Rodenbach Classic (Red) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by Phelps:
3.93/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Had from the glass at Papago the other night. I told one of the girls there that I was in the mood for a sour, and this is what she poured me, saying the bartenders "were looking for a reason to open this one anyway" as she poured the deep dark-chocolate brown liquid into a tulip glass.
Hues of light amber and cranberry highlights become visible when held to light. A buttercream head flitters away without much notice, leaving a ring.
In the nose, I get some dry red wine along with some sweeter grape juice. The sourness of green apples is there as well, along with some light caramel malt and cola.
The taste is less red winey and more grape juicy. It's sweet, almost like a dessert wine. Some nutty maltiness. I actually would've like just a tad more sourness, but the mild funk that's there is nice, and balanced nicely by some caramel sweetness. This has the complexity of Dr Pepper.
Medium-light body, high carbonation. Slippery.
As far as Flanders reds go, this one is passable. It certainly sated my sour cravings -- at least for one night.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2010 19:36:27 | More by Phelps
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3.55/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The other Rodenbach styles are rated 100. However, this one not much for me.
A: I poured it several times to study the head because it seemed the bottle had flat off despite a 12/17/14 date. On 2nd pour, aggressively into a tulip, a nice dense foamy tan head appeared. But it failed to last and atfer that it leaves some dotty lacing, and again feels thing and flat.
Murky, muddy, red-brown body.
Smell: I get cider, decaying wood, vinegar, and prunes. I dont get enough malt and fruit. I dont get enough complexity or strength, but it betters as it warms.
Taste: Follows the smell dominated by cider and fruit balsamic vinegar. Some oak, and hard underneath. Hint of vanilla? Got to let it warm, but it never rises above prune cider for me.
Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Low carbonation. Slightly sticky mouth feel, but not cloying.
Drinkability: A half portion might be ideal aperitif. Otherwise, I put this aside to drink a more approachable beer profile and finish it at a warmer temperature. Definitely want to split it with some one, or maybe even save it to cook with tomorrow.
I prefer beers that I want to finish now.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 01:34:02 | More by Act25
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,174 ratings.