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


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RATINGS: 2309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.

   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.

   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?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (8112) - 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.

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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (14701) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2006
Bottled, 0.33ltr. Light brown color with nice carbonation and lacings. Small beige head. An intense aroma hits you the second you pop the cap. Cherry, black currant and raspberry at the same time in the aroma, along with tart vinegar notes and oak. Flavor is more balanced, with cherry slowly beeing overtaken by sweeter raspberry. Astringent towards the tart finish that has sweet notes too. Reminds me of a champagne in the mouth, and I can feel the sourness on my teeth. (060124)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2006
For starters.... my first flemish sour. It took us nearly 10 minutes to get the cork out of this thing.... it finally took a pair of pliers to get it to turn at all... and then another 5 minutes of work to weasel it out. Pours medium amber, with slight white head... Aroma is acidic (vinegary) tannic, and notes of vanilla and oak. sour sour sour. i had no idea this is what they meant when ísourí was denoted... but holy hell. this is nice. a nice contrast to the hoppy beers i love and drink regularly. wish i could find stuff like this locally - a roommate picked this up at Jungle Jimís in Cinncinati.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2006
33cL bottle. Murky brown-orange red with a medium sized light tan head. Acetic and tannic fruit aroma, some caramel and phenolic plastic notes underneath. Sharp sour bite, some vinous complexity. Comingling sweet and acetic fruit flavors in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium light, very dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8950) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Dark reddish-amber color with a medium thick eggshell white head that lasts fairly long. Thick sheets of lacing. Aroma of sour cherry and grape, with a touch of sweet malt too. Medium-bodied and super tart and vinous and first, but smoother as it warms. Sour fruit is the name of the game here, with cherry and apple being dominant. Some light spices and malts are there as well. The finish is dry and fruity. Admittedly I usually struggle with this style but this is a complex and well-crafted beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Slightly hazy reddish garnet supporting a firm but silky, tall and lasting head. Thin veils of lacing cascaded the length of the glass. Pleasantly sour aroma of cherries, granny smith apples, vinegar and a touch of alcohol. Sour but balanced dance of fruits all over the tounge with just enough carbonation to make for a refreshing and lively sip, one after the other. Smooth and silky mouthfeel and very long, sweet, sour but still somehow clean finish. Overall, this is an extremely complex beer and quite unique - very flavorfull yet not overpoweringly so. Not for everyone and not for every occasion or food pairing, but worth trying if for nothing else but the experience.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hagar (4) - Den Helder, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2006 does not count
Looking forward to open one. I have set myself to a limit. I open them only when itís 30 degrees outside... but itís for me one of the best beer there is in summertime. Real refresshing taste...

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