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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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2,914 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,914
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 211
Gots: 269 | FT: 15
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 Atron67


4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

A- poured a dark brown clear body, which built up a light brown head that fell quickly, non-surprizingly due to its sour nature..

S- sour, barnyard almost, pretty damn good, much better than the normal flemish sour they have.

T- strong onset of acetic sour charachter which is really nice. big burst of it which slowly fades down to a not sweet, but close (like the sourness should) lingering on the tongue for a long while. i dont really taste the oak charachter from the aging, but its delicious

M- light body, high carbonation, sticky on the tongue

D- this goes down quick and makes me want more and more

04-12-2008 02:47:28 | More by Atron67
Photo of Tschnab

New York

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

A- pours a nice ruby red color with a pinkish white head and little lace.

S- a lot of balsamic vinegar here, along with sour cherries, lemon, and a little bit of vanilla.

t- the taste starts out very sour with cherries and vinegar as the main flavor, but at the back of the palate there is a nice washing over of oak and vanilaa, carmel and malt at the end. It really can be broken down into two phases: very vinegary, and then toasty and oaky. Well-balanced.

O- really nice sour here and I'm glad that it is so available because it is truly an incredible representation of the style.

02-13-2012 16:25:19 | More by Tschnab
Photo of punkrkr27


4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Deep copper pour with a large frothy off-white head. Sour brett aroma with notes of apple, pear, cherry, sweet dark fruit and oak. Strong sour cherry flavor that makes you pucker on the first sip and finishes with a deep earthy oak flavor. Nice medium body with a very gentle carbonation and dry finish.

01-17-2011 20:42:24 | More by punkrkr27
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance: Deep cherry mahogany red with a little head and lacing.

Smell: Sweet and sour fruit or candy, like a spree or a tart cherry, with some vinegar (The grand cru has less vinegar than the plain vanilla version). Certainly some woodiness, but not as much as I would like. Definitely an earthy element.

Taste: Deliciously tart and tangy, like a sweet tart or spree. However, perhaps a bit too much sugar has been added, I would prefer the pure sour over the candy. I think I detected a little rhubarb and prune juice.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth! Almost like a merlot. Very well carbonated.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, although a bit too sweet.

The Grand Cru is certainly better than the plain vanilla version, but I am not sure it beats Dutchesse, and certainly Panil has surpassed it. I would like to age one and see how it goes.

04-10-2009 19:58:45 | More by craytonic
Photo of BierJager89


4.21/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Dark purple tinted ruby red and dark enough to be opaque with a light mocha, almost gray, head.

S: Dark tart cherries, oak, dark fruit, red berries in the nose.

T: Sour cherries, oak, raspberry, mellow and very drinkable, especially for a sour.

M: Medium bodied and neither smooth nor harsh with carbonation.

O: An excellent tart beer. The oak flavor really plays well with the tart fruits.

01-24-2014 04:54:38 | More by BierJager89
Photo of magictrokini


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a cloudy, darker copper with a rocky off-white head. Oak, cherries, sour yeast, an ethyl. All the Flemish sour tastes are there: cherries, funky yeast, oak. Nice blend with a sweeter malt which gives off a bit of a graham-cracker taste. Kind of like a very, very tart cherry pie with some funk. Thought this was better than their classic.

12-05-2008 21:43:31 | More by magictrokini
Photo of Darkstashcrashes

New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured into my Founders snifter.

A - A very pretty brown, and red hue. Thin lacing.

S - Cherry, oak, wine grapes, very tart like smell.

T - A very complex taste. Cherry up front. The oakiness is very strong. Tartness gives way to a very mellow sour flavor.

M - Very carbonated. The tartness in the nose sticks with you throughout.

D - A very drinkable beer. I would not recommend this as a session, although the abv is fairly modest. A very good beer, i could see this going well cheese.

