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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Reviews: 1,059
Hads: 3,633
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 291
Gots: 511 | FT: 27
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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 Cyanmonkey
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Small bubbles, finger and a half of reddish-tan head that doesn't stick around for too long. Very tart. Raisins and cherries. Musty. I get some brett, but the pedio/lacto do most of the legwork.

Smells like red wine. A bit solventy, but I suppose that's to style.

My wife says it smells like hairspray. :P

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750 into a large stemmed tulip.
Pours a dark rub color with one finger of head, decent retention.
Smells of dark fruit and brett sourness.
Tastes great, huge flavor, sweetness from berry fruit and lots of brett sourness.
Finishes crisp and dry considering the sweetness in the beer.
I loved this beer.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look - pours a dark brown/ruby red color. thick tan head. not so much retention or lacing

smell - raisns/grapes, malty, musty, sort of chocolaty, has that aged smell. overall a very strong, pleasant aroma.

taste - absolutely delicious. tastes like raspberries with some citrusy character and hints of raisins. the sour tickles the tongue. finishes sweet and savory

feel - creamy, smooth, tingly

overall - super delicious. am going to buy again and also try other versions of this style ale.

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Photo of kevanb
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a vintage Rodenbach tumbler glass.

The beer pours a very hazy, dark, burgundy color, hues of garnet when hit by the light where a thick khaki head rests, about a finger or so with decent retention leaving behind a few soapy spots of lace. The aroma is very pleasant, tart cherry, cranberry, musty oak, a bit of vinegar and some red wine grape. The flavors are right on the money, tart but jammy fruits, cherry, red grape, cranberry, plum, a bit of wine like oak, lightly vinous and definitely musty and funky, hints of sour vinegar, with just a touch of lemon citrus at the back. The mouthfeel is perfect, very lively beer, nice medium body, perfect carbonation though it coats well and feels very smooth with a lightly dry, sour pucker at the finish.

Verdict: A staple of the style, remarkably balanced and well rounded. The complexity is there, though it feels effortlessly simple to drink and explore. It hits the mark for anyone who loves a good sour, especially a Flanders Red and should be the beer that all others get compared to within the style.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got mostly grape notes from this, almost like a tart wine...the sourness is sharp but it finishes very clean, and it is balanced excellently with the fruit notes.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown with a dark ruby cast. Above normal head volume, good lacing and retention for the style. Excellent nose of slightly sour tart raspberries (most prevalent) and cherries over a light caramel sweetness with notes of oak. Almost light medium bodied with a nice smooth texture that has bursts of creaminess in the finish. Well carbonated with effervescence from the middle on. The flavor profile is World Class and hits the marks on intensity, complexity and balance. It begins with a slightly sweet burst of raspberry with cherry undertones. These flavors effervesce into a nice tartness in the middle with just a touch of sourness underneath. Coupled with these are notes of oak over a balancing caramel sweetness. As these progress towards the finish, tartness becomes prevalent and a mildly sour puckering effect sets in. The somewhat dry finish is a fade of fruit flavor remnants over a lingering mildly tart sourness.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown, excellent clarity, with a generous tan head. Very good retention and

S: Appealing red fruit (cherry, strawberry, dried cranberry), light earth and grassy notes.

T: Red fruit, light barrel, sour is light to the point of absent, red apple, and light sweetness.

M: Medium-light carbonation and body.

O: A lighter, flavorful sour. A good everyday option.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chewy and foamy oatmeal-colored head, two fingers thick and persists well. Body is like a ruby, deep red but good clarity against light. 5

Vinous quality to the nose and tart cherry aroma. Seems to have a touch of lacto but everything is clean and vinegar-free. 4

Excellent taste here, especially for the cleanness. Tart cherry, a hint of cranberry, sweet vanilla and a citric, faintly lemony finish. 4.5

Exceptionally smooth and creamy and still tart and a tad acidic. It's refreshing, vinous and dry. 4.25

Great brew and for the price a steal almost.

