delicious!!!!

Photo of Shane_Gr
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

If this is the same Flemish Red I had at the Toronado, this is currently my favorite beer.

Photo of mchegash
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4/5
A deep red color. In low-light it looks red-brown, in bright light, it looks brighter red.
Has a small amount of head. Seems quite clear, but due to the darkness of the color, you cannot see much through.

Smell - 4/5
Sour, barnyard funk. Some tart fruitiness, maybe cherries and lemons.

Taste - 4.5/5
A softly tart taste of cherries, wine, barnyard funk, and an overall tart flavor which is hard to describe. When something is hard to describe, I consider that very good, as it likely means this is something that has never been done before. I have never tasted anything quite like this beer. It is tart, but only slightly so. It has a fruity taste of cherries, and other indiscenrabile fruits. Reminds me of Jolly Pumpkin's La Roja, but better. This is a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, in between crisp and creamy. A medium amount of medium to high intensity carbonation. Quite smooth. This is a treat to the mouth.

Overall - 4.5/5
This is an amazing beer. It is sweet and tart and has lots of tart fruit/etc flavor. Yet is still tastes like a beer. At only $9 a 750ml I will definitely be picking up a few more of these.

Photo of toronadotornado
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Toronado - San Francisco, CA

Photo of pat61
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tart, fruity lemonade nose with light barnyard and over ripe fruit. It pours brilliant chestnut with cherry highlights and a very dense, persistent, finely bubbled, off white foam cap. It attacks with a light sweetness and then the tartness explodes with unsweetened lemon, plum, a little orange, and dark cherry. The sweet and tart oscilate through your mouth culminating in a sweet and sour finish that lingers in a long fruity aftertaste. The carbonation is above average but it has a very fine bead giving the beer a very light, creamy texture.

Photo of Gilyano91
2.14/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

It's not for me,but not bad

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,503 ratings.