Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

BA SCORE
95
world-class
4,004 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:
4,004
Reviews:
1,137
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
Wants:
330
Gots:
681
For Trade:
22
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Ratings: 4,004 |  Reviews: 1,137
Photo of heygeebee
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No BB. From Platinum.

Pours a deep mahogany red - the one finger off white head dies to film. Large spots of lace.

Aromas of lemon citrus, cherries, sherbert, vinegar. A tart explosion.

Taste is in the same vein. Dry crisp, refreshing, without being overpoweringly sour. More cherry on palate than on nose.

Mouthfeel is zesty and well carbonated, light bodied.

Overall, good drinking, prefer this to their Classic.

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Photo of pootz
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled..330ml crown top expirery date 06/06. Served at 48 deg.F in a thin stemmed tulip... it poured a brilliant ruby red-amber with a sticky off white cap that laces beautifully.Tiny bubbled ample effervescence. Aroma is a knock out!..concord grape, cherry tartness some herbal smells, acidic like dry cider. Taste? sure does!..glorious layers of berry like tarness, malty but herbal, some horse blanket... sweetness balances against sour cider tartness...what a ride! Finish is tart and dry like a strong cider. This is a remarkable brew...some will hate it some will love it (as I do) for it’s amazing flavor and refreshing fruity tartness. Recommended to those with no boundaries who want to experience one of the worlds most unique and well crafted ales...truely remarkable.

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Photo of MaseFace
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ajzy
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of GoHabsGo
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whitenads
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Pours out a cloudy ice tea color with 1/2 finger of white suds and lots of carbonation at the bottom of the glass.
Smell is sour orange peel and cherries with some malt and sugar. The oak comes through.
Taste is sweet at first with a sugary cherry flavor then the sourness hits with that half/bretty flavor and half oakiness.
Mouthfeel is very clean with just a hint of the dry sourness hanging on.
Drinkability is very good here. I can get this at the local shop and def. will be doing just that.

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

Photo of BeersAndBears
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Stillyman11
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of dannycohen62
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bennetj17
3.47/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a tinge of copper. Minimally hazy, low on carbonation resulting in only some soapy froth and not much head. The aroma is intense with notes of dominant sour cherry and light oak. Some of the fruit flavor gives hints of grape and strawberry also.

Dry, oaked tartness in the flavor, with some light smoke in the finish and a hint of cinnamon spice. The end is astringent with a juice like acidity. The cherry fruit is present, but not as bright as in the aroma. The body seems thin, and the carbonation is fine yet razor sharp on the tongue.

I didn't find this Flanders Red very appealing. The astringent finish was the major turn-off for me. Perhaps I should have paired it with a lemon-garnished dish as they suggest, because it wasn't that enjoyable by itself...

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Photo of FreshZ
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ambruns1979
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Hop_God
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jfstilling
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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 DarthGuitarHero
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of AGust82
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Photo of Phatz
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a golden ruby color with a big head and lots of active carbonation bubbles.

Smell: The aroma is reserved in my limited experience with the style. However with a bit searching there was a little bit of tart cherries and grapes.

Taste: The taste is very sugary and yet tart. Much more tart than I had expected but I believe that was largely because of the carbonation that the tart seemed exaggerated. The bottle claimed that is was aged in oak for 18month. I had to use a lot of imagination to find an oak flavor. Overall it is good, but I believe I had too high of expectations. I was hoping for something that could compete with the Duchess.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is hard to describe. The tartness brought on a pucker and stung the taste buds a bit and yet underneath the big fluffy crisp carbonation the beer had a medium light smooth body.

Drinkability: Despite being a bit different than I had expected this is a tasty beer that drinks very easily.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.26 out of 5 based on 4,004 ratings.
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