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Photo of Mikus
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really fell for this beer... even read some notes on the style prior to trying it. Looked awesome in the glass, with the deep reddish, brown hue... little to no head going on here. Amazing nose, including the vinegar note (which I loved for some reason), and some crazy dark fruit medley as well. The taste was unique, and amazing with all of the aroma notes joining the party. Pucker up! The mouthfeel was very dry, and left me wanting more. Super clean and original. Damn, just damn.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

“Rodenbach, Rodenbach, Rodenbach” - A colleague at the bottleshop I work at raves on about Rodenbach all the time. Naturally I had to get some Rodenbach and review the absolute shit out of it [as I do]. My colleague recommended starting with the Grand Cru, “You like Flemish Reds? This is the best.” I nodded back adding “Of course, who doesn’t love Flemish Reds!?” secretly knowing that I’ve never had a Flemish Red before, damn my incessant beer-snobberyism! Turns out they’re similar to a Gueuze... great! I love a good Gueuze *cork pops*.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: The style should be called “Flanders Brown Ale” if this is representative of their general appearance: Hazy deep caramel body with a thin off-white lace ring around the glass... I’m giving it a good score because I don’t know any better. 8/10.

S: Holy funk Batman, this is one funky aroma. Starts out with a pungent (but delightful, I love the smell of) Hubba Bubba™ grape note, add some yeast funk, follow this with sharply acidic white wine characters and sour cherry and you’ve got yourself Rodenbach Grand Cru. 9/10.

T: That Hubba Bubba™ grape note morphs quickly into a “Meady” character (i.e. that fruity vinous taste in Mead, the alcoholic beverage of much renown). Following this is some yeast funk, sour cherry and a red wine tannin in the finish, in fact if a beer wanted to grow up and become a wine it would become a Rodenbach Grand Cru first. No doubt there were some large oak barrels involved somehow in this nefariously good process. The finish is astringent/tart/dry and leaves you wanting another sip... then another... and you get the idea. 9/10.

M: Mouthfeel is definitely the weakest aspect, but don’t take that as a criticism Rodenbach as the rest of your beer is pretty awesome, with a mid to light body, hmm, slightly watery, with a nicely dense carbonation. 7/10.

D: My work mate was right: Rodenbach rock(enbach)*s! This whole Flanders Red Ale style is a new and wonderful experience for me after falling for Gueuzes and I’m definitely keen for another now. Rodenbach might even become one of my FDR’s (Fridge Door Regular’s). Top marks Grand Cru! 10/10.

Food match: You’d better bring a sharp cheese platter to this bad boy.

*You knew I wouldn’t be able to resist such a terrible and obvious pun, shut up.

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Photo of interzen
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass - BBE September 2016

Look: Deep, ruby red - couple of fingers of head, small amount of lacing.

Smell: Sour, almost vinegary. Smells a bit like a gueuze with hints of apples, citrus and a barnyard floor. Agitate it enough and you might get hints of cherries and red fruit. Very much in-yer-face tartness.

Taste: The taste follows the smell, almost - incredibly sour up front, although without the acetic aspects, with a lingering sweetness towards the end. The tartness would cut diamonds - utterly wonderful.

Feel: Again, tart but without being sweet or heavy - some mild carbonation but hardly what you'd call excessively fizzy. Surprisingly smooth for something that's teeth-dissolvingly sour.

Overall: I love sour beers and it's really difficult to find fault with this one- perfect in pretty much every respect, although some might find the slightly vinegary smell a bit offputting. Probably not the ideal starting point for sour ales, but if you don't try it you'll never know.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

750 ml bottle in tulip glass (duvel glass)

I've been wanting to try this beer ever since I heard michael jackson talk about it in one of the beer hunter episodes and and additional interview, it does not disappoint, to me, this is beers answer to wine, it's very vinous and tart, tastes of dark fruits and cherry (only a bit) it is delicious and it is definitely worth your time, hint (as with most beer, have it colder rather than warmer)

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Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Found this on tap at Mcnellies in OKC and excited to try this much talked about sour gateway.

Dark brown with streaks of red, a tan froth and some fizz. Smells of ripe, dark fruits and faint vinegar. Tastes of more dark fruits, malt, sweets tarts, vinegar and a pinch of salt. Crisp and dry all the way through.

Enough tart to let you know you've entered sour territory, but balanced and flavorful enough to be thoroughly enjoyed by the acolyte and veteran alike.

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Photo of RyanSoFla
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Rodenbach Grand Cru is my go-to Flander's red. It is sour, funky deliciousness in a bottle. The beer is also an unbelievable bargain and can be found for $10-12.

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Photo of aleigator
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

Cherry-red color, small head, which vanishes fast.

Funky, sour-cherry, with hints of malt.

Malt, bread, a lot of cherries, very ripe, full of flavor. Perfect chewy, tart sourness, with a fruity cherry sweetness. Decent complexity, still easy drinkable. Malt underlines the cherries till the end, holding the sourness at bay. Great balance, fruit stays in the foreground the whole time, resulting in a chewy, sour aftertaste.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 750 ml bottle.