12-27-2010 21:02:02 | More by Darkstashcrashes
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Mouth-puckering sour. Due to expire on my birthday, June 21, 2004, it had noticeable sediment from the oak barrel which prevented the last drops, and takes away from its georgeous red-brown colour with lacing. Cherry and tart real vanilla that works through the roof of the mouth before eating, Ranked up in fresher bottle sampled a year later. Had again 6.3 years later an just as good. As good in the style as can be.

06-20-2004 05:10:41 | More by Sammy
Photo of kenito799

New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

On-tap at Monk's back bar, Philly, $8 in a tulip glass. I am not worthy, what an offering.

Dark thick inky brew with maroon highlights. A bit of head formed and lace stuck along the walls of the glass.

Fruity and sweet malty aromas predominate, with some funky brett 'n' Belgian yeast scents in the mix. My first taste of Flanders red ale, an interesting and complex style. Quite a treat.

The taste is predominantly malty with plummy and grapey fruitiness in the middle, but a sour/tangy backbone, lingering finish. Intense stuff, for sipping and contemplating.

01-15-2007 20:47:11 | More by kenito799
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Bottle: Poured a reddish colored brew with a nice bubbly head with standard retention. Aroma is nice mix of oak and cherry with some acidic and tart note also noticeable. Taste is an extremely complex mix of oak, sour cherry (without the sweetness) and some tart and acidic notes also mix in there. The finish is quite bitter; carbonation is average and body is medium. Overall, this is a very complex beer that is also very refreshing. Now, if I can get my hand on some Alexander I would be a happy man.

05-31-2004 14:48:12 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of counterpart9


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

I had this served to me in a fairly cool bottle

A- the head dissapates quickly and leaves the beer with little lacing. The color is a deep red, similar to a porter.

S- smell hints of grape/citrus

T- it is a complex mixture of tartness, a dark grape, and maybe some hickory.

M- the first sip of this was amazingly crisp and flavorful in the mouth, quite differnet from anything I've had before.

D- very easy to drink, low ABV and the complexity of the taste is a very enjoyable experience for your mouth

05-25-2007 16:41:43 | More by counterpart9
Photo of berkey


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. From last nights notes.

Forms a medium sized khaki colored head with very good retention for the style. Fairly solid brown body that shows some garnet tones when held to light. Leaves a fair amount of filmy lacing as it it goes.

Aromas are of wood, earth, tart fruit, red wine vinegar. and the same almost cheesy pungency I always seem to get from this style.

Flavor profile follows the aroma continuing the slightly bitter wood character at first followed by a strong sour cherry flavor, and even some faint sweet chocolate. Definite vinegar type acidity on the aftertaste. Pleasantly complex and wonderfully balanced. The sour bacteria, sweet malt, and woody tannins are all played into one another quite well.

On the light side of medium in body and just enough carbonation on the feel. Very drinkable for the style because of the relative balance but even with the moderate ABV a 750 is probably best shared. The final glass seemed like one too many.

Overall I'm glad to get a chance to review this one. I had this for the first time less than two years ago and it really got me into sours beers. I've yet to find another Flanders Red that comes close.

08-20-2009 19:30:29 | More by berkey
Photo of Bierguy5


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Pours slightly cloudy, light ruby color. Thin off-white heawine like in the nose. Smells like port, slightly smoky, and some alcohol. What hits in the flavor off the bat is the sharp acidity. Very tart, fruity and sour. Hints of oak in the finish, but subtle. Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation. This is certainly one to savor. Some will be turned off by the sourness, but certainly a beer that you should try at least once to appreciate the differences.

11-22-2005 11:47:38 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of joeysmokedporter


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: pours dark brownish-red, slightly murky, with a 2-finger off-white hear. Some lacing from the head.

S: Immediate aroma is sour mixed with candy sweetness, some cherry. Sourness is lemony and almost vinegar-like.

T: Starts with a sour cherry, lemon, slightly vinegar flavor, moves into sweetness like rock candy, a bit of woody dryness. Acidic in the finish.

M: light, medium carbonation, smooth, not viscous.

D: A very enjoyable beer; the sourness is quite intense but somewhat refreshing. Needs to be served at 45-50 degrees; colder seems to accentuate the acidity of the sourness a little too much. At the right temperature it is unbelievably smooth.

