Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,040 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,040
Hads: 3,544
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 280
Gots: 482 | FT: 26
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 KellyD59
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really like the Rodenbach...I drink it like they give you the option in Belgium...with a little bit of pomegranate syrup at the bottom....delicious!!!! (153 characters)

Photo of mchegash
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4/5
A deep red color. In low-light it looks red-brown, in bright light, it looks brighter red.
Has a small amount of head. Seems quite clear, but due to the darkness of the color, you cannot see much through.

Smell - 4/5
Sour, barnyard funk. Some tart fruitiness, maybe cherries and lemons.

Taste - 4.5/5
A softly tart taste of cherries, wine, barnyard funk, and an overall tart flavor which is hard to describe. When something is hard to describe, I consider that very good, as it likely means this is something that has never been done before. I have never tasted anything quite like this beer. It is tart, but only slightly so. It has a fruity taste of cherries, and other indiscenrabile fruits. Reminds me of Jolly Pumpkin's La Roja, but better. This is a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, in between crisp and creamy. A medium amount of medium to high intensity carbonation. Quite smooth. This is a treat to the mouth.

Overall - 4.5/5
This is an amazing beer. It is sweet and tart and has lots of tart fruit/etc flavor. Yet is still tastes like a beer. At only $9 a 750ml I will definitely be picking up a few more of these. (1,159 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tart, fruity lemonade nose with light barnyard and over ripe fruit. It pours brilliant chestnut with cherry highlights and a very dense, persistent, finely bubbled, off white foam cap. It attacks with a light sweetness and then the tartness explodes with unsweetened lemon, plum, a little orange, and dark cherry. The sweet and tart oscilate through your mouth culminating in a sweet and sour finish that lingers in a long fruity aftertaste. The carbonation is above average but it has a very fine bead giving the beer a very light, creamy texture. (548 characters)

Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip. BB 14-8-2017
Nice Frothy head, dark, garnet, brown.
Smell, grape, vinegar, not very assertive or complex but nice.
Taste is nice and sour, cinnamon, sweet grape-soda.
Sweetness adds to the mouthfeel, medium.
Overall a little too sweet but that's stretching for a complaint. (294 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, almost prune juice like. Grape on the nose with red wine vinegar. Grape again on the taste with a little vanilla in the background. Welchs grape soda anyone? (168 characters)

Photo of bluehende
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the classic Flander's Red. It has quite a bit of sweetness with a very clean sour finish. Malt and sour combine to a great complexity. This would have received 5's from me if it were a bit more sour. That is certainly a personal preference of mine. (260 characters)

Photo of minterro
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Little's Wine and Liquor. Poured into a tulip glass and paired with popcorn and the movie stardust.

A&S: Head is a fizzy light tan and dies immediately. Beer is an extremely lively opaque dark prune colored. Fantastic aroma! Smell consists of red wine, rich cherry (ripe to the point of runnyness), very tart, and with a little funk thrown in. Very potent.

T&M: Taste is a little more subdued in comparison to the smell. Very tart (raspberries), but still with a sweet side. Almost has a kiwi like sourness. Mouthfeel is light and crisp body. I wouldn't considered it refreshing, because it does hang around, but it certainly crisp.

Overall: Very impressed by this amazing beer. Reminds me of Monk's Cafe, only in my opinion a little better. Very much worth the price of 11$ for 750ml. (798 characters)

Photo of Cyanmonkey
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Small bubbles, finger and a half of reddish-tan head that doesn't stick around for too long. Very tart. Raisins and cherries. Musty. I get some brett, but the pedio/lacto do most of the legwork.

Smells like red wine. A bit solventy, but I suppose that's to style.

My wife says it smells like hairspray. :P (311 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750 into a large stemmed tulip.
Pours a dark rub color with one finger of head, decent retention.
Smells of dark fruit and brett sourness.
Tastes great, huge flavor, sweetness from berry fruit and lots of brett sourness.
Finishes crisp and dry considering the sweetness in the beer.
I loved this beer. (317 characters)

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look - pours a dark brown/ruby red color. thick tan head. not so much retention or lacing

smell - raisns/grapes, malty, musty, sort of chocolaty, has that aged smell. overall a very strong, pleasant aroma.

taste - absolutely delicious. tastes like raspberries with some citrusy character and hints of raisins. the sour tickles the tongue. finishes sweet and savory

feel - creamy, smooth, tingly

overall - super delicious. am going to buy again and also try other versions of this style ale. (494 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a vintage Rodenbach tumbler glass.

