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Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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 foeders. The original sour ale.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Ratings: 4,066 |  Reviews: 1,159
Photo of Everydayoff
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Mildly hazed and deep ruby brown in color with medium frothy light brown head that stands with good retention, it gradually collapses to a lasting bubble on the surface and leaves some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

In a nose, sour, tart, sweet, oaky, cherry, dark grape, ripe apple, acidic, red wine, and slight peppery.

Sourness and tartness lead through the taste with its cherry and dark grape flavors along with subtle peppery spice. Lots of red wine character here with notes of acidic, dryness, tannin, and oak. There is sweetness too but not that much, just a supplement.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and lively yet fizzy carbonation, the feeling is crisp and very refreshing with a very dry finish from all those sharply sour and tart profiles sweeping through the taste buds. So good Flanders Red Ale.

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Photo of gardner254
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of howardnss
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iCabaLLero
3.39/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sskrlj
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sadno, balzamično, kislo, wannabe vino, pa vseeno pivo. Zelo aromatično. Ko se navadiš balzamičnega, začutiš vinsko, nato sadno aromo črni češenj, višenj in na koncu nekaj lesa. Lepe rdeče bakrene barve. Bistro. Okus balzamično kisel, intenzivno saden s poudarkom črne češnje, višnje, ribeza. V pookusu les, mlečna kislina. Prijeten občutek v ustih. Srednjega telesa.

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Photo of kelvarnsen
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of golf4collet
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gianluca88
3.72/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BGDrock
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sizzles like a steak on the pour, and right out into a thin rim in 30 seconds. Dark brown, dusty body, touch of red like mahogany.
Aroma of tart cherries, black currant, acidic.
Sweet and tart cherries, fairly well balanced, with a dry finish, puckering; touch of woodiness; light carbonation and medium body.
It's a simple, pleasantly sour brew, but a bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of Batheinfire
3.54/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great blended sour ale, would definitely buy again wonderful smell and Taste.

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Photo of gandres
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured to tulip
Sight: Brown; light amber hazy
Taste: sourness comes out
Mouthfeel: smooth
Overall: Very good beer for the style,ok to repeat, not to look for- not my preferred style

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Photo of -steve-
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Beautiful red-brown with generous, pillowy head. Head receding relatively quickly (a minute or two).
S: Cherries to the fore, underlying smell I can't quite put my finger on
T: Sour cherries, tart; wish more of the local sours could pull off this flavour.
F: Carbonation bubbles up into the nose. Viscous on the tongue.
O: This is a spectacular red ale that is note perfect on the sour cherries. Some oak character on the finish. Wonder if the oak will be more pronounced as this beer ages. It came in a small 330mlL bottle. First time I've seen it in the LCBO. Hope it continues to appear.

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

Pours red with light tan head that reduces down to 1/8". Initial smell is similar to salt and vinegar chips. Along with the slight vinegar flavor there is also cherry flavors with slight lemon aftertaste. Great beer overall.

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Photo of OzmanBey
1/5  rDev -76.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have a buddy who loves belgian beers he gave me a bunch to try this was the first one and it didn't appeal to me, it seemed lighter than most Ale's I drink and had a weird funk taste I can't put my finger on.

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Photo of tyjohnson55
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RMW66
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rarigney
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Eight ounce serving tasted in a chalice from draught at Firkin on September 9, 2017. A classic Belgian Red that has a blend of young and barrel aged beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of zeff80
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark burgundy color with reddish highlights and a small, tan head. It smelled of cherry, apple and raisin. Good black cherry and green apple notes of tartness. Just a touch of sweet.

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Photo of ludachris
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Its crystal clear coppery red body looks gorgeous against the light. Its head is off-white and somewhat fizzy, moving quickly to the sides of the glass.

Tart and snappy. Red grapes, fleshy plum and candied cherries account for its sweet fruity side. Lemon juice, rounded and sweetened vinegar and grape skins impart a lively punch. Toasted bread and caramel linger on the back end. There's a bit of creamy oak that softens its edges. Wonderfully complex.

The cherry character is immediately prominent and fleshed out. It's both tart and pinchy and sweet with a bit of weight. Fleshy red plums plus up the fruit. Green grape skins with a dash of balsamic vinegar and a bit of lemon juice ease into the finish and the sweet cherry note never leaves. Soft, subtle oak acts as a plane to a well textured piece of wood, melding all of the bright, tart, acidic flavors together and giving it incredible balance. Toasty caramel sweetness comes through as it warms.

Its level of balance is exceptional. Tart and sweet are tied together perfectly. Everything is pronounced but nothing has an edge. The oak adds a beautiful layer of complexity and softness. Light-medium body with a clean and dry finish.

Really incredible stuff.

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Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of briandschorr
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is why beer lovers love beer. A grand slam of a beer. Used to serve this to customers at Brewology. First, get a tulip glass. The look is brownish red with a one-finger tan head that dissipates quickly. The nose may put people off but this sour beer has some great Easter eggs to be found therein. The taste was simply sublime. Sip this beer. Sip is slowly. you will notice a complex blend of dark fruit, vinegar, oak, and toast. The sour and sweet combination is pulled off very well. When you take the next sip you will notice additional notes that you missed on the first. Cherry and blackberry come to mind. The mouthfeel is fantastic. This beer stays around like that summer crush you still think about. In a good way. The feel is soft and lingers. Overall this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of OldBrewer
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 4,066 ratings
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