Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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4.26
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Photo of YankChef
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Very deep dark red with a strong crimson hue when held up to the light. A 1 inch head developed and then dissipated to about 1/2 inch.

Smell: Big nose of cherry, raspberry and strawberry. There is a slight smokiness that is noticable from the oak.

Taste: Upfront the beer is sweet and smoky, but this is quickly dominated by the very powerful sour flavor of tart berries and it almost tastes like someone squeezed a lemon in here on top of it, big time citrus notes to go along with the tart berry flavors.

Mouthfeel: Moderate-Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy.

Overall: This is truly a kick-ass beer that is unlike just about any ive ever had, Unbelievably delicious and refreshing and complex. Very highly recommended

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Photo of MrBen
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this, given my love for Duchesse De Bourgogne. Rodenbach Grand Cru didn't necessarily disappoint, but it didn't measure up to the Duchesse.

Rodenbach poured from the caged/corked bottle a rusty, reddish color and tossed up a big, rocky, off-white head that leaned a little toward the yellow. Excellent head retention. Smell is sour, slightly sharp, and hinting at some mildly metallic and acrid notes. I can also smell some traditional, malty beer in there.

Taste is full-on sour, with a palette-drying finish that really opens up the beer-like flavors in the aftertaste. They're otherwise (not surprisingly) buried in the overall profile of the beer. I'm not sure fruit is the right word to describe the complex stew of yeast byproduct we have here, but the beer is interesting. This is not something I would drink too often, instead spending my cash on Duchesse.

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Photo of Windigstadt
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a slightly hazy deep chestnut with a decent off-white head.

S- Wow, what a nose. Sweet and sour (now that I think of it, it really does smell a little like sweet & sour sauce), with notes of apple, cranberry, brown sugar, and balsamic vinegar.

T- You think the tartness hits up front, but once you swallow and the real tartness kicks in, the first taste seems downright sweet. Initially the sour, acidic tang is balanced by a malt sweetness of molasses and rock candy. Soon, however, the sweetness fades away and you're left with an assertive sour flavor--somewhere between vinegar and lemon juice--with solventy phenolic notes and a tang almost reminiscent of strong bleu cheese, and just a hint of tart apple sweetness. While I think the sourness somehow exaggerates the sweet notes by contrast, it's not malty by any means and finishes rather dry.

M- It's well-carbonated and a little on the thin side, but overall I can't help but write that the mouthfeel is "puckered" more than anything else.

D- This is where the beer really takes a hit. I wish this was more widely available in small bottles, because I can't imagine anybody drinking an entire 750 mL bottle of this by themselves. Obviously it's not overly alcoholic or thick. It's just that the sourness and harshness of the beer makes it difficult to consume more than one goblet-full.

Overall: I feel like my description makes it sound really gross when in reality the flavors work together; it's just very unique and certainly not for everybody. It's definitely more aggressive than American variations on the style such as that brewed by Monk's. You may want to try one of those before jumping up to the big boys, just so you know what you're in for.

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

Came in a small brown 330 ml Euro bottle, best before date on back label is 10/03/08.

Appearance is a deep nutty still somewhat transluscent brown, with deep garnet highlights. Short spongy beige head on the pour that recedes quickly to a broken creamy cap.

The aroma is assertive, tart and a bit acidic, a mild sour cherry character, raisins, and bready malt like sourdough.

Immediate tartness up front in the flavour, but with a curious effervescent texture as well, like mixing a couple of fizzy candies in your mouth. I taste vinuous purple grape more than the sour cherry that the aroma advertised. The flavour profile isn't very complex, but it is compelling, I'm really enjoying this.

A fantastic and quite accessible grand cru, it does a great service to the style.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a brownish-amber with lots of lively carbonation. Very little head.

Smells very tart, sweet...cherries, raspberries. Mmmm, I'm loving the nose on this. Taste is what would be expected from the nose. Extremely tart and puckering, sweetness, sour cherries, can pick up on the woodiness in the finish...almost musky. Mouthfeel is very thin, very carbonated, finishes ever so slightly dry. I'm huge on this style and love this beer, so I could sip on many of these.

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Photo of mfhlucky13
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rodenbach's best offering. It's beautiful deep red color and off-white head lead to a wonderful sour cherry smell. As for the taste it has a nice sweet, but sour start and finishes dry. It had the right amount of carbonation to perk it up in my mouth. This is one of my favorites!

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Photo of callmemickey
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich reddish-brown with a thin red-tinged cream head that quickly fades..

S: Sweet and sour cherry aroma

T: Lush cherry taste that starts with some sweetness and ends with a more sour finish.

M: Lots of carbonation, with a slightly velvety lingering feel

O: Thoroughly delicious, slightly over the top for regular consumption

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry but this comment is in french :

Appearance : une bière de style flemish red
Smell : Subtil aigre-doux évoquant la cerise, mais provenant du type de maturation qui s'y déroule (fermentation lactique).
Taste and mouthfeel : Un peu plus alcoolisée que la Rodenbachde base, fine et rafraîchissante.
Drinkability : Une très bonne brune fruitée, très agréable et désaltérante.

