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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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Photo of joesc230
1.38/5  rDev -67.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Decided to try this out based on the reviews I saw on this site. To be honest, this was the first time I've tried a well-rated beer (based on this site's ratings) that I absolutely hated. I'm sure it's a great choice for some people, but both the smell and taste of this beer reminded me of a very sweet and sour vinegar. After trying it out and being suprised by its taste, I asked a friend to try it out and he totally agreed with me.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
1.41/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I tried this beer with no preconceptions, although it was a Belgian Grand Cru. It may be my first Flanders Red Ale, but I've had quite a few oak aged beers in the past. I didn't like the taste. Too sour, very unique and lacking in a real beer feel. Tasted like Shiraz, in that it was dry and peppery, although it also had a watery consistency. Generally it was unpleasant, I don't think I'll be having another one, and I'll be noting my aversion to the style (not many beers of this style are available in Australia). A real disappointment.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Snifter
Purchased At: HyVee (Madison, WI)

Appearance: The pour produces half a finger of foamy head that runs away after just a few seconds. Looking through the whole glass the beer has a bistre color, but when just a fraction of the beer is held to light it has a burnt umber and Bulgarian rose color. It's hard to see through the beer, but judging by the top of the pour it doesn't look effervescent which I was expecting. Although, perhaps I shouldn't have expected it as I don't think any of the other flanders red ales that I have had have produced effervescence in the glass.

Smell: The nose has the obvious brown malt playing in the background, but on top of that sits a handful of sourness, tart cherries, vinegar, vanilla and oak.

Taste: Just like the nose, brown malt sits in the background while the exciting features both jump out, and slowly come out. The acidic sourness comes out immediately bringing along a tart cherry flavor with it. Notes of oak, vanilla and vinegar start to creep out, followed by plum juice. The aftertaste leaves me with more cherries, although now they are more sweet than tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with a medium amount of carbonation. The first few sips were aggressively carbonated, but as usual, after letting it sit for a few minutes it became more pleasant.

Drinkability: This will end up in my crate again for sure. I can't remember how much it was, but I think the price was pretty reasonable. Around $10 or so I do believe for the 750mL bottle. This has a really nice set of flavors, quite a bit of sourness (not as much as La Folie, but because of how sour La Folie is I think this is slightly more drinkable).

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Photo of ikats
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red, mahogany color. Large tan head dissipates quickly to a thin cover. Wonderful sour aroma. It's full of sour cherries and plums. Wood notes are there too (not surprisingly since it was aged in oak for 18 months). As I keep enjoying the aroma, it starts to remind me of sour candies. And with that thought it tastes like sour candies too. Such a wonderful taste, especially if it's not straight out of the fridge. The pleasure is the same I get out of eating sour cherries. Tartness is not overbearing as there is very sweet background to balance it. It all plays very nice on my tongue. I do enjoy sour beers and this one is the best so far. Grand Cru seems like a fitting name.

This was a 750 ml bottle that I saved for a few months for a special night. "Best before" date is stamped on the bottom of the bottle, but it's a bit hard to make out.

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Photo of zoso493
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into the infamous Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a coco-cola color with a thin one-finger head. When held up to the light, some reddish tints come out. When you open the bottle, you get a huge whiff of cherry soda, so I was kind of expecting this to pour a bright red.

Smell: Huge smell of cherries up front with some oak, vanilla, vinegar with a general theme of sourness.

Taste: Follows the smell with some berry-like funk. Very, very sour and vinegary, with some malts, berries and dark fruit coming out.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but fairly carbonated. Pretty crisp and dry.

Drinkability: As interesting as this brew is, it's just too sour for me to drink a lot of. I think this one is going to be enough for now.

Overall, this is a hell of an intriguing and very sour brew. It's certainly worth sampling.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had this several times, but this is the first real sit down analysis for me. From the 750ml C&C bottle into my tasting glass. BB 11/06/15

Pours a murky garnet with a tight two finger light khaki head. Solid retention for the style with pretty good lacing.

