Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

BA SCORE
95
world-class
4,032 Ratings
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:
Flanders Red Ale- a blend of 1/3 young beer and 2/3 aged beer matured for 2 years in oak casts.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,032
Reviews:
1,147
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
Wants:
334
Gots:
692
For Trade:
22
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Photo of dgarciam
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Premo88
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(best before 12/9/2017)

L: murky dark brown with red in it, topped by 1/2-inch tall head of beige foam; color is darker than copper with bright red-orange highlights and it appears to be clearing around the edges; head dissipates quickly with no sticking behind, but it keeps a soapy-bubbled collar and much of a skin

S: sweet dark cherries, cranberries, toasted oak, tart vinegar ... mix it together and it's a bit like cherry cheesecake; as it warms it settles into a toasted cranberry aroma with a bit of oak wood

T: cherry cheesecake, slightly tart, not as much vinegar as the nose, much fruitier (cherries, blackberries, cranberries) and sweeter

F: light-midweight with loads of soft carbonation; very full from the carbonation but not overly slick or thick

O: having already fallen in love with this style, Rodenbach's Grand Cru is an instant favorite for me, full of the toasted cranberry flavor I associate with the Flanders red and easy to handle thanks to the deftly handled bottle-conditioning; arguably perfect and and an absolute joy to drink

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Photo of Fenix2009
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Corked 02-16, BB 06-02-2019

Definitely more character than their 5.2% ale. Nice depth of flavour, without being overly tart. Certainly a benchmark, but is it the gold standard?

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Photo of Epiktetos
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Although not my favorite style, this was very drinkable. I haven't been a real fan of sour beers, but I could but this again for a special occasion. This one I aged for over a year, so I'm not sure if the flavor profile changed. Got a lot of rasberry, vanilla, a little orange or grapefruit peel?, a little tart but not biting. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of Ssippisam
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobinLee
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of weareallfalafel
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of eberesford
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow - even too cold on draft at the Beer Markt. Brown rather than red with hints of red under a creamy parchment coloured head. Aroma tangy musty with a sweetness that reminds me of latakia tobaco. Flavour - sour cherries, vinous, with spice on the sour back. Almist like worcesteshite sauce. Full rich mouthfeel.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a tulip glass.

Reddish brown color with a modest head that quickly and completely disappeared. No lacing. It wound up looking like a glass of wine.

I find vinegar as a most off-putting aroma, and this beer is heavy on the vinegar. There's some cherry to save it.

There's much less vinegar in the taste. Sweet and sour cherries are prominent with other dark fruits.

Light carbonation and feel. Tart and sour.

Once past the nose, not bad.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Andy88253
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of chebode2
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Azpittil57
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown with red hues along the sides of the glass. There’s a light one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds leaving some messy lacing sliding into the beer. The smell starts off with some sweet cherries blending into some tart cherries creating a nice sour edge all around. Light sweet vinous qualities round out into a soft woodiness. The taste was moderately sweet with a sticky sourness in it and leading into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the sourness to come across in a fairly sticky sort of way. Overall, I’d say that this was a really nice Flanders Red Ale that I would have again.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found it difficult to locate this one here in Ireland, but glad I finally did.

Appearance is a hazy plum and fig, with a small creamy head. The head is gone in a matter of minutes which is a real shame and does knock it's score a tad.

Smell is great, a combination of light vinegar mixed with tonnes of plum and fig as per appearance.

The taste follows suit, and after the tiny initial hit of tartness, this gets better as you quaff, leaving a sweet aftertaste.

Not sure this will be everyone's cup of tea, as given the sweet notes, it really leans more toward a fruit beer than say a traditional dark Belgian ale.

It could do with a couple more %abv in my opinion, but nevertheless a very solid beer and worthy of it's high scores.

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scott_McCool
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of einman
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Noelito76
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MoohMooh
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown/deep red, actually pretty clear when held up to the light. Tiny head, quickly disappears. No lacing at all.

Vinegar, bread. Honey. Pretty tart. A kind of woody/nutty smell as well. Plum.

Tastes of apples and grapes. Some biscuit, and alcohol in the aftertaste. Tartness is still there, but quickly dissipates and a winey sweetness takes its place. Something like cherries too.

Medium body and pretty lively carbonation.

The smell might be off-putting as tartness is very apparent at first, but everything blends together nicely and makes for a pleasant drink.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.26 out of 5 based on 4,032 ratings.
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