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

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89
very good

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Ratings: 1,581
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 68
Gots: 150 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 1,581 | Reviews: 647
Photo of doktorhops
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

You know that funny feeling you get when you know you’re about to crack open a world class beer and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? I’m getting that feeling with this Rodenbach Classic Flanders Red Ale, and it could be because their Grand Cru was a spectacular introduction to the style... or it could be that beer is like crack cocaine for me and I have a really, really bad addiction problem... I’m going with the former [yes indeed, good choice me] thanks me [you’re welcome me] you’re welcome yourself me... aaand so forth.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip - here’s a top tip: if you’re ever in doubt as to which glass to use with any given beer go with a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy red-tinged brown body with a tan head that soon reduces to a thin lace ring. Looks borderline Flanders Oud Bruin, but we’ll forgive it this one appearance transgression, not the poor head though; at 5.2% ABV there should be a head. 6/10.

S: Quite forward with a tart cherry/grape aroma. There are hints of wood from the oak and a light caramel malt base with some bread yeast, but overall the pervading sense is one of dry astringent tartness [I’m puckering my face in anticipation]. 8/10.

T: Once again Rodenbach did well to keep the tartness in check with this brew taking on more of a vinegary slant than the Grand Cru (which was more grape-aid). Notes of burnt caramel, wood and cherry are hinted to in the background... actually the burnt caramel is a bit more noticeable than the other background notes, you get the idea. Finishes quite dry and moreish like the Grand Cru, hmmm. 8/10.

M: Almost identical to the Grand Cru: mid to light body, hmm, slightly watery, with a nicely dense carbonation. 7/10.

D: Well there isn’t a great deal of separation between the Grand Cru and Classic bar that the Grand Cru is much more interesting and flavoursome. Don’t get me wrong [get me right!] Rodenbach Classic is a tasty Flanders Red, however one will instinctively draw comparison between Classic and Grand Cru and the latter nails it whilst the former is decent enough but not nearly as great. I will say one thing: Rodenbach Classic goes down very easy, but with the slightest challenge from the astringent aspects that you feel like you’ve glimpsed into the eyes of greatness, found a tart granny smith apple in a golden chalice, with some angels standing around it, and licked the juices dripping forth from the sacred receptacle... or something quasi-mystical along those lines. 9/10.

Food match: A selection of cheeses arranged on a platter would suffice.

Photo of Topdollar
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cherries...almost a sherry on the nose. Very light and refreshing on the tongue. Not bitter or heavy. Appealing red apperence...clouded as if unfiltered. An excellent overall beer.

Photo of Mikus
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish brown with a ring of off-white head. Well carbonated. Light vinegar and dark fruit on the nose. Plums and raisins make their way from the aromas to the flavors. Nice and tart. Seems a 'lighter' version of the Grand Cru, and appropriately so. Definitely more of a regular treat than the granddaddy. Delicious.

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foam um, I do not remember, appeared and disappeared.
The aroma of wine, but also cherries, and even cork (beer aged in oak barrels). The aroma suggests that the taste is dry.
Yes, taste dry, sour, dominated by dark and red fruits, grapes.
Rodenbach is pleasantly tart and very stimulating taste buds, sometimes it is astringent. Somewhere far away in the background, you can find some notes cork (association of wine) or another tree.
Medium saturated with well hidden alcohol. Perfect wines for lunch sated. This beer is another Belgian classic and although there are other, perhaps better variations of this style, I know that Rodenbach is one.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A creamy, beige, half-inch head quickly turns rocky above a clear, brown beer with ruby highlights. (SRM 20). Spotty lace forms on a Rodenbach snifter.

As expected, this one is quite sour and dominated by balsamic vinegar with sour cherries. Notes of oak and leather come and go from the background.

As with the other Rodenbach beers, this one is tart from bottom to top. Cherry is most prominent, particularly as the sweetness comes out in the middle of the finish. The finish is modest and long lasting, while the acidity is less than expected.

A light to medium body with fine effervescence and a silky texture.

This is a good option to enjoy while decompressing, as it is refreshing and cleansing.

Photo of toronadotornado
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Toronado - San Francisco, CA

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Pig & Fiddle on tap. The nose is big fruit, citrus, plum and cherry with tartness and traces of funk. It pours brilliant deep cherry red with a thin film of a cap. The palate is tart, lemony, fruit, plum and cherry. The texture is exquisite and rich with a good balance between sweet and sour.

