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: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coffee District. Served in a Rodenbach flute.

Appearance - Deep murky red. No real head, but a thick white collar.

Smell - Malty. Lots of caramel. Oak and vanilla. Acetic acid, but not a lot.

Taste - More sour, but still not the centerpiece. Lots of oak and vanilla. Malt is strong, like the nose. Acetic sourness builds into an oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Slick. Well carbonated.

Overall - Quality all around. Nothing that stands out but a great all around Flanders Red.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml C&C opened up and poured into CCB snifters to share with 3 friends yesterday, 5/25/2013.

Aroma: Tart and sweet up front. Not like dark fruits like cherries but something more like apple cider but less sweet and more tart. A good bit of vinegar and oak. Not super complex but you can't miss the fact that its a sour beer! You can smell the underlying sweet fruit which boded well for the malt contribution. (4)

Colour: Ugly-looking bubbly reddish brown body that comes with a 2cm tan head that dissipates quickly into the body. Leaves a small sized collar. Lacing is solid but nothing to write home about. As with some of these Flanders reds, the appearance is definitely not the strong suit. (3.5)

Flavour: Very nice! Lots of earthy tartness rolled up into green apples, a bit of raisin, a little cherry and a good bit of oak on the back end. It's not a vinegar bomb by any means. Lots of acidity but it doesn't burn as it goes down, not at all. A well balanced sour'n'sweet beer. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side, fairly typical for the style I'd say. Well-carbonated with a nice fizziness to it. The aftertaste is basically drying earthy oak flavour. Refreshing but not something you'd want to throw down. (4)

Overall: Excellent sour, very tasty and refreshing. Its not too sweet, not too sour but everything is put together just right to make it a nice sipper on a summer or winter evening, whatever season it is. It's a versatile sour beer that would be a good introduction to sours due to it being balanced and not too over the top.. and the price is right for a barrel-aged Belgian sour- $8-12 for a 750ml is a great deal. (4.25)

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 4,119 ratings