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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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1,069 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,069
Hads: 3,669
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 20.89%
Wants: 299
Gots: 534 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

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 kasper
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky, opaque walnut brown, similar to the color of dirty water after a watermain break. Wet and bubbly cream/off-white head that shows some false signs of lacing that ultimately fails to stick.

S: Aromas of charred oak, sweetness akin to ice cream sprinkles, vinegar, maybe some underlying hints of chocolate, and some traditional belgian (yeast?) flavors. The oak is most prominent, and the aromas of the oak quite unique. Obviously the aromas hint at some sweet and sourness.

T: The nose is a good indication of what you're going to taste with the exception of the red wine vinegar flavor being much more pronounced. It melds with a sweet belgian backbone, hints of sour apple and some cherry. The sourness is a bit puckering on the first few sips, which caught me by surprise on the finish and lent to a slight tingly/burning sensation in the nose.

M: On the heavier end of medium bodied. Almost a bit too much for my liking, bordering on syrupy. Fairly carbonated like a white wine, but shy of champagne.

D: You know, I'm partial to american wild/sours. The Belgians, with their mix of sweetness and heavy vinegar flavors, don't afford me the same appreciation. I'm glad I tried this. It's a solid, well crafted beer. But it's not my preferred sour.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this at Beverage Warehouse in LA.

Appearance: Pours with a half-finger white head that lasts for a good while. Lacing is consistent and long-lasting, mountainous in formation. Really solid lacing presentation, overall. Body is a very unique extremely dark ruby red, which only reveals its "redness" upon light. A great looking beer.

Smell: Wow. A candy-sugar like front end which leads into lemons, pomegranate, and a whole boat load of cherries. Cherry hard candy. Pitted cherries. Cherries flambee. Barrel wood, yeast strains - perfume like scents. An extremely powerful nose, with seemingly unending complexity. Great.

Taste: Sourness is on the tongue, but not in the way, say, a Gueuze hits you. Pomegranate again, with all of the cherries found in the nose. A touch of vanilla makes its way in there which I didn't find in the nose, however. Vinousity, also, that I didn't find in the nose. Overall, the mouth is a bit more harsh and less nuanced than the nose, but still something else.

Mouthfeel: Light but velvety.

Drinkability: Amazingly drinkable. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours into my snifer a very deep red, has frothy white head that didn't retain well, but laced very well

S- a very sour aroma, a little fruity too, smells like applecider vinegar, but in a good way

T- sour bite at first, then accompanied by a fruity apple cider/ citrusy aftertaste

M- very nice light feeling in mouth, good carbonation, sticky mouthfeel

D- a very interesting beer, this is my first time trying this style and I am impressed, I bought it because this is one of the few belgian styles that I had not tried yet, I'm glad I decided to buy it. A very good beer, not something to drink often, but every now and then something to enjoy, I want to try this beer with a food, see what it pairs with

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Photo of Boppar
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Chinon01
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep garnet-purple hue with semi dense head that lasted minutes. Lacing was intricate but sparce.

Smell - A planet of aromas including horse blanket, tremendous tartness, sweet/red vermouth, citrus, earth-funk, balsamic vinegar . . .

Taste - Massive flavor with similar attributes to the smell along with peppercorns, bubble gum, and aggressive acidity on the back of my mouth. Attack is bubble gum, mid-palate is earth-funk/ peppercorns/ balsamic and finish again is highly acidic clean finish. Like a balanced gueuze. The taste is a journey.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Both fair. The beer is quite sharp due to the apparent acidity but balanced. Drinkability is moderate as the beer is massive in flavor.

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Photo of Manoftyr
3.24/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 24oz growler into snifter

Appearance-Pours a deep brown/ruby red, some small head rose up from the growler pour but didn't retain into the snifty upon pouring.

Smell-Tart, sour fruit aromas assail the sesnes, I can make out what smells to me like sour cherries, grapes and a whisp of what smells to me like a mix between a lemon and a pear.

Mouthfeel-Soft and plushy, but rather surprisingly full.