The beer pours a very hazy, dark, burgundy color, hues of garnet when hit by the light where a thick khaki head rests, about a finger or so with decent retention leaving behind a few soapy spots of lace. The aroma is very pleasant, tart cherry, cranberry, musty oak, a bit of vinegar and some red wine grape. The flavors are right on the money, tart but jammy fruits, cherry, red grape, cranberry, plum, a bit of wine like oak, lightly vinous and definitely musty and funky, hints of sour vinegar, with just a touch of lemon citrus at the back. The mouthfeel is perfect, very lively beer, nice medium body, perfect carbonation though it coats well and feels very smooth with a lightly dry, sour pucker at the finish.


Verdict: A staple of the style, remarkably balanced and well rounded. The complexity is there, though it feels effortlessly simple to drink and explore. It hits the mark for anyone who loves a good sour, especially a Flanders Red and should be the beer that all others get compared to within the style. (1,082 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 tillmac62
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown with a dark ruby cast. Above normal head volume, good lacing and retention for the style. Excellent nose of slightly sour tart raspberries (most prevalent) and cherries over a light caramel sweetness with notes of oak. Almost light medium bodied with a nice smooth texture that has bursts of creaminess in the finish. Well carbonated with effervescence from the middle on. The flavor profile is World Class and hits the marks on intensity, complexity and balance. It begins with a slightly sweet burst of raspberry with cherry undertones. These flavors effervesce into a nice tartness in the middle with just a touch of sourness underneath. Coupled with these are notes of oak over a balancing caramel sweetness. As these progress towards the finish, tartness becomes prevalent and a mildly sour puckering effect sets in. The somewhat dry finish is a fade of fruit flavor remnants over a lingering mildly tart sourness. (949 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown, excellent clarity, with a generous tan head. Very good retention and

S: Appealing red fruit (cherry, strawberry, dried cranberry), light earth and grassy notes.

T: Red fruit, light barrel, sour is light to the point of absent, red apple, and light sweetness.

M: Medium-light carbonation and body.

O: A lighter, flavorful sour. A good everyday option. (402 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chewy and foamy oatmeal-colored head, two fingers thick and persists well. Body is like a ruby, deep red but good clarity against light. 5

Vinous quality to the nose and tart cherry aroma. Seems to have a touch of lacto but everything is clean and vinegar-free. 4

Excellent taste here, especially for the cleanness. Tart cherry, a hint of cranberry, sweet vanilla and a citric, faintly lemony finish. 4.5

Exceptionally smooth and creamy and still tart and a tad acidic. It's refreshing, vinous and dry. 4.25

Great brew and for the price a steal almost. (557 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really fell for this beer... even read some notes on the style prior to trying it. Looked awesome in the glass, with the deep reddish, brown hue... little to no head going on here. Amazing nose, including the vinegar note (which I loved for some reason), and some crazy dark fruit medley as well. The taste was unique, and amazing with all of the aroma notes joining the party. Pucker up! The mouthfeel was very dry, and left me wanting more. Super clean and original. Damn, just damn. (488 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

“Rodenbach, Rodenbach, Rodenbach” - A colleague at the bottleshop I work at raves on about Rodenbach all the time. Naturally I had to get some Rodenbach and review the absolute shit out of it [as I do]. My colleague recommended starting with the Grand Cru, “You like Flemish Reds? This is the best.” I nodded back adding “Of course, who doesn’t love Flemish Reds!?” secretly knowing that I’ve never had a Flemish Red before, damn my incessant beer-snobberyism! Turns out they’re similar to a Gueuze... great! I love a good Gueuze *cork pops*.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: The style should be called “Flanders Brown Ale” if this is representative of their general appearance: Hazy deep caramel body with a thin off-white lace ring around the glass... I’m giving it a good score because I don’t know any better. 8/10.

S: Holy funk Batman, this is one funky aroma. Starts out with a pungent (but delightful, I love the smell of) Hubba Bubba™ grape note, add some yeast funk, follow this with sharply acidic white wine characters and sour cherry and you’ve got yourself Rodenbach Grand Cru. 9/10.

T: That Hubba Bubba™ grape note morphs quickly into a “Meady” character (i.e. that fruity vinous taste in Mead, the alcoholic beverage of much renown). Following this is some yeast funk, sour cherry and a red wine tannin in the finish, in fact if a beer wanted to grow up and become a wine it would become a Rodenbach Grand Cru first. No doubt there were some large oak barrels involved somehow in this nefariously good process. The finish is astringent/tart/dry and leaves you wanting another sip... then another... and you get the idea. 9/10.

M: Mouthfeel is definitely the weakest aspect, but don’t take that as a criticism Rodenbach as the rest of your beer is pretty awesome, with a mid to light body, hmm, slightly watery, with a nicely dense carbonation. 7/10.

D: My work mate was right: Rodenbach rock(enbach)*s! This whole Flanders Red Ale style is a new and wonderful experience for me after falling for Gueuzes and I’m definitely keen for another now. Rodenbach might even become one of my FDR’s (Fridge Door Regular’s). Top marks Grand Cru! 10/10.