Color is a deep mahogany with a two-finger off-white head. Good retention and lacing. A very good looking beer.
Smell is sour cherries, malt vinegar, with a hint of oak and and earthy mustiness.
Flavor is tart cherry on the palate that is almost puckering, followed by cherry fruit, raisins, and red wine. Finish is dry and lingering with notes of raisins and cherry.
Body is light with lots of fine carbonation.

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Photo of jeranbrews
4/5  rDev -6.1%

A - murky soda brown lots of carbonation clings to glass. Low heads with lacing that glides down fast. 4

S - sweet dates figs and a pinch of green tomato also cloves 3.75

T - sour almost wine-like. Not unpleasant. Notes of yeasty esters and citrus salads. 3.75

M - more watery and sleek that I'd prefer but acceptable for the style. 4

D - an interesting unique tomato-y wine-y beer. 4

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

October 5, 2014

25.4 oz bottle, snifter

A – Dark brown, bubbly, with red highlights when the light passes through at certain angles. Mild, pinkish-white head, a couple centimeters, with low retention. Thin film of lacy bubbles remains on top.

S – Dark fruit and high lactic, acidic bite, with sweet maltiness shining through. Cherry pits, toffee-covered raisins Some wine-like notes, perhaps of sherry and tawny port.

T – Initial lactic, funky bite, but sugary-malty sweetness follows quickly behind. Black cherries, some plums. Tartness is very much present, but not at all puckering or overwhelming. Sweetness and sour acidity are in incredible harmony. The mellow, aged beer accentuates the green beer and allows all of the flavors to meld and shine.

M – Light to medium body, carbonation is more millions of tiny bubbles than big sudsy CO2. Acidity and light tannins, if any, are very balanced with the malty body and sugars. Aftertaste is acidic sweetness. Not puckery, very refreshing.

O – This is an example of sour ale at its best. Tight but complex, light yet satisfying, and again very, very refreshing. Fantastic blend, well-balanced. Would drink this any time, anywhere.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip

Appearance - Dark and hazed over completely, but edges are showing some clarity, small little offwhite chunkies are swirling about, 2 finger tan-ish head has awesome retention and leaves great lacing. Looks like a glass of muddy water with a nice head on it.

Smell - Over-ripe, barrel fermented apple/cherry fruitiness is prevalent above all, toasty but clean malts with some bready yeast

Taste - So complex, but generally follows the nose: juicy tart cherry and sour apple are front and center, and earthy wooden barrel is integrated perfectly with it. You'd almost think you were drinking a barrel aged cider (gone a bit south) until the toasty, yeasty, bready malts roll in mid-late palate to smooth things out with mild sweetness. Has a bit of a complex vinous character too, like soured red-wine. Vague spiciness? Finish comes back to a clean, dry, sour snap.

Feel - Carb is scrubbing and lively yet not at all harsh, makes for a light feeling, crisp medium body that finishes perfectly mixed with the beers tartness. Reminds me of good champagne in a way.

Overall - This beer is a masterpiece. I'm a bit new to sour beers in general, so I was taken aback initially by the sour/spoiled fruit character, but after the first few sips or so, it just got more complex, more interesting, and more delicious until the entire 750ml bottle was gone... What a kickass beer - these Belgians really know what they're doing.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Drink before 16/09/16.

A - Deep ruddy brown with hints of garnet. The creamy foam on top is so fine that it looks like a nitro pour. Fluffiness of beaten egg whites. Gorgeous. The contrast between head and body gives this beer such an elegant aspect. The head has phenomenal retention.

S - Huge nose of sour red grapes, musty cherry, damson plum. Sweet berry crumble. Scent of red wine vinegar spilled on oak planks. Sour red fruits predominate with the musty and oaky flavours playing a supporting role.

T - The first sip provides a mild mouth-puckering before washing the palate with a richer and fruitier parallel to the nose. I got more sourness on the nose while the palate is treated to a symphony of dark red fruits, musty earth, soured malt and a sweetly vinegary, oaky flavour, finishing dry. Rodenbach Grand Cru is such a juicy and flavourful beer, it's hard to say enough good things about it. The more I drink the more I get the sourness and hint of sweetness as of fresh-picked wild raspberries. I say this every time, but it amazes me this does not contain any actual fruit influence.

