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Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

Brewed by:
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with shades of deep amber red. Half finger head with slight lacing. Aroma of cooked apples and grapes. Taste picks up with brown sugar, plums, sour cherry, apple, and some more grapes. Mouth feel is incredibly smooth with a nice efervesence.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ordered on tap, served in a tulip glass.

Poured a deep copper/brown color with a small white head, disappears quickly but leaves solid lacing as its drunk. Smell is fruity sweet, like sour apples and grapes, slightly spicy. Taste starts out with a strong sourness that tastes ciderlike but quickly fades after the initial pucker to a nice fruity/malty sweetness. Definitely oak flavor throughout, strongest in the finish. Mouthfeel is rather thin, very crisp, moderate carbonation.

Excellent beer overall, I definitely recommend trying it on tap if you can find it, although bottled is also very good. One of the easiest beers to get someone started in sours if they've never had one before moving on to some really funky stuff. Will have again.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've enjoyed this many times but put off reviewing it as I've somehow always felt unworthy. This is review 300 and I figured it's probably time.

Pours with a jacuzzi's worth of bubbles covering the inside of the glass, ultimately fading to a permanent and complete cover of fizz on top. Chestnut/mahogany body that shows ruby-red with a light behind it. Smells of tart cherries and oak and the taste follows. It's exactly the right amount of sour: unmistakably tart but not overwhelming or exhausting like some sours that will leave your tongue in knots. Drinks smooth and finishes with a dry pucker like cranberry juice. Funk, tannins, and lemon get more apparent as it warms but stay backseat to cherries and oak.

I had planned to add a disclaimer that a 4.9 or something here should not be construed to mean I like RGC any less than those I've "had" at 5. Turned out not to matter, I can find no nits to pick. This is a perfect beer.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 4,067 ratings
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