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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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Reviews: 1,078
Hads: 3,734
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 20.89%
Wants: 305
Gots: 571 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium | 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 RabbleRouserRye
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nose is mildly sour with a subtle acetic aroma. Sounds strange but reminded me a little of the apple beer I used to drink back in the day. There is some sour tang with a just-so lightly tart finish. Very light on the palate. As tasty a sour beer as there is. A very clean finish. no hop character. An instant favorite.

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Photo of mwa423
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown with a finger of slightly tan head that quickly dies to a lacing.

S - Lots of dried fruit, a bit of funk, and a slightly sour cherry note at the end.

T - Lots of sweet dried fruit including cherry and plum. The middle of the taste is quite sweet and it ends with some sourness. A fantastic complex flavor and definitely worthy of the name "Grand Cru"

M/D - Mouthfeel is very smooth and only a slight sour bite. Very drinkable and something that I will certainly have again.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with shades of deep amber red. Half finger head with slight lacing. Aroma of cooked apples and grapes. Taste picks up with brown sugar, plums, sour cherry, apple, and some more grapes. Mouth feel is incredibly smooth with a nice efervesence.

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Photo of Hachiman
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a very dark orange to me with a 1cm beige head.

Nice sourdough odor.

Taste is sweet and tart. Not as tart as most lambics but still a bit pucker-ish at the finish. Unusual sourness for a 'brown' ale. To me it has no definite fruit profile. No perceptible hop bitterness, and just bit of alcoholic bite that leads nicely into the tart finish. Nice balance between sweet and sour, and it goes very well with creamy sauces, risottos, fondues, etc.

Mouth feel is smooth, smooth, smooth. Contains some corn, so that may account for some of the softness. Also, obviously, the aging mellows things some.

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Photo of dgilks
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep crimson red with a thin light tan head. Very short lasting head but this looks great.

S - Sour cherries, sauvingnon blanc. It is enough to say that this is appealing.

T - Some tart cherries, black currants and grape. This has some vinous wine elements and plenty of tartness. Really, really good.

M - Medium body with a lively carbonation. This lingers a little bit but is really good.

D - Exceptional. I could drink plenty of this and it goes down so well. Plenty of flavour and interest.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: In a tulip, little to no head with few speckled white foam dots. Dark brown with no cloud.

S: Rich sweet raspberry. Sweet fermented tobacco. Very rich and very sweet.

T: Amazing. Sweet, full bodied raspberry. Tangy and zesty with hints of orange and lemon zest. Mouthwatering.

M: Not too thin, not too heavy. Tingles nicely on the tongue with the sour taste.

O: One of the best beers I've ever had. I've never been huge on sour ales but this is a desert island beer. The tanginess leaves you feeling more thirsty wanting more with each sip.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served on-tap @ Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a tulip glass

Pours a gorgeous dark ruby color. The body is pretty clear and contains within it many spectrum of red, but they skew darker. It looks vinous in this way, but the 1.5 fingers of head reveal this to be a beer. I can't imagine a Flanders Red looking any better, so I'm scoring this a 5.0.

The aroma is not all that different from regular Rodenbach. I find that beer's nose to be full of sour cherry, full of balsamic vinegar, full of red wine notes. I find the same with the Grand Cru. The only real difference for me is the elevated amount of astringent oak barrel aroma in the Grand Cru.

The taste, however, is significantly different than normal Rodenbach. Where that beer is lightly tart and quaffable, the Grand Cru does not shy away from being tart. This is a truly sour beer, in all of the good ways. Balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, blackcurrants, and woody, dry oak flavor (but not the vanillin you'd get in oak-aged stouts) -- Rodenbach Grand Cru has a lot going on for it. There's just enough sweet malty flavors and red fruit flavors to balance the sour character (the beer becomes more balanced as it warms, too). It's really delicious.

The mouthfeel is nice and dry. The aggressive tartness makes for a beer that isn't as easy to drink as it could be, but everything is just fine. Overall, this is about as great as you could ever expect a Flanders Red to be. In this day and age of scarce fruit lambics and overhyped American Wild Ales, this beer still exists as an affordable option for that sour fix.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy deep cooper with orange and ruby highlights. The head is light tan made of creamy bubble with a good retention. Some lacing.

S: A strong fruit aroma of red currents and sweet red cherries with a moderate sour aroma. There is a moderate spicy phenol, a little bit of malt aroma and a light chocolate note. No hops, no diacetyl.A little bit of leather

T: Strong complex, fruit flavors again with red currents but the cherry flavor seems tart with the moderately-strong sour flavor. A moderately-light sweetness provides a counterpoint to the sour but the balance is fairly tart and satisfyingly so at that. A light chocolate note. No hops flavor and a restrained, light hops bitterness. The wine-like character is very evident with some tannic and acidic bitterness. No diacetyl.

M: Smooth and creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation. No warmth.

O: A outstanding Flanders and a world class beer. The fruit and that sourness are strong but in balance with the other element. I'm partial to the Flanders Red style so I'm trying not to let it bias my score but this is almost perfection.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Pasadena location for their 9th annual Belgian fest.

