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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

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Avg:
4.26
pDev:
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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Flute

Pours a deep brown/red, very rich coming from the bottle. Nice whimsical head comes to rest on the top, effervescent in character that leaves a nice film. Lacing is spotty at best, following the beer on its downward journey.

Almost immediately following the pour, a tartness enters the air, though not crushing, it entices you forward for more. Cherries being the predominant smell to present itself, as you delve deeper you find the oak, providing a nice backbone on which the cherries seem to rest. Tartness is well balanced.

For a Flemish Red Sour, this is quite approachable. Tartness is almost a treat, as the cherries and oak notes play off each other coming together to form a very refreshing, mellowed, and cultured sour. Very enjoyable. Cherry is more dominant cool, but as it warms, the oak starts to join in.

Crisp mouth feel, leaving your mouth in wanting. Definitely an experience best enjoyed slowly to bring out all the flavors. At 6%, the ABV does not come into play in a heavy sense, meaning you can enjoy this one solo or with a close group of friends.

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Photo of MagicJeff
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had an RR Supplication, in a sour mood.

Poured from a big bottle into my Russian River tulip glass.

Appearance: Brown but when held to the light deep amber and dark ruby. Nice off-white head. This one looks pretty.

Smell: Vinegar and lemon. Acidic plum and pear? I'm afraid based off the smell...

Taste: Tart lemon and cherry. This one is a lot more subtle than other sours I've had which is a good thing IMO. Tart apple finish. As it warms the lemon and vinegar become prevalent. Even some slight sweet caramel on the back end. Somehow, it's sweet and sour in different ways. Taste is way harsher than the smell, somehow.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Carbonation is more moderate than other sours I've had.

Overall: This one is awesome, along with being a great value. Smell threw me off but the taste made up for it. Highly recommend to any sour enthusiast. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rodenbach Gran Cru, what an exceptional beer. Obviously a sour ale, which doesn't appeal to most, but shows me that the Belgian's know there shit when it comes to beer. Pardon my language. You can taste notes of wood, maybe oak, Tart cherries, and vinegar, all giving this beer a sour taste. While not too sweet, this beer is very drinkable, but not yet drinkable by some. This beer is very good, and is a famous addition to any ones beer collection.

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Photo of joezak5
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip; hazy brownish red with and almost glittery sparkling three finger head; good spotty retention and amazing glistening lace.

Smell: Unreal vinegary acidic, sour and tart cherry, so pungent it just burrows to the back of your nasal cavity. Very nice oaky and earthy background. It's hard to believe this is all natural.

Mouthfeel: Puckeringly tart and sweet, with muted carbonation; I expected a cherry soda kinda bubble blast but this was smooth and creamy.

Taste: Puckeringly sweet cherries on the start with the sourness builing up to a crisp sour and warming finish. The oak swirls througout and is very welcome.

Drinkability: I want this on a hot sticky day; refreshing beyond belief. I'm glad this is a 750ml bottle. It's welcoming and just a complete surprise. This is something to introduce a non-beer drinker to.

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: pours dark brownish-red, slightly murky, with a 2-finger off-white hear. Some lacing from the head.

S: Immediate aroma is sour mixed with candy sweetness, some cherry. Sourness is lemony and almost vinegar-like.

T: Starts with a sour cherry, lemon, slightly vinegar flavor, moves into sweetness like rock candy, a bit of woody dryness. Acidic in the finish.

M: light, medium carbonation, smooth, not viscous.

D: A very enjoyable beer; the sourness is quite intense but somewhat refreshing. Needs to be served at 45-50 degrees; colder seems to accentuate the acidity of the sourness a little too much. At the right temperature it is unbelievably smooth.

