Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,252 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,252
Reviews: 1,002
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 233
Gots: 347 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The king of the Flanders reds perhaps, there could very well be better tasting examples of the style out there but this one is widely available and a relatively recent arrival to Alberta. A russet reddish to brown color with around three inches of tan head comprised of noticeably small bubbles. Aroma is that of red wine vinegar, grape candy, tart cherry juice, red berries, and lemon. Very sour and makes the nose tingle (in a good way). I also get some light earthy malt beneath the sour assault. Taste is dry, sour, woody, fruity, carbolic, and sour. Complex and somehow manages to juggle a bright, intense fruitiness with a strong sourness such that neither component gets trumped or dominated by the other. Tastes like dilute balsamic vinegar, sour pie cherries, lemon, tamarind, raspberry, nectarine, and tea leaf, but there are also some light sultana raisin and brown sugar notes in the background. Pucker-inducing to my palate. The ABV does put in a brief appearance here and there. Body quite thin with a moderate to high degree of carbonation. Reminds me a bit of the chokecherries you could snack on in the Northern Saskatchewan bush if you were so inclined, albeit much, much tastier. I am tempted to introduce this beer to a few wine snobs I know.

Photo of jkane101
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of StArnoldFan
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

#250 for me here on BA

750ml poured to a tulip

A - aggressively poured. Dark brown, amber color when to the light. Has a 2 finger tan head that sticks around for a few mins then dissipates. Good lacing as the glass goes down

S - tart, funk, and fruit. Smells really good

T - follows the scent. Fruit up front with a little funk then sour in the end. I love it

M - the mouth is beautiful on this, great carb. Good fizzle on the tongue

O - overall, I want to state I'm not huge into sours but this was great. Maybe the best I have had yet. Will buy this one again when I see it on the shelf

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

33cl, best by 3/8/12, purchased in Belgium.

Pours a deep, opaque brown with plum highlights. The beige head is compact and laces well. Retention is average.

Aroma is fantastic, with a big sour component, sharp woodiness and an interestingly leathery character.

The flavor is very lactic-tart with a long, fruity finish. This stuff is pretty damn sour actually. There are notes of molasses, oak, leather, and dark fruits. The mouthfeel is smooth, with lightly prickly carbonation, but the beer lost it very quickly.

If you like sours, Rodenbach Grand Cru is a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of TubaDan
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy brownish red with a thin but steady and creamy brown-colored head; decent lacing--especially for the style

S: Vinous, oaky, and tart with aromas of balsamic vinegar, cherries, apples, and dates--so tart and yet sweet; some grassy, musty undertones as well

T: Sweet and fruity followed by tart and vinegar and finishing with something slightly sweet: grapes, cherry, apple coupled with the astringency from the cider and balsamic vinegar flavors; still some faint graininess under the tart fruits

F: Creamy with just a slight bite up front from the carbonation

O: This is a quintessential Belgian sour--and not nearly as sour as I remember it being--but then again I have grown in my love of sours since first sipping RGC

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan head into a tulip glass. the body was a dense reddish-purple-brown color and it left a nice bubbly ring throughout that was easily agitated with a swirl of the glass.
s - dark fruits like grapes, cherries with a whiff of red wine.
t - tart cherries and a finish of black currant.
m - crisp and bubbly.
d - very refreshing and pleasant to drink.

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of botham
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a dark copper color with brilliant ruby red highlights. a finger of light tan head sits atop the brew, which is loose and does not last long.

smell is distinctively vinous, with a sour, fruity character. fruit notes of apple and plum are present as well. little else for the nose.

taste is earthy and sour up front, with the same vinous character running through the taste. malts and hops are overpowered by the sour character, which does exactly what a flanders red should. a nicely executed example of the style.

mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied, with a sour character and a not so smooth finish because of it.

drinkability is good for drinkers who prefer the taste of a flanders red, and gateway drinkers who have come fro mthe world of wines. overall, this is a great example of the style, and worth checking out for a different taste. cheers!

Photo of HamGlade10
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of johntfox
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of BeastLU
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of cyrushire
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of ChrisPro
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of edchicma
3.43/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light cherry with a great carbonated, creamy white head. Smell is mainly cherries with a "barnyard" musky undertone. Taste is sour, sour, sour! Overpowereing in a way..very little hops and malts noted.Mouthfeel was light, but with a definite astringent quality. On a drinkability scale, this takes some getting used to...the sourness is there throughout. Perhaps when paired with the proper cheese, I might rate it higher.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

Rerate: Drank it out of a proper glass this time, still a great beer! Original rating: 330 ml bottle, ABV 6%. Drank it out of a plastic "glass" (sacrilege, I know!) at cellar temperature. Cherry-like aroma with hints of cowshed and ensilage. Flavour is sour/acidic/red wine vinegar-like, with strong barnyard and ensilage elements (not that I normally eat ensilage, but still...). This was my first Flemish red ale, an exciting experience! It will not be my last beer of this style. (Okay, I know I wrote my rating of the Duchesse de Bourgogne a bit earlier today, but I actually drank the Rodenbach 4-5 days before the Duchesse).

Photo of curlybird
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep bloody red with a thick white head. There is a little bit of lace, but it doesn't stick around long.
The smell starts with cherry and apple vinegar. Some light funk shows up in the background.
Sour cherry and dry oak start off the taste followed by a dry pear finish. Very nice body. Superb tart aftertaste.
Glad I picked one up. I was told that this was the true embodiment of the style, and I can't say that I disagree. I'll have to throw it into one of my tastings for sure.

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,252 ratings.