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November 9, 2011

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Beer to try: Rodenbach Grand Cru

CHICAGO — Rodenbach Grand Cru is a Flanders red ale, a Belgian style that is lighter-bodied but deeply complex. Despite its relative lightness, a well-executed Flanders red is sweet, sour, fruity, dry, rich and clean all at once.

Little wonder that an almost 200-year-old Belgian label like Rodenbach would be a definitive take on one of the country’s signature styles. In standard Rodenbach, 25 percent of the batch is aged for two years, then blended with an unaged version. The Grand Cru changes the ratio to a more complex result: 67 percent is aged and 33 percent unaged.

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