This beer was consumed as a tribute to Michael Jackson. His books and videos opened a world that I never know existed and that I enjoy much more immensely as a result. Thank you Michael.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been very excited for this one. The appearance is a deep amber rust. Smell is a little sharp but very fresh (not warm or spicy)- orchard, ahhhh, apples, and acerbic. The very first smell is the oak followed quickly by the sour fruit. Slight undertone of malt. Taste- tart up front, like sour apples, slightly sharp on the tongue, some carbonation. Soft sweetness on the back end to balance the taste. More balance than other red ales. Overall, extremely pleasing and above average drinkability. No head, no lace. Resembles the body of a wine. Direct relative of the orchard. Warms the stomach. It's been a treat. I would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of pitasoup
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

labeled #11 from flexabull, a cork/cage 750 w/ tulip suggestion. poured into NB globe.

A: Nice pop as it opens, pours hazy mahogany with a light creme colored, dense, half inch of head that is quite slow to subside. 4.0

S: Lemons and yeast at very first, then funk, tart cherries and cranberries. A touch of oak and vanilla towards the end. 4.5

T: Tart cherries, cran, apple, slightly acidic. Nice and sour but not puckering. Currants, plums, vanilla, oak, lime, and nutmeg linger on the tongue. So complex and dense in flavor, I'm taking the smallest sips in the hope of extracting the most flavor here, almost like a whisky. Oak is a bit more present as it sits and warms. 5.0

M: medium body. fine effervescence is both astringent and soothing at the same time. finishes with a bit of dryness, lingering chalkyness from the sour. 4.0

O: fantastic flanders red/oud bruin. tons of layered and complex flavors. a sipper for all weather and seemingly appropriate for all occasions. This could replace Sunday morning mimosas, after dinner aperitifs, and even fireside scotches. Well perhaps not that last one. Still, Not much I could suggest to improve this one. 5.0

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh my good friend Rodenbach, the beer that broke me into Flander's ale. Some friends brought over a 4-pack of this legend to consume. And consume we did.

Smell, Tartness and dark fruits, plum, grapes
Taste, Tartness, there is no getting around it, bits of apple, plum and a very mild grape flavor pokes through. Very tart and sweet, little bitterness.

Overall, this was the first Flander's ale I had ever had; I forgot what complexity this style can bring. I must start getting these types of beer back into the regular line up.

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Photo of jlandis
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a chalice

A - Murky brown with a thin white head.

S - Pungent sour aroma with something that reminded me of a dry champagne.

T - Tart green apple and cherries with a malty sweetness.

M - Highly carbonated but still maintained a solid mouth feel. Acidity hits you in the back of the throat.

D - This beer was fantastic. Even though some of the characteristics reminded me of a vinegar this was a delicious beer. Two glasses worth was enough for one sitting.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip

Appearance - Dark and hazed over completely, but edges are showing some clarity, small little offwhite chunkies are swirling about, 2 finger tan-ish head has awesome retention and leaves great lacing. Looks like a glass of muddy water with a nice head on it.

Smell - Over-ripe, barrel fermented apple/cherry fruitiness is prevalent above all, toasty but clean malts with some bready yeast

Taste - So complex, but generally follows the nose: juicy tart cherry and sour apple are front and center, and earthy wooden barrel is integrated perfectly with it. You'd almost think you were drinking a barrel aged cider (gone a bit south) until the toasty, yeasty, bready malts roll in mid-late palate to smooth things out with mild sweetness. Has a bit of a complex vinous character too, like soured red-wine. Vague spiciness? Finish comes back to a clean, dry, sour snap.

Feel - Carb is scrubbing and lively yet not at all harsh, makes for a light feeling, crisp medium body that finishes perfectly mixed with the beers tartness. Reminds me of good champagne in a way.

Overall - This beer is a masterpiece. I'm a bit new to sour beers in general, so I was taken aback initially by the sour/spoiled fruit character, but after the first few sips or so, it just got more complex, more interesting, and more delicious until the entire 750ml bottle was gone... What a kickass beer - these Belgians really know what they're doing.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This beer is the same shade as root beer, but a bit lighter. It has a dense foamy tan colored head.

