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98
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style
Brewed by Brouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roeselare, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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.

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4.4
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Bottle. Body-dark reddish iced tea with a foamy thick ring of bubbles. Looks very much like la Folie, which is o say it is gorgeous. Nose-very sour, cherry mash, light turpentine (in a good way), cherry ice cream, some Chardonnay. Just an excellent nose. Taste-metal, aluminum foil, oak, medium sour, medium acid, malt vinegar, chocolate covered cherries, watered down Dr. Pepper. The only aspect of this beer that is unpleasant is the metal taste. If the metal taste were gone, this may very well be a 4.8 or 4.9.

4.1
nickd717 (4707) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
On tap at Toronado - this stuff is great. Reddish brown color with high carbonation. Sour cherries and raspberries on the aroma. Taste is oak and sour cherry, some funk. Really sour. Lively palate. I hear they didn’t actually use fruit to brew this, which is almost impossible to believe. I drank this way too fast.

3.9
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 Intensely sour ale with a mild malty background. Nose of dark cherries, berries, plums, currants, wood, and earth. Mouthfeel is very puckering and acidic, rather thin. Additional notes of caramel, oak, plums, chocolate. Has a slight vinous quality, and the tartness lasts past the finish. More puckering and refreshing than the Alexander.

4.1
Beer5000 (6549) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2009
330 ml bottle. Clear, dark red body with a small, diminishing brown head. Aroma is acid, fruit and wood. Flavor is complex, sour fruit, acid, wood, ripe berries and cellar notes. This beer has much in common with a geuze, but it is also something completely different. I’m never able to describe the flavor properly, I just love this stuff. It’s a nice refreshing beer and goes also well together with fish soup. One of my all time favorites.

4.4
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2009
I have a few bottles of this that i’ve been aging just as an experiment, this one had an expiry of 16/5/05. For a beer almost 4 years past it’s expiry date this beer has done really well! Woody black doris plum nose, it looks great in the glass! This beer is so amazingly smooth, it’s surprisingly sweet to start and then finishes with that lovely iron tart finish but has evened out really well.

4.2
Martinus (4610) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2009
Pretty reddish brown color with a beautiful ruby hue. Pretty cream head. Aroma remniscent of berries and vanilla, with a rather strong sour nose. Taste of oak, red wine,fruits and balanced but strong sours. Definately a great and unique beer.

4.8
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2010 750mL bottle, a gift from Donfardz64. Pours a beautiful ruby hue. Tangy, sour aroma hits you as soon as the cork is popped. Nose is full of raspberries and boysenberry. Gorgeous. Incredibly complex flavours, mostly of berry fruit with a hint of cherry sweetness behind the immense sourness. Oak makes itself known, as it should. Amazing beer.
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Man this beer is good. So rich and sour, and I’m noticing more woody and smoky notes every time I try it. I know it goes amazing with a cigar! For me, this beer is king of the sour beers. So much better than any wine I’ve ever tasted. I wish there was an abundant supply in New Zealand.

3.2
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2009
Bottle. Dark ruby brown with thin head. Sour obviously and not a taste I’ve acquired yet but the sourness is in balance. Aroma is sour as is the taste, balsamic vinegar, raspberries and berryish type flavour. Not bad.

3.3
borisz (418) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2009
33CL bottle, bought at the bierkoning. Deep dark sour grand cru. A little bit of carbonation. Nice try :)

4.3
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 15, 2009
330mL bottle from Willis St Metro New World. Very sexy pour. Cloudy ruby with a tan head, looks great in a chalice. Incredibly sour aroma, unlike anything else I’ve experienced. Vinous and full of berries, this is a challenging aroma which will either scare or excite. I am excited. Taste is as sour as the aroma, but with berry sweetness that makes it quite bearable. The two year oak maturation makes itself known with oaky tones showing through the strong sourness. Boysenberries and raspberries bring a strong vinous fruity character. Overall, Grand Cru reminds me of a lambic in that no malt is detected, and is incredibly fruity. However, is also unlike any other beer I have tried yet. With an overwhelmingly sour taste, still maintaining such a complex fruity flavour this is one of a kind. The finish is long and sour, begging for more. Rodenbach Grand Cru is in my top 10 beers for sure.


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