Tart, but not sour. Picking up a bunch of funky apples, like really ripe apple skins. Characteristic balsamic vinegar. Dome vinous notes, and barrel juice. Bits of oak and even some vanilla. No hops, and no straightforward malts. Wonderfully complex, I could smell this all day.

Slightly tart on the front that quickly blossoms into an array of that funky apple, ripe cherry, and oak. More vanilla than I anticipated. All this with a very nice Belgian candy sweetness that keeps things in check. The sour side of this beer is subdued compared to some of the hardcore guezes and American wilds, but very well balanced between the lactic and acetic. Sourness builds ad this warms, but never overpowers. This is seriously tasty.

A solid medium, with ample carbonation. Finishes dry and clean, with just the right amount of pucker. Superior drinkability, and one of the most refreshing beers I've
had.

Overall this is one of the best Flanders Reds I've had, right up there with Cuvee des Jacobins. This hits the perfect balance of sweet and sour. So layered and complex, I can hardly believe this is just water, barley, hops, and assorted bugs. There are just so many fruit flavors here, and the added vanilla/barrel character just brings it to that next level. The best part is its widely available and cheap relative to the style. I could drink this every day. If you are a fan of sours and haven't tried this one you need to. If you are wondering about trying a sour beer, this is a great place to start. Cheers!

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown with ruby tones when held to the light. Not really any head on this one, but there's a thin tan film.

S: Tart raspberries with brown sugar, acid, and vinegar.

T: Oh yeah, this is good! First off: tart raspberries, brown sugar, citrus acid, vinegar, light oak, tangy raisins. There's some cherries and peach as well. Good stuff.

M: I think a lot of others said it well; damn near perfect. For this style, I don't think I'd have it any other way. Light, almost medium bodied and slightly creamy but dry finish.

O: Glad I found this one for such a cheap price. I wanted to buy it earlier but it costs over $20 at the local store- found it for $10. This is an awesome Flanders red ale and reminds me of Jacobins Rouge. It comes in a huge bottle as well so that you can enjoy it for a long period.

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Photo of NCMatt
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
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 joedon
2.95/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice tan head with lots of lace atop a dark brown-garnet beer.
Strong aroma of sour cherries plus earthy-dank notes.

Overpowering sourness with sour cherries, buttery-acetyl and alcohol bite. Very much of an acquired taste.

Decent mouthfeel for a strong flavored beer.

Not very drinkable to me. This beer might be right for someone really into lambics or lactobacillus flavors but it's not for me.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle found on the shelf at my local bottle shop.

A: Reddish/brown. Foamy white 3 finger head that is slow to dissipate. Ring of head lingers around the edges while drinking.

S: Strong tart and sour smell.

T: Crisp, tart nose that gives way to a very fruity and refreshing cherry finish.

M: Heacy carbonation and light bodied.

O: Great Flanders. Glad I decided to give this a try. As good as many of the "rare" sours.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brownish black with a 1-finger tan head. Mild retention and lace.

The silky nose offers up deep notes of rich cocoa powder, raisins, prunes and vanilla with touches of coffee and spiced apples. For a sour, the nose has little evidence of it. Perhaps a touch of sour cherry.

The palate has a massive, dominant but incredibly well-integrated sourness- lemony with other tones of black cherries and pears- balanced by a very rich malty structure. More notes of butterscotch, syrupy tobacco, creamy vanilla bean, a figgy sweetness and a good dusting of spices- pepper, clove, cinnamon. A faint bit of tannins in the middle of the tongue starts the finish, which is incredibly long with trailing, vineous notes of chocolate and spiced orange peel. The spectrum of flavors in this are astounding.

