What I say…
When people see beer is better then wine, I am sure they refer to the Rodenbach Grand Cru. This is a very complex sour beer aged in wooden “foeders”. It is a unique red-brown ale. As a gueuze lover I like this beer very much, but I can understand some people not liking it. I became allergic to red wine a few years ago ( tanine), but this beer reminds me of the best red wines I drank. I tasted a 75 cl bottle.
My rating on Untappd: 4.5.
Some numbers and facts…
- Style: Red-Brown Ale
- Alcohol%: 6%
- Fermentation: High
- Color: Red-Brown
- Aging: Two Years in oak “foeders”
- Blend: 2/3 old + 1/3 young
What the brewery is saying…
“Grand Cru by RODENBACH has on average been left for much longer in the oak casks (“foeders”) of the Roeselare “beer cathedral”, which results in a more pronounced version of the “Flanders Red-Brown Beer” style. RODENBACH Grand Cru consists of 1/3 young beer and 2/3 beer matured two years in oak. The result is a complex beer with a great deal of wood and esters, vinous and with a very long aftertaste, just like a Grand Cru wine.” Read all info on the brewery’s website.
What others are saying….
“It’s a very different kind of beer. It’s not a beer-beer, if you like, and it is not an easy beer for people to accept unless they have some real sophistication of taste. It’s a beer for people understand not only beer, I think, but also wine, and who are enthusiasts of wine and food.”
“This two-thirds to one-thirds blend of young Rodenbach with oak-matured Rodenbach produces a complex and fruity beer with a lingering aftertaste. It is the various aromas of the Rodenbach Grand Cru that make it into a remarkable beer.”
Alcohol and Aphorisms:
“It’s complex, fruity, sour, challenging and powerful. Its vinegar notes set a high bar for entrance and are initially off-putting, but it eventually becomes like an old friend as the beer explodes out in its full range.
After all these drinks and all these comments I still can’t decide if I like it or not.”
“Vinegar times ten”, was my first tasting note, though I then imagined a fleeting whiff of cranberry.”
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