Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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95
world-class
4,021 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,021
Reviews:
1,144
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
Wants:
333
Gots:
688
For Trade:
22
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Photo of watchnerd
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle. Apparently nearly impossible to get through normal retail channels in California. Had to order mine through Liquid Solutions.THE definitive Flemish red. Sour, fruity, yeast, with just a hint of citric acidity. Wonderful. If I could find a source in the Bay Area, I'd buy a case, or perhaps a bottle a week.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

from a bomber into a tulip
a: dull sepia with some reddish tints in the light, 1 finger khaki head
s: tart apple, sour cherry, strawberries, woodsy berries, some musty leathery warmth
t & m: follows the nose but a little less perfect, very vinous, a little molasses and some hoppy bite also...somehow not quite as nice as the nose to me, but still wonderfully integrated; very nice balance between dryness, tingling hoppy edge, and mildly puckering sour.

classic and thoroughly enjoyable. Bet this would pair really nicely with a fancy creamy cheese or a bleu.

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Photo of MiamiWeiss
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Northdown in a chalice.

Appearance: My chalice arrives with a ruby brown liquid that does not really permit light to pass through. A frothy tan head bubbles for a minute but eventually fades to a ring around the glass. A little bit of lace on the glass, but not much.

Smell: Great full aroma of cherries, oak, and vanilla. Very tart, vinegary and and pleasant, with some general spiciness and red grape in the background.

Taste: Tart cherry is the predominant flavor throughout. Some red grape, a hint of plum, oak, vanilla, and some light spice from the yeast add a fair amount of depth. This starts sour, is sour in the middle, and finishes sour as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, acidic, and vinegary, with above average carbonation. The tart flavor causes me to salivate, while the texture of the beer dries out the corners of my mouth. Medium bodied.

Overall: This is just an exceptional beer. Smooth, with a complexity that may come from the blending of the barrels or from the yeast strains, but I would recommend always having this one available. Right now this is the front runner for my favorite Flanders Red.

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Photo of xav33
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rodenbach Grand Cru
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Best before 04/08, crucified 01/07

Poured a ruddy brown with an average light brown somewhat lasting head that settles into a thin consistent layer due to good carbonation.

Smelt of strong sweet vinaigrette, and white grape juice, with moderate oak, pipe tobacco, cobwebs.

Taste was upfront strong sourness and moderate sweetness, like some concentrated white grape juice or biting into a fresh tart plum, followed by more strong sourness and moderate sweetness and a tinge of oak, roasted or smoky malt bitterness, and a comfortable brandy like alcoholic warmth on a long sour finish. Palate was light to medium bodied, watery, strongly puckering, lively but softly carbonated, and very slightly alcoholic.

Overall, this is a pretty amazing beer. I have seldom been a fan of sour beers, but the balance of sweetness and subtle bitterness all mesh perfectly. The smell was strong, teasing and enchanting; I spent the first 15 minutes basking in its redolence.

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Photo of gatorDS
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheOakKing
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keepnitrl
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boatshoes
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Amsterdam Alehouse in Manhattan when meeting up with BA and old buddy Charlatansin on a recent trip to New York. Love this beer from the bottle and was glad to have a chance to get it on tap.

Appearance- Comes off the tap a dark ruddy brown with a minimal ring of lacing around the edges. Much like I expect for the style and to me, delicious looking as usual.

Smell- Incredibly vinous, tart, and vinegary on the nose. A touch of funkiness and oak showing through as well. Complex nose with a lot going on as a result of that barrel aging.

Taste- Again, very vinous and tart. Tastes of tart cherry, balsamic vinegar, grape skin, oak, iron, and funk. A lot going on but smoothed out very nicely by the barrels. Lovely.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Somewhat thin and tart in the mouth but silky smooth. This beer is extraordinarily drinkable for me with the perfect combination of flavors and tartness to keep me drinking. Almost wish I would have just had three of these instead of the other two beers I drank.

Overall, a classic example of the style and a beautiful beer. Pick up one of these if you haven't had it before and are open to new tastes.

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Photo of dwren89
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark black/brown with red hues in the light, creamy tan head, no clarity from dark color

Aroma: fruity with notes of black cherry and orange, and plum, soft malt sweetness in the background

Taste: immediately taste the cherry, orange and plum, malt then takes over and rounds out taste to keep it definitively in the beer taste category and not wine, sour finish, incredible complexity of flavor and evolution of taste

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium body, prickly in the mouth like a soft drink but smooth on the swallow

Overall Impression: A beer with amazing complexity and depth. Deftly skirts the line between beer and red wine, sour and sweet, and biting and smooth. Best described as a beer dressed up as a red wine with a sour kick.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From some beers you will never forget where and when you drank your first. Rodenbach is such beer.

