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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 2736   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Melnis (505) - LATVIA - JUN 27, 2014
Skābens, maigi līmīgs un nedaudz sidrīgs, bet tieām nedaudz. Tums - gandrīz bez putas. Ar iekējo gāzi. Aroma char: mandeļu-rozīņu saldējums

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ForlornHope (504) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
33 cl bottle at home. Deep red-brown in colour with no real head, only slight foam against the glass. Exceedingly complex aroma of wood, leather, balsamic vinegar and fruit. The taste is also very complex, sweet and fruity before becoming tart and lip-smackingly dry. No real bitterness, this is more of a wine tasting experience than beer. Slight carbonation, acidic and very moreish, tannic finish. Exceptional.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2010
750 ml bottle from the Four Firkins. Dark amber pour, decent head. Musty aroma with notes of balsamic vinegar. Sparkling effervescent mouthfeel. Slightly puckering vinegar sour flavor. Its a good start into sours for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sizzler80 (502) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 23, 2012
Dark ruby pour with a thin off-white head and lace. Huge aromas of sour fruit, apples, grapes turning sweet as it passes through your nostrils and a smell of damo. You can pick out each fruit on the palate along with blackcurrant and hops. Rodenbach Grand Cru has almost a sherbert like fizz in your mouth. Very interesting and enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 Ive had it before but seems I didnt rate it. Lucky I did when I revisited it at Akkurat. May have overated it; it is sweeter than I remembered but still an amazingly complex and fascinating ale. Used to be my favourite, but the dryer character of lambics now have my allegience. Malty caramel aroma with a blend of sweet and sour lactic characters; reminiscent of cherries. Lots of tartness balanced by quite some malty sweetness. Complex aftertaste with berries, oaky vanilla, some bitterness and really the whole shebang. ------ vintage at Akkurat: Ar 8, App 4, Fl 8, Pal 4, OA 17 = 4,1

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2008
750ml $7.99 Binny’s Orland 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EnSiFeRuM (501) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2009
Bouteille de 330ml. Nos yeux observent une bire de couleur rouge vin ainsi quun col de mousse modeste. Au nez on respire des armes de raisin bleu, de chne et dacidit. En bouche le corps est moyen avec une effervescence moyenne. On gote des saveurs de raisin acide, de vanille et de chne. Bien fait mais pas mon style.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
I may have found a new favourite style. Other than its appearance - flat, deep red with the odd bubble floating to the top - this is a truly spectacular Ale. The aroma is unbelievable! Sour yet not bitter, a mix of sour cherry and (believe it or not) ketchup. Yes, ketchup - I could try to conjure up a more esoteric smell, but... This isnt a bad thing - quite the contrary. But ultimately, it comes down to taste, and this is a phenomenal Ale. Sour as hell, but clean, crisp and refreshing. The aftertaste is also sour, but the heaviness of the taste fades quickly, leaving a nice tang on the back of the tongue. Grand Cru is something unique - to me at least. And while clearly not a session ale, it is something that I will return to over and over again. A classic!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdjuice (500) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - MAR 12, 2015
Pours deep amber with white head. Aroma is vinegary, light berries. Flavors are sour, with hints of oak, very light sweetness, sour berries. Really well balanced, very pleasant beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2010
Pours deep red-brown with a decent dirty brown head. Taste is sweet and sour, vinegary background with lots of dark fruits, prunes and cherries and a mild fruity, sugary sweet and oaky finish. Complex and interesting, worth another try.


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