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Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flanders Red Ale- a blend of 1/3 young beer and 2/3 aged beer matured for 2 years in oak foeders. The original sour ale.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So much to love about this beer. It stands alone in my eyes. With further sippings, I may hope to one day fully realize its greatness.

EYES: Big, foamy suds - lasts okay, but no lace. Cranberry-red color and brilliantly clear.

NOSTRILS: Smells slightly funky - almost, but not quite vinegar. Mostly fruity aromas - mostly that of a cranberry juice cocktail wine, though no alcohol present. Not as vibrant as I would like.

MOUTH: Tartness (exponentially so with larger sips) - potent, but not puckering. Quite fruity in the aforementioned cranberry, et al fashion. Now this is vibrant, but it lacks the sugary sweetness of a fruit juice. Also, I could swear I tasted a touch of chocolate in the back/finish.

It's thirst-quenchingly dry and lightly crisp, however, I almost yearn for just a bit more (malty) body/sweetness - of course not quite in the arena of Duchesse. Mellow, pleasing sour tang/film seems to coat the entire mouth after each sip, fading real slow. And as I mentioned above, a large, quick sip will just about shock the palate.

VERDICT: A magnificently-crafted beer (that I wouldn't doubt was better before Rodenbach was bought by Palm). One of the more effervescent, thinner examples of this style - seems like a bit of a joke grouping this with Duchesse, but I get it.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of polopaul20
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Kuges
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Poupae
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of DogFood11
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up in Washington on a recent visit. I haven't seen it locally (LA) so it was a must buy. A dark amber color with a off white head that leaves little lacing.

Fruity and spiced ale taste hits me up front. A bit of wild yeast combine to give it a citrus almost acidic type flavor and mouthfeel. The theme to this beer though is in its wooded, smoked, oaked flavor. Lots of earthy roots balanced by the mildly wild yeast, funky backer. Cherries are present and give it a level of sweetness that is needed. Highly peppered in the mouthfeel and down the throat, it adds a unique kick to this brew that I like very much.

Notes: quite the tart and sour little treasure. Hops don't really make a presence and aren't necessary. One that I will pursue and purchase whenever possible and a worthy brew just short of greatness in the end.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy Dark brownish reddish color with a good slightly off color white. Smells like vinegar mixed with some sweet cherries. Tart sweet cherries with medium lite body and medium lite carbonation. The taste buds really go crazy. Different interesting beer.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jacewg
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of crossovert
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I hated Duchesse but Im giving this a try.

Pours a reddish brown with a short lived off white head.

Smells like vinegar, some oak, and sour cherry.

Taste is sweet and sour, tastes like cherries fermenting in oak barrels, a huge step over Duchesse. This isn't the offensive vinegar horseradish tasting harseshit that I have associated with this style, Well done.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of SLeffler27
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, red mahogany with a thin head and light lace in a Rodenbach snifter.

The aroma draws one in from several yards away. The strong sour undertones of cherry are followed by very sweet floral, lime and peat.

A highly acidic vinegar and long sour fruity finish warms exquisitely.

Grand Cru is highly carbonated and medium bodied with some alcohol and loads of pucker.

This is a very complex beer, perfect for contemplation or meaningful conversation.

Date consumed: 27 July 2008

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of bonbini26
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glad I'm coming around to sours. Maybe in a year, I'll like this even more. Poured from the bottle into a champagne flute. Why not be fancy? Deep red body like mashed cherries. A finger of off-white head.

Smell is like sour cherry candy. Kind of reminds me of Warheads. Remember those SOBs?

Taste is rather delicious. A bit of cherry, something like red wine, a woodiness. Not as sour as some sours I've had. This strikes me as the perfect gateway.

If you're afraid of sours...as I am...treat yourself to this. You'll probably like it more than you imagine.

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Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HumanParaquat
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 4,066 ratings
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