Poured into a tall tulip glass, it was a dark brownish red, with the head fading really fast. The smell was very tart and fruity but not dominated by a specific type. The taste was sour, one of the more sour beers I've had though not as intense as RR Supplication. The main backdrop to the sourness is cherry, and that's pretty much all I get. Very spritzy mouthfeel, very nice for the style.

A really good sour beer that is very easy to drink. Not so acidic that it's hard to drink. I liked this one very much, one of the better (though I've like many of them) sour beers I've had.

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Photo of Sharkophile
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer sitting untouched on a shelf in a supermarket chain of all places. I had never had Flanders Red before so this was my introduction into the world of Belgian Sours, and what an introduction it was.

A: Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet. Pours a deep, opaque reddish color with a huge off-white head.

S: Smells very fruity and slightly tart, with some funky and spicy smells as well. Almost wine-like.

T: Sour at first, with a sour cherry and slightly vinegary flavor. The more I sip, the more I taste dark fruit flavors (date and fig-like) beneath the tartness, in addition to vanilla and spice. Finishes very dry.

M: Pretty light bodied, with a prickly carbonation, alot of bubbles hitting the tongue, which amplifies the dryness.

O: Mother of God, this beer is unlike anything I've ever tasted. Tart, complex and simply amazing. I feel the need to drink more sours other than fruit lambics after drinking this beer.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours redish brown, good head, effervessent carbonation and delicate thin lacing.

Aroma of sour ale! Hints of cherries, some funky bug esters and phenols, wonderful! Flavor of funky brett, lacto sourness and hints of plum and cherries.

Label says its a blend of 1/3 young beer with 2/3 2 year old wood aged beer. Good stuff!

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Photo of Gusler
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A somewhat nebulous ruby red to almost brown color, the head modest in size and frothy in consistency, light tan in color with some decent lace to coat the glass. Nose is tart cherries with sweet hints of maple syrup, yeast and a real dream of a nose. Sweet and sour start, the top middling in its feel, finish prickly in its acidity, hops perfect in their bite, very dry, vinous almost, wow what a great beer guess if I want any more I will need phone Belgium.

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Photo of goatherder
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red in colour, a crystal clear apart from a few floaties from my heavy handed pour. The head is small and retreats back to a persistent collar thought the carbonation is lively. Smells of tart cherries, sherry with a funky brett edge. Solid sourness in the mouth, not just on the tongue but all around. Complex tart fruit and malt flavours. The balance is exceptional with the sourness a counterpoint to the rich malty sweetness. The beer feels full bodied and sweet yet finishes bone dry. A wonderful experience of contradictions with a touch of funk. Truly a world class beer.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours a deep and murky brown color with a sticky ring of foam.

Aroma is earthy, malt vinegar, sour aroma, and toffee.

Bright sourness, malt mixed with a very smooth sour. A bit of malt vinegar comes through, roast, slightly sweet with a tangy finish.

Very smooth mouthfeel and silky.

Overall a wonderful example of what sour beer can be. It is well balanced with a wonderful acidity. I like the earthiness as well.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive reddish brown with whispy khaki colored head, very good retention and lacing. Smell is a tart blend of cherry, currant, wine grapes and lemon backed by a faint kiss of oak and vanilla. Taste is a wonderful blend of sour and tart cherry and currant with touches of wine grapes, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, lemon, earth, vanilla, oak and dried grain. There is a slight pucker upon first sip, but it maintains a quite plesent level throughout the glass. Medium body, great prickly carbonation that lasts throughout the bottle, minimal pucker or sour aftertaste. Not terribly complex in the ingrediant profile that are put into it, but just an amazing beer all around due to the aging and yeasts.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had this several times, but this is the first real sit down analysis for me. From the 750ml C&C bottle into my tasting glass. BB 11/06/15

Pours a murky garnet with a tight two finger light khaki head. Solid retention for the style with pretty good lacing.

Tart, but not sour. Picking up a bunch of funky apples, like really ripe apple skins. Characteristic balsamic vinegar. Dome vinous notes, and barrel juice. Bits of oak and even some vanilla. No hops, and no straightforward malts. Wonderfully complex, I could smell this all day.

Slightly tart on the front that quickly blossoms into an array of that funky apple, ripe cherry, and oak. More vanilla than I anticipated. All this with a very nice Belgian candy sweetness that keeps things in check. The sour side of this beer is subdued compared to some of the hardcore guezes and American wilds, but very well balanced between the lactic and acetic. Sourness builds ad this warms, but never overpowers. This is seriously tasty.

A solid medium, with ample carbonation. Finishes dry and clean, with just the right amount of pucker. Superior drinkability, and one of the most refreshing beers I've

Overall this is one of the best Flanders Reds I've had, right up there with Cuvee des Jacobins. This hits the perfect balance of sweet and sour. So layered and complex, I can hardly believe this is just water, barley, hops, and assorted bugs. There are just so many fruit flavors here, and the added vanilla/barrel character just brings it to that next level. The best part is its widely available and cheap relative to the style. I could drink this every day. If you are a fan of sours and haven't tried this one you need to. If you are wondering about trying a sour beer, this is a great place to start. Cheers!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second sampling: Still a strong contender in the Flander's market. Still, could use more body and depth. A hint of chocolate malt and nuttiness would really improve this brew.