S: Sour yeasty smell, strong with fermentation. Believe it or not, similar to a soy sauce odor.

T: Immediately sour and reminiscent of green apples and cranberry.

M: Small bubbles like Champagne. Dries the palate slightly from the acidity.

D: Like many of the other sour style beers, this one is difficult to drink a lot of because it is so flavorful. The tartness starts to get to me after about 12 oz. It is still very delicious and at 6% alcohol, I could drink a lot before feeling the effects.

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Photo of Snamnoum
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - ruddy dark brown with red hues throughout. Murky like old pond water with two fingers of beige head.

Smell - Incredibly funky. Like oxidized red wine that has been left opened on a kitchen counter for a week. Red wine vinegar, cinnamon or cloves, and old oak. Not much malt presence and no hops to speak of.

Taste - super super funky. We're talking red wine vinegar, blue cheese with some fruit (over ripe grapes, raspberries, cherries, green apple, and cranberry) Both sweet and sour at the same time with the sweetness coming at the beginning and lingering into the middle and then being replaced by a dry tart sourness which lingers on your palette. It is a very complex beer and everything it says it is on the bottle but I'm sorry I just can't handle the off, burn wine flavor.

Mouthfeel - the feel is actually very nice rather soft like a cream soda. The beer itself is medium bodied.

Overall - This is a robust, complex and authentic Flemish sour. I can appreciate that it is true too the style and beloved by many. I have tried to keep an open mind when reviewing this beer but have come to the conclusion as some others have said that this is just one you either love or hate. MY GOD IS THIS A FUNKY BEER!!!

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Photo of Takahiro
3.37/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

350mL version bought in Belgium supermarket

L: opaque, dark brown, with a thin foam
S: balsamic vinegar,
T: weak balsamic vinegar, some sour notes that reminds me of lemon and some fruity sweetness. They are all in a great balance, nothing out spoken over each another.
F: dryish finish on the tongue. residual sweetness seem to linger a bit on palate
O: a great beer with a great balance.

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Photo of Netdigger2
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had in growler form thanks to the guys at Community Tap.

It pours a deep brown with hints of mahogany and chestnut with a thick tan head that leaves thin, sparse lacing.

The nose is sour funk masked with remnants of wild berries and sour candy.

There is a bruising, but welcoming, sour opening to this that reminds me of an unripened wild blackberry. It opens up to have a bit of malt shell coupled with a very pleasant helping of passion fruit, walnut, blackberry and almond.

The Mouthfeel and carbonation are second-to-none, very crisp and quaffable while staying refreshing all the way through. It has a heavy feel on the back of the palate without leaving overwhelming dryness.

Great beer. Better than La Folie and much cheaper at $15.00/ growler.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.44/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opens with a pop, and pours dark-reddish brown with lots of carbonation and three-finger head that rapidly dissipates.

Smells funky--I did a double-take because there was a lot of malt vinegar and rotten fruit on the nose.

Tastes mild-vinegar with sour cherry and other field berries. Dry cider finish.

I'm conflicted on this one--I respect the crafting of this beer--the two year process, the blending and the funky yeasts...but the taste is a little out there for me. That said, I feel like a phillistine for underrating a legend.

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

Red in color, very little head but creamy, with beautiful lacing. Smells pretty straightforwardly of sourness, like vinegar. I love the smell but know that many people would turn away. Mouth-puckering sourness with a superdry finish. Very acidic and dry. Boy that's good, and a great apertif. In my opinion, the most sour of the sour Flemish beers.

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Photo of Grunewald
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It pours cloudy ruddy light brown with a fine white head that leaves clumpy lacing.

S - balsamic vinegar and tart berries

T - tart vinegar, berries and a malt finish. The sour taste is so strong when I drink that I can feel the fumes affect my nose, but not in a bad way.

M - light with medium carbonation

D - unique and refreshing. I'd have one or two of these by themselves, but these would be best paired with food.

