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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 | website

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

BEER STATS
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1,114
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Avg:
4.25
pDev:
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Photo of gdfan47
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- comes out a nice darkish red with very little head
S- Vinegar, cherries, sugar, cranberries, not overly sweet
T- very tart, slightly like cranberry juice but more refined and interesting, alot going on, tart but not like brett tart
M- almost flat but still refreshing, slightly less abrasive than the smell
D- a very good beer, a very expsensive beer.... just a little too sweet to drink more than 3 or so..

blurring the lines of aa lambic ,fantastic and worth checking out for sure

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Photo of Viaduck
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells like wine, tastes like wine. This was my first sour beer, so id isn't know what to expect. The cork popped open with a moderate pop. It's a pretty red/orange color & a small, short lived head. Grapes, I smell grapes. It tastes like a sparkling wine, slighty tart & very delicious. There is a hint of grain but overall it tastes more like wine than beer. I thoroughly enjoyed this & will have to explore more sour beers. Grand Cru is truly the the Champagne of beers. Excellent!

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Photo of tatterdash
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red, effervescent, with a bubbly pinkish-white head, my friend commented that it looked really good (she like red things). Aroma of wild yeasts, winey, very good. Taste was tart, with a cherry/cranberry flavour right off, with some malts creeping in at the finish. The ingredients list corn, but I (thankfully) didn't taste any. This has a light bubbly mouthfeel, akin to wine. This was tart if not downright sour, but if you like sour (which I do) 'tis a grand Grand Cru.

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Photo of itsscience
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a finger of tight white bubbles on top and impressive lacing. I get young grapes straight away on the nose, followed by apple pulp, a bready character, and a bit of oak from the barrels. This one starts out really sour with a lemon taste, but soon becomes much sweeter with a big red grape presence. There are slight notes of bread and vanilla, but the grape taste dominates. It gets a more puckering again on the finish with a green apple skin tanginess. The whole thing is pretty well carbonated and it's as light, dry, and easy-drinking as champagne.

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Photo of grynder33
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bjohnson for this bottle. For whatever reason,someone has deemed it necessary that this brew cannot be stocked in the Midwest. Well of course this is all about the sourness aroma was sour cherry, sour plum sour raisin,sour grape at times almost vinegary, amber brown color, the taste, jeez, pure sour and acidic fruit, definite taste of having sat in a barrel, the burps are burning my nose, but its wonderful. Becomes almost to astringent as it warms,but taken in small amounts while its cold, a fantastic late afternoon summer sipper

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took this from previous notes. I just found them. Poured on draft at Brick Store into a Rodenbach glass.

A--Poured an amber color with a brown tint to it. When held in the light there is quite a lot of glimmering. Had a off-white head that was very foamy. It lasted throughout the beer. There was good retention on the glass.

S--Vinegar is the first smell as it wafts up into the nose. This is followed by a sweet smelling yeast finish. I also pick up some fruit notes (very sour citrus) that featured tart cherries.

T--Lip-puckering sour! I taste the vinegar first, then the sweetness of candy apples, lemons, cherries, and grapefruit comes through. This is a very pleasant beer.

M--The sourness makes the mouthfeel great in this beer. It is what I was hoping for from a sour.

O--This is a great beer. It was my first sour and I'm pretty sure I started with a great one.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really dig this beer. I mean DIG, its just loads of fun to pop one of these and smell it right away straight from the bottle and savor whats to come.

Pours a dark red with minimal head but retains decent lacing.

Smell is gorgeous under-ripe fruit, vinegar, tartness, nose searing sour smells, with dark fruits, and oak.

Taste is like the smell with a big sour punch, not as much as some stronger examples, but damn near perfect. Oak, cherries, nectarine, slight vinegar, and sour apple.

Feel is fantastic. Light but present malt character, and mild carbonation.

Great beer, Great brewery

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Photo of DevWand
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...

Just getting into the whole sour beer style and I have to admit, that the few I've had so far have not impressed me much. Thanks to this beer I'll continue drinking the style. The cherry tartness from the beer blends perfectly with the oak aging. Mouthfeel finds the best balance; not too light and bubbly, not too thick and heavy.

Completely blown away! Definitely a must try.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle best by date 05/04/14 printed on label, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/30/11.

A: Pours dark red brown with with light reddish hues and a fluffy tan head that leave some light lacing around glass.

S: Tart cherries with dark fruit, sweet malt, caramel and some mild vinegar notes.

T: Starts out tart with cherries, other fruit notes and some sweet malts. The tartness fades to reveal smooth and mellow cherry and caramel followed by a wave of mild tartness. Leaves a lingering taste of cherries and other fruit.

M: Really smooth light-medium body with moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

O: Awesome Flanders Red, one of my favorites yet. Really drinkable and delicious with great fruit notes and tartness.

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Photo of arkanu
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a reddish brown with almost no head at all. Little amount of bubbles go away soon. Maybe it was a tad too cold when poured into the glass. Not impressed.

