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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
85 88 80 4 25 27
Rodenbach Grand Cru by Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Flanders Red Ale
6.00 % ABV


 
Review by tavernjef on 10/01/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2010
Beautifully bold and shiny dark brown color with a fine, bright ruby glow within and around the edges when strongly back lit. Much like if it were an interchangeable stage light. Starchy topping of parchment paper colored foam builds up gracefully after the pour to about a finger high and slowly fades to a light skim and a few light specks and strings of lacing.

Aroma is sweet and mostly sour with vineous grapes and cherry vinegar and a whole lot of earthly woodish notes that are very high ended and nose hair pullingly sour.

Taste is a towering inferno of souring stuff that is quite complex and uniquely snappy on the palate. Instant tongue cleansing and cheek parching with super sweet, tart cherries, souring vinegar, and vineous quailties that scream dry wine. Lots of superb surroundings to earth, wood, and leaves. Dare I say raisin seems to drift around with some currant skins and a bit of plum too. The texture of sourness is incredibly complex. Acidicly sublime and balanced with just enough sweet to help keep it a bit more in check then it probably could be. The oak aging has done wonders here with all sorts of unique notes that remind me of being in a deeply wooded forest on a hot day as the heat rises from the forest floor and sifts through the thick tree foilage. Wonderful in that regards.

Mouthfeel is like a swig of vinegar balanced with souring fruits and sweetened fruity malt. Crisp, tangy, full on oaky tinged heat and character, vineous dryness, and tones of well-handled sour is the beast of each sip. If sour patch candies were oak aged and pulled from the ground this would be the liquid form of that.

Now as much as I enjoy these types of beers, I have always had a tremendously hard time drinking them with any ease. The sourness is beyond me and my capacity to handle them like a pro Lambic drinker is not something I can keep up with. So on that note I unfortunately have a hard time attributing a nubmer to the drinkability of such a beer. So since this took me a very, very long time to finish, I guess its my average? Damn good stuff though.

Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 0
750ml
$7.99
Binny's Orland

Rodenbach Grand Cru pours a murky, somewhat hazed rust with lively carbonation rising to the surface. A minimal head of one finger showed up on the pour and left fingers of lace as it fell to a respectable cap. A good looking beer without a doubt and just what would be expected from the style.

Each swirl brings about a sticky head and great aromas. Cherry Sweet Tarts start things of and quickly lead into a tart cherry character. A great sweet and sour (vinegar) character punctuate this brew. Slight acidity tickles the nose and light waves of oak weave in and out of the sweet and sour. The smell of this beer makes my mouth water uncontrollably.

The flavor mimics the aroma. A sweetened candy-like cherry flashes through upfront before tart cherry and cider vinegar wash over the taste buds mid palate. Ghost-like oakiness pokes its head out occasionally but just as quickly disappears. The slight sweetness shows up again on the finish to combine with the sour and oak to create a blast of flavor. Grand Cru is an exceptional beer and a true benchmark of the style that I never tire of.

The body is on the lighter side of medium and shows off a great silkiness. Carbonation is lively and awakens the tongue a bit but is very soft and natural. Extremely thirst quenching but gives that slight pucker as well.

Rodenbach's Grand Cru is an incredibly easy drinking beer. All at once deep in flavor and complexity with a great ability to quench the thirst this beer leaves. This bottle is a pleasure to put away.

This, to me, is the benchmark of the style. A truly great beer for the ages and one I always try to keep on hand. I just can't get enough of the Grand Cru.

Reviewed: 5/26/08

Price: $7.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 04/29/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2008
Picked up a bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor.

Pours a dark rosy color with about half inch of foam that quickly reduces to a thin ring. After it warms up I get about two inches of head when I pour, and some lacing as well.

Smells of tart cherries, cherry fruit roll-up, vinegar, apples, dark grapes and oak wood. The aroma reminds me of a fresh Lost Abbey- Red Poppy, which was great, but this one is still distinctly different. There is a good amount of malt presence, some lightly toasted bread and hints of caramel and vanilla.

On the first sip I get flavors of green apples, various grapes, and then followed by sweet and tart cherries. It finishes semi-dry with a vinous and vinegary after-taste. On the second taste I can identify the flavors provided by the oak aging, wood and vanilla. When it warms up it develops a lemon flavor at the beginning and the middle of the palate.

Very good mouth-feel, thin yet crisp and refreshing.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 12/27/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
Review from 11/19/06

A - Pours a rusty orange body with a good haze to it. Huge, bright white head that pours fizzy and soapy, but sure doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

S - Big, robust hops. Mostly piney, but with some citrus notes. Caramel malt provides the backbone here.

T - Citric hops bite at your pallette. Slight pine taste combines with the citrus hops towards the middle. Sweet light caramel malts. Finishes with a nice hop bite.

M - Medium bodied. Makes your mouth pucker a little bit. Carbonation is good.

D - So happy to try this beer. Many thanks to BA sponberg for the bottle.

Served In: Pint Glass

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