My first impression was (like the colour): Ice-tea-beer. My second impression was Ice-tea-beer (because of the sourness). My third impression is: there's nothing like Rodenbach.

L: the foam won't win be world champion;
S: not too powerful, but elegant, nuts, vanilla, milky sours;
T & M: absolutely great; starting round and fresh, with a nice sour finish, a very tine tartness.
O: classic!

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Photo of leginsh
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nleaders
4.6/5  rDev +8%

Photo of KeefD
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap last night at The Muddy Pig in St. Paul. Another bar patron a few seats down gave me an enthusiastic "Cheers!" as I ordered while lifting his glass in the air, and quickly proclaimed he was drinking the same thing. Poured a dark reddish-brown color into a tulip. Smell is very sweet up front, with hints of cherry and spice. Taste is out of this world tart, yet incredibly refreshing. Tart cherry dominates, backed up my some dark malt, fruity yeastiness, and a pleasant, sipable aftertaste. Slightly thin in the body and moderately carbonated. The overall tartness of this one makes it a great one-off, but it was fantastic to say the least.

On a side note, I enjoyed this brew while speaking to the owner of 21st Amendment Brewing out of San Fransisco, a guy named Sean. Great guy and a pleasure to share a beer with!

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Photo of Leag0002
4.6/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Bmcg266
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red/Brown, small, short-lived head.

Smell: Vinegar, sweet dark red fruits; cherry, etc.

Taste: Tart up front, with some cherry/fruity sweetness and some lactic sourness on the end, dry finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth going down, Dry on the finish. Awesome.

Drinkability: Would be higher if it weren't so sour. Would be an amazing summer refresher, but as I'm drinking it early February it's a rare treat.

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Photo of KurtisAyr
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got mostly grape notes from this, almost like a tart wine...the sourness is sharp but it finishes very clean, and it is balanced excellently with the fruit notes.

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Photo of bret27
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Oaky, tart, vanilla, brett, berries

A: Very dark ruby brown, thick creamy dark head

T: Sweet and tart cherries, touch of vanilla and woodiness. Tart, vinegar, extremely dry finish.

M/D: Medium, slick, and dry. Very delicious and drinkable.

Overall: I like the more oak aging on this one, than the normal version. The extra oak/wild bugs adds more flavor and yet more dryness, making it more drinkable for me.

When I realized I gave it an A+, I kind of second-guessed myself, but I stand by it. This is a phenomenal Flander's Red. World class IMO.

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Photo of meatyard
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a mostly clear, ruby/brown with a 1-finger, short lasting, tan head that leaves no lacing.
The smell is tart fruits and is vinegary, it's very pleasant.
The taste starts with a cider vinegar moves quickly into sweet and sour fruits and ends with a tart green apple flavor that lingers a while. I feel a bit of the acidic burn down my throat as well.
Mouthfeel is light tending toward medium with appropriate though, maybe, slightly low carbonation for me.
Drinkability: For me this is excellent though those not enamored with sour beers may find it a chore. I've held onto this bottle for a couple of years and it may have mellowed slightly. I will have to pick up another this week.

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Photo of zinnia
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tachyons22
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 bottle after a great meal with friends.

A- a nice inch or so of tan head that settles to a ring. Gorgeous hazy dark red brown in color.

S- I love the nose on this. Funky must, apple cider vinegar, old oak, cherries, leather, the depth of complexity is staggering.

T- the nose doesn't lie, this delivers in a big way. Tart and sour, funky and woody. Over ripe cherries and apple cider again. Oak builds with a dry graininess as the brew warms.

M- crisp, clean and ever so refreshing with a nice pucker. Low carb but right in line for the style.

D- this brew is so perfectly drinkable. Its sour but balanced so well with the sweetness and oak that I have on more the one occasion had one after the other for hours.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a lovely reddish/brown pour with a lively, off-white head.

Smell: tart cherries and a musty woodiness.

Taste: tart of the top. cherry fruitiness creeps through instantly. some of the sweetness peeks out for a moment but the tart ale moves towards the back of the mouth and makes its presence on the back of the tongue. A perfect blend of sweet n sour.

Mouthfeel: lively and crisp. ends off semi-dry. very lively and active. some creaminess mid sip.

Drinkability: hey, it doesn't get much better than this. have it as an apertif, have it as a night cap. great range. great complexity. World Class!

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.26 out of 5 based on 4,021 ratings.
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