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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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2,518 Ratings

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Ratings: 2518
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.89%

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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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Photo of edbeered


4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap, this pours an opaque ruby color, with a small white head that quickly dissipates and little or no lacing on the glass. The smell is faintly of apples. The taste is intensely sour, accompanied by a strong tart apple flavor as well as a less strong cherry flavor. Who would have thought this would be so light and easy to drink? For me, the Flemish Sour Ale has been the final frontier in beer style appreciation. This is definitely a beer to be enjoyed by the glass, rather than the pitcher. That said, this is a humdinger! Very enjoyable!

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2008 00:49:35 | More by edbeered
Photo of scottg


4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2008 20:22:17 | More by scottg
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4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's in Philly.

Appearance- Beautiful deep red with a minimal head.

Smell- Great wild rich fruity winey smell.

Taste- unlike anything I have ever had. Bitter, vinegary (aftertaste) on first sip, but has a great body and a tart dryness that is very refreshing. Can really taste the bitter cherry pits.

Drinkability - Don't think I would have more than a couple of these at a time, but I would have a couple every night if I could. I actually bought a bottle of this on my way out of the city and had it with a friend the other night.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2008 16:34:34 | More by SkittleBrau82
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3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI. Poured into an oval chalice.

A - Deep purple, just like red wine, with a nice white and purply head. Lots of carbonation racing to the top.

S - A musty concord grapejuice smell. Almost has some red wine tanins. Actually smells a little sour and bitter.

T - Very dry grape juice taste. Sweet with a sour punch at the end, then very drying. The drying effect is key or this would be too sour for me. The dryness cuts it off. I swear I'm drinking carbonated concord grape juice, but with a tart, sour kick. Some musty horseblanket thrown in. Gets better as it warms.

M - Dry and a good amount of carbonation. Definitely a sipper.

This is my first Flanders red and I actually liked it. I was a little iffy at first but really enjoyed it in the end. Went great with a Greek salad... mixed well with the olives, feta, and vinagrette.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2008 18:19:46 | More by MrIncognito
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4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured on draught into a snifter.

A - a deep mahogany color with a thin white head.

S - fruitcake.

T - reminiscent of cherry syrup. there's definitely some spices in here too, but the fruit is dominant without being too sour. perhaps i would have enjoyed a touch more sourness in fact.

M - tight carbonation, almost champagne-like.

D - a nice beer to sip although I wouldn't look to have more than one at a time.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2008 16:24:08 | More by dill
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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first thing you notice is the huge head. The bartender at Monk's had to top up twice to get about an 80% liquid to head ratio. The color is a beautiful translucent reddish brown. The first taste has crisp Granny Smith apple tartness, but nice roundness in the mouth and just a little malty sweetness going down. This is a really fine beer. It doesn't really taste like sherry but if you can imagine the depth of a good dry sherry reborn as a Belgian ale you'll come close to the Rodenbach Grand Cru.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2008 05:07:31 | More by dennarb
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Deep red-brown with a pinkish beige head of about 2 fingers. The suds is very creamy and dense, leaving sheets of lacing on the snifter.

Aroma is sharp and vinegar-like. Red fruits oozing with acetic acid. Oak and funk come out just a little.

Flavor is throat-burningly sour but not in a bad way. Cherry and grape provide only a hint of sweetness that's immediately obliterated by acerbic acidic acetic tartness.

Medium body and perfect carbonation. The only knock here is the puckering of the mouth and the charring of the throat. Drinkability is also affected by this, but if you love sour beer, you can drink this all night.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2008 07:39:50 | More by illidurit
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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8 ounce glass at Naja's Place for $7.50, too bad their prices went up but oh well, first time I have seen this other than O'Briens, my buddy who had one as well loved it

A-Medium deep brown with some red highlights, one inch bubbly off white head that did stay around long, not much retention or lacing

S-Cherries, oak, various berries, Belgian yeast, tart, funkiness, sweet malt aromas, sugar, apples, and vinegar

T-Started off with a mild tart, some sweet malt and fruit in the middle, finish was slightly sour, taste just got sweeter as it warmed and no new flavors really came to the surface, could have used some bite, this one seemed rather subtle for all the hype I have heard about in the past, mellow Flanders but still did not taste bad

M-Tart and dry mouthfeel, could have used more tartiness though, lots of carbonation, medium body, taste did not linger very long

D-Could have drank a few glasses of this, smooth and light on the stomach, pretty low ABV, alcohol is hidden, crisp and refreshing, just a little sweet

