Rodenbach Grand Cru 33cl

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Rodenbach Grand Cru is a Flemish red (also known as red brown) beer by Brewery Rodenbach. It is a blend of old and young sour ale. This grand cru contains much more matured ale (67%) than the regular Rodenbach beer (25%), which give it a darker color and a more complex and pronounced flavor. Because the aged ale has matured for 2 years in oak casks, the flavor of this beer almost tends to that of a wine. Beer guru Michael Jackson called it “The Burgundy of Belgium”. It has an alcohol content of 6.0%.

Serving temperature: 8-12°C

Plato: 14.0

EBU: 8.0

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Brewery Rodenbach in Roeselare, in the West of Belgium is probably the best known brewer of this particular beer style. Flemish red, or Flanders red ale is a sour beer with a dark reddish color that can be compared to no other beer. The brewery was founded in 1821 by three brothers and developed this very particular beer style, by which the beer ripens in unique oaken casks (called ‘foeders’) before being blended and brought on the market. The brewery currently has no less than 294 such casks, some of them more 150 years old.

The traditional Rodenbach beer consists of mainly young beer, and is a real thirst quencher for every day. Since a few years however, the brewery has started to focus more on the older and mature beers. Rodenbach Vintage for example, is a two-year-old sour ale, selected once per year from one particular cask with the best flavor. Or Caractere Rouge is two-year-old sour ale, to which red fruits have been added for six months. Both these beers are quite rare, because they are only produced in limited quantities.

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First of all, you should bear in mind that during transport the bottles might have been thrown around quite a bit and that it’s not a good idea to drink them immediately. We advise you to let the bottles rest in an upright position in a dark and cool place for at least 48 hours. This will allow the yeast to sink to the bottom of the bottle again, and it will also prevent an outburst of foam when you open them. Beers are best kept in an upright position (to make sure the yeast residue remains at the bottom) and in a dark and cool a cool place. (The ideal temperature is 10-12°C (50-55°F) and it is also important the temperature remains as stable as possible.) It is best to drink all beers before the expiry date mentioned on the bottle.  Some brewers, however, mention the bottling date rather than the expiry date on their bottles.
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