Out of all the sours I've had, this one has one of the most well-integrated sour characters I've ever come across. Ya it's a bit like those warheads candies, but it's tucked in such an incredible silky richness. The flavors are varied and complex and the delivery is impeccable. And for a sour, there's none of those rank, barnyardy tones either which would make this, I think, a good first sour for someone who needs their sour cherry popped.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle dated 6/19/2012. I have a feeling its been sitting here for quite some time.

A: poured into pilsner flute. Clear dark red color with light dull orange head. highly fizzy carbonation.

S: vinegar, apples, black cherry, wet wood.

T: tart cherries and apples. Smoothed out by bits of sugary sweetness and woody notes. Finishes crisp and a little dry.

M: medium bodied, almost syrupy at times, but loaded with fizzy carbonation. Insanely drinkable.

O: still expanding my horizons on sours, but DAMN this is good! Just the right amount of tartness. Will buy this again and again.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a Duvel Tulip

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Very deep reddish, copper, brown. Small tan head that recedes to a ring very quickly.

S: Strong pungent sour vinegar nose, with big cherry notes in it. Light hint of caramel.

T: Very, very sour. Strong on the fruit notes of cherry, apple, raspberry, with a vinegary sting in the back. With some warming, it mellows a little and the oak comes through lightly in in the finish.

M: A medium mouthfeel with strong, dry tartness. Makes you want to sip again and again to refresh the mouth.

D: The best of the style I've had, a real treat. The don't make them like this often.

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Photo of dwren89
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark black/brown with red hues in the light, creamy tan head, no clarity from dark color

Aroma: fruity with notes of black cherry and orange, and plum, soft malt sweetness in the background

Taste: immediately taste the cherry, orange and plum, malt then takes over and rounds out taste to keep it definitively in the beer taste category and not wine, sour finish, incredible complexity of flavor and evolution of taste

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium body, prickly in the mouth like a soft drink but smooth on the swallow

Overall Impression: A beer with amazing complexity and depth. Deftly skirts the line between beer and red wine, sour and sweet, and biting and smooth. Best described as a beer dressed up as a red wine with a sour kick.

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Photo of bret27
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Oaky, tart, vanilla, brett, berries

A: Very dark ruby brown, thick creamy dark head

T: Sweet and tart cherries, touch of vanilla and woodiness. Tart, vinegar, extremely dry finish.

M/D: Medium, slick, and dry. Very delicious and drinkable.

Overall: I like the more oak aging on this one, than the normal version. The extra oak/wild bugs adds more flavor and yet more dryness, making it more drinkable for me.

When I realized I gave it an A+, I kind of second-guessed myself, but I stand by it. This is a phenomenal Flander's Red. World class IMO.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Dark browny/red colour. Minimal head.

S - Sweet red wine and liqueur aromas. Various sweet berries as well.

T - Initially strong carbonation with an immediate red wine taste. Sugary-sweet and slighlty malty. Probably the malt that separates it most notably from a red lambrusco. Very intense flavour hit.

M - Strong carbonation gives it a very lively mouthfeel. Slightly sour aftertaste.

D - Very nice, but quite sweet. Strong carbonation makes it a bit of a handful but would still be quite easy to drink... just would've preferred a little bit more beer flavour here.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep copper pour with a large frothy off-white head. Sour brett aroma with notes of apple, pear, cherry, sweet dark fruit and oak. Strong sour cherry flavor that makes you pucker on the first sip and finishes with a deep earthy oak flavor. Nice medium body with a very gentle carbonation and dry finish.

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

Served on tap, this pours an opaque ruby color, with a small white head that quickly dissipates and little or no lacing on the glass. The smell is faintly of apples. The taste is intensely sour, accompanied by a strong tart apple flavor as well as a less strong cherry flavor. Who would have thought this would be so light and easy to drink? For me, the Flemish Sour Ale has been the final frontier in beer style appreciation. This is definitely a beer to be enjoyed by the glass, rather than the pitcher. That said, this is a humdinger! Very enjoyable!