Liked the Rodenbach and was curious to try this one, thought it was slightly better than the classic red, not many complaints here but lacked some complexity and sourness in my opinion, would drink again, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2008 23:12:44 | More by Floydster
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer! I have had it bottled before and can still get bottles of it a few blocks from my apt. I just had it on tap two weeks ago at Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, MN. I also just had a bottle of it that had been aged in a friends cellar for an extra year. If you like sour, aging it an extra year made my mouth almost cringe! The pour is a ruby or deep rich red in color with a very slight hazyness to it. Aromas of cherry and plum as well as a tartness on the nose. Taste is complex. You get the dark fruits of cherry and plum as well as vinegar and mustard seed. A nice champagne feel in the mouth. Great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2008 19:40:25 | More by KAF
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4.7/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 03:02:20 | More by MiScusi
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4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was an excellent oak aged Belgian red ale. It had a pungent aroma and grape-like undertones. The mouthfeel is slightly sweet, extremely acidic and fruity, and deliciously sour. This is definately one fto stock up on when available. It was great from the beginning to the finish. This is a complex beer and not your typical Grand Cru.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2008 20:28:44 | More by dalion037
Photo of Boppar

New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap in a tulip glass at Map Room.

A: Dark brownish black, with subtle ruby tones. Two fingers of fluffy, creamy off-white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Enticingly sour and vinegary notes with an underlying sweetness.

T: Absolutely exquisite. Rich and sour and horsey and sweet all at once. Sour on the nose, segueing into a a rich mid-palate maltiness with subtle barnyardy notes and finally, an acidic lingering finish.

M: Slick, fluffy, and chewy.

D: Truly remarkable drinkability. I would not have ever considered sessioning this style, but I could drink this beer all night.

Everyone should try this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2008 02:56:59 | More by Boppar
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rodenbach's best offering. It's beautiful deep red color and off-white head lead to a wonderful sour cherry smell. As for the taste it has a nice sweet, but sour start and finishes dry. It had the right amount of carbonation to perk it up in my mouth. This is one of my favorites!

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2007 16:11:46 | More by mfhlucky13
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4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich reddish-brown with a thin red-tinged cream head that quickly fades..

S: Sweet and sour cherry aroma

T: Lush cherry taste that starts with some sweetness and ends with a more sour finish.

M: Lots of carbonation, with a slightly velvety lingering feel

O: Thoroughly delicious, slightly over the top for regular consumption

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2007 19:00:58 | More by callmemickey
Photo of sleazo

New York

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A_dark reddish brown with a nice cream and reddish coloured head. The head dissipates quickly.

S_smells like a sour cherry Dr Browns Black Cherry. Very nice

T-not as sweet as the aroma. Cherries invade the mouth followed by a nice puckering sourness. Hints of cola, lime and wood.

M_very reminscent of a fountain soda. Slightly syrupy but full of carbonation

D_This is absolutely delicious. Complex, challenging and at the same time approachable. I am wanting more and more of this.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2007 23:24:51 | More by sleazo
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a glass at The Diamond in Greenpoint

Poured off the tap a dark ruby red with a very thin head. Stuck to the glass like crazy but there was minimal lacing present.

The nose consitsted of stewed fruits, sour cherry's and sweet tabacco. In many ways the profile of the nose was more consistant with a red wine than a beer.

Sour cherry present on the tongue with hints of candied lime. Makes you really pucker up but in a good way

Thin body with a fantastic dry finish. It's dry but at the same time doens't make you feel like you just swallowed a desert.

It'd be hard to session this beer but I think it would do an outstanding job as a food beer due to the high levels of acidity. it'd go great with steak or really any other heavy grilled meats.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2007 13:53:18 | More by DaggerEyes
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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Boston's Bistro 9/20/07 into a fluted Belgian glass (la fin du monde).

Appearance- Beer pours a deep dark red with a decent head. The head is an off pink that dissipates quickly.

Smell- Lots of cherries and raspberries with a hint of vinegar.

Taste- They may call this a grand cru, but I insist that this is a Kreik. Strong cherry with raspberry sourness. a nice kick of tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Sticky and thick. I would like this over ice cream. An excellent dessert beer.

