Rodenbach Grand Cru
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru
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Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #5
Ranked #607
4.33 | pDev: 11.09%
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru
Notes: Flanders Red Ale- a blend of 1/3 young beer and 2/3 aged beer matured for 2 years in oak foeders. The original sour ale.
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Photo of Nugganooch
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 330ml bottle with Lost Abbey stemware

Dark ruddy brown looking body with some burgundy like hues. A thin short lived tan head settles down into a few swirls in the glass. Aromas come off as a big red vinegar bomb! I get cherry, plum, grape, earthy and sweet vanilla with a mild stomach acid funk to it. Some underlying brown malt-bread like character there. The flavor is much more balanced with a very nice acidic vinegar-like quality. Apple cider and red wine mix with a touch of sour funkiness to it.
Flavor is great really. Very balanced bewteen the nice tart apple cider and not too much acidity or funk overall but has a good sour note to it. Lesser notes of brown malts, grape, cherry pie with a sugarycrust, light paint thinner - acetone. Not enough to detract here really. Good crisp carb and spritzy mouteel.
A very nice approachable sour ale

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Photo of Beejay
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: a murky brown color with a small white head, dissipating to a ring.

S: a little funk and vinegar. Earthy with a touch of sweetness in the finish. Lightly fruity in the finish.

T: tart with a touch of acid, and a lovely dark Berry flavor, with caramel sweetness and a hint earthy.

M: thin in feel with plenty of carbonation, a somewhat dry finish, and a touch of pucker.

O: overall just a damn fine brew. Interesting, complex, acidic, and sweet.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle in a snifter. This excellent Flemish brew pours a ruby
tinged brown mahogany with a nice head of off white foam that
subsides to a thick ring, thin light dusty pool, and displays some
excellent lacing. Nose of tart cherry, light oak, subtle leather, and
Belgian candy malt. Flavors hit the wow factor with sweet candy
sugar and tart cherry notes amongst oak and tannic elements
in a perfectly balanced brew. Excellent mouth feel; medium
body, light carbonation, and a tart dry yet lightly sweet

Overall, excellence from Belgium.

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Photo of elnachooo
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cerveza de color marrón, con una cabeza cabeza espumosa. Aroma y cuerpo medio. Aromas frutales y a caramelo. En boca destaca su dulzura perfectamente equilibrada.

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Photo of vinicole
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep auburn with a thin, dense and tan head.
Immediate sour aroma. Dark earthy fruits and composting apples.
Tastes as it smells. Woodland berries. Light maraschino cherries noted. Tannic finish.
Light effervescent feel.
An excellent representation of the style but not to my taste.

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Photo of marcbosch
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Reddish-brown, mahogany. Fizzy, quickly disappearing head.
S: Vinous, fruity, with a bit of malt and wood as a background.
T: Following the nose. Wine, blackcurrant, a bit of vanilla and wood, some candi sugar, malty background.
F: Medium-high, prickly carbonation, medium body. Somewhat astringent/tannic.
O: Complex beer. Very, very enjoyable.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 8/8/17; drank 7/31/19 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque red/orange rust appearance.

An even pour yielded a small, noisy khaki head; minimal lace.

Tart cherry & mild vinegar notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Luden's cough drop & mild vinegar flavors up front; tart cherry notes on the finish.

An odd amalgam but mildly enjoyable. Not one I'll rush back too, however...

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Photo of octortus
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL Bottle. ABV 6%.
Overall: This was my first introduction to "sour beer" and I was floored. This is absolutely incredible!

Review: 49

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Photo of C-Stockwell
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: similar to an oxidized wine like a bual or a verdelho Madeira, not much head
S: very rich red fruit, like real maraschino cherries, beef stew, vinegar, and strawberries. Reminds me of eating a rich steak dinner with a side of french fries covered in vinegar (mmm... vinegar on french fries...)
T: malt, cherries, strawberries, fruit cake, and dry finish
F: excellent carbonation and mouthfeel

