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Rodenbach Classic (Red) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,546 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,546
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 68
Gots: 132 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-04-2002

ABV varies 5.0-5.2% ABV
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Photo of jscheuf
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of minterro
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After trying the Rodenbach Grand Cru and really enjoying it, I felt I needed to give this one a shot.

A&S: Phenomenal looking beer: opaque dirty brown/red colored beer with specks of unfiltered pieces. The head is a light brown and has amazing retention, staying at about the same level as when poured. Along with the usually dark fruit notes, this beer contains a good amount of floral characteristics.

T&M: Much lighter than I expected. Tart with a mild amount of sweetness. On the acidic side. Light body, average amounts of carbonation.

Overall: Save the second half of the bottle for the next day, still a bit carbonated. I for sure liked the Grand Cru more, but this beer was still excellent.

Photo of dukeufo
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattboyer182
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Duesler
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timontheroad
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish-brown hazy color, little head that faded quickly to a thin film, little to no lacing.
Smell: Sour, vinegary, citrusy aroma.
Taste: Nice tart sour cherry flavors, just a hint of belgian yeast, some slight sweet malt flavors.
Mouthfeel: fairly thin and very dry, crisp finish.
Overall: I really liked this beer a lot, loves me some sours!

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of safaricook
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueMoon10
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lavapajamas
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gloucester13
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good entry level ale for those who are new to the Belgian sours. Very mild, highly drinkable. slight malt vinegar taste and smell.

Photo of MadCat
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A reddish brown color with minimal head and no lacing

Smell: Vinegar, fruit, some Belgian yeast

Taste: Tart fruit, some vinegar, a little grape on the end. Belgian yeast and some bread

Feel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: A pretty good sour for someone who has little sour experience. Like how accessible it is. Very drinkable, and light on the sourness

Photo of mizx
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TargaFlorio
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dmgeng
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starting to sample some sours

A - Cloudy brownish-red. Coarse off-white head with light lacing. Not a very appetizing looking beer.

S - Red wine vinegar is the first smell. Red wine, tannins, fruity cherries, and some Belgian spice.

T - Red wine (soft Cabernet) character is the first flavor with some tannin, grape, light cherry, and some oak. It has a mild sour, vinegar character but is more crisp and tart rather than just sour but there is some sweetness. Much more complex than I had assumed but thin and more refreshing than a flavorful beer.

M - Light mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. The sourness and the low ABV make this beer more of a pairing beer than a drinking beer.

Overall, a decent beer and probably a perfect example of the style but not a style that I prefer. It really just reminds me of a cheap Cabernet wine with low alcohol and low body with some sourness. I would much rather have a DIPA or RIS but for a warm summer day with a sharp cheese I could see this beer winning out over a stout. I think this would be a good one to try if you are curious about sours since it isn't too sour but pretty complex.

Glass- Snifter

Photo of Alissa2579
3.09/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It was ok but not my favorite. I had two others in similar style. I prefer the lighter colored Flemish ales. Birthday gift from garys in basking ridge

Photo of onansalad
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion, this is the standard by which all Flemish reds should be judged. Tart and perfectly balanced. I don't like to pay for it, but I love to drink it.

Photo of PG2G
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoostaBia
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdrip
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DruC4
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 1,546 ratings.