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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
94
outstanding

1,053 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,053
Hads: 3,603
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 287
Gots: 497 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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 jmhart
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served a bottle at Cambrinus Pub in Bruges, and it was so good, I brought a 4 pack home and served it with a pepper encrusted porterhouse steak and asparagus.

A- Pours a thick creamy reddish-brown, forming a heavy off white head that rescinds quickly and leaves an intricate lace all over the beer. The lace eventually disappears.

S- Heavy acetic acid with some tart fruits like plums and dark cherries. Hard to pick out any flavors over the acetic acid.

T- Straight up sweet and sour. Deliciously sour with strong acetic notes, dark cherries, plums, and some really nice oak and bready, like a piece of bread soaked in red wine vinegar and buried in a pot for 3 years.

M- Really wonderful. Chewy and sour, with some nice oils, and impressively moist. Something this sour usually dries you out, but it's really refreshing.

D- Easily one of my favorite beers. So tasty and refreshing. I can't say enough about this beer. I'd never had it before my trip to Europe, and I was so happy to see it in nearly all of the beer stores I frequent back home.

Overall, I love this beer and drink it FREQUENTLY. Great with dinner. A nice steak or delicious pot roast. If it wouldn't be such a waste of good (and expensive) beer, I'd love to cover a good roast in this and slow cook it for 8 or 10 hours...mmm (1,305 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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. (251 characters)

Photo of mwcullnane
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ map room with cellartime.

A: Dark red with 3/4 finger head. Good lacing.

S: Not too acetic but still some sour notes.

T: Sour and sweet. Great balance unlike the 2010 la folie we drain poured the night before. I'm pretty sure that balance comes from pasteurization so take it for what it's worth.

M: awesome session beer, medium body, med-high carbonation

O: favorite Flanders red so far (403 characters)

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obviously this beer needs not much of an intro. It is one of the most widely recognized flander red ales around the world.

The nose has hints of mashed cherries and oak. The taste is utterly refreshing. This could be consumed all day long. For days on end.

It has notes of dried cherries, slight vanilla, and a wonderful woody sour taste that just dances across the tongue and begs one to take another sip.

A wonderful mouthfeel from the champagne like bubbles.

Drink it up. What a brew. (495 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

C&C->Duvel Tulip

A ~ Pours a rich dark red/mahogany with a nice head.

S ~ Red Wine grapes & Vinegar Barrel with some dried cherry & lemon rind.
Great complexity here. Twinge of clean metal & cellar. Plums as well.

T ~ Dried cherry & grapes follow through in full effect with hints
of homemade caramel/spun sugar with Bragg's apple cider vinegar & finishing
with crisp granny smiths & cranberry. Wow. There's just deep pockets of flavor that I simply cannot describe.

M ~ Top notch feel with the smoothest carb & cleanest tart bite that excites yer palette I have ever experienced in a red.

O ~ Incredible. This was a birthday present & I was not disappointed. Seek this out. (685 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark ruby color. Poured 2 fingers of consistent beige head with a medium retention.
Nice aroma of sweet malt with red or black fruits, mostly grapes, and a clear noticeable hint of Port Wine or Jerez, result from aging it for 2 years in oak barrels.
Similarly, very complex taste, sweet cherries, currants, citric, grapes, wood and touches of plum with peel on a malty base. All in a perfect balance, mildly acid, and sweet and sour. Aftertaste is a bit astringent.
Medium body with a good carbonation with small bubbles. Alcohol is well hidden, almost like drinking a carbonated grape juice.
In my opinion it tastes better than any good champagne. Close to perfection, awesome beer. (693 characters)

Photo of Popsinc
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a lovely reddish/brown pour with a lively, off-white head.

Smell: tart cherries and a musty woodiness.

Taste: tart of the top. cherry fruitiness creeps through instantly. some of the sweetness peeks out for a moment but the tart ale moves towards the back of the mouth and makes its presence on the back of the tongue. A perfect blend of sweet n sour.

Mouthfeel: lively and crisp. ends off semi-dry. very lively and active. some creaminess mid sip.

