Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium
rodenbach.be

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,061
Reviews:
1,182
Ratings:
4,160
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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341
Gots:
740
Trade:
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Photo of Shanex
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Cheers!

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Photo of biiru_ojisan
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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 quadmad
3.09/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deac83
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mysticmage
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
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 BenHoppy
3.59/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beer-daddy
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BolognaFish
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandoneast
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JDJR
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Briggsy43
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spectre1966
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 gongfu
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AllOfTheCats
3.21/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kurzman
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Naugled
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dsippel
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Olesjm
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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 baklo
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 4,160 ratings