Taste-A sour and refreshing tartness washes over with an immediate intensity followed shortly by fruity notes which taste reminiscent of the aroma; sour cherries, grapes and a third distinct flavor which I cannot put my finger on that is like a lemon/pear mix. Some very slight malty characters come through on the finish that sort of graze the back of the tongue with an instant of semi-sweetness.

Drinkability-Although it's refreshing, the overpowering sourness makes it so that I wouldn't want more than a single glass.

Notes-The Flanders Red is a unique style that everyone should try at least once, I did with this beer and I can say I'm glad I did. Now I can't say I liked it so much I'd go out and seek it again, but the experience of trying it at least once was worth the price.

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Photo of Jetulio
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Big Tulip Glass (Judas glass) from a 33 cl bottle.
A/ muddy brown with a head of-white (1 finger)
S/ vinegar, alcohol and wood. Long laste, acetic smells even when the tulip is empty.
T/ sour vinegar taste with a little sweetness touch. Long.
M/ medium body with high carbonation (little bubbles ), very fizzy in mouth.
O/ strange, bizarre ale. Honestly I can't say if I have enjoyed or I am only surprised.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is really tough to review since I haven't really aquired a taste for this yet. I can tell that it's well crafted, but not sure if it's for me.

The appearance is not that exciting. Reddish brown with a slight head that reduces to a ring, and a little lacing. Aroma is very complex, tart and funky. Blue cheese is prominent. I can also pick up some unripened fruit (strawberry) and some creaminess along with some wood.

Very tart once again on the palate with strong acidity, some strawberry and more funky blue cheese. Alcohol is noticeable. There is a burning sensation as it goes down my throat (not necessarily due tio alcohol), and the finish is more sour strawberries and blue cheese.

The mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation which is nice, but I couldn't see myself drinking a whole lot of this.

Overall an interesting beer. Personally I don't like blue cheese, and there is a lot of that characteristic here. I would definitely reccomend this to someone who does enjoy it however. Glad I tried it. May need to drink more of the style in the future.

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Photo of dejrrma
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Rodenbach Tulip at Brick Store. $6.

A vibrant dark red with auburn tones. Half an inch of head that fades out into a ring around the glass, but leaves significant lacing throughout. It has a pleasant vinegary smell. Taste-wise, it has a crisp tartness. It's sharp and acidic at first but incredibly well balanced by a slight sweetness of dark fruits and berries. It's light bodied and has the perfect carbonation topped of with a dry finish. I haven't had many sours, but this is definitely one of my favorite beers regardless of the style. Nearly flawless. I hope to have it again very soon, and it's definitely worth the price.

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Photo of RandomExile
2.8/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: deep brown, tinged with red, quickly dissipating head. Fine, persistent, sheeting lacing.
S: sour, fruity, medicinal
T: dominantly sour, slightly bitter, malt/citrus
M: thin-medium body, sour bite
O: Not particularly enjoyable. Sour, on the watery side for a dark beer ... it feels like there's just something missing. I've heard it compared to champagne ... and I guess if you want a beer glass of middling champagne, this works.

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Photo of jbakajust1
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured @ the Bier Stein into an 8 oz goblet.

A - Deep brown with ruby highlights, slightly murky, but clear along the edge, thin off-white cap, nice legs, light lacing

S - Sour cherries, acidic aroma burns the sinuses a bit on a heavy wif, vinegar, red wine, light oak, plums, caramel, brown sugar, juicy fruits, leather, funk, lots of sour

T - Just like it smells, sour, vinious, sweet & sour at the same time, red wine, cherries, earthy, leathery, vinegar, nice funky barnyard on back end as you exhale.

M - Med body, bone dry, light on the tongue, smooth fizzy carb, sweet, and quite sour

O - Great beer, nice and sour with a sweetness in the middle, dry, fruity, oaky, funky. Glad I went just to get this, would love another, and will definitely be seeking this out again.

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Photo of Stephen63
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pleasant red/dark appearance, pretty short lived head.

S - Very complex lots of fruit and sour aromas.

T - Possibly too much going on here. Sourness is very apparent. Very sharply citrus.

M - Nippy!

