cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 7, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2009 Clear deep amber with tiny head. Malty fruity aroma, wood and sour berries develops in mouth. Flavour is both sweet and sour, mostly sour, especially in finish. Very complex. Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Bottle shared by nolankowal: Not a sour ale fan, but I am trying to appreciate the style. That being said: pours a reddish brown-amber. Aggressive, chalky smell of extreme sour cherry much like an industrial cleaner. This one gets your sour glands working with the acidity and bitterness. Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2011
Small bottle. Man I haven’t had this beer in about 4 years, and then it was one of my first ventures outside industrial lager. Didn’t go down too well either, remember thinking it tasted of tomato puree and iron/blood. Anyways, pours a deep, dark reddish brown with just some fizz of a head that disappears quickly, leaving only a thin ring. Aroma is pretty sour, balsamic vinegar all up in this, vanilla-y oak, pretty close to red wine. Tarty fruitiness all around flavourwise, I still see where I got the tomato idea from all those years back though. Not too mineralic, but it’s there. Very vinous, but pretty well balanced too. Pretty light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Not bad. VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Pours a dark red with a medium sized white head. Aromas of cherry, oak, leather, vanilla and bread. Flavor is tart and sweet. Thick syrup mouth feel. Nice beer. fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Aroma has some cherries, but they are a but musty and muted. Appearance is very dark, almost opaque, reddish-brown. Thin, light grey lingering head. I prefer the flavor of the regular Rodenbach to this one. This is very tart and sour, with some vinegar, cherry, cranberry and red wine. It seems that the oak has added a dank, barnyard quality. Very complex and reminiscent of a gueuze in some aspects.
hobsch (505) - Cologne, GERMANY - APR 17, 2014
Bottle 0.33l. Pours deep ruby with minimal off white head. Aroma is sour, funky, vinegary, wine. Taste is without bitterness, medium sweet, sour, red wine, vinegar, fruity, cherries. Aftertaste is sour with some sweetness. Good but no my style. 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. It’s a good start into sours for me. Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 I’ve had it before but seems I didn’t 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 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.