The Grand Cru consists of 1/3 young beer and 2/3 beer matured two years in oak foeders. The result is a complex and multi-faceted beer with intensely fruity notes and pronounced flavours of wood and esters, vinous and a very long aftertaste, like that of a Grand Cru wine.
Grand Cru’s first impression is that clarion acidity, but then the light sweetness from the unaged beer arrives bearing those fruity notes. Somewhere in the aging process, compounds are created that add the final, unmistakable note to the beer: balsamic vinegar.
Dark cherry fruitiness and tartness dominates both the aroma and flavour. Pouring a beautiful deep amber colour with a firm head of beige bubbles.
The mouthfeel is medium-full with moderate carbonation, making the tartness crisp and refreshing.
Rodenbach is a foodies beer! Pair with a charcuterie board – the acidity and fruitiness in goats cheese in particular will enhance the flavour of one another. For dessert, try a creamy vanilla ice cream or warm caramel pudding.
Awarded ‘Worlds Best Flanders Red Ale’ – World Beer Awards 2021
If you like Grand Cru, you’ll enjoy Rodenbach Alexander which has a base of Rodenbach Grand Cru with added Sour Cherries.