D - Nice one to try once in a while but not looking for a second.

A decent beer though red beer not one of my favourite styles.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Flute

Pours a deep brown/red, very rich coming from the bottle. Nice whimsical head comes to rest on the top, effervescent in character that leaves a nice film. Lacing is spotty at best, following the beer on its downward journey.

Almost immediately following the pour, a tartness enters the air, though not crushing, it entices you forward for more. Cherries being the predominant smell to present itself, as you delve deeper you find the oak, providing a nice backbone on which the cherries seem to rest. Tartness is well balanced.

For a Flemish Red Sour, this is quite approachable. Tartness is almost a treat, as the cherries and oak notes play off each other coming together to form a very refreshing, mellowed, and cultured sour. Very enjoyable. Cherry is more dominant cool, but as it warms, the oak starts to join in.

Crisp mouth feel, leaving your mouth in wanting. Definitely an experience best enjoyed slowly to bring out all the flavors. At 6%, the ABV does not come into play in a heavy sense, meaning you can enjoy this one solo or with a close group of friends.

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Photo of MagicJeff
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had an RR Supplication, in a sour mood.

Poured from a big bottle into my Russian River tulip glass.

Appearance: Brown but when held to the light deep amber and dark ruby. Nice off-white head. This one looks pretty.

Smell: Vinegar and lemon. Acidic plum and pear? I'm afraid based off the smell...

Taste: Tart lemon and cherry. This one is a lot more subtle than other sours I've had which is a good thing IMO. Tart apple finish. As it warms the lemon and vinegar become prevalent. Even some slight sweet caramel on the back end. Somehow, it's sweet and sour in different ways. Taste is way harsher than the smell, somehow.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Carbonation is more moderate than other sours I've had.

Overall: This one is awesome, along with being a great value. Smell threw me off but the taste made up for it. Highly recommend to any sour enthusiast. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rodenbach Gran Cru, what an exceptional beer. Obviously a sour ale, which doesn't appeal to most, but shows me that the Belgian's know there shit when it comes to beer. Pardon my language. You can taste notes of wood, maybe oak, Tart cherries, and vinegar, all giving this beer a sour taste. While not too sweet, this beer is very drinkable, but not yet drinkable by some. This beer is very good, and is a famous addition to any ones beer collection.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been very excited for this one. The appearance is a deep amber rust. Smell is a little sharp but very fresh (not warm or spicy)- orchard, ahhhh, apples, and acerbic. The very first smell is the oak followed quickly by the sour fruit. Slight undertone of malt. Taste- tart up front, like sour apples, slightly sharp on the tongue, some carbonation. Soft sweetness on the back end to balance the taste. More balance than other red ales. Overall, extremely pleasing and above average drinkability. No head, no lace. Resembles the body of a wine. Direct relative of the orchard. Warms the stomach. It's been a treat. I would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of pitasoup
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

labeled #11 from flexabull, a cork/cage 750 w/ tulip suggestion. poured into NB globe.

A: Nice pop as it opens, pours hazy mahogany with a light creme colored, dense, half inch of head that is quite slow to subside. 4.0

S: Lemons and yeast at very first, then funk, tart cherries and cranberries. A touch of oak and vanilla towards the end. 4.5

T: Tart cherries, cran, apple, slightly acidic. Nice and sour but not puckering. Currants, plums, vanilla, oak, lime, and nutmeg linger on the tongue. So complex and dense in flavor, I'm taking the smallest sips in the hope of extracting the most flavor here, almost like a whisky. Oak is a bit more present as it sits and warms. 5.0

M: medium body. fine effervescence is both astringent and soothing at the same time. finishes with a bit of dryness, lingering chalkyness from the sour. 4.0

O: fantastic flanders red/oud bruin. tons of layered and complex flavors. a sipper for all weather and seemingly appropriate for all occasions. This could replace Sunday morning mimosas, after dinner aperitifs, and even fireside scotches. Well perhaps not that last one. Still, Not much I could suggest to improve this one. 5.0

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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)

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh my good friend Rodenbach, the beer that broke me into Flander's ale. Some friends brought over a 4-pack of this legend to consume. And consume we did.

