Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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4.26
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Photo of tigg924
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: cloudy, dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: sour dark cherries

Taste: dark cherries, some vinegar, and a touch of oak

Mouthfeel: a sweetish start with a sour ending and a lingering slightly bitter aftertaste, dry, high carbonation

Drinkability: I loved this beer. A nice sour end without being too sour. I love the cherry taste and could have several of this beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ran across this at the store and figured I would give it a try. I have never had a beer of this style so I did not know what I was getting into when I first bought this bottle. Pours out of it's 750mL bottle deep red in appearance with a sharp sour fruity smell, almost vinegar like. The taste sour but surprisingly pleasant. As the bottle warms up a bit, you can pick up some oak in the taste as well. Delicious! This was a pleasant surprise and is easily one of my favorite beers. It is not one that you can drink all night, but it sure is a unique beer that is a nice change in style every once in a while.

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a flute, dark amber bolor, some head, no lacing, beautiful color tho.
smells acidic, vingary.
Tastes of cherries soaked in a reall good balsamic vinegar. tart, acidic, refreshing
thin mouthfeel but it realy works for this beer.
One of the most drinkable beers i have ever had. I love this beer.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a nice looking deep dark red, with a thin not quite white head.
vinous vinegar-y aroma, with some dark, let me see... sort of rotten, mineral filled swamp mud. brings some hideous images to mind i know, but this works out very well somehow. some hay-like horse blanket mixed in with the swampiness too, followed by some plasticy oak.
the taste is fan-freaking-tastic. it's like drinking the most tasty vinegar you can imagine. a mild sweet apple cider vinegar flavor, with a little bit of oak and maybe vanilla here and there. a lot of cherry seems to come out as it warms. absolutely awesome and must be tasted to be believed.
medium body with mild moderate carbonation. mouth puckeringly sour and very drying.
excellent drinkability for something that is such an assault on the senses, but in the grand scheme of things probably only ranks at "good" for drinkability.
i've had this beer a few times now, and it gets better every time. seek this out and alter your definition of beer forever.

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Photo of jmatthew
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark rusty red from the 750ml bottle with a large sticky tan head that subdues to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. The smell alone warns of what lies below; mostly vinegar on the nose (evoking thoughts of ketchup and soy sauce), but with hints of fermented fruit and yeast. Upon tasting, the vinegar aroma reveals itself as an intriguing blend dominated by sour cherries up front and tart green apples with a lemon citrus dryness at the finish, all wrapped up neatly with a bit of oak. Sweetish, very full-flavored and lively, but well balanced as it finishes quite cleanly. Certainly not a taste for everyone, but an outstanding example of the style.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours maroon ruby red with a creamy frothy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like balsamic vinegar, tart funky cherries, oak, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like balsamic vinegar, tart funky cherries, oak, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, thick and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice Flanders red ale.

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Photo of Zeisloft
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring from a big bottle, came out deep deep red. I couldnt wait to get into it. Smell gave many thoughts, superfruity, vinegar, sour. Hit the sourness I was looking for in the taste, and then that sweetness that comes out of no where. I knew what I was getting into and couldnt wait. very smooth and light in the mouth, carbination pushes the beer through. Very Drinkable, but wouldn't be on it an entire night.

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Photo of sommersb
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 06-17-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle
Glassware: Cervoise glass
Purchased: Single from Whole Foods, Nashville

Pours with 4 fingers of a light tan head on a clear, dark red-brown beer with ruby highlights when held to the light. Head retention and lacing are both very good.

Aromas are very sour, with cherry fruit characteristics. Other smells include oak wood and vinegar. Very strong red wine aromas on this one.

Taste is both sour and sweet, featuring a wine-like acidity. The Grand Cru is more puckering and sour than the classic red version. Flavors include tart fruits, with a little citrus, plus wood and tannin notes.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, with medium to high carbonation and a medium body. The finish is mainly sour with a slight sweetness.

Overall, this is a ramped-up version of the Classic Red Rodenbach, showing stronger sour and tart fruitiness. Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky brown with a bubbly head leaving a crown.

Smells fantastic. Sweet grapes, cherries, other fruity esters as well as a sour bite.

Taste is similar to smell with cherries and grapes heading up front. Not incredibly sour like a Cantillion but not sweet like a Lindemans. Somewhere in the balanced and kind of wine like middle and excellent.

Mouth is thin with pretty high carbonation.

Drinkability? I won't have any trouble polishing of this bottle. Price is fantastic. A really great all around sour.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep mahogany with nice ruby highlights when held up to light. Thin bubbly light brwon head slowly fades. Leaves great lacing.

S - Deep aroma of sour grapes and cherries. Smells alot like a good port wine. Faint hint of oak as well.

T - Tart fruitiness with lots of dark fruit flavors coming through. Finishes a little sweet. Very complex flavors but not at all overwhelming.

