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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Reviews: 1,125 | Ratings: 3,925
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.34/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rocks the ruddy brown and dark red color scheme, poured wicked but not enough going on to make much of a head. Disappointing. Doesn't look world class. Aroma was heavy on the acetic vinegar like acid. That really is a make or break aspect of this brewery, you gotta be down with that old style sour vibe here.

This one is maltier than the regular flanders they make. Smoother. Hides the alcohol decently. I got one or two of these aging at the 5+ year mark, I'll revisit as I get the chance, but again, the traditional flanders brown malt and vinegar sour thing is well represented here.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruddy pour with scant head. Maybe my olafactories are not in sync but all I can muster is red wine vinegar/cider and even that is scant. Not off putting in any way but just my take. More sour upfront and then lingering to fresh sweet cherry tart. Nice Italian fruit plum dancing in there. I don't get any oak influence. Barely any carbonation makes this an easy drinker. Matter a fact it goes down too fast. This would be a great introductory "sour".

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a taster glass. Thanks, Chris.

A: Plum colored with an off-white half finger head that settled down to a ring. Thready lacing.

S: Cherries, vinegar, peat, grape and some light oak barrelness.

T: So downright tart and refreshing. Cherries dominate with some red wine and cranberries floating in. A bit vinegar-y, but in a good way. Sweet/sour tastiness.

M: Low to medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: This was a nice taste surprise. Don't have this style everyday. The best Flanders Red I've had. Great to pass among friends at a St. Paddy's parade.

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Photo of stevoj
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really well done sour, smooth and not too tart. Brown/ruby with spare beige/pink head. Aroma of sour cherries, peat, wood barrel. Taste is sort of cider-like, light bodied, tingly palate. Sweet, but not too much.

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Photo of kitch
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A corked and caged 750ml bottle with a best before date of 18th March 2016. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear dark amber brown colour with a thin tanned head that dissipated quickly but left nice stringy lacing.

Aroma: Tart, cherry, grape, green apple and vinegar.

Taste: Tart cherry, grape soda, grape, oak with some light caramel.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A wonderfully tart and fruity beer that is well balanced.

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Photo of Dravin
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best bey date on the bottom of 04/05/2018.

Look -- A finger of slightly beige head atop a amber brown body with a lovely noticeable red tinge.

Smell -- Acetic tartness, cherry, green apple, and a vinous quality.

Taste -- Apple cider vinegar, cherry, red wine, some nuttiness hiding in there. There is some mild sweetness to counterbalance the tartness that lingers for a handful of second after the swallow.

Feel -- The acid and carbonation tickle the tongue and scrub away the medium body. It's fairly dry and aside from the tartness lingering a little is fairly crisp.

Overall -- Tart, fruity, winey, refreshing, complex. It's a fantastic beer and I can't think of anything I'd change. It's an amazing beer and if tartness doesn't scare you or repulse you I'd recommend it in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.5/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Less sour than the others in this style, but still a style I just can't like. Nice nose and very dry finish.
In the end though, as much as I respect the work that went into making it, this is still just a more tolerable sauerkraut juice to me.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Poured a minimal white head and red-brown body.

Smell: Red wine, sour green apples, cranberries.

Taste: Same as the above, but also includes hints of cinnamon and apple cider vinegar.

Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation, mild tartness, and slightly tannic. A bit of a vinegar astringency.

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Photo of joshleo
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted this after finishing a bottle of the 2013 vintage. Compared to that, the grand cru was less red in color, had less complex aroma, and was a little less tart. I felt like the grand cru is more mellowed. It is like the 2013 vintage is young and energetic, ready to show off all the fun of sours- complex and showy with the variety of smells and flavors and the grand cru is a little more mature, it isn't trying to punch you in the face with anything but is happy with what it is and what it has to offer.

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

330ml bottle. Best before 2017-04-23.

A: Hazy brown. Thin head.
S: Plum. Green apple. Quite fruity.
T: Raisin. Balsamic. Moderate caramel. Medium sourness. Dry. Short finish.
M: Moderate body. Moderate carbonation.
O: Smooth and fruity.

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Photo of DevWand
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Just getting into the whole sour beer style and I have to admit, that the few I've had so far have not impressed me much. Thanks to this beer I'll continue drinking the style. The cherry tartness from the beer blends perfectly with the oak aging. Mouthfeel finds the best balance; not too light and bubbly, not too thick and heavy.

Completely blown away! Definitely a must try.

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Photo of mkh012
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hard to give detailed tasting notes here because I'm so unfamiliar with sours. Got this one on a whim after seeing the high reviews. Couldnt pass up something like this on tap. A deep red brown with very little head. Smells like sweet sparkling wine and cherries, and the taste largely follows. Although certainly sweet and sour, there is a nice bready balance to it that keeps it from being cloying. No detectable alcohol, no bitterness. This has made me curious to try other sours. Much more restrained/well-crafted than the few American Sours I've tried. Very smooth and well-balanced. If you already like sours, this should be right up your alley. Craving more already...

