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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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2,994 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,994
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 213
Gots: 290 | FT: 16
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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Photo of nataku00
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from a bottle into a long stemmed tulip glass. Dark brown with maybe a finger of head initially. Lots of carbonation visible at the edge of the glass.

Nose is vinegary acidity, with sour cherries and a bit of oak.

Taste is pleasantly sour with a decent amount of sourness. Sour cherries and plums.

Light bodied and nicely carbonated. Not too much of an aftertaste from the sourness.

nataku00, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

Clear-ish, deep ruddy chestnut topped with a slender, bubbly cap. Tart cherry, acetone, caramel malt, mustiness, and some roast in the nose. Juicy cherry tartness, oak, dark fruit, and malt flavor. Super slick, very dry, tart, and quite refreshing. Very nice...

wedge, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Cresant
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured this brown 750 mL bottle into a Lindemans flute. No date. The body was clear and burnished brown/red in color. The mild head retreated to a tiny collar. The off white head was effervescent and quickly faded leaving no lacing.

Smell was bold. Sour and vinegary. War-head candies come to mind. Vinous.

Taste was sweet and tart. Salty. Sour cherries. Crisp and drying. Unmistakable woodiness. Complex and unfolding throughout the drink.

Mouthfeel was spritzy and medium in body.

Cresant, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

Served on tap into a snifter at 101 Bottles

A- Poured a beautiful burgundy/ruby red color, depending on how the light shines reddish/brown color. Nice frothy head that left no lace

S- Big astringent notes reminiscent of nail polish, some brett funk, sweet rapsberry, dark cherry, and raisin aromas

T- This beer has a huge astringent nail polish taste but not in a bad way, it is also the most oak forward tasting beer I have had, some sweet raspberry, dark cherry, and raisin flavors. Vinegar like notes are present as well. That brett funk is definitely there and it is quite sour.

M- Very dry, highly acidic, effervescent, big tingly carbonation

O- A truly unique beer, I really have not had anything like it. The astringent nail polish is a very unique taste, probably not everyone's cup of tea but I liked it. It is a sour and funky beer, I have had beers that are more sour, but this is definitely a sour beer.

Hoptometrist, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of crwills
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

750 mL bottle bought in the Northeastern US sometime in the last year.

Poured a deep reddish brown with a huge, mocha-coloured, foamy head. Great looking beer!

Aroma is crackery, with lots of sour fruit: lemon, cherry, and strawberry.

Taste is brandy, sour apples, grapes, and even some watermelon. Very spritzy and lemony when colder, and highly carbonated like a champagne. Creamy mouthfeel, which was actually a little weird in this style of beer. Hoppy, cherry-like aftertaste, with a little bit of Coca Cola or something. Not as sour as I remember from the first time I had it, which is a good thing.

crwills, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of berpwillie
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

almost opaque ruby brown color with spare off white head, spare lacing, and average carbonation. strong balsamic vinegar like smell that followed through in the taste but wasn't nearly as potent. very sweet sour and tart with some fruity like hints. the blend of the sweet and sour was almost perfect. light body and a thin slick texture. long flavor duration with a very tart finish. very different and unusual flavors that were very pleasing. definitely worth a try.

berpwillie, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of thain709
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

On-tap at Ffej of July

A - Poured with a deep, crimson colored body...a fluffy, white head stood about two fingers and showed nice retention...nice lacing was left behind

S - Sweet and tart cherries are up front...they mix well with some vinegar, other sour notes, more fruit, some wine, and some oak

T - Well, all those flavors present in the nose combine excellently on the palate...the sweet and sour aspect of the beer is present throughout the entire beer...cherries play a big part in this...there is some grape and apple coming through creating the wine-like flavors...I really taste the vinegar that's described for a Flanders...the vinegar cuts through the sweetness and really lets the tart and sour notes stand out...finishes long, tart, and dry

M - Medium bodied...this one has a nice creaminess to it as well as some subtle carbonation...tart and dry finish

O - What a surprise to have this keg at the party...an excellent addition to the tap line up...my first Flanders Red and I was impressed...probably one of the best out there that I'll have

thain709, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

No date spied on this one.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown. Tall, effervescent light brown head. Head fades slowly but leaves absolutely zero lacing. Decent retention.

S: Sweet and sour berries. Sugary, perhaps belgian candi sugar?

T: Much more tart than the aroma gives away. Tart cherries and a vague berry-ish flavor to go with it. A touch leathery at times. Tartness is at its strongest in the finish. Minor acidic character here too. Lingering sour cherries in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, surprisingly full for 6% in fact. Smooth. Super drinkable.

O: Mildly tart, nicely balanced. One of the better sours I've ever had. Very drinkable. Nice berry and stonefruit fruitiness. Simple but balanced and very tasty.

Dope, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

Finally reviewing the Rodenbach.

