Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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95
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4,007 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,007
Reviews:
1,137
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
Wants:
331
Gots:
681
For Trade:
22
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Photo of GeoffreyM
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of granger10
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was afraid hype would get the better of this beer as I have heard much high praise. Fortunately, this beer lived up to its hype.

Deep brown cherry colored with a tall fizzy brilliant white head. Head reduces, lacing moderate, good signs of carbonation. Smell is strong on oak and sour cherries. In fact that was it for awhile but then some yeasty raw flavors came out and were really unique with their wildness yet restraint. Taste begins sweeter than I thought. Braeburn apples dipped in caramel. Sourness ensues. Sweeter woody flavors under but don't come completely through. Yeast funk rises instead. Sourness stays. Tart fresh picked unwashed cherries. Apple cider vinegar. Purely acidic finish. Wait, a touch of earth too. Mouthfeel is prickly from the carbonation and that's how it should be. Man this is enjoyable. Complex, easy to drink, flavorful, balanced enough. Me likey!

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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of albern
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The style is my favorite, but I prefer the Rodenbach Alexander which blends both the 18 month and the 6 month ales. The Grand Cru is for purists and only has 18 month aged ales. The result is that it is a bit more puckerish, a bit more vinegary, a bit more acidic, less pleasantly sweet and vinous, a bit more oaky, and a lot less cherryish than its better counterpart. The beer pours a slighly hazy ruby brown, with some head. The smell is a delight in that you get the nice oaky, cherry, fruity, musty, and slightly vinegary aroma characteristic of the style. The mouthfeel is very good as well, and you feel as though you are having a nice aperitif, port, or other vinous after dinner drink. The style is eminently unique, unlike almost every other style of ale made, so in that sense it is a must try. Within the style, I prefer the Rodenbach Alexander and the Duchesse de Bourgogne. L'Chaim.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep mahogany with nice ruby highlights when held up to light. Thin bubbly light brwon head slowly fades. Leaves great lacing.

S - Deep aroma of sour grapes and cherries. Smells alot like a good port wine. Faint hint of oak as well.

T - Tart fruitiness with lots of dark fruit flavors coming through. Finishes a little sweet. Very complex flavors but not at all overwhelming.

M/D - Full bodied and excellent feel. Incredibly drinkable. Wow, I was about to give up on the crazy Belgian sours, but this one has me hooked.

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Photo of cgrunin
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of csfcmitchell
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of rajendra82
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This green bomber was adorned with a silk-screened label, dull gold neck foil, wire cage, and cork, all combining to give the appearance of a package meant for a special occasion. The beer came out deep amber red in color, and had a slightly hazy appearance. The persistent head was one finger thick and the carbonation was light. The aroma of sour cherries and oak combined to form a wood glue like smell, which was quite mouthwatering (and no I don’t usually sniff glue). The taste was balsamic vinegar sour and somewhat spicy as well. Both of these tastes made for a very dry beer that demanded to be gently sipped and be paired with some food, so I pulled out some Irish cheddar cheese from the refrigerator to accompany it. The earthy sharp cheese cut out the peppery spiciness, but the sour flavor became even more accentuated. The oak aged notes were never quite detectable under the evident acidity. I found this to be quite drinkable, despite being very different than the hop bombs I always seem gravitate towards. The mouthfeel was naturally dry and the body was on the thin side due to a near absence of residual sugar. Not one I would order very often, although that being a deficiency in my character rather than that of this beer.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In the minority here but I just was a little underwhelmed with this beer. Still a pretty good flanders red though. Aromas are standard for a world class sour but I personally am a little put off by the slight rum noses and flavors as well.

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Photo of Gww1864
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Cresant
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this brown 750 mL bottle into a Lindemans flute. No date. The body was clear and burnished brown/red in color. The mild head retreated to a tiny collar. The off white head was effervescent and quickly faded leaving no lacing.

Smell was bold. Sour and vinegary. War-head candies come to mind. Vinous.

Taste was sweet and tart. Salty. Sour cherries. Crisp and drying. Unmistakable woodiness. Complex and unfolding throughout the drink.

Mouthfeel was spritzy and medium in body.

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Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of SLeffler27
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, red mahogany with a thin head and light lace in a Rodenbach snifter.

The aroma draws one in from several yards away. The strong sour undertones of cherry are followed by very sweet floral, lime and peat.

A highly acidic vinegar and long sour fruity finish warms exquisitely.

Grand Cru is highly carbonated and medium bodied with some alcohol and loads of pucker.

This is a very complex beer, perfect for contemplation or meaningful conversation.

Date consumed: 27 July 2008

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NJB145
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sneaks2210
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StaveHooks
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 split between 2 people. Served in an Orval chalice

A - Russet brown, with a creamy light brown cap.

S - Sharp oak wood, very fruity, apples, pears, dates, raspberries, plums, apple cider vinegar,

T - Soured fruit, candied apples, pears, tart cherries, wet oak wood runs deep throughout the drink, trappist yeast, bananas, great malty background that creates a sweet backdrop against the sourness.

M - Medium body, syrupy feel, low carbonation, soft and acetic at first but quickly turns sharper and sour.

Very complex intermingling fruit and malts, sour but not puckering. It's sweeter than the Classic red but is more tart. One of my favorite Flanders.

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Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jpd026
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.26 out of 5 based on 4,007 ratings.
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