S - Sweet and sour fruits with a lot of cherries. Very refreshing, some vinegar and fermented wine notes. Really interesting.

T - Very crisp, with strong sweet and sour cheery notes. Aftertaste is sour and leaves hints of oak and

M - Lots of burn from the bubbles, medium body. Fabulously refreshing, you can almost imagine a late summer fading into the sunset.

O - Remarkable beer overall - it's an outstanding performance to have such clear cherry notes without even one drop of cherry juice in it. Alcohol is also properly masked, even though the oak notes and the wine like body make sure they don't transform this beer into a juice.

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Photo of beertooth
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle today.

Poured into a Bell's tulip glass.

Dark, deep ruby red with a finger of somewhat fluffy head

Smell is dusty oak, cherries, dirty fruit, apple and white grapes.

Taste is tart apple and cherries, musty oak, earth, balsamic vinegar. There's a sweet and sour mix in the middle that's quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is prickly and medium bodied.

An extremely tasty beer. I've never had this before, somehow and I could easily finish this bottle by myself even if it's not as sour as I thought it would be.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

750 ml bottle in tulip glass (duvel glass)

I've been wanting to try this beer ever since I heard michael jackson talk about it in one of the beer hunter episodes and and additional interview, it does not disappoint, to me, this is beers answer to wine, it's very vinous and tart, tastes of dark fruits and cherry (only a bit) it is delicious and it is definitely worth your time, hint (as with most beer, have it colder rather than warmer)

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Photo of Filosoof
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From some beers you will never forget where and when you drank your first. Rodenbach is such beer.

My first impression was (like the colour): Ice-tea-beer. My second impression was Ice-tea-beer (because of the sourness). My third impression is: there's nothing like Rodenbach.

L: the foam won't win be world champion;
S: not too powerful, but elegant, nuts, vanilla, milky sours;
T & M: absolutely great; starting round and fresh, with a nice sour finish, a very tine tartness.
O: classic!

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rodenbach Grand Cru 750mL into 11oz wine glass

Deep clear blood red with golden highlights around the edges. A one and a half finger tan colored head which leaves some light lacing and dissipates relatively quickly, leaving a thin layer that is fed by a steady and champagne-like carbonation.

Sour cherry candies on the nose. Apple cider vinegar, old oak, a bit of funk, tangy white wine, and a soft underlying sweetness.

I remember this being more abundantly sour the last time I had it. The flavors are still there, but it seems a bit muted, dumbed down a bit for a wider consumer base. The original formula was all 'old' ale, now it's a blend of 1/3 'new' and 2/3 'old' ales. There is the cider vinegar, sweet and under ripe tart cherries, There is a nice acidity that sits at the back of the tongue and spikes the saliva glands. There is a nice sweet/sour balance though, it's just toned down a bit from the last time I sampled. The oak creates a nice dryness on the finish, which seems to battle with the acidity in a dry/drool bout. There is just a wee-bit of funkyness in there, but not super present as it is in other Brett-powered brews.

Mouthfeel is soft and plush, with a surprisingly low carbonation level given the activity from the glass. A bit heavy, but not too hefty, just a solid and luxurious liquid.

This is easy to drink, as it is quite refreshing and well balanced between sweet and sour.

A- (A for the original formula)

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Photo of bskrtz
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle, poured cold into tullip shaped glass beer snifter at Revolution Brewery (Chicago)

A) Dr. Pepper comes to mind -- brownish rusty red cola with frothy brown head that dissipates quickly

S) Sour dough bread, sweet cherries, musty with mild pepper spice

T) Classic version of the Flanders Red Ale. Sweet and Sour, an acquired taste. Dark fruits, pastry, tart apples

M) Sticky but smooth with ample carbonation. Alcohol is mild, the tart/sour is dominant

O) An excellent example of this category

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Photo of walshclimb
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy and reddish brown with 1/4 inch bubbly head and active carbonation. Smells sour with wet cardboard and green apple. The initial flavor is sweet and salty that transitions quickly into a sour aftertaste that picks up the green apples noted in the aroma. That apple flavor is relatively long lived, especially on the tip of the toungue. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a lightly oily texture and fizzy carbonation. This beer is interesting and complex but definitely not something I would drink very often.

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Photo of Lukie
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out a deep red brown with a thick fluffy foam head which cascaded down into nothing. Slight lacing on the side as the glass is tilted. Hints of orange when held up to the light. The colour is bizarre, but fantastic.

Really strong sour cherry, acidic, sour blackberry and raspberry. Almost like a strong liquer or port.

Tart! Tart cherry, raspberry, berry fruits. Fantastic flavours which quench a thirst. I find this better then a lambic. Just the fruity flavours and the sour and tart are just amazing.

Unlike a lambic, I could drink this all day. It is so refreshingly amazing. The acidity is not over powering, while the tartness is great. The mouthfeel is sparkling and keeps the mouth sour puckered, hehehe.

