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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:
#563
Reviews:
1,159
Ratings:
4,066
pDev:
11.19%
Bros Score:
4.61
 
 
Wants:
336
Gots:
706
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,066 |  Reviews: 1,159
Photo of zeff80
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark burgundy color with reddish highlights and a small, tan head. It smelled of cherry, apple and raisin. Good black cherry and green apple notes of tartness. Just a touch of sweet.

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Photo of ludachris
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Its crystal clear coppery red body looks gorgeous against the light. Its head is off-white and somewhat fizzy, moving quickly to the sides of the glass.

Tart and snappy. Red grapes, fleshy plum and candied cherries account for its sweet fruity side. Lemon juice, rounded and sweetened vinegar and grape skins impart a lively punch. Toasted bread and caramel linger on the back end. There's a bit of creamy oak that softens its edges. Wonderfully complex.

The cherry character is immediately prominent and fleshed out. It's both tart and pinchy and sweet with a bit of weight. Fleshy red plums plus up the fruit. Green grape skins with a dash of balsamic vinegar and a bit of lemon juice ease into the finish and the sweet cherry note never leaves. Soft, subtle oak acts as a plane to a well textured piece of wood, melding all of the bright, tart, acidic flavors together and giving it incredible balance. Toasty caramel sweetness comes through as it warms.

Its level of balance is exceptional. Tart and sweet are tied together perfectly. Everything is pronounced but nothing has an edge. The oak adds a beautiful layer of complexity and softness. Light-medium body with a clean and dry finish.

Really incredible stuff.

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Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of briandschorr
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is why beer lovers love beer. A grand slam of a beer. Used to serve this to customers at Brewology. First, get a tulip glass. The look is brownish red with a one-finger tan head that dissipates quickly. The nose may put people off but this sour beer has some great Easter eggs to be found therein. The taste was simply sublime. Sip this beer. Sip is slowly. you will notice a complex blend of dark fruit, vinegar, oak, and toast. The sour and sweet combination is pulled off very well. When you take the next sip you will notice additional notes that you missed on the first. Cherry and blackberry come to mind. The mouthfeel is fantastic. This beer stays around like that summer crush you still think about. In a good way. The feel is soft and lingers. Overall this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of OldBrewer
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of worldkrysis
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of faatcase
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

L - red-leaning brown. Almost like a rusty, hazy red wine. Barely any carbonation, and what's there is only visible at the edges. No head.
S & T - sour, but very pleasant. Kinda mild, actually. This isn't like those sours that taste like they're just there to melt off your enamel. More lacto than brett tones, though. No farmhouse qualities, for example, but rather more like sherry vinegar or cider vinegar in that it is sour, sure, but in that tarty fruity kind of way, with a bit of vanilla-esque sweetish woodiness.
F - surprisingly soft. Sticks around on the palate, but not in that sticky goopy kind of way.

O - Very well balanced, very impressive. Well worth a try.

I recommend this one.

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Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beersnake1
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Not much carbonation. Dark mahogany color - beautiful. Smell is sour, funk, cherries, grapes, tart, and maybe a bit of rhubarb. Flavor is an explosion! Nice sour and tart notes. Sweetness comes through on the taste. Really amazing fruit notes. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is great - really coats the mouth and lingers.

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Photo of JeffSK
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oldvines
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BergBeer
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Houborg1
3.38/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Botulizard
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dgarciam
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Premo88
4.76/5  rDev +11%
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 -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
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 -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of RobinLee
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 4,066 ratings
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