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

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle with best by date on bottom into my NBB snifter. It was a dark ruby color and opaque in the center. It had a tiny bubbly head that quickly evaporated. No lacing and little carb.

The aroma was heavy on sour cherries and oaky vanilla. The taste followed the aroma and was almost painfully tart and tangy - in a good way. Very sharp. I prefer La Folie and La Terrior by a hair with these and it's cousin Rodenbach in close 3rd. The mouthfeel is excellent and again right on the edge of painfully tart.

Overall, a really excellent beer. It's not a beer that I want to drink all the time but I find that a good Fl Red Ale every couple months is perfect. Highly recommend this one. (4.5, RR/RB, T, Y)

Had again 1/24/09 - modified review slightly, mainly format

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Photo of sleazo
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A_dark reddish brown with a nice cream and reddish coloured head. The head dissipates quickly.

S_smells like a sour cherry Dr Browns Black Cherry. Very nice

T-not as sweet as the aroma. Cherries invade the mouth followed by a nice puckering sourness. Hints of cola, lime and wood.

M_very reminscent of a fountain soda. Slightly syrupy but full of carbonation

D_This is absolutely delicious. Complex, challenging and at the same time approachable. I am wanting more and more of this.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark maroon/brown with a smallish off white head. Head retention is minimal.

S: Sour. Some cherry and plum character. Sourness is pretty heavy but not overwhelming.

T: Very nice fruitiness up front. Sourness is very complementary. A hint of sweet malt. Very well balanced taste.

M/D: Medium bodied. Carbonation is around medium. Finish leaves a tartness along with a mild dryness. Pretty good drinkability. Would go nicely with food.

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

750ml Gold Foiled

Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a nice ruby red color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, traces of sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, good dose of cherries, raspberries, and caramel. The taste is sweet, tangy, lots of cheeries/raspberries. Nice little tingle of carbonation at first. Slightly dry finish. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice Flanders Red.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a dark copper color with brilliant ruby red highlights. a finger of light tan head sits atop the brew, which is loose and does not last long.

smell is distinctively vinous, with a sour, fruity character. fruit notes of apple and plum are present as well. little else for the nose.

taste is earthy and sour up front, with the same vinous character running through the taste. malts and hops are overpowered by the sour character, which does exactly what a flanders red should. a nicely executed example of the style.

mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied, with a sour character and a not so smooth finish because of it.

drinkability is good for drinkers who prefer the taste of a flanders red, and gateway drinkers who have come fro mthe world of wines. overall, this is a great example of the style, and worth checking out for a different taste. cheers!

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Photo of RedChrome
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour produced a light tobacco brown colored liquid. A one-half inch white head faded after a few minutes. No carbonation to be seen. A thin watery lacing is left.

Sour cherries popped right out of the glass and into the nose. An earthy aroma of dried grass fades into the back of the nose. Oak hint is sweet when compared to the other scents.

A sweet bitterness of tart red fruits. Cherries are extremely bitter but strong. Oak leaves a light vanilla in the very end, and only searching for flavors makes it appear.

Watery body that leaves a clinging flavor on the tongue. Carbonation is strong as it tingles with the tartness.

A very strong tartness. Worth pairing with a cheddar aged multiple years. A style that may not be suited for everyone. If you like something extremely tart, this is good for you.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a glass at The Diamond in Greenpoint

Poured off the tap a dark ruby red with a very thin head. Stuck to the glass like crazy but there was minimal lacing present.

The nose consitsted of stewed fruits, sour cherry's and sweet tabacco. In many ways the profile of the nose was more consistant with a red wine than a beer.

Sour cherry present on the tongue with hints of candied lime. Makes you really pucker up but in a good way

Thin body with a fantastic dry finish. It's dry but at the same time doens't make you feel like you just swallowed a desert.

It'd be hard to session this beer but I think it would do an outstanding job as a food beer due to the high levels of acidity. it'd go great with steak or really any other heavy grilled meats.

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Photo of blakesell
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Boston's Bistro 9/20/07 into a fluted Belgian glass (la fin du monde).

Appearance- Beer pours a deep dark red with a decent head. The head is an off pink that dissipates quickly.

Smell- Lots of cherries and raspberries with a hint of vinegar.

Taste- They may call this a grand cru, but I insist that this is a Kreik. Strong cherry with raspberry sourness. a nice kick of tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Sticky and thick. I would like this over ice cream. An excellent dessert beer.

Drinkability- Very nice for a beer with this level of sweetness. Back to back I noticed very little difference between this and the regular Rodenbach.

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Photo of flowerysong
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: Reddish brown with a thin white head.

Smell: Black cherry fruitiness with mild acid character and hints of vanilla and oak.

Taste: Tart, acidic sourness in medium amounts on a background of sweet vanilla caramel. Intense cherry fruit, some oak character and yeast notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, medium carbonation. Light and crisp, with a long smooth finish.

