Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

BA SCORE
95
world-class
4,031 Ratings
Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru
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 casts.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,031
Reviews:
1,147
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
Wants:
334
Gots:
691
For Trade:
22
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Ratings: 4,031 |  Reviews: 1,147
Photo of metalspice
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of drahodo
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Small beige head turns to a very thin ring. Dull ruby brown color.

Nose of grape and plum, some vinegaresque sour.

Similar taste, with balsamic qualities, cherries, and some faint oak. This was a younger bottle.

Light is only slightly carbed, and the pucker isn't too strong either.

For those who dig on sour, and you know who you are, this one's up there for sure. Worth a try for fans of oud bruin and geuze, in addition to FRA junkies.

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Photo of generallee
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A beer I've had many times before, but am reviewing here with some age on it. Think I bought it in early 2014. Stamped 13-09-16 on the bottom.

Dark garnet-brown with a finger of creamy looking tan head.

Delicious mix of cherry, oak and muted vinegar in the aroma.

The taste is sweeter than usual with strong cherry and even some vanilla. The oak is still in there, and while it definitely has a strongly tart finish, it doesn't have the sharp edge I enjoy in a fresher bottle. Not bad, just different.

With some age on it, it's so much smoother than I remember. Creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation behind. Reminds me a bit of fresh Alexander in the mouthfeel.

Always a favorite.

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Photo of Grackos
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours maroon ruby red with a creamy frothy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like balsamic vinegar, tart funky cherries, oak, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like balsamic vinegar, tart funky cherries, oak, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, thick and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice Flanders red ale.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wanderingpints
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Anze
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlakeAM
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emincems
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

amazingly complex taste of strongly sour, slightly bitter and slightly sweet. like a soft vinegar with floral and sour fruity notes. perfectly balanced. dry finish. a masterpiece!

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Photo of BJ_Bear
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark with slight reddish tinge, fizzy
S: The sourness on the nose is apparent but beckoning
T: Tart, vinegar sourness with a red-wine complexity. Hint of cherries.
M: The tartness cuts through the sweetness leaving a good balance for me.
O: A great beer, but you have to like this kind of thing. Love or hate.

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Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tux_alin
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goopy
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of morrowd3
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akopczyk
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of EEscobar
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark but clear red, maybe a bit of chill haze, with a large, fluffy khaki head.

Smell is nutty, musty wood and cherry.

Taste is tart cherry, raspberry, and semi-sweet grape, with a soft, wet, full feel.

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Photo of edthehead
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidST
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.26 out of 5 based on 4,031 ratings.
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