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

Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)

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Ratings: 1211
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.97%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies 5.0-5.2% ABV

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-04-2002)
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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was very much looking forward to popping the top on this world renowned brew, especially since I've had very few in the style. It poured with a largely beaded, off-white, and bit inconsistent head. It has a gorgeous pure mahogany color that is incredibly inviting. Wow, the smell is very vinous, almost like a merlot. Among the odors include; sweet malt, cherry, oak, and sour grape. Its surprisingly medium-bodied and very liquid in mouthfeel. I immediately notice that this is a very different and complex beer. The sour character is evident from the first sip. I'm sensing sour cherries/grapes, prickly fruit notes that engage in a serious tug of war with the sharp sour notes that result in a highly acidic character. It finishes more tartly as the sour notes fade, also somewhat dry with a touch of grit. Wonderful oaken fruit notes remain. The complexity is amazing. Even if you're not into the style, its something you have to try once.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 00:39:19 | More by Hhawk06
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obi_wan_knope

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-16-2014 02:23:52 | More by obi_wan_knope
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dank203

New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

getting more into Belgian red/brown ales. this ones smooth balanced and flavorful. hints of vinegar and sour fruit on the aromas. cherry, cranberry. flavor is a bit tart and sweet. hints of herbal spice. not a really deeply complex character, but some good tart and fruity notes

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 19:13:59 | More by dank203
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-14-2014 17:21:32 | More by berley31
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marley2112

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-14-2014 03:05:58 | More by marley2112
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markgugs

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-13-2014 18:27:55 | More by markgugs
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-13-2014 16:58:19 | More by thatoneguymike
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gtermi

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-11-2014 03:20:02 | More by gtermi
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-10-2014 03:45:27 | More by TheBishopco
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jsurfs82

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-08-2014 01:40:16 | More by jsurfs82
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delgotit99

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-06-2014 20:09:25 | More by delgotit99
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innominat

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-06-2014 17:25:08 | More by innominat
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Furlinator

California

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 02/10/14.

Pours murky brown with a thin khaki head that quickly disappears completely and leaves faint spotty lace.

The smell begins with faint vinegar and is followed by dark cherry, plums and grapes. There is some slight funk from Belgian yeast and a hint of burnt sugar on the finish.

The taste is a subtle mixture of plum, cherry and grape up front with dark malt on the finish. Sweet and lightly sour.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation.

As stated in previous reviews, this would make for an ideal introduction to sour beers. Sweet and tasty without being overwhelmingly sour. Smooth and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 00:51:13 | More by Furlinator
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straightlambic

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-04-2014 17:11:09 | More by straightlambic
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Chingringo

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-03-2014 21:34:29 | More by Chingringo
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bmurray10

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-03-2014 20:35:18 | More by bmurray10
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johnnybgood1999

Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had been looking at this beer on the shelf at Kroger for a while and stayed away, due to the $15 a 6-pack price. The beer was on closeout in Pigeon Forge while I was on vacation for $11 and I picked it up.

A: Not quite clear, a little bit cloudy. I can't see the color in my hotel room, but it looks like a dark amber ale in this light.

S: Very sour, with vinegar coming right at you.

T: Very light blandness hits the tongue first, followed very quickly by a light sour flavor that is very pleasing. The sourness is not overwhelming and gives way to tart fruitiness. The tartness eliminates the more vinegary sourness and the beer finishes nicely.

M: This one is light, though not extremely so. The ale finishes dry.

O: This is the first sour I have enjoyed, probably, as others have said, because this is a gateway sour for me. I had Lips of Faith and found the sourness too much. This Flanders Red is much more palatable for those wanting some sour, but not seeking a sour bomb. Nicely done, I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 02:01:51 | More by johnnybgood1999
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woodenbones

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-02-2014 20:41:51 | More by woodenbones
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Dirty25

Germany

3/5  rDev -25.2%

04-02-2014 16:34:06 | More by Dirty25
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-02-2014 14:14:08 | More by tectactoe
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Dan114

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-01-2014 00:40:21 | More by Dan114
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

03-30-2014 02:37:59 | More by bostonryan
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-29-2014 22:37:11 | More by xseanprimex
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itsscience

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky brown with a finger of off-white head. The smell has sweet grapes, cherries, some wild yeast, and some vinegar, although the taste is not as sour as the nose suggests. A low level of sourness is met with a sweet red wine taste and a clean, effervescent, sparkling water finish. Carbonation is high and the body is light.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 03:24:23 | More by itsscience
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-28-2014 20:06:06 | More by SkinniePost
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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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