Drinkability: hey, it doesn't get much better than this. have it as an apertif, have it as a night cap. great range. great complexity. World Class! (620 characters)

Photo of Dusty278
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice head, healthy lace, deep red/brown

Smell: Sour fruit, I can't pick out which. Hints of malt.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Tart, fruity (cherry, plum, grapes?), sharp sourness, extremely complex. I won't for a minute oretend to be able to pick out everything. My palate will need a bit more time, time I'm willing to take.

Drinkablity: Wonderful, absulutely wonderful. I've never had anything like it. (411 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An orange/red colored body that is lightest and more orange at the edges and becomes darkner with developing red hues closer to the center. About two fingers of tan head spring up and have some solid retention, but only very spotty lacing.

This aroma is bursting with all kinds of layers, and is rather strong in a pleasant way. Fruitiness and tartness come together with sour cherries and maybe a bit of plum. A good dose of oak is in there too. Vinegar comes through pretty powerfully too. Rodenbach Grand Cry has A well-crafted nose that is sure to impress.

A tartness is noticeable up front and is fairly strong, but overall this one has a great balance that includes sweet, sour, and oak flavors. To start, the sourness teams with cherry-like fruit sweetness. The sweetness from the fruit then becomes a bit darker, and the plums I thought I noticed in the aroma are definitely noticeable in the taste. In addition to fruit-like tartness there is also a good dose of vinegar here; good red wine vinegar, the expsive type that you might even consider drinking small quantities of. Underlying this sweet and sour concoction is a big, balancing oak flavor that seems to insure that nothing becomes too sour or too sweet. Woody, and only very slightly spicy. Tasty beer overall.

No surprise that the mouthfeel here is pretty well done.

Rodenbach Grand Cru has a ton of flavor but manages to remain balanced at the same time. This is one of the best Flanders I have had, and is certainly the best that is readily available and reasonably priced. (1,549 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany which turns crimson when the light strikes it, tight and creamy ecru foam. Dark fruits drive the beer - sour cherry, plum, and cranberry. Sour and funky, of course. The acidity further accentuates the fruity aspects. The funkiness is reminiscent of an old, moist basement. Musty oak, almost mossy. The oakiness lingers into the finish - certainly the most vinous of beer styles. Mild sweetness balances and contrasts the sourness.

World class and the benchmark for the style. Not much more to say, except that I'm so thankful this beer is available to me year-around. Why are some regularly spending $30/bottle on hard-to-find mediocre American sours when this stuff is sitting around for 1/3 of the cost all over the US? (737 characters)

Photo of boatshoes
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Amsterdam Alehouse in Manhattan when meeting up with BA and old buddy Charlatansin on a recent trip to New York. Love this beer from the bottle and was glad to have a chance to get it on tap.

Appearance- Comes off the tap a dark ruddy brown with a minimal ring of lacing around the edges. Much like I expect for the style and to me, delicious looking as usual.

Smell- Incredibly vinous, tart, and vinegary on the nose. A touch of funkiness and oak showing through as well. Complex nose with a lot going on as a result of that barrel aging.

Taste- Again, very vinous and tart. Tastes of tart cherry, balsamic vinegar, grape skin, oak, iron, and funk. A lot going on but smoothed out very nicely by the barrels. Lovely.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Somewhat thin and tart in the mouth but silky smooth. This beer is extraordinarily drinkable for me with the perfect combination of flavors and tartness to keep me drinking. Almost wish I would have just had three of these instead of the other two beers I drank.

Overall, a classic example of the style and a beautiful beer. Pick up one of these if you haven't had it before and are open to new tastes. (1,172 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark black/brown with red hues in the light, creamy tan head, no clarity from dark color

Aroma: fruity with notes of black cherry and orange, and plum, soft malt sweetness in the background

Taste: immediately taste the cherry, orange and plum, malt then takes over and rounds out taste to keep it definitively in the beer taste category and not wine, sour finish, incredible complexity of flavor and evolution of taste

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium body, prickly in the mouth like a soft drink but smooth on the swallow

Overall Impression: A beer with amazing complexity and depth. Deftly skirts the line between beer and red wine, sour and sweet, and biting and smooth. Best described as a beer dressed up as a red wine with a sour kick. (760 characters)

Photo of Filosoof
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From some beers you will never forget where and when you drank your first. Rodenbach is such beer.

