Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium
rodenbach.be

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#999
Reviews:
1,177
Ratings:
4,138
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
340
Gots:
729
Trade:
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Photo of al_al1357
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dazka
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpaethJam
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of groleau
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear dark copper red pour. 2 fingers of creamy white head. Great rim of lacing.

S: Tart... vinegar, cooking cherries, and unripened fruit.

T/F: Follows the nose. Tart with minimal funk. Fruity sweetness in the background... apple cider vinegar, unripened fruit, tart cherry, and oak. Complex and delicious. Light bodied... zesty carbonation.

O: Absolutely stellar Flanders Red. Tart/mildly sour but super balanced... complex flavors... an old favorite and one that also has the virtue of being fairly available.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very hazy reddish brown color. Head looks very creamy and is of a cappuccino color.

S: A very traditional Flanders red affair: you have the apple cider, slight vinegar, tart cherries, oak and a little bit of vanilla from the barrels. Slight indistinguishable funkiness is also present.

T: It's all that was present in the smell: apple cider, a little bit of cider vinegar notes (just enough to be pleasant), quite a bit more tart cherries than in the smell, a lot more of oak and vanilla too. I'm surprised as this beer is bit sweeter and fruitier than expected, but it is still quite sour. Usually, I'm very critical of sour beers that are too sweet but this is definitely not the case here. Expertly balanced.

M: Very smooth, almost creamy. Surprised by the mouthfeel as I expected a more traditional Belgian mouthfeel but is very very good too.

O: One thing that this beer has in spades is balance. It is very complex but still highly drinkable. It is quite sour but has enough sweetness to not make it overbearing. It is fruity but also has a nice earthiness thanks to the barrel aging. Truly world class.

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Photo of greedysoul
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkkosmatka
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holderness
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another excellent offering from Rodenbach, especially given the price point. My main complaint is the appearance, which is a murky brown with absolutely no head produced even with an aerated pour. Otherwise shares a lot in common with their Alexander

86/100

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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thekevinwang
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of andrenaline
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vader444
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ASoftMachineMan
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a hazy red-brown to form a body of the same in the glass. Good one-finger, off-white head which dissipates to lacing around the rim.

Smell: Muted fermented sourness, raspberry, and yeast.

Taste: Follows the nose, fermented sour and tannin followed by raspberry, cherry, and plum notes. Mild banana note near the back.

Feel: Full for a sour but not chewy, leaves a substantial coating on the tongue.

Overall: Glad I finally gave this a try, as I certainly enjoyed it more than a typical sour ale. Might need to explore Flemish Reds further.

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Photo of bmaslakov
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Glorithm
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sour beer is not my thing. It is still nice.

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4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 4,138 ratings