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 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 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 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 CraigP83
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ruby red in color, head has good retention. Vinegar odor. Taste sour cherry, red-wine vinegar, light carbonation. Finishes dry. This beer has grows on me each time I revisit it

Photo of kjyost
3.06/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Did a blind side by side with Half Pints' Old Red Barn. Half Pint's was far and away the winner. Rodenbach was cloudy with a distinctly artificial cherry note and not much sourness. Muddled compared to their modern local contemporary...

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.83/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

25 cL bottle poured into a snifter. Totally irresponsible rate. Best by date is 84, 85, or 86.

Appearance - Flat deep reddish brown. No bubbles.

Smell - Cardboard. Caramel. Cream sherry aroma.

Taste - Some tartness reminiscent of fresher Rodenbach. Faint cherry. Lots of caramel. And equal quantities of cardboard in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Medium body.

Overall - Way too old. I'll have to re-review this when I have it fresher.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on or vintage date present. My first encounter with a bottle of Rodenbach, my first encounter with a Flanders Red Ale, and I figure this is as good a place as any to start. "75% young ale, 25% ale matured for two years". Bottle lists a 5.20% abv.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a dark bloody ruby body with some slight hues of brown. Around two fingers of frothy khaki head with good retention, and leaves behind some nice scattered lacing. Looks good.

S - Initially earthy, woodsy, musty, and with a distinct barrel / wet cork type smell to it, but I mean that in a pleasant way. Notes of cherries & raspberries, with a slight chalkiness.

T - Taste follows the nose - woodsy, earthy, and with just the right amount of sour / tart. Fruity cherry / raspberry esque tartness. Good woody barrel notes, and a slight hint of vanilla imparted. Very nice.

M - The feel is crisp & easy-drinking. A moderate sour / tartness that fades to a clean finish. Lightly dry / vinous.

Overall, a nice introduction to the style for me. Certainly interested in trying more from Rodenbach.

Rodenbach Classic Red -----4/5.

Photo of TimZebGir
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

A: (3/3) Caramel brown with very slight haze and medium carbonation--thin bubbly head but well-retained
S: (9/12) Earthy sour with light raisin tones
T: (16/20) Light flavor with cidery sour and very clean finish
M: (4/5) Light-bodied, light bubbliness, light dry finish
O: (7/10) Basically a light cidery beer. Far more sessionable than most sours I’ve had, but that simplicity has its obvious drawbacks.
39/50

Photo of Wanne
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice balance between sweet and sour, with hints of cherries and red wine. The aroma also reveals subtle caramel flavours. A fine example of an underrated beerstyle.

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

refreshing and tangy, with a fluctuating (im pretty sure), but well hidden abv. one of the original examples of the style in my opinion, one of the best. dark red color to it and a lively tan head with excellent lace and retention. it smells puckery but more on the vinegar side of lacto than the citric side, which is fine in this instance because its balanced by sweeter amber malt and a nice buttery nutty front end that only eventually and reluctantly gives way to the acidity. clean and bright in feel though, shaking its weighty start and finishing really quite expressive and delicate for what it is. way more drinkable than the grand cru, with notes of dried fruit and molasses still in this one, but its so much more approachable, especially for the uninitiated. top quality stuff, but everything from rodenbach is.

Photo of bubseymour
3.75/5  rDev -6%

I'm really crazy about the Grand Cru so thought to give the Red classic a try. Some barnyard/earthy scents. Also a touch of sulfur scents. Flavor is tart yet malty. Kinda simple and not much complexity. Not the most flavorful of the Flanders Red style but still an ok option for reasonable price. Not really interested in buying again.

Photo of kkleu357
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bought this on clearance for $1. Thinking it is pretty old. Poured dark like a Coke. Aroma is slightly boozy with some apple fruitiness. Mild flavor. It has a sharp bite on the tip of the tongue, followed by some apple flavors. Actually taste pretty good. Not sure what it would taste fresh, but not bad old.

Photo of Theheroguy
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Deliciously fruity

Almost like a fruit soda pop. Smell like sweet malts taste like esters from the yeast. The hop presence for me was non existent. There is a slight acidic twang. Very enjoyable and very different from what I expected. The beer is complex and highly drinkable.

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

Pours a very dark but mostly clear dark red/plum color, with thin khaki colored head, rings of lace halfway down the glass. Smell: cherry, balsamic reduction, herbal and vanilla oak, sweet. Taste: caramel, cherry, blackberry, tart grape, herbal and mildly acetic. Finish is sweet with mild vanilla and tannic flavors.

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 1,581 ratings.