This beer was consumed as a tribute to Michael Jackson. His books and videos opened a world that I never know existed and that I enjoy much more immensely as a result. Thank you Michael.

09-01-2007 01:31:18 | More by joeysmokedporter
Photo of wethorseblanket


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Corked and caged bottle poured into a chalice. Nice reddish brown and very murky appearance with a large bubbly light-tan head which fades slowly. Nose is lemon and citrus zest with oak and sour cherries. Some vinegar in there too. Taste is really nice with a mild sour/tart combined with a sweet and deep tannin bite. Noticed a cherry and red grape skin combo with a crisp oak finish. Prickly carbonation makes this really drinkable. Overall, a great "sweet-tart" sour blend. A favorite for sure.

07-22-2010 03:13:59 | More by wethorseblanket
Photo of weeare138


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Appears a red with a brown hue and a bubbly off white head. Nice amounts of lacing.
Smell is of sour cherries, funky yeast, pixie stix, and a touch of vinegar.
Taste is yeasty with the same aromas. Delicious though.
Mouthfeel is sugary, sour, and lingering with some lip smacking goodness.

10-07-2005 18:40:39 | More by weeare138
Photo of FtownThrowDown


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a very dark ruby brown in color with no head to speak of. Smell is very tart and sour on the nose with just a hint of vinegar if you really are looking for it.
Taste is much the same as the smell but much more enjoyable. A very good amount of tart taste. Lots of dark fruits in the taste as well. Grapes, plums and raspberry. Very crisp, tart and lively on the mouthfeel. This is a good brew.

02-08-2008 00:21:03 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of Kurioser


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Deep coppery brown, poured with a low short-lasting tan head.
S: Acetic/Hard cidery smell
T: Sour cranberry/cherry-strawberry flavors, finish is long with a lingering acetic taste
M: Clean, crisp
D: This is a great once-in-a-while beer; the lingering acidity on the finish make it a food-friendly drink IMHO

I enjoyed this beer; wonderful style. Not my favorite for everyday drinking, but it's a definite addition to my repitoire.

01-01-2010 02:46:36 | More by Kurioser
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Review 400!

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Murky, reddish brown, almost orange on the edges. Very minimal head forms, just a touch of bubbles and disappears quickly. No lace. All expected for the style.

S - A very acidic, citric smell is most obvious, much like lemon or sour orange peel. There's a good deal of brown sugar and vanilla sweetness in the background taming down the acidity somewhat. Some "funk" present as well; hints of leather, horse blanket, and chalk.

T - Very acidic at first, like a very tart lemonade. Just when the sourness is about to go over the top, things smooth out and a rich, sweet flavor pulls through with hints of berries, apples, wood, and general "funk" from the nose. Late palate the sourness returns with earthy undertones and more wood flavor pulling through. Finish is moderate to highly sour with an astringent citric bite, but these flavors fade quickly.

M - Medium to light bodied, with a carbonation that starts off fairly prickly and abruptly dies off.

D - A great beer to be sure, but the sourness deters from overall drinkability.

11-05-2008 07:45:21 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of rarbring


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

The brew is brown with deep ruby tones, has a light tan head that leaves good lacing and curtains.

The smell is earthy and sour, red vinegar, leather, musk, and yeast.

Starts sweet, raisins, lemon curl marmalade, rhubarbs, bitter cherries, grape-fruit zest.

Low carbonation, small bubbles, smooth texture, a sour dryness.

Solid, refreshing, interesting, and good with cheese.

04-30-2011 17:12:14 | More by rarbring
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Rodenbach Grand Cru

Pours a reddish brown in color, off white head forms and crackles away. Aroma of balsamic vinegar, very tart fruit, some sweetness. In the flavor profile, a nice pronounced sour. Acidic and alittle lemony, sour, lip puckering goodness. Alittle oak influence with some woodsy tannins showing late. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated and slightly dry. Overall, a sophisticated sipper, nice sour, worth revisiting.

