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Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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3,303 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,303
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 241
Gots: 381 | FT: 19
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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

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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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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Sigmund
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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 adam42381
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 9/17/11.

Poured on draft into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark caramel brown with a 1-2 finger creamy light tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Vinegar and wine grape hulls. Quite sour aroma.

Taste: Vinegar and sour grapes with light woody notes. Aftertaste is light and dry with sour notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good drinkability. Despite the relatively low ABV%, it seems fairly heavy. I wouldn't drink more than a couple in one sitting.

Overall: Very good beer overall. If you're a fan of sour beers, this one is definitely worth trying.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Morris729
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby-amber color with a tall foamy light tan head that settles into a heavy lace. Nose is sour cherries and vinous vanilla oak along with a bit of a berry sweetness—very nice. Taste begins with a sharp cherry tartness that makes your mouth pucker for a second before immediately craving more. A tangy black cherry and dark plum sourness follows along with a nice balance of cherry and apple sweetness. There are also some woody oak flavors along with notes of vanilla and grape skin tannins. Very complex and thoroughly enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.95/5  rDev +15.4%

A- Deep, amber-like in appearance with a lovely, frothy head that lingers for a bit.

S-At first, an aroma of vanilla develops into a more complex bouquet of oak-like fruitiness, perhaps of grapefruit or passion-fruit.

T- Complex notes of oak, vanilla, and passion fruit combine with perfectly balanced acidity. A clean, deeply refreshing beer with an intense serious of flavors.

M- Delightful, complete texture. Medium-bodied and very refreshing. Indeed, it is easy to guzzle this beer if one is not careful.

O- Probably my favorite beer in the world; certainly my favorite of this style. I have been fortunate to try some of the vintage examples from Rodenbach, which are worth the effort to obtain.

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

A - Pours a very dark caramel brown with a 1-2 finger creamy light tan head. Excellent lacing.

S - Strong scent of sour cherries. I also smell some dry sherry and vanilla. Really pleasant and the sour smell isn't too overbearing.

T - Straight cherry punch to start that dries the tongue with tartness.

M - Very nice balance of sweet/tart. Good carbonation and medium body.

O - Wow, I don't know why I put off trying this classic beer for so long. It's my first Flanders Red Ale and I really enjoyed it. Now I might be able to justify buying the $20 2008 vintage version soon.

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4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: a standard 330mL brown bottle with a decent macro label. (3.5)

Appearance: poured into a tulip glass. A dark amber-red in colour with visible carbonation across the profile. A thin off-white head lingers for a time before dropping to a thin ring. (3.5)

Aroma: plenty of sour notes up front - currants, cherries, dark fruits, and an almost vinegar note. Not unpleasant though - quite the contrary. (4.0)

Taste: again that lovely sourness comes through nice and strong - almost mouth puckering, but it is softened slightly by a light fruit sweetness. A great sour beer. (4.5)

Aftertaste: still a strong sourness lingers on the palate, with some spice, heavy fruits and a touch of base malts. (4.5)

Mouth feel: absolutely bang-on. I don't know how they manage to make it viscous, smooth and sharp all at the time, but it is very impressive. (5.0)

Overall: definitely the best sour beer I have had to date. Lots of complexity and an fantastic, smooth-yet-sharp mouth feel make this one a must have, even at a price of AU$130+ for 24 x 330mL. Maybe one every now and then as a treat.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad I'm finally getting to revisit this beer. It has been too long.

Pours a dark brown with ruby edges in the light. A one inch light tan head forms and lingers with nice retention.

The aroma is just awesome. That oh so familiar tart fruit and oak just makes my mouth water. It's like sour apples, cherries and citrus all at once. A slight oaky tone with some vinegar notes as well.

The taste is really nice. A tart cherry and apple like fruitiness with a sweet oaky finish. Some vinegary like tones as well.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and gently carbonated.

Drinkability is high. The flavor on this beer is just awesome and the alcohol is pretty low making for an easy to consume beer. I really want to guzzle it for some reason.

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4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very nice dark red with a thick tan colored head. When held up to the light it gives off ruby edges. Good looking beer.

S: Very sour and acidic smelling. A cherry and vinegar aroma. A little bit of earthy cork in the background.

T: Very tart and sour up front with an acidic tang to it. After the initial shot to the taste buds, a sour cherry and apple flavor kicks in. There is some sweetness there....the finish is almost like a sour candy.

M: Mouth puckering sour and tang. There is an almost citric acid feel and flavor to it. When it fades in the finish it leaves the mouth clean. It's a refreshing beer.

O: One of the better sour beers that I've had. The sourness is quite powerful and it adds to the quality of the beer.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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