This is a very rich and flavorful beer. I can see how the rich, brandied-cherry flavor can be an acquired taste. Would make a killer steak sauce or ingredient in a beef dish like a beef roast or beef stew.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Deep chestnut, some hints of ruby, very slight haze, pours with 2-3mm ultra-fine tan head.
S- Distinctive, I haven't read tasting notes but the smell is something like cherry/kirsch liquer (fruity/rich/pungent).
T- Wow! Bam, much zestier than I was expecting. Almost hints of sherbert/cherryade, reminds me of a Belgic cherry kriek beer. Yet their website suggests it's from maturation in oak casks rather than use of any fruit.
F- Quite dry and a touch sherbety for 6.0%. My wife who likes richer belgium tripels etc, and doesn't like sour tastes tried this > 'Oh.... it's sour!!'.
O- I like it, it's different. I accept/see now that it has a sour side and so probably couldn't session it, even if I could afford to. Different, and interesting to try.
Bought from Selfridges Oxford Street. £3.80/330ml as I recall. BB: 26/07/2021.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Dated 4/4/17, so 2 years old.

Pour: deep red, brown. One to two finger tan head that ends with a thick ring, small clouds and nice bubble lacing.

Nose: cherry, sweet malt, dark fruits.

Taste: pretty strong tart cherry, grapefruit, oak. Fairly complex and well balanced. Sourness adds but doesn’t overwhelm.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation. Malty feel; slight oiliness, costs the tongue a bit.

Overall: I’m not a big sour fan but this is one I like. It’s still probably a “one beer” drinker for me but I would buy again. Sour, tart, sweetness are well balanced.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a flute
A: Light purple with a very thin head, light carbonation bubbles
S: Sour raspberry/cherry, fig, red wine & a bit of vinegar
T: Matches the nose, both the fruit/fig add a bit of sweetness that’s a bit stronger than the sour
M: Light bodied, somewhat sweet but with sour to balance and a pleasant carbonation
O: Very well balanced and quite tasty, a very well made and enjoyable beer

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Photo of Buck89
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle poured into a hotel glass. A significantly hazy light brown color with a modest tan head. The aroma was bright tart cherries with oak, vanilla, and a gentle funk. This was fairly tart on the first sip, but complex. Cherries and sweet tarts led the way, followed by cola, wood, funk, and caramel. A dry but funky/sticky finish with lively carbonation. Overall a delicious and interesting beer deserving of its reputation.

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Photo of cardfan212
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a shaker pint.

Look - Pours a nutty leathery brown, kinda like a cola. The head is short lived but a very active tan. The carbonation bubbles are strong and soda-like. A friendly and inviting look in the glass.

Smell - Very sweet and fruity with a slight acidic bite. Again, the smell reminds me very slightly of a cola.

Taste - Very mildly sour, very mildly sweet, very mildly malty. Not like other sour beers I've had, more just tart than mouth-puckering sour. The first not cola aspect I've found in the beer.

Feel - Despite the very bubbly appearance, this isn't all that bubbly in the mouth. The thin body is also kinda surprising, it's appearance led me to expect more thickness.

Overall - Not as exciting as I would like from a sour, but at the same time, its simplicity is incredibly attractive. Normally I would never think of a sour being in my normal rotation, but I could drink plenty of this.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber appearance with a small off white head. Dies down quickly to a small thin ring and leaves some spots of lacing.
Smells of sour cherry, plum, raisin, fig, tart red apple skin, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, toast, and oak barrels.
Tastes of sour cherry, tart red apple skin, apple cider vinegar, plum, fig, brown sugar, toast, molasses, and oak. Medium-plus sourness with medium-high acidity; quite souring and puckering, but finishes clean and lightly dry.
Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint; produced 11/22/17.
A: Pours a very hazy, medium brown with ochre highlights with robust (actually loud) head formation and rapid clearing, leaving little more than a tiny rim and no appreciable lacing.
S: Tangy. Aroma is estery (in a good way) and very fruity up front with cherry, apple, and raspberry giving way to more caramel and molasses.
T: Semisweet and tart with the palate composed on aroma elements, but with cherry very much front and center.
M: Medium bodied with strong initial and more limited later carbonation. Juicy.
O: Pow! I could drink Flanders Red Ales all day and this would be my choice. Just a delight!