M/D - Full bodied and excellent feel. Incredibly drinkable. Wow, I was about to give up on the crazy Belgian sours, but this one has me hooked.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open this 750 in celebration of St Pat - In your face Guinness! Beautiful ruby pour with a rich beige head. The expected aromas of port, vinegar, and sweet tarts assail my nose aggressively. You don't have to work to smell this beer - It smells you. Very heady, very nice. Taste is awesome. Very reminescent of The Duchesse, but this is more tart. Balsamic and tart cherries and port. Mouthfeel is not as smooth as the aforementioned lady, but is nice. A bit more highly carbonated.

Drinkability is great. Killed thi in no time and reached for the Duchesse to finish the night off. I think this style could take a bit more alcohol. I'd love to try a 9% version.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown with a dark ruby cast. Above normal head volume, good lacing and retention for the style. Excellent nose of slightly sour tart raspberries (most prevalent) and cherries over a light caramel sweetness with notes of oak. Almost light medium bodied with a nice smooth texture that has bursts of creaminess in the finish. Well carbonated with effervescence from the middle on. The flavor profile is World Class and hits the marks on intensity, complexity and balance. It begins with a slightly sweet burst of raspberry with cherry undertones. These flavors effervesce into a nice tartness in the middle with just a touch of sourness underneath. Coupled with these are notes of oak over a balancing caramel sweetness. As these progress towards the finish, tartness becomes prevalent and a mildly sour puckering effect sets in. The somewhat dry finish is a fade of fruit flavor remnants over a lingering mildly tart sourness.

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Photo of Extol
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark in color, brown with a slight dark purple hue. Smell - smells of cherries for sure, slightly boozy. Taste - tart on the back end. Very well blended, mostly cherry in flavor, borderline Lambic territory. Overall - good beer. Good dinner beer. Just good all around. Mouth feel is a bit flat.

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Photo of jmhart
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served a bottle at Cambrinus Pub in Bruges, and it was so good, I brought a 4 pack home and served it with a pepper encrusted porterhouse steak and asparagus.

A- Pours a thick creamy reddish-brown, forming a heavy off white head that rescinds quickly and leaves an intricate lace all over the beer. The lace eventually disappears.

S- Heavy acetic acid with some tart fruits like plums and dark cherries. Hard to pick out any flavors over the acetic acid.

T- Straight up sweet and sour. Deliciously sour with strong acetic notes, dark cherries, plums, and some really nice oak and bready, like a piece of bread soaked in red wine vinegar and buried in a pot for 3 years.

M- Really wonderful. Chewy and sour, with some nice oils, and impressively moist. Something this sour usually dries you out, but it's really refreshing.

D- Easily one of my favorite beers. So tasty and refreshing. I can't say enough about this beer. I'd never had it before my trip to Europe, and I was so happy to see it in nearly all of the beer stores I frequent back home.

Overall, I love this beer and drink it FREQUENTLY. Great with dinner. A nice steak or delicious pot roast. If it wouldn't be such a waste of good (and expensive) beer, I'd love to cover a good roast in this and slow cook it for 8 or 10 hours...mmm

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Photo of mwcullnane
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ map room with cellartime.

A: Dark red with 3/4 finger head. Good lacing.

S: Not too acetic but still some sour notes.

T: Sour and sweet. Great balance unlike the 2010 la folie we drain poured the night before. I'm pretty sure that balance comes from pasteurization so take it for what it's worth.

M: awesome session beer, medium body, med-high carbonation

O: favorite Flanders red so far

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obviously this beer needs not much of an intro. It is one of the most widely recognized flander red ales around the world.

The nose has hints of mashed cherries and oak. The taste is utterly refreshing. This could be consumed all day long. For days on end.

It has notes of dried cherries, slight vanilla, and a wonderful woody sour taste that just dances across the tongue and begs one to take another sip.

A wonderful mouthfeel from the champagne like bubbles.

Drink it up. What a brew.

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Photo of illpass78
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. on draft at Novare Res in Portland, Maine. Served in an Allagash tulip.

Appearance: Pours a murky ruby brown with a short crown of bubbles.

Aroma: Big bouquet. Wine, cherries, tartness, vinegar, barnyard.

Taste: Follows the nose. Delicious. Wine-like. Cherries and sourness dominate, but there's a mix of inviting flavors.

Mouthfeel: Also wine-like. Way better though (duh).

Overall: Excellent sour beer. Complex, delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

C&C->Duvel Tulip

A ~ Pours a rich dark red/mahogany with a nice head.

S ~ Red Wine grapes & Vinegar Barrel with some dried cherry & lemon rind.
Great complexity here. Twinge of clean metal & cellar. Plums as well.

