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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,193 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,193
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 224
Gots: 326 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

AOShabaz, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

kylehay2004, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The king of the Flanders reds perhaps, there could very well be better tasting examples of the style out there but this one is widely available and a relatively recent arrival to Alberta. A russet reddish to brown color with around three inches of tan head comprised of noticeably small bubbles. Aroma is that of red wine vinegar, grape candy, tart cherry juice, red berries, and lemon. Very sour and makes the nose tingle (in a good way). I also get some light earthy malt beneath the sour assault. Taste is dry, sour, woody, fruity, carbolic, and sour. Complex and somehow manages to juggle a bright, intense fruitiness with a strong sourness such that neither component gets trumped or dominated by the other. Tastes like dilute balsamic vinegar, sour pie cherries, lemon, tamarind, raspberry, nectarine, and tea leaf, but there are also some light sultana raisin and brown sugar notes in the background. Pucker-inducing to my palate. The ABV does put in a brief appearance here and there. Body quite thin with a moderate to high degree of carbonation. Reminds me a bit of the chokecherries you could snack on in the Northern Saskatchewan bush if you were so inclined, albeit much, much tastier. I am tempted to introduce this beer to a few wine snobs I know.

CalgaryFMC, Jan 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

dark-brewer, Jan 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

srw, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

alexm1309, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of a0lbudman
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown with a hazy brown reddish tint when a light was going though
S- wine smell that seemed to faded to a tart like raspberry aroma
T- a sour tart raspberry taste that turned to a sweeter taste in the aftertaste
M- full body feel that seen to have a medium carbonation
O-my first of this beer style and I was not disappointed, great beer

a0lbudman, Jan 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

dsimmons, Jan 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

KristofH, Jan 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

CuriousMonk, Jan 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

TubaDan, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of MattRiggs
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: mahogany w/purple hue. not much of a head or retention.

Smell: sweet grapes, slight alcohol, barrel

Taste: carbonic and fairly thin, but works very nicely to sweep the sweetness off your tongue. dark malt/candy sugar sweetness that pairs nicely with a fair amount of oak, finishes very clean

Notes: A fantastic beer that would be a great alternative to champagne due to the carbonic bite and sweetness. You can definitely smell the barrel in this beer. I’d like to try it directly from the finishing tank.

MattRiggs, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

bleeps, Jan 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

a1986ford, Jan 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
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4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big fizzy head, tons of carbonation. Head is a light tan, almost cream, with pretty good retention. Brew is surprisingly dark for a Flanders red-brown ale, with hints of garnet coming through an otherwise opaquely dark beer (not unlike a stout). Lacing is very nice but minimal.

Beer has a wine-like sourness to the aroma, along with muted wild ale funkiness. Red grapes, yeast, oak, wheat, wine.

Such a surrounding and complete flavor profile, encompassing everything in the nose and more. Vanilla and dark fruit make an appearance, everything blended with a bit of sour, incredibly delicate funkiness, oak, and grapes.

Almost no carbonation sting in a beer that nonetheless comes across as very lively. This is a shockingly thick beer, about medium-full, with such a full flavor profile and slight sour and funk notes that make it a sipper.

Rodenbach was my revelation beer in 2013, and Grand Cru is more of the same. This is an excellent beer across the board, for someone who truly appreciates the complexities of the style, to a complete novice in wild-type ales.

Roguer, Jan 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

NumberNone, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Zaso, Jan 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

squack, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Funkwich, Jan 11, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark, even very rich appearance, little or no head, pleasantly sour as described on the establishment's beer list minus the term "pleasantly". To my disappointment, it was the only sour on tap. From which I can gather that my taste buds have rare company or/and it's just not a popular taste. I'm fine with that...

LambicLion, Jan 11, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown with ruby tones when held to the light. Not really any head on this one, but there's a thin tan film.

S: Tart raspberries with brown sugar, acid, and vinegar.

T: Oh yeah, this is good! First off: tart raspberries, brown sugar, citrus acid, vinegar, light oak, tangy raisins. There's some cherries and peach as well. Good stuff.

M: I think a lot of others said it well; damn near perfect. For this style, I don't think I'd have it any other way. Light, almost medium bodied and slightly creamy but dry finish.

O: Glad I found this one for such a cheap price. I wanted to buy it earlier but it costs over $20 at the local store- found it for $10. This is an awesome Flanders red ale and reminds me of Jacobins Rouge. It comes in a huge bottle as well so that you can enjoy it for a long period.

titty_mcbitty, Jan 11, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sets the bar very high with a near sculpturesque body. The head is tight, thick and resembles a cream like froth. The color is a deep ruby with highlights of mahogany at the edge.

The scent is sour with a sweet cheery tartness, some dried fruit lingers at the back.

The cherry tartness stands out on the tongue. I'm catching some date and prune but the sour washes it away. Dry malts also make an appearance but for the most part the cherry really rides on through.

The feel is very dry and smooth. The carbonation is not too noticeable but it still has a sprite air to it.

This is very good, very tasty, and nice all around. My only complaint is that it seems to be holding out the real strength that lies within.

KYGunner, Jan 10, 2014
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4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ap - Deep, brilliant amber; thin, off-white head that dissipates to a thin ring. Spotty lacing throughout.

Ar - Sweet vinegar, ripe red fruits.

T - Tart berries, vinegar is more subdued than nose suggests. Lingering candy sweetness, almost like a fruit roll-up.

M - Perfect. Slick, light to medium bodied with great carbonation. I wouldn't want this any different.

O - A near perfect Flanders Red. Having it on tap is a surprise for me. I have never seen it anywhere else than my local bottle shop.

KVNBGRY, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

cproioi, Jan 10, 2014
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 3,193 ratings.