Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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95
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4,007 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:
4,007
Reviews:
1,137
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
Wants:
331
Gots:
681
For Trade:
22
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Ratings: 4,007 |  Reviews: 1,137
Photo of timothybarney
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Yoann
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a snifter
A - Dark red with almost no foam
S - Sweet but smoky Malts

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ctylinebeer
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a teku glass. Flemish red sour ale that is blended with fresh beer and two year oak aged beer. Pretty famous sour ale, Michael Jackson referred Rodenbach Grand Cru as the "burgundy of Belgium." Features the wild yeast strain lactobicillus which gives a tart funk flavor. Most sour beer brewers had this beer and that's how their sour funk started.

L - deep ruby red color, dark hazy hue, very little light passing through, foam head is no more than one finger. No lacing at all, foam just slides down back into the glass

S - dried fruit, cherry pie, musty basement. A true mix of fresh and old beer. Super fruity but also that old red wine character

T - this is a crazy beer. Gushing of cherries and raspberries, funky dried fruit. Similar to cherry sour patch kids or cherry sorbet

F - medium light carbonation, sweet on the palate, tart finish

O - a true classic in the sour cult. Super fruity and sweet but tart and sharp at the same time. A customer had given this to me and was able to spare a bottle, so not sure how hard to get this is. Would definitely try again, Cheers!

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Photo of zbooks
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ManBearPat
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Allurex
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psmith161
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothmanscott
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly clear garnet brown, when held to the light, with widely distributed effervesce streaming up from the bottom of the goblet. The pour produces slightly more than a finger of tan, very shortlived, champagne foam head that leaves a thin collar ring & no hint of lace on the sides of glass. Aroma is acidic & lightly acetic with hints of wood, vinous grape, berry & cherry. Taste is similar but more robust with sour, vinegar acetic sharp edges backed by hints vinous grape, cherry, wood & spice. Finishes sour, very peppery, dry & acetic producing a similar but mildly astringent aftertaste. The wood notes from the barrel aging are more reserved than I suspected. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, prickly with peppery spice, dry & faintly astringent in the aftertaste.

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Photo of TimmyMijal
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of AlexeiRoquentin
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Urk1127
1.02/5  rDev -76.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlazz222
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.26 out of 5 based on 4,007 ratings.
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