05-06-2011 17:31:32 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of haz77


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

A - Poured into a tulip. Very dark red in colour with a small amount of off-white head. Virtually no carbonation.

S - Big hit of cherries, some vinegar and caramel in their also and what I can only describe as paint-thinners

T - Tart and refreshing. Cherries and other fruits upfront. Lemon comes through before dryness, tartness and sourness at the end.

M - Medium body with almost zero carbonation.

D - The only bottle I had dissapeared fast, although I'm not sure how many more I'd want. A tasty and interesting beer nonetheless.

05-03-2006 16:42:15 | More by haz77
Photo of mcallister


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Deep amber with some cloudyness. Off white frothy head leave terrific lace around the glass with retention too spare.

Sour fruits, cider, sour apple, berries with some earth tones and even some barnyard aromas. A musky belgian beer indeed.

Awesome beer. Very complex and perfectly balanced. Laced with sour fruits. Oak is very well integrated. Difficult to describe exactly what I'm tasting. Very cider like, apples, strawberries, and other berries with a sweetness that brings it all together.

Mouthfeel is bitter smooth and puckering and screaming drink me. Damn good drinkable beer.MMM

09-23-2006 01:27:49 | More by mcallister
Photo of Parrotshake


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours more brown than red, with a thin tan head that slowly dissapears in patches. Tiny bubbles all over the inside of the glass. You could pretty easily fool me into thinking this is Coca-cola....

... until I smell it. Medicinal-metallic-iodine, balsamic vinegar and wood. Wild stuff.

Even as a fan of other sours/lambics and regular Rodenbach, the first sip of this one is still quite a shock. A hell of a lot going on.
Big tart sour fruit candy (cherry, lemon), prune juice, oak, red wine and smoke. Starts tart, finishes tart, with a glue-y kind of thing toward the end.

Complex in the way that it makes you want another sip just so you can sort it out in your head. Dry-finishing and crisply carbonated enough to totally refresh the palate and keep you going once you're used to it.

Awesome stuff. With the right food partner - (something that don't mind a bit of acid - salads, seafood, fried fish etc) - you could drink it forever.

04-20-2009 08:40:03 | More by Parrotshake
Photo of AwYeh


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

750 ml poured into flute. Best by December 2014, so I'm assuming this is a fairly young bottle.

A: Pours a clear but deep reddish-brown, heavy mahogany tones here. Nice layer of foamy tan head; I set my drink down for about half an hour and when I came back it was still around. The color itself brings to mind the flavor of oak, which is always appreciated.

S: I'm trying to nitpick here with the rating but I can't deny the great qualities of this beer's aroma. Full of oak, sour cherries, and a light funkiness– all in chorus with another. I do love the really yeasty, "horse blanket" beers, but this one really kills it in moderation.

T: Tart, but not overly sour at all, well balanced with sweetness. Picking up a heavy dose of green apple flavors, alongside the cherries so prominent in the aroma, and another really unique sour flavor that I'm having trouble placing– I suppose white grapes are the best comparison, even if I'm hesitant in saying that (diatribe: that brings to mind beers like Dogfish Head's Midas Touch, which this is nothing like... just a really unique manifestation of a flavor that can go in so many different ways, though it really gels with this beer). While all of these flavors have a sour side to them, their sweetnesses also get to shine, and nothing is ever too out of control. I'm nitpicking with the 4.0 rating, as it's so close to a 4.5, and I would easily rate it so if I hadn't had already a number of other sours, even if in different styles.

M: Thin-bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a dry, tart finish. I don't have that much more to describe about it, but it's well done.

O: Great beer, perhaps unfairly held back in the sub-ratings by others that I've had and enjoyed more. The balance and light mouthfeel mean that this is a beer you can spend the evening with, offering something new with every sip. Furthermore, $10 for a 750ml of a Belgian sour? I can't think of many other Belgians or sours that meet that price tag– I'll be certain to pick this up again, and highly recommend you grab it if you see it.

11-02-2011 07:01:44 | More by AwYeh
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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