Food match: You’d better bring a sharp cheese platter to this bad boy.

*You knew I wouldn’t be able to resist such a terrible and obvious pun, shut up. (2,382 characters)

Photo of interzen
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass - BBE September 2016

Look: Deep, ruby red - couple of fingers of head, small amount of lacing.

Smell: Sour, almost vinegary. Smells a bit like a gueuze with hints of apples, citrus and a barnyard floor. Agitate it enough and you might get hints of cherries and red fruit. Very much in-yer-face tartness.

Taste: The taste follows the smell, almost - incredibly sour up front, although without the acetic aspects, with a lingering sweetness towards the end. The tartness would cut diamonds - utterly wonderful.

Feel: Again, tart but without being sweet or heavy - some mild carbonation but hardly what you'd call excessively fizzy. Surprisingly smooth for something that's teeth-dissolvingly sour.

Overall: I love sour beers and it's really difficult to find fault with this one- perfect in pretty much every respect, although some might find the slightly vinegary smell a bit offputting. Probably not the ideal starting point for sour ales, but if you don't try it you'll never know. (1,037 characters)

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

750 ml bottle in tulip glass (duvel glass)

I've been wanting to try this beer ever since I heard michael jackson talk about it in one of the beer hunter episodes and and additional interview, it does not disappoint, to me, this is beers answer to wine, it's very vinous and tart, tastes of dark fruits and cherry (only a bit) it is delicious and it is definitely worth your time, hint (as with most beer, have it colder rather than warmer) (440 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Found this on tap at Mcnellies in OKC and excited to try this much talked about sour gateway.

Dark brown with streaks of red, a tan froth and some fizz. Smells of ripe, dark fruits and faint vinegar. Tastes of more dark fruits, malt, sweets tarts, vinegar and a pinch of salt. Crisp and dry all the way through.

Enough tart to let you know you've entered sour territory, but balanced and flavorful enough to be thoroughly enjoyed by the acolyte and veteran alike. (472 characters)

Photo of RyanSoFla
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Rodenbach Grand Cru is my go-to Flander's red. It is sour, funky deliciousness in a bottle. The beer is also an unbelievable bargain and can be found for $10-12. (162 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%

Cherry-red color, small head, which vanishes fast.

Funky, sour-cherry, with hints of malt.

Malt, bread, a lot of cherries, very ripe, full of flavor. Perfect chewy, tart sourness, with a fruity cherry sweetness. Decent complexity, still easy drinkable. Malt underlines the cherries till the end, holding the sourness at bay. Great balance, fruit stays in the foreground the whole time, resulting in a chewy, sour aftertaste. (428 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 750 ml bottle.

Color is a deep mahogany with a two-finger off-white head. Good retention and lacing. A very good looking beer.
Smell is sour cherries, malt vinegar, with a hint of oak and and earthy mustiness.
Flavor is tart cherry on the palate that is almost puckering, followed by cherry fruit, raisins, and red wine. Finish is dry and lingering with notes of raisins and cherry.
Body is light with lots of fine carbonation. (460 characters)

Photo of jeranbrews
4/5  rDev -5.7%

A - murky soda brown lots of carbonation clings to glass. Low heads with lacing that glides down fast. 4

S - sweet dates figs and a pinch of green tomato also cloves 3.75

T - sour almost wine-like. Not unpleasant. Notes of yeasty esters and citrus salads. 3.75

M - more watery and sleek that I'd prefer but acceptable for the style. 4

D - an interesting unique tomato-y wine-y beer. 4 (390 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

October 5, 2014

25.4 oz bottle, snifter

A – Dark brown, bubbly, with red highlights when the light passes through at certain angles. Mild, pinkish-white head, a couple centimeters, with low retention. Thin film of lacy bubbles remains on top.

S – Dark fruit and high lactic, acidic bite, with sweet maltiness shining through. Cherry pits, toffee-covered raisins Some wine-like notes, perhaps of sherry and tawny port.

T – Initial lactic, funky bite, but sugary-malty sweetness follows quickly behind. Black cherries, some plums. Tartness is very much present, but not at all puckering or overwhelming. Sweetness and sour acidity are in incredible harmony. The mellow, aged beer accentuates the green beer and allows all of the flavors to meld and shine.

M – Light to medium body, carbonation is more millions of tiny bubbles than big sudsy CO2. Acidity and light tannins, if any, are very balanced with the malty body and sugars. Aftertaste is acidic sweetness. Not puckery, very refreshing.

O – This is an example of sour ale at its best. Tight but complex, light yet satisfying, and again very, very refreshing. Fantastic blend, well-balanced. Would drink this any time, anywhere. (1,203 characters)

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 1,040 ratings.