Smell, Tartness and dark fruits, plum, grapes
Taste, Tartness, there is no getting around it, bits of apple, plum and a very mild grape flavor pokes through. Very tart and sweet, little bitterness.

Overall, this was the first Flander's ale I had ever had; I forgot what complexity this style can bring. I must start getting these types of beer back into the regular line up.

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Photo of jlandis
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a chalice

A - Murky brown with a thin white head.

S - Pungent sour aroma with something that reminded me of a dry champagne.

T - Tart green apple and cherries with a malty sweetness.

M - Highly carbonated but still maintained a solid mouth feel. Acidity hits you in the back of the throat.

D - This beer was fantastic. Even though some of the characteristics reminded me of a vinegar this was a delicious beer. Two glasses worth was enough for one sitting.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip

Appearance - Dark and hazed over completely, but edges are showing some clarity, small little offwhite chunkies are swirling about, 2 finger tan-ish head has awesome retention and leaves great lacing. Looks like a glass of muddy water with a nice head on it.

Smell - Over-ripe, barrel fermented apple/cherry fruitiness is prevalent above all, toasty but clean malts with some bready yeast

Taste - So complex, but generally follows the nose: juicy tart cherry and sour apple are front and center, and earthy wooden barrel is integrated perfectly with it. You'd almost think you were drinking a barrel aged cider (gone a bit south) until the toasty, yeasty, bready malts roll in mid-late palate to smooth things out with mild sweetness. Has a bit of a complex vinous character too, like soured red-wine. Vague spiciness? Finish comes back to a clean, dry, sour snap.

Feel - Carb is scrubbing and lively yet not at all harsh, makes for a light feeling, crisp medium body that finishes perfectly mixed with the beers tartness. Reminds me of good champagne in a way.

Overall - This beer is a masterpiece. I'm a bit new to sour beers in general, so I was taken aback initially by the sour/spoiled fruit character, but after the first few sips or so, it just got more complex, more interesting, and more delicious until the entire 750ml bottle was gone... What a kickass beer - these Belgians really know what they're doing.

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Photo of LambicLion
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Dark, even very rich appearance, little or no head, pleasantly sour as described on the establishment's beer list minus the term "pleasantly". To my disappointment, it was the only sour on tap. From which I can gather that my taste buds have rare company or/and it's just not a popular taste. I'm fine with that...

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Photo of Jemonster
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This beer is the same shade as root beer, but a bit lighter. It has a dense foamy tan colored head.

S: Sour yeasty smell, strong with fermentation. Believe it or not, similar to a soy sauce odor.

T: Immediately sour and reminiscent of green apples and cranberry.

M: Small bubbles like Champagne. Dries the palate slightly from the acidity.

D: Like many of the other sour style beers, this one is difficult to drink a lot of because it is so flavorful. The tartness starts to get to me after about 12 oz. It is still very delicious and at 6% alcohol, I could drink a lot before feeling the effects.

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Photo of Snamnoum
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - ruddy dark brown with red hues throughout. Murky like old pond water with two fingers of beige head.

Smell - Incredibly funky. Like oxidized red wine that has been left opened on a kitchen counter for a week. Red wine vinegar, cinnamon or cloves, and old oak. Not much malt presence and no hops to speak of.

Taste - super super funky. We're talking red wine vinegar, blue cheese with some fruit (over ripe grapes, raspberries, cherries, green apple, and cranberry) Both sweet and sour at the same time with the sweetness coming at the beginning and lingering into the middle and then being replaced by a dry tart sourness which lingers on your palette. It is a very complex beer and everything it says it is on the bottle but I'm sorry I just can't handle the off, burn wine flavor.

Mouthfeel - the feel is actually very nice rather soft like a cream soda. The beer itself is medium bodied.

Overall - This is a robust, complex and authentic Flemish sour. I can appreciate that it is true too the style and beloved by many. I have tried to keep an open mind when reviewing this beer but have come to the conclusion as some others have said that this is just one you either love or hate. MY GOD IS THIS A FUNKY BEER!!!

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 1,069 ratings.