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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,120
Ratings:
3,902
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
20.89%
 
 
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Photo of silverblaze540
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Looks like a soda. Very murky brown. Two finger head that quickly dissipates. Audible hissing with very active bubbles.

S - Sweet and sour fruits. Strong cherry notes with some hints of apple cider vinegar. Almost smells like a wine.

T - A fruity sweetness with a strong cherry presence. the aftertaste is sour. Very crisp.

M - Lots of burn from the bubbles, medium body.

O - A refreshing beer that is almost like a cherry cider. Sour but with a pleasant sweetness to balance it out.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Crisp on the tongue due to a combination of a thin body and pleasant carbonation. The flavor is complex with acetic and lactic notes. No sweetness unlike some other Flemish red/browns. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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

First Flanders Red. Didn't really know what to expect. I had an idea how sour I thought it might be, but beyond that it was going to be a surprise. It was less tart than I imagined, but it still had a zing. You could really smell and taste the barrels, had almost a bourbon like quality. Dark, but not black. Overall, it was a very good and well balanced beer. There's a reason it's been produced as long as it has. It's good. Give it a try!

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Photo of majorbase2
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a thin off white head. Dissipates quickly, leaving a thin head and a small ring of lacing around the edges,

Aroma leads with a bit of funk. Lots of sour odors and tartness. Apple, grape and cherry.

Taste is sharp, tart sour, and vinegary. Fig and cherry are strong. Very sweet. Sweet, sour grapes on the back end, and just the slightest hint of caramel malts.

Light bodied, sour and tart. Rather crisp, well carbonated. Very drinkable at 6%. FInished in no time.

Excellent beer, and its reputation is justified. An excellent beer for any time of the year.

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Photo of headlessparrot
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy almost cola-type colour, very murky and bog-water-ish. Capped by a finger of head that recedes quickly to nothing, leaving no islands, no lacing, no nothing. Visibly effervescent. Honestly, it does not look tremendously appetizing in the glass.

Smell, however, more than makes up for it. Caramelized sugars, lots of tart cherry, a touch of clove. Fruity esters. A slight almost smokiness. Quite sweet. Raisins, apple cider, plums, apricot. Some serious tartness. Grapey, almost vinous.

Taste is very acidic, very sweet and sour. Not a lot of sign of the oak-aging, but big tart cherries, sugars, more apple cider/apple cider vinegar. High carbonation, fairly dense, sugary body.

It would be virtually impossible to put more than one of these down in a sitting--so rich, so sweet and tart, so dense and acidic and carbonated. And yet it's nevertheless probably one of my absolute favourite beers.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown. Smell is cherries and vinegar. The vinegar doesn't really show up on the palate. I get a lot of sour/sweet cherry and white grape that are brought together by the oak. Very easy drinking and a good place to begin in the world of sours. This is a much more complete beer than the classic and I'm happy to see that it's in 11.2oz bottles now.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of grapes
Head – none
Lacing – none
Body dark red-brown, hazy
Flavor of grapes, vinous tones, slightly tart
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25

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Photo of One1Asterisk
3.01/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Scorched earth in my mouth. Acidity to clean the enamel right off my teeth. My lady enjoyed it a great deal, I truly hope to re-review this sometime down the line with much more positive things to say! I want to enjoy it as much as you guys do :(

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Photo of Myotus
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle (drink by date 23Sep16) into a Rona shifter. Pours with a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates to half a finger's worth within 10 seconds. Beer is so dark and murky, no bubbles are visible. Redish brown in color. Lacing is moderate. Has strong, sour yeast aromas that harmonize well with fig, cherry and oak aromas. Initial taste is of strong (but not overwhelming), tart yeast flabors that combine with mild oak flavors. Mild fig and weak cherry flavors enter immediately after as tartness persists creating a delicious dance of flavors on my taste buds. Light-bodied, smooth with subtle dryness. My first flanders red ale and I have to say that I picked a wonderful first choice.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber/reddish color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention is minimal, and lacing is mild. There is a lot of precipitate as well. Very tart aroma. Can detect figs , maybe some cherries and a little bit of brandy. The taste is where it really shines. Sour cherries all the way. Some figs at the end. Very, very good. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of those world treasure sorts of beer, it doesn't just exemplify the style, it IS the style. Beautiful layers of oak, berry fruit, wisps of light funk, and a really pleasing level of tartness, not too much, not too little. Gorgeous, just gorgeous.

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

Pours a deep red color, with a half inch head that dissipated quickly. Nice aroma of sour cherries, raisins, figs, some sweetness in the nose as well. The tartness hits you up front immediately, but then this beer starts to shine, with complex sour cherry, raisin, dark fruit and oak/caramel flavors - how did they cram all those flavors into one taste? The mouthfeel was just the opposite of what I expected for a sour beer - kinda sweet/kinda dry, but in a very nice way. I can't get enough of this beer - and at around $9-10 for a 750ml you just can't beat it.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a small chalice: color is amber, slight haze, no head on this pour but usually a feint top, that dissipates quickly, typical of these low hop, extreme sours.

Nose is extremely distinctive to this beer: sharp sourness, sweeter and less pungent than vinegar, and enjoyable. Leads to a fruity complex profile, vinous, earthy, grapes, figs all subtle but pleasant notes in the aroma.