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Photo of NedFredHead
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy with a quickly-dissolving head. Fruity flavor -- berries, cherries, apple, lemon -- and sour without puckering. A lot like red wine, and no astringency. Just enough carbonation that you can feel it. Really liked this one.

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Photo of Myros
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a Belgian tulip. Production date 8/8/2017.
Appearance is a hazy chestnut brown with minimal, quickly dissipating white head.
Aroma is lactic sour, red winey, complex fruits (plum, cherry, cranberry, dates, and more). It is heavenly and so complex.
Taste follows the aroma closely with a little apple and lemon thrown in. A nice acetic bite refreshes and awakens the senses. Pleasant malt background provides balance to the sour. Again incredible complexity.
Medium body with low medium carbonation. Crisp and dry, not astringent.
Overall, an intense red wine-like, sour, fruity ale; just as a Red Flanders ale should be. World class in my opinion.

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Photo of Shanex
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured this Flanders red ale in a Founders glassware...

Taste and smells is exceptional and fueled with dark fruits and berries...

Similar to Duchesses de Bourgogne but I like the latter better.

Definitely worth trying at least once - cheap in France and Belgium.


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Photo of biiru_ojisan
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rocky tan head. Color is dark brown with garnet highlights. Too dark to see through, but it gives the impression of clarity.

First impression from the nose is red wine. Digging deeper, it gives dark dried fruits (cherry, currant, blueberry), dark chocolate, vanilla bean, vinegar.

The taste starts off red wine vinegar. Dark fruit notes, like black cherry and plum. Strongly sour and acidic. A slight hint of chocolate. There is some sweetness at the start, but it quickly gives way to dryness.

The mouthfeel is just north of medium bodied. Carbonation is light. There is a hint of alcohol warmth, but not very much. The drying sensation in the middle of the palat is very intense and beckons for another sip.

Overall, this is an enjoyable beer. I do prefer the nose to the flavor on this one, but I'm also not super experienced with this style of beer. I'll have to open myself up to more Flanders Red Ales and really give this style a spin.

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Photo of Mysticmage
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours caramel brown with minimal collar. This one is tart berry with strong finish. Not a big fan of sours so this one wasnt one of my favorites but Inknow others like it.

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Photo of colts9016
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was shuffling through the beer of fame and noticed that I have never rated this beer. A classic beer that never crossed my palate. Know this information I had to get this beer to drink. The beer is 46 degrees and served in tulip glass. Semi-hard pour on the beer produced a one finger tan head. The head is airy and foamy with average retention. No lacing after the head dissipated. The beer's color is SRM 15 a deep amber color with mahogany hues. The clarity is opaque with no effervescence is visible.

The aromas in the beer are vinous, cherries, wood, yeast, toasted malt, funk, and earthiness.

The flavors in the beer are vinous, tart cherries, funk, yeast, toasted malt, earthiness, tannins, and yeast.

The mouthfeel of the beer is tart and dry.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-high carbonation, and a medium finish.

The beer is a particularly good representation of this style. It is not an excellent beer but impressive.

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Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: cloudy reddish brown, slight bubbles.

Nose: tart cherry juice, sour gumballs, sweet, brown sugar.

Taste: smooth mouthfeel. Begins with puckering tartness, moving to sweet cherry juice, and finishing with slight bittering tannins.

An incredible overall beer.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Reddish brown liquid with a small finger of off white foam. Aromas of funk and vinegar, wood and dark fruit. Flavor is surprisingly muted as far as vinegar and funk goes, a bit more tart than sour and balanced nicely against prune, oak, and cherry. Fantastic and worth another go.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark burgundy that is free of particulate suspended in the beer. Head foams, no, fizzes up quickly into two fingers of khaki fizzy foam, and dissipates rapidly. Aroma is plum, red grapes, yeast, and a little lactic sour bite. Flavor profile is plum, red grape, and green pear. There is a dry and light yeast spice that is provides a glimpse before being overshadowed by a light lactic sour bite. Mouth feel is medium-thin with a still, smooth feel. Overall, lots of flavor within a still sour ale. Maintains good control and tolerance, offering up just a subtle hit of sour which accompanies some fruity, flavorful openings.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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