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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 2149   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.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beer Lover (23) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2001
This world class brew is a legend in the beer world. Grand Cru is aged for up to two years in oak tuns. The result is a beer that is very tart, acidic, and refreshing. This beer is amazingly complex and vibrant. The beer world’s answer to wine. If you are a novice to the style do not let the intense flavors put you off. You will fall in love with this beer, and once you do, you will be a Grand Cru fan for life.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - FEB 21, 2002
UPDATED: APR 1, 2012 Updated review: I needed to re-rate this beer. My general impression hasn’t changed, I just appreciate this unique(?), totally delicious beer a lot more. Deep, hearty fruity smell, similar to Dr. Pepper; but maltier. The ruddy red color is a joy, and if you can pour it fast enough, you can get decent foam on it. The taste is bracingly tart, but gets more enjoyable with each sip. As you can imagine this does a number on the palate. An awesome beer that is actually difficult to describe. Just try it for yourself. Delicious as both a room temperature sipper, and as a quaffable chilled drink. Not only is this the best beer ever.....it is the best beverage of all time. It is the single greatest consumable liquid known. Wow.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tjbjcpmaster99 (5) - Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2001 does not count
The complexity of this world classic is second to none. Can’t drink a lot of it due to the high acid level, but a truly unique beer to share amoung beer loving friends.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2002
Amazing, pilloy, off-white head, and it crackles if you put your ear to it! Got kind of careless with anticipation, had to use a two stage pour. Bright nose, taut mouthfeel. I love how the tartness wallops me right in the back corners of my mouth. This one had my full attention for quite a while, and it left me smacking my mouth for hours trying to relive the experience. That’s after I turned the bottle over looking for every last drop. Also gave me some of the best beer belches I’ve ever had. A truly incredible beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2003
Yikes. This one is insane. As tasty, if not tastier, than regular Rodenbach.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Reddish tan head over a deep ruby body, aroma of potent cherries, currants, sugar, and yeast, flavor is utterly brilliant and complex, sweet and sour fruits, cherry and currant, some sugars, fading into deep woody notes, and a pleasant tart finish. Deliciously fun to let roll around on your tongue. My new favorite

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vombat (1) - NORWAY - NOV 8, 2005 does not count
Overall fantastic beer! appearance is beautiful in my tulip glass, and I can sit and smell it forever.. Amazing & superlative beer! The acidic taste requires some openmindedness the first time, but after the first shock (if not used to sour beer), you can enjoy the complexity. Maybe my favourite (but not for session drinking!)

5
   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 it’s 30 degrees outside... but it’s for me one of the best beer there is in summertime. Real refresshing taste...

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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hagar70 (3) - Den Helder, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2007 does not count
The best alternative for the Rodenbach Alexander. Even beter after the BestBeforDate


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