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

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89
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Ratings: 1,605
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 70
Gots: 154 | 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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Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a mineral copper, like a filled pit mine. Appropriate khaki head, looks inviting.

Smells of cherry, grape, red wine vinegar.

Slightly tart at the corners of the mouth, unripe grapes, plum, yeast, tart cherry, balsamic vinegar.

Carbonation is lively but not overpowering, compliments a solid body. Smooth.

Very clean, lightly tart and acidic. Wine-like. Solid and easy drinking for the style.

Photo of Sinfull
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

It was new for me!Ruby color with medium white head. Aroma of winey fruit. Taste is balanced tart , winey, sweet an sour. Pleasant acidic finish

Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly my first try of this beer its not a style I seek out much but this is a classic,poured into a large tulip glass a mix of brown a cherry red a light fluffy sticky light brownish colored head atop settling into a creamy-like mass leaving spotty lace.Big tart cherry in the nose with underlying vanilla and oak a iron not is present as well but its somewhat faint,somewhat spritzy mouthfeel light and drinkable.Starts out with a big tartness that wakes you up after that some toastiness and oak shows thru into the finish the puckering tartness is always there it never really totally leaves.A nice complex but refreshing beer it is a classic for a reason.

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This Red Ale is really more brown, but it’s a reddish kind of brown, if that’s not pushing it too much. The head was modest and didn’t stay around long, which is typical of the style so I won’t hold that against this fella’.

Smell – The nose is a moderate combination of sour, almost mashy kind of malts like from a sour mash whisky and some nice, sweet, sour fruits. I know I just used the word “sour” a few times but really it’s not that soury.

Taste – The sourness is laid back and not the kind that hurts your teeth. I’m actually drinking this from a 750 ml and will have no problem draining this on my own. The fruits are mostly cherry and white grape and the malts are bigger than you usually find with the style. It’s a nice combination conducive to a good sour session, helped along by the mixture of an oak-aged blend..

Mouthfeel – This falls short of medium-bodied by quite a bit. The carbonation is modest and a nice relief from other samples of the style. I mean, with the sourness of a FRA going on in your mouth a carb bomb is just a little much.

Drinkability – One of the more sessionable sour ales that I’ve had. The obvious high quality of the ingredients makes this a pleasure to drink, and the “25% ale aged in oak” infusion makes this a smooth drinker.

Photo of punkindrublic50
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice crisp refreshing Flemish red. Smell is sour cherries and funk, taste again the sour fruit with a significant presence of cider vinegar. Not as sweet as some of the Flemish Reds, but that helps the drinkability considerably. I would consider this the perfect beer to match to some seafood (mussels, clams, ...) for lunch on a hot day. If at all possible I would recommend getting the 6 pack over the 750ml as this is the perfect afternoon beer to have one or two of on a nice day.

Photo of kaimcm
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An interesting and unique brew. However to me, one youve got to be in the mood for and/or have an appropriate pairing. Clean, bright nose with hints of cherry. Taste is strong cherry, noticeable lime, a hint of sugar, and a nice tart dry finish. A nice balance of the tart/sweet that really makes the brew refreshing. Mouthfeel is weak. Too light, too craft soda like for me. Very reminiscent of a Stewarts Black Cherry soda. If in the mood, warm day, etc...a very nice beer, but not for all occasions by any means. That being said, well crafted no doubt.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rodenbach Flanders Red Ale 75% young ale, 25% ale matured for 2 years aged in oak vats. 5.2% alcohol. Corked and caged bottle poured into a Ommegagang snifter.

A- Pours a brilliant dark brown fluid that shows firey red on the edges where light pass though it. Light off white head falls to a quarter inch froth on the top of the beer, random patchy lacing is noted.

S- Freshly tarted grapes, apples, and cherries upfront followed by rich sweet malts that come off as almost soapy and leathery in scents.

T-M- Taste is similar the smell in the aspect of the tarted fruit is now met with a sweeter light candied sugar mix up. Most notible is the Granny Smith apple flavors upfront with a quick bite of tartness followed by a sweet dry note of cherry. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated but I wouldn't have it any other way as it allows the beer to dance over the taste buts with ease.

Overall this is a winner as it is exceptionally drinkable and not overpowering but allows the avid beer drinker the enjoyment of a Flanders style at a session feel... CHEERS!!

Photo of JMD71
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This had a nice winey aroma with a good solid head when poured. It had a wonderful sour flavor in the Flemish style with hints of black cherries. I also taste some metallic hints, but did not detract from the flavor at all. This was very crisp & clean in the finish. Good carbonation led this to be very drinkable & quenching. I would definitely get this again, but the price makes it slightly prohibitive.

