Rodenbach Grand Cru | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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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 casts.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

This is an unexpected pleasure. I bought this beer last week when i was at the beerloods in Poppel, Belgium.

Pouyred in my Struise glass this beer looks very nice. Fluid is like very dark tea with a very noce head, three fingers which stays a while and then leaves a ring in the glass.

A slightly sour smell. Hmmm, i am not really into sours. Ah well, i opened it so i will drink it.

Very refreshing taste, do i taste cherries? Body is a bit too thin, could use a bit more ABV.

Very well made and very drinkable, even for a non lover of this style.

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Photo of bonkers
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I recieved this as part of the sours for dummies bif, poured from a 750 into a tulip. Pours murky brown with a big white head. Lots of cherries, balsamic vinegar, on the nose. The flavors blend nicely, cherries, oak, lactic acid. The beer is slightly drying, good carbonation, refreshing. A great beer, exceptional flanders.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of FBarber
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours clear reddish brown when held to the sun with a cream colored headshot disapates to a small ring. Aroma is quite tart with some fruity notes, cherry, vinegar. Taste is a nice tart sour cherry.

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4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very excited to get this one, so I might be overrating it to some degree.

Pours a hazy copper with a bit of a loose head. Not really a strong point of this beer.

The aromas OTOH are much more enticing - funky, raisins, earth, sour apples, musty horseblanket, soy sauce. Sour of course including some vinegariness.

Flavour is big, big concord grapes and aged red wine. Sour edge is well controlled. Not at all boozy, and refreshing clean fruitiness.

Light bodied, very spritzy and dry. Extremely drinkable. My impression is a fairly clean fruity flavour combined with quite a funky, complex aroma. I doubt either would work on its own, but the combination is fantastic.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear rusty color with nice ruby tones around the edges. Slightly bubbly. Small off-white head fading quickly leaving minimal lacing down the glass.

Lots of cherry and oak on the notes. Some vinous acidic sourness and a bit of musty funk.

Light tartness up front. Cherries with a little bit of acidity. Nice balance. More oak and vinegar tones come out later creating a tart dry finish with the cherries. Very nice.

A little bit lighter body style than average with good prickly carbonation that enhances the tartness. Finishes pretty dry.

Very pleasant beer for the style. I love good acidity in a Flanders and this one doesn't fall into the trap of being a vinegar bomb like most. The sourness is noticable and pleasant yet restrained.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a taster glass. Thanks, Chris.

A: Plum colored with an off-white half finger head that settled down to a ring. Thready lacing.

S: Cherries, vinegar, peat, grape and some light oak barrelness.

T: So downright tart and refreshing. Cherries dominate with some red wine and cranberries floating in. A bit vinegar-y, but in a good way. Sweet/sour tastiness.

M: Low to medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: This was a nice taste surprise. Don't have this style everyday. The best Flanders Red I've had. Great to pass among friends at a St. Paddy's parade.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.26 out of 5 based on 4,032 ratings.
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