My first impression was (like the colour): Ice-tea-beer. My second impression was Ice-tea-beer (because of the sourness). My third impression is: there's nothing like Rodenbach.

L: the foam won't win be world champion;
S: not too powerful, but elegant, nuts, vanilla, milky sours;
T & M: absolutely great; starting round and fresh, with a nice sour finish, a very tine tartness.
O: classic! (491 characters)

Photo of KeefD
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap last night at The Muddy Pig in St. Paul. Another bar patron a few seats down gave me an enthusiastic "Cheers!" as I ordered while lifting his glass in the air, and quickly proclaimed he was drinking the same thing. Poured a dark reddish-brown color into a tulip. Smell is very sweet up front, with hints of cherry and spice. Taste is out of this world tart, yet incredibly refreshing. Tart cherry dominates, backed up my some dark malt, fruity yeastiness, and a pleasant, sipable aftertaste. Slightly thin in the body and moderately carbonated. The overall tartness of this one makes it a great one-off, but it was fantastic to say the least.

On a side note, I enjoyed this brew while speaking to the owner of 21st Amendment Brewing out of San Fransisco, a guy named Sean. Great guy and a pleasure to share a beer with! (841 characters)

Photo of Bmcg266
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red/Brown, small, short-lived head.

Smell: Vinegar, sweet dark red fruits; cherry, etc.

Taste: Tart up front, with some cherry/fruity sweetness and some lactic sourness on the end, dry finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth going down, Dry on the finish. Awesome.

Drinkability: Would be higher if it weren't so sour. Would be an amazing summer refresher, but as I'm drinking it early February it's a rare treat. (425 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (164 characters)

Photo of bret27
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Oaky, tart, vanilla, brett, berries

A: Very dark ruby brown, thick creamy dark head

T: Sweet and tart cherries, touch of vanilla and woodiness. Tart, vinegar, extremely dry finish.

M/D: Medium, slick, and dry. Very delicious and drinkable.

Overall: I like the more oak aging on this one, than the normal version. The extra oak/wild bugs adds more flavor and yet more dryness, making it more drinkable for me.

When I realized I gave it an A+, I kind of second-guessed myself, but I stand by it. This is a phenomenal Flander's Red. World class IMO. (554 characters)

Photo of meatyard
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a mostly clear, ruby/brown with a 1-finger, short lasting, tan head that leaves no lacing.
The smell is tart fruits and is vinegary, it's very pleasant.
The taste starts with a cider vinegar moves quickly into sweet and sour fruits and ends with a tart green apple flavor that lingers a while. I feel a bit of the acidic burn down my throat as well.
Mouthfeel is light tending toward medium with appropriate though, maybe, slightly low carbonation for me.
Drinkability: For me this is excellent though those not enamored with sour beers may find it a chore. I've held onto this bottle for a couple of years and it may have mellowed slightly. I will have to pick up another this week. (689 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 bottle after a great meal with friends.

A- a nice inch or so of tan head that settles to a ring. Gorgeous hazy dark red brown in color.

S- I love the nose on this. Funky must, apple cider vinegar, old oak, cherries, leather, the depth of complexity is staggering.

T- the nose doesn't lie, this delivers in a big way. Tart and sour, funky and woody. Over ripe cherries and apple cider again. Oak builds with a dry graininess as the brew warms.

M- crisp, clean and ever so refreshing with a nice pucker. Low carb but right in line for the style.

D- this brew is so perfectly drinkable. Its sour but balanced so well with the sweetness and oak that I have on more the one occasion had one after the other for hours. (726 characters)

Photo of leschkie
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Toronado and poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a variety of foliage colors that you typically see when driving through the Atlantic Northeast during autumn. At first glance, a conglomeration between pumpkin orange and chestnut brown. But placing this one in fron of the setting sun reveals its true beauty: blazing fire red resembling the setting sun of the deserts of the American Southwest. Incredible! The frothy ecru head is spritzy with its fair share of carbination that eventually settles into a thin ring with pieces of broken delicate lace.

