I've done a few beer reviews now for this wine blog and it's always fun. I love beer. In fact, lately I've been consuming more beer than wine, as I've been spitting wine to write my reviews and taste at the spring grand tastings. But beer to me is a delicious refreshment that I can occasionally geek out about if it's good enough. Wine, on the other hand, is an all encompassing obsession.
This beer caught my eye with its name, clearly referring to wine.
Rodenbach is located in Roeselare, Belgium and was founded in 1821 by four brothers. Eugene Rodenbach, the grandson of one of those brothers, took over in 1878 and traveled to England to learn how to age beer in oak barrels and blend young and old beers together to create a balanced and wonderful beer. Rodenbach was sold to Palm Brewery in 1998 but the tradition of the founding family continues.
Grand Cru is a Red Ale with 33% young beer and 67% old beer that was aged for two years in oak barrels. The name Grand Cru refers to the oak aging like some of the finest wines in France, and claiming its "finish is worthy of a great wine". It's highly rated and praised across the interwebs.