Served in a Bruery tulip, just because. Beer is brown and hazy with a thin brown head of tiny bubbles that doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. Looks fine. Carbonation moderate.

Beer smell like vinegar and sweetness. Its like a thin bruin aroma. Smells good.

Beer is mildly sweet and acetic biting sour on the backend. It leaves the mouth with an apple flavor, sour apple. Beer is light in body and goes down smooth with minimal carbonation on the palate. Its good, drinkable, less sour than I remember / was expecting but still not for amateurs. Enjoyable.

drabmuh, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Overlord
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

I think I was expecting something more along the lines of a gueuze ... or maybe Lost Abbey's Red Poppy. Still, this was a nice sour brew and a good change of pace.

Pours an effervescent orangey brown. Lots of small champagn-esque bubbles. Smells like vinegary, apply, and plummy.

Taste is definitely more balanced than the tart smell, with a gigantic grape/vinous backbone, tart cherries and plums, and some other fruits I can't put a name to. Very mouth puckery.


Overlord, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured a dark clear red like polished mahogany. Nice two finger head of tan bubbles displays good retention. Moderate lacing. Strong alcohol aromas with yeast and sourdough, sweet like overripe fruit and sour like vinegar. Wild. And what flavors! Incredibly complex and demanding. Maintains the interesting seesaw of malty sweet and sour. The sourness is acidic in a fruity way like the lambic made from cherries. Tart, tart, tart. Like a fortified wine (port, sherry). An oaky backbone holds it all together. Medium body and good mouthfeel. Highly drinkable but odd. This is probably the most unusual beer I have ever found myself liking. Very German, it reminds me of sauerkraut. Unique!

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of beertunes
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured into crystal tulip. The beer poured a reddish mahogany color with a thin cap of dark khaki color that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was a sharp vinegary, sour scent some slight fruit notes blended in. I didn't really get much oak aroma. There was a bit more fruitiness in the taste than in the nose and the oak was subtly noticeable.

The body was fairly typical for the style, perhaps a touch on the thin side. Drinkability was good for the style, although I shared the bottle with 2 others, i could have easily drank the whole 750 by myself. As with all sours, drinkabilty is going to very with individual tolerances for the sourness.

Overall, a very fine example of the style, grab a bottle when you see it.

beertunes, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of drewbage
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from a bottle of the new version (2006) shipped fresh from Belgium. Best Before date of 10/3/2008

Pours a slightly hazy red red brown with a low, rapidly disappating white head. Lots of CO2 in this glass. More than I remember from the pre-Palm batches.

Aroma is of vinegar and sour cherry candy. Candy floss, fruit leather, christmas mulled drinks in a cold brew.

The flavor matches with a spritzy carbonic acid bite that breaks into a sweet raspy brown malty character that is wiped out of existence by a quickly rising acectic acid character.

Still a refreshing sweet tart beer, but even with the acidity this feels like a far cleaner and simpler beer than the older crazier more variable brews. Absolutely worth it, just a bit faded

drewbage, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

750ml bottle - $9.49 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georiga.

Appearance: Escapes the bottle an opaque, dark brown-red body with a thinnish, scant, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Easy breezy aroma of moist, ripe cherries leisurely soaking in first-class vinegar and dusted with vanilla sugar.

Taste: Flavorful blend of both sweet and tart cherries with a lesser hint of black raspberry and an overall robust acetic quality. Subtle, subdued oakiness with a kiss of vanilla. Pinch of pickling spices. Cracklingly tart, puckering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation. Mouthfeel is has a tad oiliness to it but is also lightly spritzy.

Drinkability: An all-around admirable brew that's surprisingly refreshing. As my astonished roommate said of it, "How dey do dat??" Some things are best left unsaid, man.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of TruePerception
4.16/5  rDev -3%

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Rodenbach Grand Cru Ale: 6%; Appearance: hazy cola; Smell: raisin; Taste: Tartaric acid (sour candy powder), raisin; Mouthfeel: small bubbles, nicely effervescent; easy to drink, really good; head tastes of cantaloupe melon.

Poured into a pint glass.

TruePerception, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of recoveringmormon
4.16/5  rDev -3%

A: Brown, minimal redness when held to the light, in a wide round goblet

S: Fruity and crisp, with vinegar undertones

T: Sweet nose, with balanced and complex sour/funky/earthy finish.

M: Thin and astringent, as most sours, with maybe a little more carbonation.

Overall: my second-favorite sour (after Cuvee des Jacobins), but a little easier to find. Admittedly less tart and better balanced, this is usually the one I'll order for friends when introducing them to the style.

recoveringmormon, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of icefisherman
4.16/5  rDev -3%

icefisherman, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Michael_D
4.16/5  rDev -3%

Dark pour with a khaki head. Smells very tart with some hay and earthiness. Tastes impressively smooth with heavy notes of cherries, sour, cherry, with some bitterness to balance. Very nice. Would definitely drink this again, and regularly if possible!

