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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

2,766 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,766
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 204
Gots: 232 | FT: 14
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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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with a best by 13/09/08.

Pours a dak garnet tinged brown with a on finger head that fades fairly quickly to a thin soapy cap. The isn't very sticky, sliding down the sides of the glass when I set it down.

Smell; sour apples and tart cherries come out right up front, followed by a bit of vinegar and oak. There's a touch of some earthy funkiness floating around in the background as well.

Taste; the tart cherries a very evident on the first few sips, and then some of the sour apples start to show through a little bit. Vinegar and oak barrels mix with a bit of a woodsy earthiness, and just some faint hints of a barnyard funk, with a bit of an acidic bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a carbonation tingle that adds a bit of bite to the tartness, and the drinkability is really good, but I really like this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 01:32:28 | More by RedHaze
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brheuer

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -30.1%

03-24-2013 21:59:11 | More by brheuer
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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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Sazz9

Texas

1.75/5  rDev -59.2%

08-03-2013 23:50:44 | More by Sazz9
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Kenai4

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-26-2013 02:23:57 | More by Kenai4
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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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user785335

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

01-21-2013 16:08:46 | More by leedorham
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John11486

California

5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-15-2012 19:18:42 | More by John11486
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

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

750 ml bottle with no apparent freshness or bottle on date visible. Poured into an oversized wine glass...

A - Poured a nice ruby, dark brown color with a .5 finger off-white head that slowly recedes to a collar. Spotty lacing along the way.

S - Light touch of tart cherries, vanilla, some brown sugar, and some plum and caramel. Oak adds nicely. Slight vinegar taste, but not as much as I would have expected. Nice sweet/bitter juxtaposition going on here.

T - Follows the nose nicely with tart cherries, vanilla and oak at the forefront followed closely by the vinegar sourness. There are hints of other fruits (plums, raspberries, blackberries) present as well.

M - Light-medium bodied beer with a more than moderate amount of carbonation. Really very nice mouthfeel and a highlight of this beer.

O - Wow. Looked past this one so much. I definitely must go buy more to cellar for a good while.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 03:35:27 | More by KAP1356
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Rado

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks similar to the Rodenbach Classic, but perhaps a little lighter in color and lighter in head. Looks like cherry juice, with a thin tan smattering of foam scum. Smell is sweet dark cherries, but light compared to the R. Classic.

Taste is an overpowering lemon cherry cough drop. Sour to the max, with a spicy grating of the throat. Lasting cherry taste in the throat, with notes of anise cookies and vanilla. Mouthfeel is creamy on the intake--but immediately changes to gripping lip-smacking sourness. It gets points for kicking my ass. Sort of the feeling when drinking vinegar, or eating something that has alot of vinegar. I love vinegar though, so it's all good fortunately.

This is an awesome taste and creation, but I don't think I really want to have more than one at a sitting. That said, I certainly want to finish the one I'm having.

I'm also reminded of eating too many salt-and-vinegar chips at once...definite parallels.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 13:18:31 | More by donnebaby
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a novelty glass, with a nice light at the bottom of the glass. this would work but this is a far darker than deeper colored beer than expected. Deep amber colored beer, amazing champagne carbonation with a tall creamy thick head, well retained. Call me impressed.

Tart and sour nose with am amber and almost toasted hint well in the back ground. Fruity without really being overt or bringing out any clear fruit flavors.

This is absolutely amazing. A mild sweetness hits the front of the tongue, amber malts. As it drags back the sour notes pick up more and more as they go back, finishing puckerlingly sour and tart. Then the sour fades leaving fruit flavors (apples?). The whole tongue is simply overwhelmed with flavors beyond anything i've ever had. This is the best sour I've had and at a fraction the cost of the cantillions.

Crisp, well carbonated, but the sour flavors bite and burn the back of the mouth. You can't do this beer without this bite, but it can be a bit off putting. Maybe the flaw of a sour?

I admit I've only had maybe 15 sours, but this one stands miles above the rest. This is just to die for and I'm going to buy another bottle after work tomorrow. I'm not sure how one can improve upon this other than finding a way to make sours smell better.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 03:26:11 | More by bobhits
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speedvagen

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

03-16-2014 12:21:58 | More by speedvagen
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csustar001

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-14-2013 20:10:33 | More by csustar001
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ambruns1979

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-01-2012 06:01:19 | More by ambruns1979
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BKotch

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-19-2013 04:51:21 | More by BKotch
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.86/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip glass, red brown with a big tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: sour and vinegary, mouth watering goodness

T: wonderful sour flavor, balsamic vinegar, sweet and sour maltyness

M: full yet refreshing, great creaminess

O: an excellent sour

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 18:42:04 | More by M_C_Hampton
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a reddish-brown color with a nice light-brown head.
Smell: Barley, vinegar, red fruits, grapes, vanila and oak.
Taste: Barley, vinegar, red fruits, passion fruit, vanila oak and a puckering tartness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thick body, medium-low carbonation.
Overall: Excellent brew, clean and sharp sourness. fantastic

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 21:30:26 | More by rvdoorn
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-04-2013 00:33:04 | More by sludgegnome
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aubuc1

Florida

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

750 ml bottle dated best before "21 09 07" poured in to a goblet.

Pours a carbonated dark orange brown with a lacey but thin and quickly disappearing head.

Sweet, tart smell with cherry. Beatiful smell.

Bright tart, sour taste. Very smooth finish. Cherries.

Very smooth mouthfeel, and a very drinkable sour, as a dry finish takes away every sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 00:06:11 | More by aubuc1
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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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johnyb

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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

Missouri

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

The beer is dark brown and red. It would be completely opaque if it weren't for a few ruby highlights around the edges. Not much head without swirling.

The nose isn't as balsamic vinegary as a lot of other examples of this style, though it's still there in spirit. A bonus for me. Sweet berries, a suprising hint of alcohol, and oak bounce around the nostrils. A little vanilla as it warms. It does have a mouthwatering acidity in the nose that preps you for something good.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Sweet up front. Reminiscent of plums, currants, and blueberries. If you let it sit in your mouth for a second the acidity comes to life and leaves a more sour finish. Otherwise, it's just a super-balanced, semi-sour chugger. As it warms a lot more complexity comes out. The barrel makes an appearance with vanilla and oak.

Soft and smooth, it's not a flashy beer, but it does encourage you to drink more and drink it quickly. This has to be my favorite example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 03:51:47 | More by brownbeer
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denimdemon

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-08-2012 02:52:37 | More by denimdemon
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 2,766 ratings.