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Photo of deskim
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a snifter

appearance - brown with red that shows through in the light

smell - smells slightly sour with hints of fruit

taste - not as sour as it smells. fairly sweet with cherry flavors. oak is present in the finish

mouthfeel - high carbonation level

drinkability - very drinkable, almost like a juice. especially for the price. will buy again

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark red/rusty brownwith a minimal dirty tan head
S-a big bouquet of fruit mixed with a sharp vinegar
T-a sharp vinegary mustyness and a good dose of darkerfruits and apples with a slight smooth woodness
M-a full boddy with a modest carbonation very smooth and complex
D-a delicious beer that is amazingly complex and vcan easily be enjoyed all night

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Poured a minimal white head and red-brown body.

Smell: Red wine, sour green apples, cranberries.

Taste: Same as the above, but also includes hints of cinnamon and apple cider vinegar.

Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation, mild tartness, and slightly tannic. A bit of a vinegar astringency.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I hate to do this because I know this is a very well respected beer, but I'm not that much into it.

The flavors are good, but too much vinegar to be very drinkable. Smells good, definately cherry and sour apple. And there's proof of fine craftsmenship.

I just think it would be fantastic with more of "young" beer and just some of the aged to balance it out and give it the complex elements. It would probably be one of my favorite beers, just not as balanced as I would like for it to be.

Interesting, a must try if you have not had one.

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Photo of foamer
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red with a frothy light tan head which diminishes to a layer of bubbles on the surface. No lacing down the glass. Sour aroma, some fruits too. Strong sour flavour which lasts and lasts. Not too overpowering though. Nice, like lemonade. That's the closest thing I can match it to - lemonade, with some malt. A taste until what I've normally tried in a beer. I've only ever tried one gueuze before, and now this. Nice mouthfeel. This is an intriguing style. Tasty for certain, but I'm not sure how many I could drink. I do like the sour taste, but I'm not sure I could have many of them. Still, a nice enjoyable beer.

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Photo of afdempse
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Huhzubendah for the bottle!

A: Head fizzes away leaving a slightly hazy dark brown liquid.

S: Oak, with some fruity sour notes

T: Sour, slight funkiness. Oak gives a mouth-puckering effect and dries the palate. Nice, pleasant tartness reminiscent of sour cherries and apples. Vinegar-ish in the throat with a cherry soda finish.

M: Very nice balance of sweet/tart. Good carbonation and overall a joy to drink.

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Photo of Martin2D
2.87/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Brown with a large tan carbonated type head

S - Smells awesome. Hints of fruits and tartness dance in my nose. Can't wait to taste this one.

T - Well, I can't say the nose matches the flavor. There are hints of light malts and fruits, but there is an overwhelming acetic finish which is completely off putting. It's almost like drinking vinegar.

M - Light in body with a medium-heavy carbonation.

D - The cork was stuck in this beer so it took me a while to open this beer. It was fate telling me not to crack this beer by myself. It's far too tart to drink a bottle by itself. Any more than one glass is going to be a challenge.

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Photo of TMB0424
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml corked bottle. poured into flute

Appearance is a light ruby/maroon body with a light, loose head that dissipates pretty quickly. Sticky lacing.

Aroma of sour apples and cherries. Bready, funky yeast as well - with a splash of oak. Nothing overly complex here, but certainly smells interesting to say the least.

Taste is basically like the smell. Sour, sweet cherries. Sour green apples. Sour patch kid-like. Fairly tart, but not overboard. The sourness is what grabs you first, but then there's a hint of sweetness in the finish that is pretty pleasant. I don't detect any alcohol at all really.

The mouthfeel is crisp and light. Carbonation is a little high but it fits very well. Extremely drinkable, as this is probably one of the more refreshing beers I've had of late. I didn't get tired of the tartness or sourness at all, even after a few glasses. I'm definitely going to try this on a hot summer's day. Highly recommended.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 1,115 ratings.
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