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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,003 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,003
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 213
Gots: 292 | FT: 16
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%

DangerDawg, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of grumpygerman
5/5  rDev +16.6%

grumpygerman, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Shiloh
2.73/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I used to drink a lot of this stuff back "in the day" of the early seventies while listening to the tunes and having an illegal smoke or two.
We called it something else though, I believe it was wine, or sherry.
Anyhow, this product arrived a deep brownish/red with a medium + carbonation. The body is a medium.
The aroma is yeasty fruit.
The taste is very strong, very sweet, very lingering, and all of cheap wine.
Think I could use a smoke right about now...

Shiloh, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of patm1986
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

patm1986, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Budinetz
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Budinetz, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of nygannon
4/5  rDev -6.8%

nygannon, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a large corked bottle into a Unibroue La Fin Du Monde tall snifter. The appearance is dark, murky reddish-brown (like raspberry iced tea) with a nice off-white fluffy head. The nose is decidedly fruity and acidic, with notes of tart cherries and a slight touch of wet hay.

The beer is medium-bodied with a firm mouthfeel and a very refreshing tart flavor with a balancing, underlying sweetness. The predominant flavors I get are cherries, sour candy, a nice wine-like acidity, and a pleasantly drying finish. There's an elusive herbal quality to the finish that I can't quite place. The balance of sweet and sour seems to improve a bit as the beer warms.

This is a world classic and I'm glad I finally took the time to sit and review it. Fans of sour beers, Lambics, and American Wild Ales should seek this one out if they haven't already. What a perfect way to welcome the coming Spring!

deadonhisfeet, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

marine1975, Jan 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

danieelol, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of crookedhalo
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Legendary. Pours a rubyish copper color with a generous beige hue. Small tuliped glass is recommended. Sour dark cherry notes and an intricate yeast profile as well as barrel aging is evident in the nose. Further dark fruit notes as well as the malt profile bordering on a chocolate-like profile. Lavish and extravagant. I'm not trying to hype the beer up at all, but this is the real deal. The right amount of sweetness balances out the lactic sourness of this beer. Complex; changes many times on the tongue with each sip. Really plays with you as it warms, I recommend the warmer end of the spectrum. Thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks go out to a friend whose parents live in Brussels and bring beers back from Belgium when coming back to the States. Quintessential; wish it was more widely available but I know the story.

crookedhalo, Apr 16, 2004
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3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle served at just over fridge temperature in the distinctive tulip glass acquired at Ommegang's BCTCIV. Best by 27/06/07, this has been cellared for one year.

Appearance- With a terrific *pop* and a full nose of sour cherries, the beer flows a deep, musty pink into the glass. The head rises quickly to the top of the bulbous vessel, a four full fingers... then suddenly it falls with a loud crackle to just a thin mat.

Smell- Wild and sweet, this aromatic sensory trip offers some funky, sour cherries and some subtle oak notes that are completely in balance. The awesome nose combined with the chilly surface temperature of the beer feels perfect for drinking on this hot, humid evening.

Taste- From the moment this hits the tongue, you can begin bracing for the wonderful sour attack that ensues. Though the overall taste is one of extremely sour cherries, it's after the swallow that Part II begins and earns the brewer's undeniable respect. Chewy, woody, and extremely delicious... the teeth and gums are left with a marvelous impression of aged oak barrels. The hint of sweetness at the finish line wraps things up... this is the benchmark beer for the style IMO.

Mouthfeel- Wickedly carbonated, this beer goes ballistic in the mouth to the point of being impossible. It's gassy and explosive... a gentle swish in the mouth blows my cheeks up with air and leaves no choice but to swallow both beer and empty space. This category is poised to tank the numbers.

Drinkability- The most difficult beer I've encountered lately to actually enjoy based on its mouthfeel, yet the flavor and style execution is almost flawless.

yelterdow, Aug 08, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

BrownAleMale, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Giantspace, Sep 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jakea, May 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Docrock, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of kmo1030
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a nice looking deep dark red, with a thin not quite white head.
vinous vinegar-y aroma, with some dark, let me see... sort of rotten, mineral filled swamp mud. brings some hideous images to mind i know, but this works out very well somehow. some hay-like horse blanket mixed in with the swampiness too, followed by some plasticy oak.
the taste is fan-freaking-tastic. it's like drinking the most tasty vinegar you can imagine. a mild sweet apple cider vinegar flavor, with a little bit of oak and maybe vanilla here and there. a lot of cherry seems to come out as it warms. absolutely awesome and must be tasted to be believed.
medium body with mild moderate carbonation. mouth puckeringly sour and very drying.
excellent drinkability for something that is such an assault on the senses, but in the grand scheme of things probably only ranks at "good" for drinkability.
i've had this beer a few times now, and it gets better every time. seek this out and alter your definition of beer forever.

kmo1030, Aug 11, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

wiltznucs, Jul 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

scottwurst, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Elicoleman, Sep 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

BKBassist, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of nataku00
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a long stemmed tulip glass. Dark brown with maybe a finger of head initially. Lots of carbonation visible at the edge of the glass.

Nose is vinegary acidity, with sour cherries and a bit of oak.

Taste is pleasantly sour with a decent amount of sourness. Sour cherries and plums.

Light bodied and nicely carbonated. Not too much of an aftertaste from the sourness.

nataku00, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Jredner
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweet white fruits and balsamic vinegar. Amber/brown color with a smallish and mostly diminishing head. Fore is balsamic vinegar and tart cherries. Flavor range is narrow highlighting the vinegar and fruits and carries through to the dry acidic finish.

Jredner, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of BigMike
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

BigMike, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of klewis
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

klewis, Oct 18, 2006
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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