Drinkability- Very nice for a beer with this level of sweetness. Back to back I noticed very little difference between this and the regular Rodenbach.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2007 21:50:23 | More by blakesell
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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia (never seen it on tap before). Poured into a tulip dark red with a frothy head. Smells of lemon, sour cherry, slight vanilla, and vinegar. Tastes like it smells only smoother. Sourness is definitely mellow and not overpowering. Finish is bone dry and tart. This is my favorite Flanders Red because of the fact that it is quite sour but at the same time it has a silky smooth quality in both its flavor and mouthfeel. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2007 19:24:36 | More by bosco7
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District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one on-tap into the snifter. Actually had a friend order it who couldn't end up handling it, so I gave it a shot. Color is reddish-brown with a fairly small to medium amount of white head; looks alright, but nothing to write home about. Smell is biting, lots of cherries and grapes. Taste is remarkably strange; I've never anything remotely like it. It's mostly acidic; lots of sourness that really knocks you on your ass. There's also a good amount of cherry and grape, but not much in the way of hops. Other flavors in there as well (which other reviews hint might be oak). Again, body is medium overall, with fairly high carbonation (maybe a touch too high for me). It's a pretty good beer, and extremely unique; it's just not something I'd go out of my way to drink that often. So not bad, but not necessarily fantastic either.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2007 00:33:57 | More by soupyman10
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New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2007 20:47:11 | More by kenito799
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3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on-tap at the Speckled Hen Pub in Reading, PA. When I ordered it, I was warned by the bar keep that it was a real "love-it-or-hate-it" beer. It had a powerful, sour aroma more fitting to a dry cider than a beer. The mouthfeel was dry as well. In the glass, it looked like a kind of murky brew, as reddish-brown colored as the mahogany decor of the bar. It was much lighter on the tongue than its appearance and aroma would have suggested but had a very full complex taste full of fruity tastes and a pleasant, lingering aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2006 22:42:49 | More by nkurz129
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rodenbach- Grand Cru

Appearance- dark ruby brown with a thick head.
Smell- Strong cherries with a slight molassess hint.
Taste- Strong bitter cherries with a sour whiskey sour mix.
Mouthfeel- Sour but sweet and tasty. Each sip needed to be backed by another.

Overall- A sour/tart beer that was hard to NOT sip. Very tart but very tasty! Try it, you'll like it!

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2006 00:54:57 | More by NJpadreFan
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4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught: I didn’t expect the aroma of this: It was a lot like a fine red wine. There were some notes of sour cherries in there, as well as some sweet malts. A dark reddish-brown/amber color. There was a bit of an off-white head with some lacing. Deliciously sour taste of cranberries/apples. Excellent!!!

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2005 00:36:51 | More by Boto
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3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I usually don't like sour beers, but I figured I'd give this a try as it was being reintroduced to the US and the brewer was in my friend's bar (Sean Bolans) at the time. Poured on tap into a Rodenbach stemmed glass. Sorta a redish dark ruby color. Initial smell is of sour cherries. Taste really surprised me. Not nearly as tart as the bottled version I had. Lots of sour cherries, lemon zest, and a bit of an acidic tartness. Aftertaste of the cherries lingers somewhat unpleasantly in your mouth, although others may like this. Not nearly as badly as the bottled version in my opinion. Couldn't drink more than one or two of these in a row though. I cleansed my pallate with a Dominion Real Ale afterwards :) Will never be my favorite beer, but then again I don't really like the style. Others seem to love this beer so by all means check it out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2005 13:43:55 | More by ChrisBowers
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4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Drink before 16/09/16.

A - Deep ruddy brown with hints of garnet. The creamy foam on top is so fine that it looks like a nitro pour. Fluffiness of beaten egg whites. Gorgeous. The contrast between head and body gives this beer such an elegant aspect. The head has phenomenal retention.

S - Huge nose of sour red grapes, musty cherry, damson plum. Sweet berry crumble. Scent of red wine vinegar spilled on oak planks. Sour red fruits predominate with the musty and oaky flavours playing a supporting role.

T - The first sip provides a mild mouth-puckering before washing the palate with a richer and fruitier parallel to the nose. I got more sourness on the nose while the palate is treated to a symphony of dark red fruits, musty earth, soured malt and a sweetly vinegary, oaky flavour, finishing dry. Rodenbach Grand Cru is such a juicy and flavourful beer, it's hard to say enough good thing about it. I say this every time, but it amazes me this does not contain any actual fruit influence.

M - Effervescence abounds on the pour, rendering the sumptuously creamy mouthfeel that is in store all the more surprising. The prickliness from the carbonation peppers the tongue on first sip before the the tongue is enveloped by a blanket of russet decoction. Lovely balance.

O - I have not had this beer in about 9 months so I was a little anxious to see if it would be as impressive as I remember it being after drinking many new beers. It is. It's hard to say if I'd change anything about it. I'd perhaps opt for a darker vanilla head, accompanied by a little more funk and sweetness on the nose. Tastewise perhaps a little more funkiness and weirdness. I'd love to try this beer at 10-12% just to see what the additional viscosity could do for the mouthfeel, although it's already superb. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 20:20:25 | More by abeeronthebeach
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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