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Photo of JimmyTango
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Rusty brown with a very rosy hue. Crystal clear with a creamy head that starts big and falls to a thin layer that just won't dissipate. The reddish color is so pretty when held up to light...

S: My favorite part of this beer is the smell. Sour, wet, pungent and TASTY. I smell dried cranberries, a touch of dew sweetness, and some bread dough. It hits in the back of the throat when you sniff it too hard. As it warms I'm getting some wood and balsamic.

T: Juicy and puckering with some bitterness thrown in with the sour. Almost a hint of fruity pears, like in a BPA but they are quickly wiped away by the sourness and a hint of cranberry juice. As it warms I'm noticing much more bittering hops than when I started the bottle, and I'm not stoked. It may be a reaction to the cheese I'm eating with it, but I think I could do without.

M: Light and viscous like apple juice with fine carbonation. Finishes dry as a bone.

O: Was on its way to a rave review until the bittering hops started to bug me. Excellent in every way otherwise though, and like I said it may have been a food thing and not really the beer's problem at all.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

See My prior review below review below. I was new to this style, and since then have realized this beer is fantastic. A perfect balance of sourness and malt. It truly grows on you. I now agree with many others who state this is a world class beer.

Purchased a bottle in QUebec. I was very excited to try this after the reviews on this site.

Smell - Yikes. Is this beer gone bad? Balsamic vinegar. Thats all i can smell. I'm not getting the same odor as many others describe.

Taste - Sour, very sour...Again, vinegar and funky. Some sweet red wine a tiny hint of malt. With each sip, i get used to the tartness, but its overpowering for sure. Interesting nonetheless.

Overall - I'm not as impressed as most are, perhaps i'm too new to the style.

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Photo of mudbug
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine snifter produces a small foamy reddish head, the body has the appearance of cola, if you wait there is a slight amount of clearing on the bottom with continuos small bubbles, no lacing at all.
The smell is sharp vinegar with ripe cherries, not overwhelming, got to get right down there for the aroma.
Taste is the winner, sourness up front with a mouthwatering sour cherry then quickly fading into a sweetness that flows along with the incredible creaminess, just stupendous!
You can take large quaffs of this one, unlike other sours it's easier to drink fast.
The price was more than reasonable considering it's near Consecration in taste and quality, but costs half as much.

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Photo of barknee
2.67/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

RGC pours a deep red-cognac color with generous carbonation and a settling tan head. Quickly dispersing industrial vinegar nose, leading to repressed malty-apple cider vinegar nose. Taste of moderate tart laden cherries and an inhaled fresh black pepper attack upon the tonsil area of the throat. Medium bodied and strangely refreshing, there is some desensitizing to the overly assertive acids that are omnipresent within. I tried this version after it was recommended to me that the Grand Cru was "much better" than the standard version. This version of the style is commercial, squeaky clean and aromatically void of any discernable bret or wild yeast elements available to the taster.
I still continue to find it impossible to grasp what it is that turns beer enthusiasts on when consuming the Rodenbach line, as there is nothing hedonistic about it. Lacking true Flanders red authenticity; and as much as I try to convince myself that this is an enjoyable product; ingestion is a definite struggle.

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Photo of berpwillie
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

almost opaque ruby brown color with spare off white head, spare lacing, and average carbonation. strong balsamic vinegar like smell that followed through in the taste but wasn't nearly as potent. very sweet sour and tart with some fruity like hints. the blend of the sweet and sour was almost perfect. light body and a thin slick texture. long flavor duration with a very tart finish. very different and unusual flavors that were very pleasing. definitely worth a try.

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Photo of shambeano
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip.

A- Pours a very dark brown, bordering on cola. with about an inch of slightly off-white head that slowly subsides, some lacing. looks pretty good to me.

S- Straight up theres some fruity flavours, plum is predominant, as well as some dark dried fruit. Following that there is a vinagery sourness that finishes everything off. smells really good.

T- straight up there is a heap of fruity flavour, i get the plum that was on the nose, but theres a lot more, sour fruit comes through, cherry, slightly underripe grape, some acidity as well. the sourness finishes, but its vinigary sourness, not over the top, but really damn nice. super flavourful. amazing.

M- on the lighter side, yet still mouth filling. the tartness really gets the saliva flowing. really good length of flavour as well.

O- wow, this beer is really tasty, so much flavour. really, really like it.

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
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 0110x011
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml corked, caged, & foiled bottle. Pretty. Pours a clear, deep, coppery red into a tulip glass. Bubbly two-finger off-white head subsides quickly, with little lacing to speak of. Nose is sweet fruits, caramel, some oaky woodiness, & sour cherries. The sourness hits the tongue with a bang, but eventually gives way to sweet fruits, caramel, oak, and quite a few other flavors I can't quite put my finger on. Champagne-like effervescence makes for a dry, crisp finish.

The complexity of the Grand Cru definately makes it superior to the more one-dimentional Rodenbach. A thoroughly enjoyable brew.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.
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