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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,351
Reviews: 1,019
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 244
Gots: 408 | FT: 22
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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 BigMike
3.56/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of DavidHume
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of GreenCard
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle best by date: 5/16/05

Appearance: dark amber color, a thick rocky later of ever-present tannish head, great clarity, some lace

Aroma: lactic, almondy, oaky, minerally, strawberries, a hint of Brett horsiness, very interesting and hard to nail down

Flavor: a syrupy sweetness pervades but is slightly countered by a firm lactic tang and some lambic character (musty, horsey, earthy); a bit oaky and seemingly corky, vinous; finish is somewhat sweet but a pleasant sourness lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, zesty carbonation, slightly slimy residue feel

Overall Impression: Having finally acquired a taste for geuze (and the like), I can definitely see the appeal of this beer. And why it's a "hallmark" of its style. Would be great to cook with in place of wine, too.

Photo of soupyman10
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of seanchai
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Beer21
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of tclipse
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Hallertau
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of dagubna
3.44/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cherry with a 1/4 inch tan head. Smells of sour cherry, vanilla, oak, hints of port.

Taste is quite sour and cherry tart. The fruity tartness overpowers most of the other flavors. Lots of cherry flavors in here. Hints of oak and vanilla way back there. My only complaint is that with the sour aftertaste there is also a strong coppery aftertaste which I don't find appeaing. Don't know if that is indicative of the style or this bottle is past its prime. Full bodied and flavorful beer. This was the flavor explosion I was expecting from the Rodenbach Red. Not nearly as balanced but still amazing.

Photo of KeefD
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap last night at The Muddy Pig in St. Paul. Another bar patron a few seats down gave me an enthusiastic "Cheers!" as I ordered while lifting his glass in the air, and quickly proclaimed he was drinking the same thing. Poured a dark reddish-brown color into a tulip. Smell is very sweet up front, with hints of cherry and spice. Taste is out of this world tart, yet incredibly refreshing. Tart cherry dominates, backed up my some dark malt, fruity yeastiness, and a pleasant, sipable aftertaste. Slightly thin in the body and moderately carbonated. The overall tartness of this one makes it a great one-off, but it was fantastic to say the least.

On a side note, I enjoyed this brew while speaking to the owner of 21st Amendment Brewing out of San Fransisco, a guy named Sean. Great guy and a pleasure to share a beer with!

Photo of silentjay
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

the beer that made the whole "sour" category click for me, I will now review formally.

pours to a murky mahogany brown with a decent sized khaki head that retains very well and laces extreme.

aroma is dominated by vinegar and cherries, with a bit of oak and vanilla. pleasantly tart and sour with a bit of sweetness as well.

flavor is fruity and sour and tart and sweet all at once, I can't help but think of sour patch kids candies, with the stages of sour, sweet, tart coming and going in stages. the vinegar is strong in the first sips, but the interplay between the flavors works its way into the forefront of a multi-faceted brew. wonderful.

medium bodied with light carbonation but the tart acidity drys the tongue and tingles the sides of the mouth for a lively mouthfeel that few can match.

not for everyone, but for me, it drinks wonderfully. the interplay between, tart, sweet, sour, acidic, and vinegar flavors with a tingly mouthfeel just works for me. Not many 6%abv beers would be worth $10+, but this one is. maybe an introductory into the sours, but you could do worse as a starting point.

Photo of Sazz9
1.75/5  rDev -59.2%

Photo of T_Hass
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby-red color, a bit murky, topped by a thin bubbly off-white head that quickly dissolved into nothingness. Nose had a lot of sour cherry notes, hints of vanilla and a wooden aroma gleaned from the oak aging. I also picked up occasional hits of vinegar and that ol' farmhouse funk.
The taste had an immediate sharp tart taste of cherries and currants. It got to the point where my jaws ached after a while. Oaken flavor presented itself mid-palate as did some light vanilla. Very dry and light, velvety feel.
Overall, darn tasty and quaffable. Still, I think I might prefer the Classic over this creation. Hard to say, but I know I'm looking forward to having the GC again.

Photo of KStark
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz shared courtesy of Bobsy - thanks a lot man! Best before date of 28.01.11

Pours a murky, muddy dark blood red, hints of amber with a finger of creamy tan head that dies slowly down, leaving a thin sweater of bubbles all the way.

Nose is effervescent. Sour cherries meets a restrained vinegar, foiled by a light sugary sweetness.

This is an extremely drinkable Flemish red. Wow. The carbonation sparkles and twirls around with your tongue as the balanced sourness and hint of funk glide through. Light on the vinegar, lots of cherry, hint of tannins and light oak notes, nice balanced sweetness without making it too thick or cloying.

This was an excellent example of the style, everything working in harmony to pucker you up without blasting you away. I wouldn't have ever imagined a Flemish red as overly drinkable but this one changes my mind - I would gladly sit down with a bottle or two of this. Cheers Rob!

Photo of DangerDawg
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of jarrgal
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of NightINgale
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of J-Bonestradamus
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Gatch
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

14/05/15 stamped on the bottom of the bottle. So still good for a little less than two years. Wow.

A: Beautiful deep, ruby red with shades of brown. Fizzy, light brown head that fades into a bit of lace and retention.

S: Pungent layers of funk and sweet malt. There's some fruit in there, too.

T: Very fruity and refreshing. Plenty of malt and a good bit of funk. Great example of the style.

M: Crazy smooth but with plenty of proper carbonation. Never cloying. Great body.

O: It's nearly room temperature by the end of the bottle and it's still fantastic. Tons of flavor and a very enjoyable beer to drink.

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,351 ratings.