Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

4,002 Ratings
Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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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Ratings: 4,002 |  Reviews: 1,135
Photo of edthehead
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CoolEthan
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of drtth
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date 28 Jan. 2017

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear but dark cherry wood color with a 1/2" light tan head that soon recedes to a thin layer of bubbles over the nucleation point and a small ring around the interior of the glass and leaving no lacing on the sides. Sipping creates a couple of arches of lacing with lots of scattered small patches that mostly slide gradually back down to the liquid.

The aromas include some dark tart cherries, some other dark fruit against a light gentle background of red wine vinegar and woodiness.

The flavors include both some sweetness and tartness at the same time. The dark cherry tartness also includes a bit of tannin from the oak as well as some light vanilla character. The fruit flavors include those tart dark cherries and something that seems a lot like tart green apple.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with just a hint of fizzy creaminess from the light but persistent carbonation. The finish is fairly long and has most of flavors around until the dry finish. First the tartness, the wine vinegar and sweetness recede into the back of the palate letting the vanilla move forward and then to the back of the palate. Eventually all flavors fade a way leaving a long dry ending in which the vanilla and oak show up briefly before also disappearing.

Overall I'd say this is a very well made beer and I'll be looking forward to having another. That said, it is also definitely a sipping beer and a single 330 ml bottle is more than enough for one evening. If I had to use a single word for this beer, it would be complex. There is a dynamic interplay of flavors that come and go on centerstage with the others still playing a supporting role so that none of them steal the show.

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Photo of JoelClark
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of grittybrews
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of brewcrew76
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Muddy brown with a thin tan head that fades immediately.

S - Vinegar, acetic acid, tart fruits, plums, dark sour cherries. Complex but fairly simple at the same time.

T - Sour with sharp acetic notes, dark sour cherries followed by light sweet malt, red wine oaky tannins and more sour fruit.

M - Light side of medium mouthfeel with average carbonation and a lingering tartness.

D - Wonderfully complex and simple at the same time. Very easy to drink for a sour.

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

Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, darker copper with a rocky off-white head. Oak, cherries, sour yeast, an ethyl. All the Flemish sour tastes are there: cherries, funky yeast, oak. Nice blend with a sweeter malt which gives off a bit of a graham-cracker taste. Kind of like a very, very tart cherry pie with some funk. Thought this was better than their classic.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy Dark brownish reddish color with a good slightly off color white. Smells like vinegar mixed with some sweet cherries. Tart sweet cherries with medium lite body and medium lite carbonation. The taste buds really go crazy. Different interesting beer.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my White Birch flute/tulip.

A resounding sonorous pop greets me as I ease the cork out. Aromas surge forth before I can even pour any liquid.

Dark auburn-tinged burgundy liquid with crimson/cerise highlights and an active light tan head that recedes to a thin layer of cream. Thick even sandy lacing coats the sides. Very thin oily legs.

Dark cherries, lemon and strawberries from afar - when you bring the liquid closer to your nose, the acidity picks up considerably. Tangy red-wine vinegar, light oaky wood notes, and a mild intermingling of young port with toasted malt round out the boquet.

Complex flavors - a wide range of acidity suggesting a variety of light vinegars (champagne, aged balsamic, rice wine), plum wine, and citrus and a bit of pit fruit. Brown sugar, malt syrup, and cola notes add sweetness, while the finish adds in bitterness and a wave of tannins. Perfectly blended.

Well carbonated, nearly medium-bodied, and moderately astringent.

Perfect with food, really nice on its own - similarly enjoyable to a good (if not a great) wine, but with much less alcohol.

While it's been a while since I've tried the original, I believe this is sweeter and more nuanced than the standard Rodenbach. Well worth seeking out if you enjoy the style as this is among the very best I've tried.

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Photo of nh2032
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of hopkrid
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an intriguing and mysterious mahogany with cherry glints which get bolder the more you look at the glass. The head is a pinkish cap the leaves a great network of lace. The aroma is of lemon rinds, grapefruit, red berries and sweet malts. These flavors are so rich and I know I havent done the aroma justice.

The taste is absolutely astounding. An initial pronounced tartness quickly shows its complexity. Theres sour cherry, and citrus notes. Theres a yoghurt like lactic tartness as well as slight vinegar notes. In the middle, a balancing maltiness makes itself present. Plums and green apple skins appear. Theres no alcohol or hop flavor perceptible. The finish is dry with a white wine acidity. An oaky character is also apparent. The mouthfeel is prickly from frenetic carbonation and wine like.

Now this is a cool beer. It has a very unique taste that is much like wine. One interesting thing is that corn is listed on the label as an ingredient. Viva adjuncts!!

I wish there were more commercial examples of this style available (in Canada). Its really incredibly.

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Photo of Giggy
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a beautiful beer and am glad I tried it even though I don't think I would buy it again.

A: Redish brown hue with a tan head. Great head retention.

S: Cherries, balsamic vinegar, fresh cut wood, red wine, and green apples.

T: Was so glad the bartender told me that it was sour so I knew what I was getting into. Found it to be very sour with aspects of grapes, tart fruits, and wine.

M: Creamy, medium bodied.

O: Not a fan of anything sour but glad I tried it.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of draheim
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL (2011) into a tulip. Pours a clear mahogany brown w/ a 2-finger khaki head that hangs around, sustained by lively carb.

Aroma is bright and tart, vinous with plenty of oak.

Taste closely follows nose. Tart, bright, crisp, slightly vinous w/ dry oak and a lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, clean, dry. Carbonation is just right.

Overall this beer defines the style. Expertly crafted, exactly what it should be.

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Photo of mick303
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a semi-opaque dark red with a creamy tan head.

S- Very fruity, lots of lemony citrus along with some cherry. Has an acidic, sour smell along with some yeast.

T- Great sour flavors, cherries, wine, citrus, and yeast. Light caramel malt is detectable in the background. A bit of an oaky, vanilla flavour as well.

M- Medium to full bodied, well-carbonated, has a crisp, smooth feel with a dry finish.

O- This basically epitomizes the Flanders Red style and is a great intro to sour beers. A must-try.

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Photo of BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of GeoffreyM
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.26 out of 5 based on 4,002 ratings.
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