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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,036
Reviews: 991
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 218
Gots: 303 | FT: 17
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

leitmotif, Sep 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

johntfox, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of mithrascruor
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark crimson color with a tinge of brown, but looks black outside of the full light (or when the glass is low). Nice off-white/slightly tan 1/2-finger head turns to a film but with creamy bubbles still around the edges.

Smell: Initial aroma of cider vinegar, but with the hint of, perhaps, some apple and a bit of cherry.

Taste: Significant vinegar flavor here, both cider and balsamic. There's definitely some (crab?)apples in there too. However, there's only a hint of cherry in there, at least to me. A bit of sweetness come out in the aftertaste, but then it is back to mostly sour in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Has a great active yet not overly strong tingly carbonation, that goes well with the flavor. Light mouthfeel, and quite smooth.

Drinkability: As long as you're good with the taste, this is really quite drinkable. Perfect ABV.

While I enjoy these sour Belgian red beers, this one is definitely strong in the vinegar department. It might take more adjustment for some than other similar beers. For those unfamiliar with this style, be prepared to share it with a friend (as I've only seen 750 mL bottles), or grab a smaller bottle of Duchesse De Bourgogne.

mithrascruor, May 15, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

birdsellam, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of SilentSabre
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was very powerful in the way of smell and taste. In fact, its assertive nature hurt it a bit in my scoring. The appearance was very nice and stuck to the style well, pouring a medium brick red colour with a considerable level of cloudiness. Smell was very musty and "soured" and reminded me of muscadines. Taste was sweet and sour up front, and then at the end, a colossal tanic surge strips your mouth. Very assertive. Good, but I'll be hard pressed to drink this entire 750mL myself tonight.
I have had Flanders Reds before, but never anything this aggressive.

SilentSabre, Jan 08, 2007
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

nzerbe, Jun 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

seanchai, Jun 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

beerhunter13, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

hockeyfighter19, Oct 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

HamGlade10, Sep 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

JakerLou, Apr 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Maillard, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a snifter at 101 Bottles

A- Poured a beautiful burgundy/ruby red color, depending on how the light shines reddish/brown color. Nice frothy head that left no lace

S- Big astringent notes reminiscent of nail polish, some brett funk, sweet rapsberry, dark cherry, and raisin aromas

T- This beer has a huge astringent nail polish taste but not in a bad way, it is also the most oak forward tasting beer I have had, some sweet raspberry, dark cherry, and raisin flavors. Vinegar like notes are present as well. That brett funk is definitely there and it is quite sour.

M- Very dry, highly acidic, effervescent, big tingly carbonation

O- A truly unique beer, I really have not had anything like it. The astringent nail polish is a very unique taste, probably not everyone's cup of tea but I liked it. It is a sour and funky beer, I have had beers that are more sour, but this is definitely a sour beer.

Hoptometrist, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

memphischas, Aug 13, 2013
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4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Michael at the Eulogy Bar was kind enough to let us sample this rare beer at his bar. Poured into an authentic Rodenbach stemmed glass, this beer looked fabulous from the start – Glowing bright amber in appearance and topped with a thin lacy head of foam. The aroma is exceptional and very misleading. Like a lamb in wolfs’ clothing! After the first whiff, you would think that this was going to be a very heavy beer with a big body. Freshly tapped maple syrup was the initial aroma, then came oak, vanilla and finished with tart bing cherries. The beer is truly revealed after the first sip. Light and almost airy, with a perfect sourness. The finish is crisp, clean and leaves a lemon zestfulness on the tongue. A real beauty of a beer.

pezoids, Apr 11, 2005
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

pperez38, Mar 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

NightINgale, Jun 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

tedho21, May 21, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; originally 4/4/11.

A-Pours a very ruddy, cherry juice-like color with a few fingers of pink foam.

S-Soft notes of vinegar with oak and some cherry.

T-Quite a bit of cider-like vinegar with some cherry.

M-Not as carbonated or light bodied as a lot of other Flanders Reds I've had.

D-Very easy drinking but I was definitely hoping for more tart, acetic, vinegar notes.

samie85, May 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

pjs234, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

eulerthegrape, Feb 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

JamesStreet, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of adam42381
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.

adam42381, Sep 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers of all time, and the beer that made the Flemish sour ales my favorite style of beer. This brew single-handedly changed my English ale-centric view of beer and started me down a path of Belgian love. In some ways, it's the reason I'm part of this website, so I'm pleased to have it again tonight to review.

Deep brown color, the shade of freshly carmelized sugar, still liquidy, with a faint red glow: Brilliant hints of garnet shine through in the light. Potent aromas of brown sugar, sweet cherry juice, and a sense of violent countertop fermentation. A flirtation with sweetness, fruity flavors, and a cherry essence is kicked aside by the perfect level of tartness -- simply brutally delightful in its sourness. Any real hop presence is muted by this sourness that seems to bring balance to the Force.

No beverage should be this damn good. It's a thing of divine inspiration and may very well be the best beer in the world -- well, certainly one of my two or three favorites.

I consumed the second half of my bottle with pickled herring in a white wine sauce with some sweet onion. They matched perfectly. The meal cost next to nothing, but I felt like I should have paid an arm for the joy I got to experience. It definitely never gets old.

marburg, Jul 22, 2003
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into large Duvel tulip.

Pours with a short tan head over a deep brown body with amber edges. Head fades quickly to a ring. No real lacing to speak of, but not uncharacteristic for the style.

Great oak woodyness leading the aromas, with plenty of red wine vinegar, and a hint of cherry licorice candy in the back.

Flavors again lead with the oak, followed quickly by a slightly puckering sweet and sour bite. Good level of sweetness without being the least bit thick. Nice vinous passthrough in the nasal passages after the swallow. Some leathery notes in the finish as it warmed.

Full of carbonation in the mouthfeel, keeping a crisp edge to an otherwise flavor rich beer. Finishes quite juicy.

Drinkability is quite high. One of the classic examples of the style, indeed.

BeerImmediately, Dec 31, 2010
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