MMortier (11) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2008
With all its fame, and with all the grandour of its brewery, this beer somehow manages to be one of the most special in the world.
The definite flemish sour ale, don’t believe any rumours that say otherwise.
Truth be told, each bottle tastes a bit differently. And if you have the choice, go for the big ones. I once drank a 75cl bottle that made me cry. masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Zeeland 08’ tasting. How I have not tried this yet is beyond me. Good to finally get a chance at it. Pours a cloudy red/brown color. Aroma is funk and sweet malt. Taste is sweet and sour cherry that play off each other very well. Effortless to drink and a really nice example of the style. Great starter sour, and really enjoyable even after you are a sour addict. steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 9, 2008
hazy, dark copper body with dark ruby highlight, moderate lacing, thick tan head that diminishes slower than its classic version; medium sweet, medium sour though more than the classic, hints of wood and cherry, additional notes of vinegar and grapefruit; smooth, fuller than the classic, with more spritz and spike; still good, not as simple as the classic. darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours a hazy red with a minimal super foamy sticky head. Huge nose of cherry and vinegar, wow this one really opens up your nose. Really acidic but it makes me want to sip. Flavorwise it matches the nose but its not quite as aggressive. At first its a real shock but if you sip this beer it becomes more nuanced and refreshing. Tons of vanilla oak in the flavor balanced with huge quantities of sour cherry and a dash of vinegar. This is a crazy brew and a damn good one. Well done. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Wow. I have never tasted anything quite like this one. It pours a dark reddish-brown with an amazingly complex aroma of acidic vinegary tart cherry, sherry, and earth. The flavor was much of the same with some dustiness in it with a slight cherry and vinegar finish. Wow, this beer has done very well doing both sweet and sour, deep and acidic.
highibus (820) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Pours a crimson red with slight white head. Aroma is awesome, fruity and lots of alcohol. Flavor is sweet with esters. Just a bit of sour. Not too much. But really nice. Good balance. joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2008
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.
5/26/08 General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2008
I had this on tap at the Blind Pig in Champaign, Illinois. I have been meaning to try a sour for quite some time, but just got around to it recently. This poured a dark red color with a small tan head that disappeared quickly. The aroma consists of a lot of cherries and dried fruit. If I hadn’t of known better I would have thought I was smelling a red wine. The taste was also very wine-like. There was a lot of dried fruit on the front of the mouth with a somewhat strange bitter taste in the back of my mouth. Overall, this was a nice experience. I would definitely not drink this regularly, but was happy that I had the chance to try it! DuffMan (10267) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 30, 2008
Deep copper-red, big effervescent tan coloured head leaving generous lace down my tulip glass. Pronounced sour cherry and red currant aroma, with tea-like undertones. Puckeringly sour palate filled with sour cherry-berry fruit, softened somewhat by a complex underlying sweetness that is married to the acidity reminiscent of balsamic vinegar, but not quite. Yogurty lactic tartness in the finish. Truly excellent, with much to ponder and discuss. sdk (33) - Island Bay, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 26, 2008
330ml Bottle at The Malt House. Good colour, nice dark red with a deep head. Aroma was nice with a hint of sour fruits. Got a hit of sour citrus fruit and berries on the first taste and a definite sourness all the way to the throat. Went down well and wasn’t too sour an after taste. Full in the mouth although not as thick as some. Not my favorite style of beer, but a very good example of the style. Would have another if I was in the mood.