Photo of blitz134
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear mohogany body. Light tan, khaki colored 1.25" head that hangs around. Not much else to say, super nice looking, just what I would expect from this style.

Tart cherry and grape mainly. A bit of granny smith apple as well. Some cellar mustyness comes in as well. Taste is again tart and a bit sour, but not quite as tart as others I've had. Taste is tart cherries again. Some raspberries work their way in. Finishes with a bit of earthy flavors and some woody notes as well. Many of the secondary flavors after the tart fruit don't come out very well.

Seems to be a medium bodied brew. Tartness is only initial and then subsides. A bit of carbonation adds a refreshing edge to this. Very drinkable for the style.

Photo of generallee
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 8.45oz or 250ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: It had a deep reddish brown color with some visible carbonation. Its head was small and slightly pinkish tan color. The head slowly recedes, leaving some nice lace behind on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has sweet and sour fruity notes with some sharp acidic cider vinegar notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: Wow very interesting! The range of flavor is amazing. It starts off with sour apple cider vinegar notes over a light malty flavor. This quickly turns to a more sweet/tart fruity flavor with cherry notes and some hints of musty oak. Next up is a slightly dry, mild earthy bitterness. For the finish it turns back to a semi-dry, tart/sour flavor that slowly fades off the tongue. It's about medium bodied and the carbonation feels light and a bit fizzy.

Notes: This is a very complex and interesting beer. It is a slow sipper that is very enjoyable small amounts.

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a clear garnet chestnut body with a thin beige head. Sheets of lacing are left on the chalice.

Aroma of old musty oak, cherries, and horse blanket.

Light medium body with a clean earthy feel.

Taste is sour cherries, woody wet oak, and wool sweater. More sour than sweet.

Beautiful example of an exceptional style.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice find on tap at the soon to be no more Blind Tiger ale house. This little lovely poured cloudy reddish amber, with a tiny bubble slight head, leaving fine, wispy lacing. Nose of semi sour cherries. Flavorful, complex brew with notes of sour fruit, moderate but not overpowering in intensity. More drinkable then other "reds" I've tried. Tasty, fruity, intense. A fine experience in drinking.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a glass of this with my wife and fellow BA's FitzIPAtrick and growler at The Publick House...thanks to Liefman for the heads up on this one.
Arrived in a oversized Rodenbach flute glass...leave it up to TPH to match the beer w/ the perfect glassware. Red rust in color with less than a half finger of off-white head...no lacing detected.
Faint aromas of cherries and some earthy tones...
Taste is very enjoyable...mainly tart cherries with a subtle sour characteristic that was very complementary to the brunch.
Mouthfeel was a tad thin and the carbonation was high, but most likely average for the style (I lack experience in this one).
I could enjoy a few glasses of this one, but at $7 a glass, this would be a one and done for me.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger worth of egg shell colored, fairly creamy head.
Body is a muddy maroon/brown color.

Smells like apple vinegar, vanilla, Carmel and toffee. Quite malty and sticky grape sweet smelling.

Tastes initially sweet and Carmely. Mid palate is apple, vanilla, grapes and brown sugar molasses. Apple vinegar and some balsamic vinegar rounds out the flavors. I'd like a but more pop in the flavors, nothing was offensive tho.

Mouthfeel is medium body, medium carbonation, fairly dry on the finish. Quite drinkable and keeps me wanting more.

Overall this is good. I enjoyed this to the end of the pour, as did the friends that I shared it with. I think I'll try the vintage editions of this to hopefully find a bit more complexity.
$9 a 750ml

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, minimal head, reddish brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: vinegar, oak, and dark fruit

Taste: sweet and tart cherries with vinegar

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet but very tart, light bodied, high carbonation, dry

Drinkability: Another nice intro sour from Rodenbach. I could certainly put down a couple glasses of this. I would get this again.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown-red color with a white head. The aroma is vinegar with some sweetness and some oaked notes. The flavor is a great mix of sweet and sour with some oak and vanilla notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Flanders Red.

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

I had this on tap at 3rd and Spruce Cafe in West Reading. 16oz. pint glass for $3!! (Happy hour)

Arrives a pretty darn clear deep dark red with hints of brown. A one finger light tan head of different sized bubbles. Drops to islands and a ring. Minimal lacing.

Smell is Belgian funky, sour cherries or raspberries, no discernable hop aroma which is appropriate for style.