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Photo of blackc5
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deeper brown then expected. Reddish tint shines through when held up to the light. Slightly hazy. No real head or lacing to speak of.

S - Immensely tart fruit - cherry and sour apple are most forward. Some oak in the background and perhaps a bit of vanilla as well. Vinegary, but not overly so.

T - Outstanding - exceptionally fruity and the tartness is just right. Not too sour, and not too vinegary, and balanced with some sweetness. Just right for a wonderfully drinkable beer. Main fruit elements are cherries, apple, grape must and tamarind. The oak aging adds a nice level of complexity and vanilla. All balanced with some bready grain and just a hint of leather.

M - Mild carbonation that leaves just a bit of fizz on the tongue. Light and smooth body with a dry finish.

D - No complaits here - this one lives up to its reputation, and goes on my list to have again. Held up well to food also.

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

A - deep red with tints of orange when you swirl it around the glass. Pours a small one finger white head.

S - Sweet red wine, hints of oak, sweet malt and molasses.

T - Tart cherries with some candy like cherry sweetness, deep red wine characteristics. Finish has some lemony vinegar acidity and dryness from the wood.

M - carbonation is great, on the high end, so it's very crisp.

D - So easy to drink - thin to medium mouthfeel with just right carbonation makes this go down easy. The somewhat lingering sweetness is cut by the high carbonation. I found myself drinking this one quickly.

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Photo of YankChef
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
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 fropones
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A nice reddish orange color with minimal off-white head.

S - One whiff of this lets me know I'm one for a sour treat. Acetic cherries with some oak mixed in. Some earthy wine characteristics here, as well.

T - Mouth puckering sourness right up front. Cherries and oak are fluid throughout. Vinegar. Sweet caramel malt hidden behind the sour. Also some grapes in here, as well. Immensely complex.

M - Great carbonation, creaminess, with a nice dry finish.

D - I was expecting one very sour beer and I was not let down. Easily the most sour beer I've had and also very complex. This is an amazing beer.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

*Bottle: 33cl
*Alcohol: 6%
*Special beer category is not noted
*Brewery: Brouwerij Rodenbach, B-Roeselare 8800
*Place beer was reviewed: Den Stillen Genieter, Nauwstraat 9, B-2800 Mechelen

As soon as I ordered this beer I knew I was up for something special. When I saw the bartender go down into the cellar I could barely wait to take the first nip. And a exceptional bottle it was . It had been waiting patiently for me since 1992.
It poured a dark red beer with a small head. When I looked through the glass I could make up a dark-red and orange colour. The first smell was a fruity sour odour. Quite like the normal Rodenbach. And then came the first taste. Truly magnificent! A deep sour and at the same time a rewarding sugary taste. The sourness kept on lingering in my mouth, but never was it to powerful. Just like you would want it to be. It did remind me of some traditional Gueuze, but this was truly a unique taste.

Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

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Photo of Jordan
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So happy I picked this baby up from my Whole Foods Market. The beer pours easily, its looks a little flat out of the bottle, almost no head, but it is actually highly carbonated when agitated and when it hits the mouth.

Caramels, sour apples, oak on the nose.

Lot of fine particulates make it opaque. Deep red-brown. Gorgeous.

Sour grapes, vinegar, lemon peel. Lots of flavor. This one lingers for quite a while. It sticks with you.

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Photo of Swim424
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into stella chalice

A-dark burnt amber, mahogany color up to light. much darker away from light. small 1 finger head.

S-very familiar smell, cant put my finger on it. definitely smells a bit sour. sort of vinagar fruity smell.

T-Tastes like less sugary sour candy. Tart, apple flavor.

Mf-pretty thin for what I was expecting. Sort of fizzy.

O-I have never had a beer anything like this beer before. Never had a sour of anything along those lines. But this is really good. Drinks more like a wine. I really like this beer. I will be looking for more like this and i highly recommend this one.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.
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