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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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2,947 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,947
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 213
Gots: 276 | FT: 15
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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Photo of StArnoldFan


4.71/5  rDev +9.8%

#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

07-12-2013 00:12:16 | More by StArnoldFan
Photo of Rado


4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-23-2013 18:30:22 | More by Rado
Photo of BigMike


3.55/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

09-14-2010 02:08:55 | More by BigMike
Photo of klewis


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

10-18-2006 02:35:59 | More by klewis
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New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

09-18-2013 13:47:37 | More by taospowder
Photo of joecast


4.18/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

09-01-2005 15:22:13 | More by joecast
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

11-05-2008 07:45:21 | More by PatrickJR
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-25-2013 18:36:55 | More by Docrock
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

05-21-2012 01:26:42 | More by tedho21
Photo of Patrick999


4.72/5  rDev +10%

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.

12-06-2007 01:25:38 | More by Patrick999
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

09-05-2012 18:19:44 | More by comfortablynirm
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-03-2014 02:15:09 | More by Burkbom23
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-06-2014 03:03:32 | More by JamesStreet
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-06-2013 03:56:08 | More by AlexChillton
Photo of Arithmeticus


4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

This is the first time I have had a beer of this style, so comments are a bit unorthodox.

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: very dark copper red; thin head
S: whew! Sour--vinegar. Is that good or bad for this style?
T: like smoking my first cigar; I'm coughing; incredibly flavorful and complex; very sweet and sour; would be ideal as an appetizer

05-11-2012 20:40:09 | More by Arithmeticus
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-22-2014 17:40:59 | More by Boston_Steve
Photo of jamie2dope


3.18/5  rDev -25.9%

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

07-17-2006 15:50:19 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of RuckusDu


3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

A ton of pop on the uncork but no overflow.

A - Great 2 finger head that started off as large bubbles which quickly fell to a trace of tiny bubbles. Slight beige head. Body is a deep, dark amber. Some beautiful lacing.

S - Mmmm. A lot of cherry and raspberry. Only the slightest funk is there in the background.

T - Decent raspberry and cherry flavors again. Some blueberry. Not really funky at all. Hits with the sour up front which sticks with you. Finishes with a touch of sweet sugar.

M - A little lighter than I expected. Carbonation is good, but that body is lacking.

O - I thought this was going to be an amazing work of art, but the body brought it down to just a dang good beer. Well balanced and good to look at.

06-22-2012 00:50:08 | More by RuckusDu
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

02-11-2013 18:33:47 | More by birdsellam
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North Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

06-10-2013 11:49:34 | More by jarrgal
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-19-2012 20:49:38 | More by GennyCreamAle
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-11-2011 00:01:48 | More by marct
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-05-2014 22:19:18 | More by July2Nov
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

03-13-2014 04:41:45 | More by HopsintheSack
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New York

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-12-2013 17:48:11 | More by stevec32
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