Michael_D, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of wjimson
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%

A beer with a very clean finish, though not the most drinkable. The aroma is very welcoming, suggestive of a dry sour cherry like flavour. A complex flavour indeed. The flavour starts with an intense vinegar sourness, followed by hints of dry hops aftertaste. The aged oak taste is quite addictive and very much defines the character of this beer. Maybe I will try this one again with fish and chips for just an experiment.

wjimson, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of Magpie14
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: deep, robust rudy red color with a touch of crimson. No head retention and was foamy at best. Little bit of lacing as it goes down.

Smell: not picking up to much but heavy malts, caramel sweetness and slight fruit tart

Taste: wow! this is the first flanders red ale/flemish sour that I have had. Mild to heavy tartness that I found incredibly drinkable that pairs well with slight maltiness. Sweet candied/caramel flavor soothes the tongue. Very interesting!

Mouthfeel: surprisingly smooth and nice medium bodied brew. Tartness comes around at the end and leaves a slight acidic bitterness.

Drinkability: I'll have this one around on special occasions or when I need to treat myself. Good brew! But a few of these would be a little to much for me to handle...but a great break from the ordinary.

Magpie14, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of Kromes
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%

A: A very nice dark red with a thick tan colored head. When held up to the light it gives off ruby edges. Good looking beer.

S: Very sour and acidic smelling. A cherry and vinegar aroma. A little bit of earthy cork in the background.

T: Very tart and sour up front with an acidic tang to it. After the initial shot to the taste buds, a sour cherry and apple flavor kicks in. There is some sweetness there....the finish is almost like a sour candy.

M: Mouth puckering sour and tang. There is an almost citric acid feel and flavor to it. When it fades in the finish it leaves the mouth clean. It's a refreshing beer.

O: One of the better sour beers that I've had. The sourness is quite powerful and it adds to the quality of the beer.

Kromes, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of joecast
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%

so after trying the "regular" rodenbach recently and being surprised by how much i liked it, i was pretty excited to see this sitting in the display fridge at my favorite bottleshop. best before 08/12/06

sort of a turbid reddish amber color. head is pretty small, just forming an even layer above the beer and has a light tan tinge. pretty unassuming really.
pouring in the rest of the bottle helps form a much nicer sized head which settles to about 1cm. dense with the tinyest of bubbles. and the color of the beer does grow on you.

sweet/tart aroma makes the mouth pucker slightly with each sniff. cant say much more about the smell. its good, but not really inspiring.

take a sip, and wow! i think i need a tissue to wipe away the tears. this stuff is making my eyes water.
oh yeah, this is a sipper. seems like smaller sips let the flavor come out more. really sharp tartness through the whole mouth. leaves a hot sensation in the mouth, not from the alcohol, but from the flavor.

wish i could give this more for drinkability, but i couldnt see having too many of these in one night. however, with two flanders reds under my belt, i can say i have discovered a style i can definitely enjoy on occassion. very satisfying.

joecast, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of BeastofWotan
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark, almost black, but with a slight red or brown hue. Very little head or visible carbonation.

Smell: A pleasant vinegar-esque scent dominates the nose. Perhaps a bit of fruit in there as well. Very nice.

Taste: Fruits hit you at first, but it dissipates quickly, followed by an intense pleasant sourness. The sourness is gone by the aftertaste, leaving the drinker with more fruits.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light. A slight carbonation tingles on the tongue.

Drinkability: The sourness prevents this from being a chugger, but why would you want it to be?

BeastofWotan, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%

Grading this one for what it is supposed to be, though it took some adjusting for my pallette. Not my favorite style.

A- Beautiful deep amber red with creamy thick head that fades slow and leaves nice rings of lace.

S- Tart sour mash, tart cherries, pears, and other fruit notes. Perhaps green apples. Buttery esters with some sour grape and touch of yeasty spice like cloves and and coriander.

T- Bitter-sweet mix, sour mash, lemon and sour cherry, sweet/sour vineagar like reduced balasamic touch, sweet malts are there, but sour dough bread like. Buttery hints. Unique but balanced and nice. Took some getting used to.

M- Tart pucker, but sweet middle, medium and creamy

D- Must adjust taste buds, but once acquainted its a very enjoyable unique experience. It grows on you.

JayS2629, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of treque
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%

A: A nice deep red completely traslucent with white off two finger compact head never dissipates at all waste is left behind
S: A noticeable sour aroma lots of cherry and some wood is noticed
T: Same notes on flavour the sour is amazing on tongue some bitter is present the final is long and lasts for a while
A unique beer a totally different taste

treque, Apr 02, 2011
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 2,994 ratings.