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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

2,853 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,853
Reviews: 982
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 210
Gots: 253 | FT: 16
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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jakea

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

05-11-2014 07:08:24 | More by jakea
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fthegiants

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-20-2014 21:10:36 | More by fthegiants
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-17-2012 20:59:15 | More by JustinMatthew
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Rado

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-23-2013 18:30:22 | More by Rado
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kushlash23

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-31-2013 03:20:53 | More by kushlash23
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user785335

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.8%

06-05-2014 11:32:58 | More by user785335
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Quackus

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-21-2013 00:27:13 | More by Quackus
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seaoflament

California

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

Picked up a bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor.

Pours a dark rosy color with about half inch of foam that quickly reduces to a thin ring. After it warms up I get about two inches of head when I pour, and some lacing as well.

Smells of tart cherries, cherry fruit roll-up, vinegar, apples, dark grapes and oak wood. The aroma reminds me of a fresh Lost Abbey- Red Poppy, which was great, but this one is still distinctly different. There is a good amount of malt presence, some lightly toasted bread and hints of caramel and vanilla.

On the first sip I get flavors of green apples, various grapes, and then followed by sweet and tart cherries. It finishes semi-dry with a vinous and vinegary after-taste. On the second taste I can identify the flavors provided by the oak aging, wood and vanilla. When it warms up it develops a lemon flavor at the beginning and the middle of the palate.

Very good mouth-feel, thin yet crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 03:58:40 | More by seaoflament
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Houser

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-22-2013 04:55:37 | More by Houser
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VaTechHopHead


4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

05-31-2013 23:10:07 | More by VaTechHopHead
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Skunkdrool

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-05-2014 00:14:28 | More by Skunkdrool
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Sazz9

Texas

1.75/5  rDev -59.2%

08-03-2013 23:50:44 | More by Sazz9
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karst

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Complex black cherry/red currant fruitiness with complementary malt. Mild vanilla and oak from 18 months in barrel. Sour, acidic wine like aromas arise from the reddish brown (from an extended less than rolling boil) clear half filled 0.4 L rastal sniffer a moderate head well supported by fine beading. Aromatics abound from the falling off white head with average retention.

Medium body with medium carbonation to links with tanic mow astringency to off set the slightly dextrinous "fat" body for this style. Little need for hops as Brett, Lacto and acetobacter and their elevated T. A. easily overcome the round malt mouthfeel. This was a pleasant surprise (adding to the drinkability) and demonstrates the brewers skill with this unblended masterpiece.

Rodenbach brewery, established in 1820, ages the Grand Cru in huge oaken barrels for up to two years. The staves host a wonderful microbiota that along with their expertise provide a Rlanders Red reminescent of a well aged red wine from start to finish.

Not as oaked as New Belgium La Folie, more drinkable that Duchesse de Bourgogne and more wine like than Petrus Oud Bruin.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 12:24:27 | More by karst
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tzieser

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

valentines day review...2 year old bottle of Rodenbach....i'm really excited for this one

aquired in a trade from youbrewidrink. thanks!

a: pours a nice signature red/burgundy color....very clear with a one finger head that slowly dissipates.

s: ahhhh, i love that flanders red aroma...great sour malt notes...subtle hints of oakiness. good, and fitting of the style.

t: very tart and sour. borderline vinegar in flavor. i was hoping for a bit more sweetness, but i guess the age took care of that. nice oaky flavor, but overall, this is just too far on the sour side. and i really love sours, mind you.

m&d: smooth mouthfeel, but the tartness makes your tongue tingle, which i find unpleasant.

unfortunately, i had bigger expectations for this brew. i really love flemish red ales, but i think this one could do without 2 years of cellaring, because this was very vinegar-y. i would certainly try it again and see if it's better balanced than this time around.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 00:22:33 | More by tzieser
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

08-22-2013 21:43:41 | More by MarvinSnyder
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle into a tulip
no bottled on date

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown with 2plus fingers width of light mocha colored head, that is quite dense and had good retention. Leaves a good amount of streaky lacing.

S: Aroma is tart and sweet dark fruits. Cherries, figs, and currants. A good amount of oak. And a bitter sweetness, like bakers chocolate. There are some vinegary notes that I dont particularly enjoy, that detracts from an otherwise really nice aroma.

T: Some tartness, balanced by a large sweetness. VERY reminiscent of a homemade apple cider. Lots of dark fruit sweetness including plum and cherry to go along with the red apple. There are some malty notes of sweet bread. And the vinegar notes that I found somewhat unpleasant on the nose are here in the taste as well. I like it, but dont love it as I think its a little too sweet, and not enough sour for my palate.

M/D: High carbonation, which gives it a somewhat lively mouthfeel, but
its denser and heavier than I was expecting, and is also somewhat syrupy. Ever so slightly puckering it times, but for the most part the sourness doesnt reach that level. Drinkability is moderate, somewhat limited by the syrupy sweetness.

O: This was my first take on a Flanders Red. Its not what I was expecting, much sweeter and not as sour. I enjoyed it, but I much prefer the lighter feel with greater sour notes of Lambics and Gueuze's. I would drink this again if it were on draft somewhere and I was in the mood for something different, but its not something that I want to go out and buy another bottle of or a beer that would make my regular rotation. Worth a try though, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 20:06:42 | More by zac16125
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-02-2013 18:57:35 | More by Budinetz
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

05-26-2013 17:20:47 | More by HopsHopenstein
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

02-06-2013 15:05:23 | More by browniewithnuts
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Beerenauslese

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours without much head. Cloudy semi-transparent reddish-brown. Smells of sour fruits--cherries, grapes, and pineapple--along with the sweet scent of brown sugar. An intriguing sour taste, like a mildly carbonated fruit punch with pineapple and cherry cider notes as well as a bit of a vinegar streak, but the flavors hold together to make it quite drinkable. The mouthfeel is light and the tartness--like a cider--is crisply refreshing. This is a beer with a presence and a unique complexity that makes one ponder as it is consumed.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 01:53:06 | More by Beerenauslese
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-14-2011 09:46:36 | More by Agold
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johnyb

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-20-2013 13:21:24 | More by johnyb
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topdown

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-06-2014 23:05:54 | More by topdown
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Lucnifter

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-24-2014 03:38:21 | More by Lucnifter
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fionn13

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

09-02-2013 00:30:57 | More by fionn13
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 2,853 ratings.