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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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90
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1,416 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,416
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 64
Gots: 90 | FT: 3
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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Reviews by Phatz:
Photo of Phatz
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle screen printed and corked bottle with a new logo from the displayed above.

I have only had 3 Flanders Reds but I have decided it is my current favorite style and I am going to seek out as many of these as I can find. I love the teeter-totting from sweet to tart and the berry bite in the end wow. I did enjoy this beer more than the Grand Cru but not quite as much as the Duchess De Bourgogne.

Suggestion: Let this warm signifcants on the counter before opening. It really mellows. Also take your time; start before it has reached room temp and re-cork (if you have a 750 ML) and try a small flute again and again as it warms. Absolutly *fasinating* the flavors that continue to come out, especially the coco.

Appearance: Pours a dark raspberry brown/copper color that does not let the light through the body but looks lighter around the edges. It had a small light brown head that fades to a spotty frothy cap and descent lacing.

Smell: Raspberries, cherry, brown sugar a hint of smoked barrel wood fill the nose and send my taste buds in a frenzy of anticipation i.e. salivation.

Taste: Sour, with wine like attributes it is cherry with a hint of coco and a flood of brown sugar it slides smoothly and is somewhat nonchalant the way sneaks through the fist part of palate without causing much ruckus; then, all of the sudden it erupts with flavors of berries and spices that that are simply exceptional. As it warms there are hint of coca and nuts and oak along with the sour cherries. It is similar to the Lambics that I have had in acidity and bite. The aftertaste lingers forever! mmm.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very nice. I do not have much within the style to compare it to yet but it is extremely active and poking and prodding the palate while dancing around with great energy on the taste buds. That said the carbonation is not as crazy as the Grand Cru was, which I personally prefer. It was a little rough on the swallow sometimes with the acidity but overall, very nice in the mouth.

Drinkability: I hardly know what to say. Typically I would not consider a sour beer sessionable but maybe I am converting to a new way of thinking; this beer was so east to drink it was hard to believe. I won’t quite give it a 5.0 but it’s a really close call wow. I think it’s that amazing aftertaste that just keeps this beer cruising down the hatch =)

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jul 16, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev 0%

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.

doucmehu, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Sinfull
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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

Sinfull, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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.

oberon, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

RoyalT, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev 0%

DanGeo, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

tectactoe, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of punkindrublic50
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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.

punkindrublic50, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of kaimcm
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

kaimcm, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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!!

wesbrownyeah, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

BubalooBrewMaster, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of JMD71
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

JMD71, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of dimitrov
4/5  rDev 0%

dimitrov, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of blitz134
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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.

blitz134, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of ripocceschi
5/5  rDev +25%

ripocceschi, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Kjanisch7
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

FadetoBock, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev 0%

heddar33, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Shagator
4/5  rDev 0%

Shagator, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

generallee, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev 0%

Doomcifer, May 10, 2014
Photo of RPMazzi
4/5  rDev 0%

RPMazzi, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of merlin48
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

merlin48, May 20, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Billolick, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
3.83/5  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.

warriorsoul, Nov 06, 2005
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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,416 ratings.