Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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95
world-class
4,031 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:
4,031
Reviews:
1,147
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
Wants:
334
Gots:
691
For Trade:
22
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Ratings: 4,031 |  Reviews: 1,147
Photo of GeoffreyM
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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 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 Davit
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 CCutch
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%

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 benloho
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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 zbooks
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 mattycasey
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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 NJB145
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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 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 HopsForBrains
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mcrawford
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown. Smell is cherries and vinegar. The vinegar doesn't really show up on the palate. I get a lot of sour/sweet cherry and white grape that are brought together by the oak. Very easy drinking and a good place to begin in the world of sours. This is a much more complete beer than the classic and I'm happy to see that it's in 11.2oz bottles now.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.26 out of 5 based on 4,031 ratings.
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