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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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2,822 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,822
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 209
Gots: 245 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

03-29-2012 02:22:23 | More by gleemonger
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4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a large corked bottle into a Unibroue La Fin Du Monde tall snifter. The appearance is dark, murky reddish-brown (like raspberry iced tea) with a nice off-white fluffy head. The nose is decidedly fruity and acidic, with notes of tart cherries and a slight touch of wet hay.

The beer is medium-bodied with a firm mouthfeel and a very refreshing tart flavor with a balancing, underlying sweetness. The predominant flavors I get are cherries, sour candy, a nice wine-like acidity, and a pleasantly drying finish. There's an elusive herbal quality to the finish that I can't quite place. The balance of sweet and sour seems to improve a bit as the beer warms.

This is a world classic and I'm glad I finally took the time to sit and review it. Fans of sour beers, Lambics, and American Wild Ales should seek this one out if they haven't already. What a perfect way to welcome the coming Spring!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 17:56:46 | More by deadonhisfeet
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

01-24-2013 19:13:55 | More by BKBassist
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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 9/17/11.

Poured on draft into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark caramel brown with a 1-2 finger creamy light tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Vinegar and wine grape hulls. Quite sour aroma.

Taste: Vinegar and sour grapes with light woody notes. Aftertaste is light and dry with sour notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good drinkability. Despite the relatively low ABV%, it seems fairly heavy. I wouldn't drink more than a couple in one sitting.

Overall: Very good beer overall. If you're a fan of sour beers, this one is definitely worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 15:56:13 | More by adam42381
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-11-2013 04:38:34 | More by chefduff2
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-04-2013 12:33:46 | More by millelacsmark
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

10-02-2013 12:53:52 | More by cnbrown313
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweet white fruits and balsamic vinegar. Amber/brown color with a smallish and mostly diminishing head. Fore is balsamic vinegar and tart cherries. Flavor range is narrow highlighting the vinegar and fruits and carries through to the dry acidic finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 19:07:13 | More by Jredner
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-25-2013 20:44:24 | More by Beerbuddy21
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New York

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 16:25:19 | More by Tschnab
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-15-2013 04:34:59 | More by BrownAleMale
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4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle

A: Pours a red color with a head that takes up nearly all of the tulip. This head isn't going away soon.

S: A vague cherry smell is accompanied by lots of Belgian farmhouse funk.

T: Very tart and funky with a taste that reminds me of sour fizzy candy that I had as a kid.

M: Medium-bodied and syrupy with high carbonation.

D: It take some getting used to, but this is quite enjoyable. Not a beer that I'll drink a lot of, but definitely one I'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 02:35:59 | More by klewis
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4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 15:22:13 | More by joecast
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

05-01-2014 08:04:59 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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North Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 07:45:21 | More by PatrickJR
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4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd seen this on the shelves at the liquor store a million times. Never bothered to pick it up. "It can't be *that* good," I'd think.

I stand corrected. It really IS that good.

A - Poured into a snifter a vibrant mahogany - second pour with all the yeast made things considerably murkier. Not much head, not much retention.

S - The nose is perfect. What else can be said about it? All you want in a Flanders Red and more. Framboise, kriek and pomme all rolled up into one fruit bomb. That oaky and Brett-y smell is there in spades, especially in the second pour - lots of goose-down funk underneath all that fruit.

T - Oddly enough, not quite as sour as I might have thought, given some of the other reviews. Sure, there's plenty of sour, but it's very well balanced by a good bit of sweetness, too. Finish is long and explicitly redolent of a fine balsamic vinegar. If you're not big on balsamic vinegar, I might shy away from this. Barnyard and leather noted, again, much louder in the second pour. The funk here is about as shy or explicit as you want to make it, depending on whether or not you swirl-and-pour the dregs. Either way, this is top-shelf. Zoetzuur and now this in the same week, what did I do to deserve this?

Mouthfeel - to me, almost seems not quite carbonated enough. I was expecting something a little sharper, especially at 6% ABV. Not that I would consider this a major flaw.

D - When Michael Jackson called this the most refreshing beer on the planet, I really should have listened to him. Very drinkable, easy to polish off that 750 alone, as you'll barely feel the alcohol. I think I could line up TWO 750s and drain them in short succession. Further plus - this is relatively easy to find, and surprisingly, reasonably priced. One of the great beers of the world....how much would it cost to obtain a wine of this complexity?

It's hard to believe that there is, indeed, NO fruit in this beer. That yeast is working overtime, I tell ya.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 01:25:38 | More by Patrick999
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

11-28-2011 15:17:17 | More by danieelol
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3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown ruby red color. A nice fluffy tan head. About two fingers worth. A very nice looking beer.
Lots of sour cherry and vinegar on the nose. Raisins, dried plums and sour green apple.
That sour green apple is really prominate on tongue. Tons of initial sourness turns into a tart cherry sweetness on the finish. An almost concord grape flavor on the finish.
Medium mouthfeel with lots of tanginess on the tongue.
I like this one alot more then the Duchesse I recently had. I would drink again for sure if I was able to find the smaller bottles.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 02:08:55 | More by BigMike
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

09-28-2013 18:34:40 | More by Giantspace
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

08-03-2013 22:39:54 | More by nygannon
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3.18/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cool dark red color with a small tannish white head. Smell was extremely sour, very jolly rancherish. Also some cherries and a noticeable vinnegar smell towards the back. Taste was a bit better, with the sour flavors and fruit melding together. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied. This beer was simply too sour for me, and way too acidic for me to handle. Maybe it is just the style. Im not sure...this was my first example of the style. cheers

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 15:50:19 | More by jamie2dope
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-06-2013 03:56:08 | More by AlexChillton
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4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep red color that looks beautiful with some light behind it and comes with a thick white foamy head. Steady carbonation bubbles flow. Fruit aroma, and you can smell the tartness

Rodenbach is sour and tart. Leaves your mouth begging for more. Abundant sweetness, but not candy sweet - more like sour cherry sweet. The dry finish is perfect.

Light/medium mouthfeel, but very thirst quenching and crisp, crisp, crisp.

Rodenbach is my ultimate standby. Always have some ready to serve. It's cheap, readily available, and nearly the best sour available.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 12:08:51 | More by stealth
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-22-2014 02:51:30 | More by sparx1100
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

06-26-2014 21:53:30 | More by sammyg832
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 2,822 ratings.