M - Effervescence abounds on the pour, rendering the sumptuously creamy mouthfeel that is in store all the more surprising. The prickliness from the carbonation peppers the tongue on first sip before the the tongue is enveloped by a blanket of plush russet decoction. Lovely balance.

O - I have not had this beer in about 9 months so I was a little anxious to see if it would be as impressive as I remember it being after drinking many new beers. It is. It's hard to say if I'd change anything about it. I'd perhaps opt for a darker vanilla head, accompanied by a little more funk and sweetness on the nose. Tastewise perhaps a little more funkiness and weirdness. I'd love to try this beer at 10-12% just to see what the additional viscosity could do for the mouthfeel, although it's already superb. A must try.

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Photo of baumaxx1
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance - Transparent red-brown, tan 1cm head which dissipates quickly, a bit of lacing, mildly carbonated.

Smell - Red wine, cocoa, caramel, malt, oak, cherries, orange peel.

Taste - Cherry, pear, cider sourness, mandarin, blackforest cake, a hint of oak and tart, blackberry and raspberry.

Mouthfeel - Mild carbonation, a bit of fizz which is refreshing, smooth, creamy and clean. Slightly tarty.

Overall - Very refreshing - not too heavy, not too sour, not too fizzy and big on flavour. A bit of a cherry brandy/port influence going on.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bomber into a stemmed MoB teku glass and shared with friends.

Pours a cloudy mahogany red color with a bubbly reddish tan head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose…ahhh, the nose is just wonderful! Lots of toasted malt, ripe fruit sweetness, cherries, hints of oak, some subtle acidity, leather and whispers of some tart barniness. The taste is equally complex and yet so drinkable. Really pronounced red fruit (cherries), but some deeper ripeness in the form of raisins; some toasted malt and caramel, white pepper, leather, oak, balsamic. The body is full and round, yet light on the tongue with lots of carbonation, but in no way over-carbed. Wow, this is just a fantastic complex, subtle yet highly drinkable beer. Truly delicious!

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Photo of SmashPants
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: a standard 330mL brown bottle with a decent macro label. (3.5)

Appearance: poured into a tulip glass. A dark amber-red in colour with visible carbonation across the profile. A thin off-white head lingers for a time before dropping to a thin ring. (3.5)

Aroma: plenty of sour notes up front - currants, cherries, dark fruits, and an almost vinegar note. Not unpleasant though - quite the contrary. (4.0)

Taste: again that lovely sourness comes through nice and strong - almost mouth puckering, but it is softened slightly by a light fruit sweetness. A great sour beer. (4.5)

Aftertaste: still a strong sourness lingers on the palate, with some spice, heavy fruits and a touch of base malts. (4.5)

Mouth feel: absolutely bang-on. I don't know how they manage to make it viscous, smooth and sharp all at the time, but it is very impressive. (5.0)

Overall: definitely the best sour beer I have had to date. Lots of complexity and an fantastic, smooth-yet-sharp mouth feel make this one a must have, even at a price of AU$130+ for 24 x 330mL. Maybe one every now and then as a treat.

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Photo of Hollywould
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Draught pour into mini tulip glass.

Appearance: Clarity is Hazy, color is Brownish/Mahogany
Aroma: Intensely sour, with some sweetness. Notes of green apple lemon-lime and herbal, slight orange citrus and tart & overripe cherry.
Taste: Sweet on entry, green apple skin, lemon-lime, then a burst of cohesive flavors and a sour pucker towards the end. Finish is tart with green apple and cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Fizzy, foam, dry feel that leaves you salivating and anxious for the next sip.
Overall: A wonderful, drinkable, exciting beer that makes you crave each sip. It is sour but a slight sweetness balances the palette.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

14oz pour on-tap at bier markt mississauga

a: a very gorgeous clear ruby red with about a finger of off-white frothy head

s: really sour vinegar up front, but underneath that is a blend of woody notes and tart fruits, mainly cherries

t: follows the nose. tart to begin with, but leads quickly into fruity notes -- cherries, slight tart apples, berries, even some vinous qualities. the oak flavours add a dimension of complexity, working really well with the fruit tastes. no alcohol whatsoever. dry finish

m: medium-bodied with medium-to-high prickly carbonation, but it's kind of creamy. i love this mouthfeel

o: what an absolute delight of a beer. it's sour, fruity, tasty, and refreshing. i'm glad to have had the opportunity to taste this, and i'll definitely have this again in the future if i ever see it

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.