T ~ Dried cherry & grapes follow through in full effect with hints
of homemade caramel/spun sugar with Bragg's apple cider vinegar & finishing
with crisp granny smiths & cranberry. Wow. There's just deep pockets of flavor that I simply cannot describe.

M ~ Top notch feel with the smoothest carb & cleanest tart bite that excites yer palette I have ever experienced in a red.

O ~ Incredible. This was a birthday present & I was not disappointed. Seek this out.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown. Smell is cherries and vinegar. The vinegar doesn't really show up on the palate. I get a lot of sour/sweet cherry and white grape that are brought together by the oak. Very easy drinking and a good place to begin in the world of sours. This is a much more complete beer than the classic and I'm happy to see that it's in 11.2oz bottles now.

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Photo of FLima
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark ruby color. Poured 2 fingers of consistent beige head with a medium retention.
Nice aroma of sweet malt with red or black fruits, mostly grapes, and a clear noticeable hint of Port Wine or Jerez, result from aging it for 2 years in oak barrels.
Similarly, very complex taste, sweet cherries, currants, citric, grapes, wood and touches of plum with peel on a malty base. All in a perfect balance, mildly acid, and sweet and sour. Aftertaste is a bit astringent.
Medium body with a good carbonation with small bubbles. Alcohol is well hidden, almost like drinking a carbonated grape juice.
In my opinion it tastes better than any good champagne. Close to perfection, awesome beer.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a lovely reddish/brown pour with a lively, off-white head.

Smell: tart cherries and a musty woodiness.

Taste: tart of the top. cherry fruitiness creeps through instantly. some of the sweetness peeks out for a moment but the tart ale moves towards the back of the mouth and makes its presence on the back of the tongue. A perfect blend of sweet n sour.

Mouthfeel: lively and crisp. ends off semi-dry. very lively and active. some creaminess mid sip.

Drinkability: hey, it doesn't get much better than this. have it as an apertif, have it as a night cap. great range. great complexity. World Class!

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Photo of Dusty278
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice head, healthy lace, deep red/brown

Smell: Sour fruit, I can't pick out which. Hints of malt.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Tart, fruity (cherry, plum, grapes?), sharp sourness, extremely complex. I won't for a minute oretend to be able to pick out everything. My palate will need a bit more time, time I'm willing to take.

Drinkablity: Wonderful, absulutely wonderful. I've never had anything like it.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An orange/red colored body that is lightest and more orange at the edges and becomes darkner with developing red hues closer to the center. About two fingers of tan head spring up and have some solid retention, but only very spotty lacing.

This aroma is bursting with all kinds of layers, and is rather strong in a pleasant way. Fruitiness and tartness come together with sour cherries and maybe a bit of plum. A good dose of oak is in there too. Vinegar comes through pretty powerfully too. Rodenbach Grand Cry has A well-crafted nose that is sure to impress.

A tartness is noticeable up front and is fairly strong, but overall this one has a great balance that includes sweet, sour, and oak flavors. To start, the sourness teams with cherry-like fruit sweetness. The sweetness from the fruit then becomes a bit darker, and the plums I thought I noticed in the aroma are definitely noticeable in the taste. In addition to fruit-like tartness there is also a good dose of vinegar here; good red wine vinegar, the expsive type that you might even consider drinking small quantities of. Underlying this sweet and sour concoction is a big, balancing oak flavor that seems to insure that nothing becomes too sour or too sweet. Woody, and only very slightly spicy. Tasty beer overall.

No surprise that the mouthfeel here is pretty well done.

Rodenbach Grand Cru has a ton of flavor but manages to remain balanced at the same time. This is one of the best Flanders I have had, and is certainly the best that is readily available and reasonably priced.

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Photo of Xibion
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am new to the sour beers but I am very impressed by this one. This is what I would use to introduce people to sour beers. The hue of the beer is a pleasant amber with a tinge of red in it. Smell is a sweet scent accompanied by tartiness. It goes down very smooth and sits lite in the stomach which is impressive for the ABV. The taste is a great balance of sweet fruitiness, with a sour bite and still maintaining the beer body. This one has easily escalated to one of my go-to beers when available.

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Photo of bump8628
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany which turns crimson when the light strikes it, tight and creamy ecru foam. Dark fruits drive the beer - sour cherry, plum, and cranberry. Sour and funky, of course. The acidity further accentuates the fruity aspects. The funkiness is reminiscent of an old, moist basement. Musty oak, almost mossy. The oakiness lingers into the finish - certainly the most vinous of beer styles. Mild sweetness balances and contrasts the sourness.

World class and the benchmark for the style. Not much more to say, except that I'm so thankful this beer is available to me year-around. Why are some regularly spending $30/bottle on hard-to-find mediocre American sours when this stuff is sitting around for 1/3 of the cost all over the US?

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,973 ratings.
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