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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,101 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,101
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

cyrushire, Oct 08, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

infinitebruner, Oct 08, 2014
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beb86, Sep 29, 2014
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Igormatos, Sep 28, 2014
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Photo of Redneckwine
4.46/5  rDev +4%
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.

Redneckwine, Sep 28, 2014
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,101 ratings.