Mother pucker! That one's taaaart. Right out of the aromas, barnyardy, vineous, and muskiness makes the mouth water and the eye twitch. Looks burgundy in color with a lightly creamy off-white head that fleeted quickly. Flavors of cider, cherries, and tart berries accompany the intense tartness. Though malt sweetness offers a nice mellowness, it never balances the beer correctly. It could have more sweetness. Alcoholic and lightly astringent in the mouth feel. A woodsy flavor persists in the aftertaste. I like it, but it makes my teeth hurt. Good for all Flander's lovers! Thanks SheepNuts

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Photo of bruachan
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

from the hudson acme

cork pops and i get musty port aromas. in the glass these seem even more complex and add a bright cherry smell. a hint of the sourness to come

gorgeous seep cranberry color with a two-finger head that drops to a topographic coating with rings that effect an appearance of a coral reef from the air

super-carbonated spritz spreads the sourness around my palate; no nook of my mouth is safe from the prickly acidity. there's a noticeable, but only barely, bitterness, which just adds to the tactile experience

at the front a brief cherry sweetness that quickly gives way to a consuming sourness

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Photo of Sacrilege
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An amazing red ale, which is very carbonated and acidic, but is so full of flavour when you let the beer roll over the behind and sides of your tongue.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark mahogany and thin brown head with ok retention. Sour cherries and light oak aroma. Sour cherry flavor and vanilla with oak finish. Biscuit undertones and semi dry finish and linger. Light smooth carbonation with a twinge of sour.

Sweet and sour with a very pleasant, refreshing feel. Wonderful flavors are balanced and mingle nicely throughout. It tips slightly to the sweet but is brought back with the acidic linger to make you salivate for more.

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Photo of pootz
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled..330ml crown top expirery date 06/06. Served at 48 deg.F in a thin stemmed tulip... it poured a brilliant ruby red-amber with a sticky off white cap that laces beautifully.Tiny bubbled ample effervescence. Aroma is a knock out!..concord grape, cherry tartness some herbal smells, acidic like dry cider. Taste? sure does!..glorious layers of berry like tarness, malty but herbal, some horse blanket... sweetness balances against sour cider tartness...what a ride! Finish is tart and dry like a strong cider. This is a remarkable brew...some will hate it some will love it (as I do) for it’s amazing flavor and refreshing fruity tartness. Recommended to those with no boundaries who want to experience one of the worlds most unique and well crafted ales...truely remarkable.

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Photo of Titans77
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Roasthouse Pub in Frederick MD.

A - Dark brown/red with a half finger of light brown head. Solid looking beer.

S - Sour cherry and dark fruits. Very strong and enticing.

T - Dark sour fruits. Cherry up front and fig in the back. Some lemon as well. Very good taste.

M - Smooth and medium bodied with a sour feel to it. Almost perfect for the style.

O - currently my favorite sour as of this review. Very solid brew.

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Photo of ToddT
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Deep brown with ruby highlights almost no head when served but little bits of lace above the top of the beer to indicate that it once had a head. There is no lacing left on the glass while drinking this.

S- Dark candied fruits hidden under a funky, tart, and slightly sour aroma of vinegar, complex and balanced.

T- Candied cherries with a subtle tartness right away, the middle is a mix of tart green apple, grape, and wood notes, then the finish has a slightly puckering sour final note of cherries to close things out. Very complex lots of subtle flavors continue to come forward as this warms and the palate adjusts to the sourness in this. I could drink a lot of this.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, right on the mark to go with the complex flavors and the sourness in this one.

O- This is one fantastic beer, highly recommended, and an easy drinker at 6.0% ABV. This has a character that is all it's own, it is somewhat like other sours I have had, but in a league of it's own.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay glass, this is deeply dark ruby-red beer with a modest film of foam across the top. The nose is very nice, featuring a very fruity (cherry-like, but not sweet) dominant scent, and undertones of woodiness and iron. The flavor is truly exceptional, with slight fruity sweetness (this time more ripe grapes than cherry so much), giving way to a deliciously fruity acidity (think granny smith apples), and lingering tartness, but not particularly sour. The mouthfeel is soft with a slight tannic character.

One of my favorite beers, but I've only been able to have it on trips to other states until now, when it has become available in Texas. This is a great beer to be paired with many foods, but it does especially well with certain thai dishes where the sour and/or hot flavors could overwhelm many beers. It's great with pickled foods, and also with tex-mex. A classic.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Capone's near Philly. Review from notes on 6/4/10.

A - Clear deep maroon/cherry, nicely formed off-white head in a snifter. 4.5

S - Rich cherry and tartness reminiscent of a red wine, very light funk. 5.0

T - Nice tart and sweet body with a sour cherry flavor throughout. Hint of chocolate, sweet as well but a decent dryness in the finish too. 4.5

M - Medium bodied, smooth and bubbly carbonation. 4.0

D - Incredible. I wouldn't mind 3 or 4 more please. 5.0

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.