Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru
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Rodenbach Grand CruRodenbach Grand Cru

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 GJ40
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

A - A beautiful reddish, amber color with a small head. Some lacing.

S - Fruity with cherries and raspberries.

T - Fruity, sour and tart as hell. The intensity starts as soon as it hits your lips and lasts well after you swallow.

M - Low carbonation and a nice consistency.

D - I know this style isn't for everyone but I love it. I could drink it anytime.

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Photo of Wayne17
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of cgrunin
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of drtth
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date 28 Jan. 2017

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear but dark cherry wood color with a 1/2" light tan head that soon recedes to a thin layer of bubbles over the nucleation point and a small ring around the interior of the glass and leaving no lacing on the sides. Sipping creates a couple of arches of lacing with lots of scattered small patches that mostly slide gradually back down to the liquid.

The aromas include some dark tart cherries, some other dark fruit against a light gentle background of red wine vinegar and woodiness.

The flavors include both some sweetness and tartness at the same time. The dark cherry tartness also includes a bit of tannin from the oak as well as some light vanilla character. The fruit flavors include those tart dark cherries and something that seems a lot like tart green apple.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with just a hint of fizzy creaminess from the light but persistent carbonation. The finish is fairly long and has most of flavors around until the dry finish. First the tartness, the wine vinegar and sweetness recede into the back of the palate letting the vanilla move forward and then to the back of the palate. Eventually all flavors fade a way leaving a long dry ending in which the vanilla and oak show up briefly before also disappearing.

Overall I'd say this is a very well made beer and I'll be looking forward to having another. That said, it is also definitely a sipping beer and a single 330 ml bottle is more than enough for one evening. If I had to use a single word for this beer, it would be complex. There is a dynamic interplay of flavors that come and go on centerstage with the others still playing a supporting role so that none of them steal the show.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of whitenads
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of nlmartin
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of hopkrid
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of marc77
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep garnet hue with a slight murk. Thin, but well retained light tan head leaves sparse lace.

Aroma: Pungent barrage of vinous sherry, tart, fermented plum along with heaty ethanol. Secondary notes of cheesy old hop, musty oak and chunky lactic tartness. Mellows and morphs as it breathes, with both licorish notes and bubblegum esters surfacing to provide a candyish contrast. Very enticing and uniquely intense aromawise.

Taste: Coating wash of thick, aged balsamic tartness bathes the palate initially, then widens into a melange of balsamic drizzled sour cherry, lightly tannic oak and yeast must. Sweetens somewhat mid palate, with notes of caramelized raisins and old fruitcake providing addition depth and additional contrast. Tartness reemerges late, this time of a clean, green apple nature. Finishes with a thirst inducing combination of tart, lightly salted lemon.

Mouthfeel: Deceivingly light and crisp on the palate, due to the high attenuation. Soft and smooth.

Drinkability / overall: A delicious, intensely flavored, beefed up Old Bruin. Concomitantly rich and satiating, yet teasingly whimsical, beckoning the palate for more to attempt comprehension. This deserves to be in a 750 ml bottle. Outstanding. "Best before 9/13/04"

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Photo of heygeebee
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Braz
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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

Photo of zbooks
3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rado
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice clear brownish ale with almost no head.

The aroma was of musty, sweet fruity malt.

The taste was incredibly complex. It was tart and sour, somewhat fruity, and it very strongly tasted of red wine. There were oak notes hovering in the background. Truly a unique experience.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of those first beers that got me interested in sours... I was shocked to see I hadn't a review typed up, but was happy to come across one in my voice notes.

Trying to clean out the voice notes on my iphone...
Reviewed from those notes.

served in a tulip.

Murky reddish brown color. A dirty tan colored head leaves some spotty lacing.
Nose has huge sour cherry and vinegar... Oaky oaky oaky nose. Very nice and pleasant. The oaky tart sourness is big, but well-balanced and well-integrated into the actual beer.
The taste is sweet with dark fruit- black cherries, plums, sour cherries. Perhaps a little hint of some sweet malts here too? Hard to pinpoint it entirely. The tart vinegar and the sour cherries rock the finish in an amazingly tasty way.
The body is pretty full and respectably carbonated.
I like this beer a lot. It is exceptionally drinkable and readily available.

Is this the best beer I've had? No, of course not... But does it hit the spot? Absolutely. This is the beer I think of when I think of a Flanders red.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of peabody
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of FreshZ
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of delta490
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a nice cap of light tan head. Great retention and small tight lacing that is slightly soapy. The aroma and taste are definitely sour but it was not overpowering to me as they tend to me. It is lighter bodied and smooth.

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Photo of FBarber
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish brown - mostly opaque but not hazy. Thin tan head dissipates slowly leaving a thin tan film on the beer.

Smell has aromas of tart cherries, berries strong oaken aromas with undertones of vinegar, funk, slight brown sugar.

Taste ... wow, ok, this is awesome. Sour tart cherries are the predominant flavors initially, with some underlying tart funk. Some slight red wine vinegar notes are noted with a tart apple flavor as well balanced with a slightly salty flavor. Slight oaken flavors peak through albeit not strongly. Dry finish almost tannin like in nature.

Feel has medium carbonation. Dry tannin like notes with a dry finish. The tartness is refreshing.

This beer alone turned me on to Flanders Red Ale - if it weren't for this one, I would never drink one. Its so well done and so flavorful.

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Photo of kevindp9
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 92.9% out of 100 with 4,055 ratings
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