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Brewed by Brouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roeselare, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 2235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Bottle: Filtered.
A blend of 1/3 young beer and 2/3 of beer aged 2 years in large oak vats. The more important proportion of oak matured beer contributes to its fruity taste, complexity and intensity. The finish is worthy of a great wine.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 So....now for a good bottle. tasted......uhhh like a month ago or sumthin. clear red/ amber with a white head. big sour apple aroma. extremely tart apple flavor. nice light sweet notes trying to balance the flavor.....but hey its a sour.....you want it to be tart and sour. crisp tart acidic finish. medium dry finish. medium body. almost sparkling carbonation. very nice. refreshing.......its funny that i gave a good bottle the same rating that i gave the bad bottle. for about a year I have been wondering if this beer would make a better salad dressing than a beer.....turns out wintersdying and I choked down a bottle of vinegar and i gave it a 4.............what? i thought it was supposed to be sour.....and it was.....but it is much better if you get a good bottle. Original rating.........apparently this bottle was bad.....but i still gave it a 4. 8-4-8-4-16=4 light brown/ dark red color with an off white head. aroma of sour cherry and vinegar with a hint of vanilla. nice medium body with refreshing carbonation. extremely sour with a lingering finish. one of the most intense beers i have had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillieMaria (21) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2006
Bottle. Red-brown colour. Smells sour fruity. Even more sour than Duchesse. Incredible sourness in flavour. Slight acethon. No bitterness, instead sourness. Nice balance of sour and sweet. Dry. Amazingly yummy! Oak barrel character. Somewhat vineous. Big on Co2.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 10, 2006
"Not what i expected from Rodenbach. This one is good but not top notch like the others i have had. Poured a dark brown color with a huge head which had amazing lacing, last even after i was done the beer. SMelled of vinegar. Tart flavor. Mouthfeel was light and carbonated. "

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3063) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2006
Deep mahogany reddish color, with a tan-colored head, cherry skin fruitiness nose, with some quite oaky, vinous notes, with a vinegary accent and faintly caramel malt aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate, with some red wine tannic notes, mild tartness, cherry pits fruitiness character, even a vanilla touch, very nice oakiness flavors, leading towards a sour fruity and winey acidic finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Geiserich (3465) - Linz, AUSTRIA - FEB 4, 2006
Bottled:
Sourly kriek aroma. Rubin red color, off-white head. Many similarities to a kriek with notes of cherries, barrique and very sourly with sweet componentes. This brew is a real hammer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Aroma is sweet fruits and balsamic vinegar. Amber/brown color with a smallish and mostly diminishing head. Fore is balsamic vinegar and tart cherries. Flavor range is narrow and carries through to the dry acidic finish.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 Rodenbach Grand Cru is like a great movie that you see, hear, or learn something new each time you watch it. Each time I have this beer I smell or taste something new and wonderful. It pours deep amber in color with nice head, although not as much as some Belgians. This is crisp and tart, flavorful and most definitely sour. The initial sour blast blends into a dryness, but there is a slight sweetness that comes out at the finish, very complex. It is indeed an acquired taste, but oh so worth it once acquired. I enjoy this beer more each time that I have it.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
New Style Champagne Bottle. They say you grow to appreciate this. Well, if they are right, then, Iíll be back appreciating this one day. Iím at experience one with this beer and it was undrinkable. Sorry to those who love it, but I couldnít get beyond the vinegar aroma/flavor making me want to choke and gag. Iím not sure if itís a test of manhood, probably not, but Iím being honest here and saying I didnít find much to appreciate in this. There was a hint of some flavor on the few tastes I managed, beyond the vinegar, but very little. Letís be honest: if there were no chorus of people trumpeting this beer, I would have chalked it up to the stuff being awful crap designed for people with a jumbled sense perception, or rather, wondered if it was poisonous, but as it is Iím just puzzled and wondering whether tasting it once sets off some kind of complex chain reaction biologically that over the course of several years changes your body and makes this stuff taste good to it, which tastes awful to a normal human. so maybe in a few years Iím in for a treat?

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7975) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2013 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 1/29/2006 / UPDATED 2/11/2007
Bottled from a friend.
Dark colour, nice brownish head. A bit acid in the scent and taste, but really well balanced. Nice together with the read meat and vegetables.
7/4/7/4/14=3.6

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Draught at Haket, GŲteborg, on January 18, 2013.
Dark brown color, big fluffy tan head. Sweet and acidic scent, a bit minty. Acidic, sweet, vinegar taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
6/4/6/3/12=3.2

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Grand Cru is a very rare, unblended, version of Belgian "red ale", a variation of a West Flanders Old Bruin or "Old Brown Ale". Rodenbach Grand Cru is the pure, un-blended version of the more popular, Rodenbach, which is a blend of the Grand Cru, and a younger beer. The Grand Cru is the "pure" beer if you will, spending two years or more, in un-lined oak fermenters. This time in the wood ,gives this beer a very unique, refreshing, sharp, oaky edge, that makes Rodenbach Grand Cru one of, if not, the most refreshing beer in the world. This beer is as world class as a beer will ever get, and is so respected by beer lovers, it enjoys an almost mythical status. Rodenbach Grand Cru pours to a beautiful, deep, ruby red, to rusty brown color, with a nice white head that slowly fades, and a very lively carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic, with very vibrant, sour, oaky, and vinous aromas, paired with hints of caramel malt. The palate is firm, with a good malt base, that is accented with complex flavors of oak, sour fruit, and vinous character. There is lots of carbonation on the tongue, and the flavors of this beer just buzz. Rodenbach Grand Cru finishes with more complex oaky, sour and vinous notes, then ends with a very dry and oaky finish. This is one of the most impressive, and refreshing beers, you will ever taste. This beer is truly in a class of its own. It makes the ultimate aperitif beer, it makes the ultimate beer to match with rich foods such as buttery cheeses, roasted turkey, or prime rib, because of its cutting power. It would be the perfect beer to match with or have as a sorbet, or rich and dense deserts.


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