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours clear reddish brown when held to the sun with a cream colored headshot disapates to a small ring. Aroma is quite tart with some fruity notes, cherry, vinegar. Taste is a nice tart sour cherry.

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

An unbelievably, incredibly, awesome beer. Had alongside Classic and Vintage 2011. The thing that most struck me about this beer was that it actually held its own against the Vintage. Something about the blend of the younger and aged beers gave this brew a more balsalmic, and less port-like sweetness, than its older cousin. An absolute must try.

Sampled again in a second Flanders Red tasting event. Even up against some other heavy hitters (e.g. Sossusvlei, Oude Tarte, etc, this beer easily holds its own).

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Photo of Viaduck
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells like wine, tastes like wine. This was my first sour beer, so id isn't know what to expect. The cork popped open with a moderate pop. It's a pretty red/orange color & a small, short lived head. Grapes, I smell grapes. It tastes like a sparkling wine, slighty tart & very delicious. There is a hint of grain but overall it tastes more like wine than beer. I thoroughly enjoyed this & will have to explore more sour beers. Grand Cru is truly the the Champagne of beers. Excellent!

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Photo of fscottkey
3.27/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.25] Pours out a dark brown leather color. It looks like brown and dark red mixed and is pretty inviting. The beer has very minimal to no head. The bottle has the ABV (6.0%) but no date info at all. I find the no date info ironic since the bottle says "Character Ripens with Age" (Well great, except I have no idea how old it is...)

S: [3.00] Red wine, brown sugar,brown bread.

T: [3.50] Sparkling apple juice, lemon, tangy citrus, a hint of Belgian yeast on the finish.

M: [3.00] This has the feel of Sprite, very tingly and carbonated. Sparkling water in feel. Finish is sort of bitter, but not hop bitter, citrus bitter.

O: [3.25] I have read that this beer has been a gateway, to this style, for many beer drinkers. I think it is just not a style that I like. I can appreciate what the brewer has crafted - it is just not for me. The taste, to me, is like Zima (there I said it). I'd much rather have many other styles.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great, classic beer that tastes delicious. However, it is kind of an ugly beer. It looks a bit like mud.

Flavor is sour and winey with some nice fruit and belgian character.

Carbonation is spot on.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark mahogany and thin brown head with ok retention. Sour cherries and light oak aroma. Sour cherry flavor and vanilla with oak finish. Biscuit undertones and semi dry finish and linger. Light smooth carbonation with a twinge of sour.

Sweet and sour with a very pleasant, refreshing feel. Wonderful flavors are balanced and mingle nicely throughout. It tips slightly to the sweet but is brought back with the acidic linger to make you salivate for more.

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

I am new to the sour beers but I am very impressed by this one. This is what I would use to introduce people to sour beers. The hue of the beer is a pleasant amber with a tinge of red in it. Smell is a sweet scent accompanied by tartiness. It goes down very smooth and sits lite in the stomach which is impressive for the ABV. The taste is a great balance of sweet fruitiness, with a sour bite and still maintaining the beer body. This one has easily escalated to one of my go-to beers when available.

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Photo of Sacrilege
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An amazing red ale, which is very carbonated and acidic, but is so full of flavour when you let the beer roll over the behind and sides of your tongue.

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Photo of dro7
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty good Flemish Amber Sour. Amber color, light mouth feel, not a strong sour smell, sourness is right on, not too sour, not really too sweet, a vinegar smell with a faint cherry smell. Totally different than an American Sour or a Gueuze.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rich amber color with a light tan head, about 2 fingers. Very fruity smell. Taste is of very a sweet cherry and spices, similar to a sweet wine. Okay for special occasions, but not a thirst quencher.

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Photo of Fargrow
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange-ish brown with a light tan head. Smells of vinegar, cherries, apples. Kind of pungent, but in a good way. Flavor is perfumey apple cider with cherry, spicy. Ends tart. Very sweet. The sweetness leaves the mouthfeel a little heavier than I would like. Overall, it's a nice beer. But not good enough to buy again at the price.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown hazy body, highly carbonated. Smell has red fruit, solid sourness, raw oak, a touch of vinegar. Bold. Flavor takes it down a notch, more simplistic although still layered. Heavy on the sweet, tart and sour cherries. It is apparent this was barrel aged from the very mild vanilla and wood notes. Sickly sweet cherry juice comes through on some finishes. The feel is great- medium body, very fluid, well carbonated but not harsh.
Really great beer, both on its own and paired with food. Brings a lot of quenching tartness as a main course while still offering some depth of flavor to keep it from being one-dimensional. Still, the finish sometimes seems immature, like straight fruit juice. A lot of respect for the craft behind this one.

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Photo of lastmango
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby brown with a tan one finger head. Light lacing. Medium light carbonation and body. Aroma is a mild sour cherry. Taste is red wine like . . . perhaps wild cherry.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,925 ratings.
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