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

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Reviews:
1,177
Ratings:
4,138
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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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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Photo of bird_soul
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jrosso
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Andarel
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Snowcrash000
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brownish, deep, dark amber coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of tart black cherries, with a hint of caramel malt, balsamico vinegar and oak. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by tart black cherries and lighter notes of caramel malt, balsamico vinegar and oak, with just a hint of vanilla. There's some very light funk and a certain musty/earthy note to this as well. Finishes semi-dry, with a light sourness and some tart black cherry lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and medium/lively carbonation. This is not that complex, but very well balanced, with a strong, but not too sweet, fruitiness, light sourness and even lighter funk. A refreshing summer sipper for sure, and a good introduction to sour beers.

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Photo of Daveshek28
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of WunderLlama
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a teku glass

Dark brown liquid with carbonation, one finger taupe foam cap, quickly settles to a ring of foam

Aroma of dark fruit, figs, tartness, wood

Sharp tart fruit, sour cherries

Fizzy carbonation , thirst quenching

Good beer

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Photo of kier
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robotic_being
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of garymuchow
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When poured this is more brown than red. In the light the red glowingly appears. Rather cloudy for style. Nice tan head that settles out in time. Aroma is mix of wood, earth and fruit. The former two stronger than the later.
Taste is the opposite. The fruit shines here. Nice berry/cherry taste with a sweet/tart/semi-dry finish that is pleasant as hell. The carbonation provides a light effervescence that that lightens a moderately light body and bubbles up the flavors quite nicely. As warms the earthy wood flavors are stronger than the fruit dominant taste of the colder version.
Really nice and really enjoyable anytime beer, realy.

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Photo of lastconfederate2
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, tart but not too tart. A slight flavor of malt vinegar and laftic acidity. Not an everyday beer, but great for sipping over an evening

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.44/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Deep copper with amber highlights when held up to the light. Thick, foamy white head with average retention.

Smell: Malty sourness, yeasty, vinegar.

Taste: Surprisingly mild for the smell. Predominately malt with a sour undertone, lacking the sharp vinegar of the nose.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, high carbonation.

Overall: An interesting experiment, one that really appeals to a particular taste for historical styles.

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Photo of 4ster
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Beautiful beer! Poured from 750-ml bottle into a champagne flute. Stunning dark copper color with ruby highlights and a spongy eggshell-white head that settled without a trace. The aromas and flavors of this remained consistent throughout a full range of temperatures, from fridge temp to room temp. Very complex, with notes of caramel, vanilla, tart black cherry, and sour apple. There is a hint of yeast as well. This seemed to hit its sweet spot at around cellar temp (~ 55 degrees F). Well balanced, medium bodied, slightly dry and oaky finish. I could imagine this as an excellent table beer, with a hunk of cheese and some fresh-baked baguette bread. That said, it's a fine sipper on its own.

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Photo of elamb106
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knickfan3
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nullbort
3.59/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jason_nwx
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of AuntBea
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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