The taste is dominated by intense sour fruit, more like cherries than raspberries. Really thirst quenching and refreshing tanginess on the tongue. Acidic but pleasant. There is no detectable bitterness, but with the sour, it doesn't matter. This is a sour beer, but not too sour, just delicious. Aftertaste is sour cherries.

Mouthfeel is kind of thin, effervescent, and yes, sour. No real sweetness until the finish.

This beer is highly recommended. It's probably not for everyone, but what a great representation of the style!

Photo of magictrokini
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark red pour with no head. Oaky, vinuous nose with a sour cherry lingering in the background. Very nice, smooth palate. Cherry, sour malt, and some champagne in the taste. Somewhat of a cheryy cobbler taste, but much sourer and with only a hint of brown sugar. Mildly acidic, but not overpowering.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a nice dark brown to red with a small light brown head. Nose is light, tart and sweet.

Tate is really sharp an tart, sweet and fruity with a crisp finish. The mouthfeel is light and creamy. Really well done and drinkable.

Photo of mjtiernan
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a flute. Best before 10.23.2013

A: Looks great. Reddish-brown body and two-fingers of tan head. Nice lacing on its way down.

S: Very acetic. Strong vinegar aroma. If I hadn’t had this beer already, I’d be in serious doubt at this point. Some dark fruit and woody notes as well.

T: Sweet and sour. The vinegar is there but it is cut by wonderful cherry, raspberry, plum, lemon, biscuit, some tartness a touch of spice...maybe clove and cinnamon? Almost forgot my favorite part...the slight oak flavors.

M: Super easy to drink once you are accustomed to the style. Body is light-to-medium and carb is lively.

O: Complex, yet refreshing. The first time I had this beer a couple of years ago I thought it had turned bad. Now it’s a beer that I return to over and over.

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 ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A dark ruby and chestnut brown. Nearly no head. Decent lacing down the glass.

A moderate level of sourness combined with cherry sweetness.

A moderately tart, vinegary, sour ale balanced remarkably well with a cherry juiciness.

Light to medium bodied. A pleasure to sip.

A well balanced sour.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 250ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. Picked up from a Belgian supermarket back in May while on a trip over there. A Flemish red ale matured in oak vats - should be interesting.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep rusty red-brown hue with good carbonation. Yields a decent head of fine off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of fruity sweet 'n sour - notes of cherries, raspberries, red fruits, vinegar, malt, dried fruit, brown sugar, mild caramel, subtle funk, yeast and a hint of wood. A solventy whiff of alcohol lurks in the background. Complex and enticing.

Tastes of sweet 'n sour; fruity and acidic at the same time (not unlike wine). Notes of cherry, red fruits, vinegar, malt, dried fruit, caramel, brown sugar, wood and mild funk. Sour and tingly, but balanced by the sweetness. Lacks the depth of the aroma. A sharp, vinous finish, accompanied by a faint warming hint of booze. Mouthfeel is smooth, decidedly dry and very tingly. The carbonation combines with the acidity to deliver a pleasant sensation on the tongue. Body seems thin and a tad watery. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity sourness and malt vinegar.

An impressive brew - this is certainly one of the more idiosyncratic styles to come out of Belgium. It fascinates me how allowing a beer to become innoculated by a range of microorganisms and then aging it in wood produces such a complexity of character. The smell is just as you might expect, though the flavour seems thinner and less intricate than the aroma. The body is also somewhat watery and insubstantial. Good, but falls short of greatness (I suspect that the lack of bottle conditioning might have contributed to this). Nonetheless, a classic beer that is well worth trying; grab one if you have the chance.

Photo of BadBadger
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice example of a Flanders Red Ale. Pours from the growler as a very dark brown, verging on red, color. There is a brief white foamy head. The smell is sour (thinking apples here), and plesantly so. The taste grows on you with each sip, being rather sour. The carbonation brings the sour taste up to the palate very nicely. A good brew worth giving a try, if the opportunity presents. This would go very nicely with a big Thanksgiving meal revolving around Turkey. Find it and enjoy!

Photo of wo87810
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great! Great color, small head. Not extremely carbonated. Aroma is decent, I am a sucker for the chocolate/caramel tones of a good malty ale- this is not like that. Tastes slightly sour, very fruity, and not too sweet. A thin feel in the mouth. Finishes dry and with good aftertaste.

Overall: my first ale of this kind, I will pursue the genre further. I liked it, but it doesn't stack up to the maltier ales for me.

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 1,605 ratings.