Drinkability: Nice, well-balanced and refreshing. Will not be to everyone's taste, but I quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of ejquin
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beatiful ruby/brown with thin white head. Some lacing.

S: Very nice candy sweetness. Cherries and raspberry pie, with some hop prescence. Smells exactly like cherry laffy taffy.
T: Very nicely balanced. Very sweet but held in check by the smokiness. Effervesces with sour cherries, fades to hop spiciness and smokiness from the oak and an alcohol tinge.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Good, but limited slightly by sourness.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: pours dark brownish-red, slightly murky, with a 2-finger off-white hear. Some lacing from the head.

S: Immediate aroma is sour mixed with candy sweetness, some cherry. Sourness is lemony and almost vinegar-like.

T: Starts with a sour cherry, lemon, slightly vinegar flavor, moves into sweetness like rock candy, a bit of woody dryness. Acidic in the finish.

M: light, medium carbonation, smooth, not viscous.

D: A very enjoyable beer; the sourness is quite intense but somewhat refreshing. Needs to be served at 45-50 degrees; colder seems to accentuate the acidity of the sourness a little too much. At the right temperature it is unbelievably smooth.

This beer was consumed as a tribute to Michael Jackson. His books and videos opened a world that I never know existed and that I enjoy much more immensely as a result. Thank you Michael.

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Photo of bosco7
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia (never seen it on tap before). Poured into a tulip dark red with a frothy head. Smells of lemon, sour cherry, slight vanilla, and vinegar. Tastes like it smells only smoother. Sourness is definitely mellow and not overpowering. Finish is bone dry and tart. This is my favorite Flanders Red because of the fact that it is quite sour but at the same time it has a silky smooth quality in both its flavor and mouthfeel. Highly recommended.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on June 30, 2006

A - pours very dark red, clear, small white cap recedes to nothing but a ring, no lacing,

S - vinegar, sweet cherries, some malt

T - slightly more sour than sweet, still very much a cherry flavour, with some vanilla notes underneath.

M - light body, but not watery, carbonation is medium which restrains the acidity

D - I really enjoy this beer, but it is still just a once in awhile treat.

This is one of my favourite sour beers. I'm glad to finally have a whole bottle to my self instead of the shared samples I've previously had. Thanks to Goldorak for the bottle!

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Photo of walshclimb
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy and reddish brown with 1/4 inch bubbly head and active carbonation. Smells sour with wet cardboard and green apple. The initial flavor is sweet and salty that transitions quickly into a sour aftertaste that picks up the green apples noted in the aroma. That apple flavor is relatively long lived, especially on the tip of the toungue. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a lightly oily texture and fizzy carbonation. This beer is interesting and complex but definitely not something I would drink very often.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle served at just over fridge temperature in the distinctive tulip glass acquired at Ommegang's BCTCIV. Best by 27/06/07, this has been cellared for one year.

Appearance- With a terrific *pop* and a full nose of sour cherries, the beer flows a deep, musty pink into the glass. The head rises quickly to the top of the bulbous vessel, a four full fingers... then suddenly it falls with a loud crackle to just a thin mat.

Smell- Wild and sweet, this aromatic sensory trip offers some funky, sour cherries and some subtle oak notes that are completely in balance. The awesome nose combined with the chilly surface temperature of the beer feels perfect for drinking on this hot, humid evening.

Taste- From the moment this hits the tongue, you can begin bracing for the wonderful sour attack that ensues. Though the overall taste is one of extremely sour cherries, it's after the swallow that Part II begins and earns the brewer's undeniable respect. Chewy, woody, and extremely delicious... the teeth and gums are left with a marvelous impression of aged oak barrels. The hint of sweetness at the finish line wraps things up... this is the benchmark beer for the style IMO.

Mouthfeel- Wickedly carbonated, this beer goes ballistic in the mouth to the point of being impossible. It's gassy and explosive... a gentle swish in the mouth blows my cheeks up with air and leaves no choice but to swallow both beer and empty space. This category is poised to tank the numbers.

Drinkability- The most difficult beer I've encountered lately to actually enjoy based on its mouthfeel, yet the flavor and style execution is almost flawless.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown with red edges.
Smell is sour, dark fruits and wood. (I think my nose is drooling (Ewww! Sorry.)) :-{)
Taste is very sour with a wierd vinegar sweetness (not unlike balsamic in that regard), cherry and a wood note.
A medium body, medium effervescence, sour cherry/vinegary aftertaste fades fast. An extremely drinkable brew. I want more!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

AP: ruby tinted amber with a slow but plentiful carbonation creating a formidable tan colored head that becomes a fizzy 1/4" cap.

nose: sour and tart raspberrie fruity malt, sour dill pickles, overripe apples, sweaty feat-cheese, herbal hop and fermented grapes. pretty dang complex and odd.

flavor: This is an extremely tart raspberry flavored belgian yeast effect at first, mildly sweet malt, sour apples and a light white-wine taste that takes a back seat to the dominant sour yeatieness.

Feel: Medium body, light and fluffy feel with a dry finish. goes down pretty smooth.

DA: not bad at 6% ABV.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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