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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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1,070 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,070
Hads: 3,674
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 298
Gots: 535 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

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 One1Asterisk
3.01/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Scorched earth in my mouth. Acidity to clean the enamel right off my teeth. My lady enjoyed it a great deal, I truly hope to re-review this sometime down the line with much more positive things to say! I want to enjoy it as much as you guys do :(

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Photo of Myotus
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle (drink by date 23Sep16) into a Rona shifter. Pours with a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates to half a finger's worth within 10 seconds. Beer is so dark and murky, no bubbles are visible. Redish brown in color. Lacing is moderate. Has strong, sour yeast aromas that harmonize well with fig, cherry and oak aromas. Initial taste is of strong (but not overwhelming), tart yeast flabors that combine with mild oak flavors. Mild fig and weak cherry flavors enter immediately after as tartness persists creating a delicious dance of flavors on my taste buds. Light-bodied, smooth with subtle dryness. My first flanders red ale and I have to say that I picked a wonderful first choice.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber/reddish color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention is minimal, and lacing is mild. There is a lot of precipitate as well. Very tart aroma. Can detect figs , maybe some cherries and a little bit of brandy. The taste is where it really shines. Sour cherries all the way. Some figs at the end. Very, very good. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of those world treasure sorts of beer, it doesn't just exemplify the style, it IS the style. Beautiful layers of oak, berry fruit, wisps of light funk, and a really pleasing level of tartness, not too much, not too little. Gorgeous, just gorgeous.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red color, with a half inch head that dissipated quickly. Nice aroma of sour cherries, raisins, figs, some sweetness in the nose as well. The tartness hits you up front immediately, but then this beer starts to shine, with complex sour cherry, raisin, dark fruit and oak/caramel flavors - how did they cram all those flavors into one taste? The mouthfeel was just the opposite of what I expected for a sour beer - kinda sweet/kinda dry, but in a very nice way. I can't get enough of this beer - and at around $9-10 for a 750ml you just can't beat it.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.94/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of dmitrosan
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerStyx
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Jumbo_James
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Rickus
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Murky brown-black. A vigorous, coffee-tainted head. S: A lambic, but not really. Sour, wet wood, sour cherries. T: Tart. Sour cherries, vinegar and grapefruit. A little musty? An aftertaste of cuberdons and more vinegar. F: Champagne, a lingering dryness. O: A fantastic beer. Probably one of my favourite beers in the world. You must try it. If you have already done so, you will try it again.

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Photo of ErikaBockDopples
5/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of Wanne
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.56/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of drmeto
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of KellyD59
5/5  rDev +17.4%
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!!!!

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Photo of mchegash
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip. BB 14-8-2017
Nice Frothy head, dark, garnet, brown.
Smell, grape, vinegar, not very assertive or complex but nice.
Taste is nice and sour, cinnamon, sweet grape-soda.
Sweetness adds to the mouthfeel, medium.
Overall a little too sweet but that's stretching for a complaint.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, almost prune juice like. Grape on the nose with red wine vinegar. Grape again on the taste with a little vanilla in the background. Welchs grape soda anyone?

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Photo of bluehende
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the classic Flander's Red. It has quite a bit of sweetness with a very clean sour finish. Malt and sour combine to a great complexity. This would have received 5's from me if it were a bit more sour. That is certainly a personal preference of mine.

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Photo of minterro
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Little's Wine and Liquor. Poured into a tulip glass and paired with popcorn and the movie stardust.

A&S: Head is a fizzy light tan and dies immediately. Beer is an extremely lively opaque dark prune colored. Fantastic aroma! Smell consists of red wine, rich cherry (ripe to the point of runnyness), very tart, and with a little funk thrown in. Very potent.

T&M: Taste is a little more subdued in comparison to the smell. Very tart (raspberries), but still with a sweet side. Almost has a kiwi like sourness. Mouthfeel is light and crisp body. I wouldn't considered it refreshing, because it does hang around, but it certainly crisp.

Overall: Very impressed by this amazing beer. Reminds me of Monk's Cafe, only in my opinion a little better. Very much worth the price of 11$ for 750ml.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 1,070 ratings.