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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer several times. The first time was on tap at Eulogy in Philadelphia. The second time was from a 750 mL bottle from Carriage House Fine Wines & Liquors in Wilmington, De. I am writing this review drinking from a 32 oz growler I had filled at Total Wine on Naamens Road in De.

A: Beer pours a very dark amber color. It is the color of a dark tree resin. It pours light and with low density. It doesn't create a large head; however, it does have a fair amount of carbonation. A small head appears then thins out, and it is created completely by the carbonation of the beer and not the pour.

S: Smell is subtle. Initial sent of white or cider vinegar. Later very subtle notes of oak and smoke emerge. At the end a faint traditional "ale smell" is detected.

T: Similar to the smell the taste begins with a sharp vinegar taste. I really enjoy the acidity in vinegar, so for me this taste is very welcoming. It definitely has an acidic taste on the tongue that lingers. Once the sip has been swallowed the flavor transitions to a traditional Flemish Red Ale taste. The complexity is easily discovered to be the blend of young and aged ales. the blend is flawless.

M: The ale keeps its carbonation. It has an upfront light and carbonated fell. Once falttened, the beer is light on the palate. Very acidic.

O: This is my favorite ale. I started drinking it in January 2014 and I haven't been able to stop. I really love the taste of vinegar, so I really enjoy that aspect of this beer. With that being said, I imagine that for some this taste could be overwhelming or even unpleasant. I really love this beer!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle with a best by date of May 29th, 2016. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice glass with a thick sturdy base and a thinner glass bowl.

Appearance - Pour yields a three-fourths finger head the color of light tan, with effervescent bubbles that are reminiscent of champagne foam, only this one sticks around a bit longer. It still dissipates rather quickly, leaving a rim of light foam and a small amount of film across the body. Speaking of which, the body is a dark walnut brown with ruddy burgundy highlights that can only be seen when the glass is held directly in front of the light. Small carbonation bubbles cling to the side of the glass in isolated places.

Smell - Nice blend of musty funk, with fainter notes of oak and light cherry, almost like syrup. Underlying the entire taste is a considerable presence from the grain--with a malty sweetness underscoring the other elements. Throughout there is a pleasant vinegar-like character as well, hinting at a very sour beer to come.

Taste - I have to admit I'm a little dismayed by the lack of puckering after the smell suggested a good deal of tartness. In fairness, allowing the beer to warm up a bit enhanced the tart characteristics of the beer. I also have to wonder if this would have been more tart if I had opened it closer to the freshness date engraved on the label, especially given the number of reviews that note just how sour this beer is to them. At any rate, I get a mix of flavor profiles--some tart citrus and almost lemon juice element blends rather nicely with the fruitier cherry and red currant elements. Some apple cider vinegar notes are also present, but the predominant flavor profile is cherry, with some faint elements of wood as well.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, with a slightly viscous feel to it, as well as a moderately-carbonated effervescence that fades away as I let it sit to warm up a bit and enhance the tart elements. Finish is mostly sweet.

Overall, a good beer, and much like Duchesse, it is reputedly a benchmark for the Flanders Red style. Admittedly, my favorite Flanders Red was bordering more on kriek territory, with a teeth enamel-melting sourness to it, so perhaps this style isn't my favorite in the world. I am curious enough about aging it to go get a second bottle so that I can sit on it until closer to the 'drink by' date.

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

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately aggressive hand. Bottle dated 22/04/15. I've had this in the cellar for about a year or so.

A: Hazy, dark ruby brown with 1 finger of off-white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Tart cherry. Notable acetic acid notes. Lighter citric acid, lemon. Oak. Honey. Balsamic. Light tobacco.

T: Moderate tartness rolls into a fruity, cherry-forward sweetness. Semi-dry finish. Very little bitterness/hop quality. No perceivable alcohol presence. Very tasty chocolate, honey notes develop and linger in the aftertaste, along with the pleasant sour.

M: Moderate, smooth carbonation with moderate body. Nice coating on the palate. Fitting.

O: Very nice Flanders red. Nice mix of sour qualities and good underlying depth of flavor. Excellent sweet/sour balance. Solid through and through.


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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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