Taste is also distinctive: again sharp sourness, with a sweet complent, vinegar like presence is not noticeable, flavor is extremely enjoyable. Flavor profile leads to sour grapes, vinous, light earthy, no weird off flavored funk. A clean tasting but extremely delicious sour ale.

Mouthfeel is sweet then dry then sweet in lingering presence; balance of flavors is throughout the mouth touching on the tongue and cheeks equally but not lasting long or lingering poorly.

Overall, this is one of the best beers in the world, style defining and exceptionally tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of dmitrosan
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: very rich, balanced & smoky nose with a sour cherry and mead notes.
T: A balanced acidity like in overaged white wine that then transforms in soft bread notes. Dominant sour cherry taste with sherry hint.
Aftertaste: Very rich and playful.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In the minority here but I just was a little underwhelmed with this beer. Still a pretty good flanders red though. Aromas are standard for a world class sour but I personally am a little put off by the slight rum noses and flavors as well.

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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 BeerStyx
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth sour beer. Wish it had a bit more of a bite or sweetness to it (something that gives it a bit of *oomph*). Liked the subtle flavours in it. Kind of like Cuvee des Jacobins but more smooth/elegant (cdj has some bad flavours that go along with the pungent "bite"). I liked that it didn't burn my nose like cdj. I liked it overall a lot, but not perfect. Would try again.

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

Very interesting nose. This beer smells of red fruit and acetic acid though they are very well balanced. This is my first sour and although it was a bit intense at first I quickly warmed up to it. Beautiful color, somewhere between mahogany and dark red.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A true classic. I know everyone says this beer is a great introduction to sours, but it is a great beer for experts as well. The flavors brought with the oak aging will have you swearing it sat on fruit for a time, which it doesn't. Cherry, vanilla, great astringency. This is a wonderful balance of sour. Even my wife likes this beer.

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Photo of Rickus
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Murky brown-black. A vigorous, coffee-tainted head. S: A lambic, but not really. Sour, wet wood, sour cherries. T: Tart. Sour cherries, vinegar and grapefruit. A little musty? An aftertaste of cuberdons and more vinegar. F: Champagne, a lingering dryness. O: A fantastic beer. Probably one of my favourite beers in the world. You must try it. If you have already done so, you will try it again.

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

Like a fine wine, this beer is a true work of art.

RGC was my first introduction to Belgian Sours. Nice warm, honey reddish brown color with a thin carbonated head. Vinegary, smooth, warm, sweet bitter sour. Absolutely love this beer without a doubt.

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Photo of Wanne
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is between red and brown. Nice aroma of red fruit and red wine. Taste is mixture of sour and sweet and is a bit vinous. It has a bit more character than a regular Rodenbach, hence the slightly higher score I gave it.

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Photo of MrDell
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.12.2015

Rodenbach Grand Cru
Flanders Red Ale - 6% - 33cl bottle - Best before 15.07.2017

Appearance: Pours brown to very deep red/mahogany colour. Milk coffee coloured head. Low levels of carbonation.

Aroma: Balsamic vinegar, funk, acidic red fruits and port.

Taste: Red fruits up front then funk in the middle with a tart, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Very still in the mouth due to the low carbonation. Dry and tart.

Overall: Not as sour as I remember, very enjoyable overall, although I have to say I prefer the fruitier and more sour qualities of the Duchesse de Bourgogne as a readily available Flanders red ale, over the more funk orientated Rodenbach Grand Cru. Both of these beers are similar in price, availability and both come in at 6% ABV. Overall this is an excellent beer scoring 8.75, just beaten by the Duchesse de Bourgogne (due to personal taste). I'm very interested to see how this will compare to the unblended 'Vintage' version and also the Caractère Rouge (macerated in cherries, raspberries and cranberries).

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Photo of Kuaff
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cellar temperature in my tulip. I think this my first time with a sour.

The head is nothing but a thin ring of fine tan bubbles . No foam whatsoever. The color is a kind of a slightly hazy mahogany-ruby-red.

An interesting aroma. I pick up on some acetic acid for sure, but for some reason the smell doesn't bother me in this context like it usually does. There are also various red fruits in here, like red apples, cherries, cranberries, plus a grape-like vinous quality. Maybe a touch of honey. Also, it has a unique musty herbal note. Distinctive!

Well. They don't call them sours for nothing! Sour and tart it is, similar in taste to many different sour fruits. It's weird. It has a pretty intense sour grape and cranberry thing going on, but somehow it's restrained just enough by a mellow, drying herbal bitterness that buffers the sourness, much like a properly prepared buffer system neutralizes a strong acid. The more familiar-to-beer bread and yeast show up in the finish. Really a harmonious flavor profile.

Love the feel. Calm carbonation.

My palate is pretty intrigued by this Flanders red ale. It has excellent complexity, as well as focused and controlled intensity. Much in the same way there's an art to integrating the alcohol of high strength beers into their flavor seamlessly, I think this ale artfully integrates sourness in a way that keeps it intense yet doesn't overwhelm.

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Photo of drmeto
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S:
grapes,cherries,plums,balsamic vinegar
T:
-Follows the nose
-medium sourness
-very dry
-slight bitterniss
F:
-low carbonation
-light body
O:
Good,but not as good as i hoped

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 1,120 ratings.
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