Smell: Sweet and sour cherries, dry tartness with some acidity and vinegar, and generous quantities of oak from the barrels. Each contribution is just so spot on that I can't even fathom it. This is the prototypical scent that every sour should have, period.

Taste: Holy crap! My taste buds are swimming in this stuff. The sweet and sour notes just play off of each other perfectly. When I want sour, I get sour. Just when the sour and tart get to the point of being borderline overwhelming, the sweet makes itself known to assuage the situation. Finishes clean and refreshingly dry with a nice acidic bite.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with the perfect amount of carbination. Sticky, but only just. This will probably be one of the few beers I review that will receive a perfect score for mouthfeel. I can't find anything wrong with it. Nothing more I can say than that.

Overall: I will never understand why people continue to seek out the rarer, younger "sexy" sours out there when they have utter perfection at their fingertips with the Rodenbach Grand Cru. Trust me, once you've had this on-tap, you will never go back. For me, this one will always be that first crush that you never really truly get over. Absolutely delectable. (1,811 characters)

Photo of scottg
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip glass at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT.

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a thin creamy head. Aromas of apple, alcohol, and some dark fruit. Up front taste of a sweet apple cider blends with cherry, raisins, and a tart green apple flavor to form an almost brandy like flavor, very complex. High carbonation, medium body, this beer coats and cleanses your mouth awakening your taste buds. The combination of sweet and tart is fantastic. An absolute must try for anyone who appreciates great beer. (525 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Nice clear deep dark Ruby Red colour with an off White large bubbled head that redeuces to a thin film.

S - Very bold Oak aromas, some faint boiled cherries lollies, vineous.

T - Oh yeah.The oak hits you straight away, and the sour tartness on the end so very well balanced with cheery sweetness. The vineus flavours are balsamic like, also some dry white wine flavours to enjoy

M - Light to medium body with full carbonation.

O - Superb. (473 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into my trusty Duvel glass pours a deep, dark burgundy red ale, topped by an inch thick cream head, dollops of arched lacing slow descend back into the deep. After a short time, the head has dissipated, leaving a swirling froth of film.

I'm taken aback by the aroma, sour it is. A bouquet abounds, apples, cherries, plums, red grapes, an earthy hue of oaky delight.

Tart, gripping fruit hold your attention from the first instant, the plum and wood taking the lead, the tart overpowering the sweet, but gently so. Grape and apple make flirting passes, but the true master here is the tartness.

The mouth if full and sumptuous, the carbonation light and fleeting, caressing the mouth's senses. A dry finish completes the picture.

In all, this is a very fine beer, the pinnacle of its style. I can't say I'm completely hooked on the style, but when the occasion suits me, it's a fine thing to behold. (904 characters)

Photo of LusciousJackson
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been awhile since my local spot has had these on the shelf and when I spotted a case waiting to be stocked I had to snatch a few up before they all disappear.

Average pour into the good ol' New Belgium balloon produced a gorgeous two fingers of head. A tinge of amber in the tan. Body of the beer is a very pretty deep red brown although as I move the glass around I catch a purplish hue reminding me of plums.

Aroma is just outstanding. Big sour cherry, tart apple with a slight vinegar in the back. I could hang my nose is the glass all day long.

Taste is as refreshing as I can imagine. Sour cherry again, raspberry tartness. The vinegar comes through a bit in the middle and that tongue scrubbing sour at the end begs for another sip.

Mouthfeel is incredibly crisp and clean. Very pleasant experience.

This is an amazing beer and an amazing value to boot earning a permanent spot in my cellar. (909 characters)

Photo of joshstevens87
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark red/rusty brownwith a minimal dirty tan head
S-a big bouquet of fruit mixed with a sharp vinegar
T-a sharp vinegary mustyness and a good dose of darkerfruits and apples with a slight smooth woodness
M-a full boddy with a modest carbonation very smooth and complex
D-a delicious beer that is amazingly complex and vcan easily be enjoyed all night (361 characters)

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 1,053 ratings.