Rodenbach Classic (Red) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by Reaper16:
3.83/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
11.2oz. bottle served into a tulip glass
Pours a fairly translucent amber color. It's dark, but there's evident clarity to the body. It looks like whiskey, actually. Except, you know, with 1.25 fingers of eggshell colored head sitting on it.
Vinegar tartness is the dominant aroma here. It's sort of in-between Balsamic vinegar and, like, the malt vinegar packets from Long John Silver's or something. There's some cherry aroma as well. I pick up on a gingersnap cookie component. Some barrel astringency. Maybe a tiny bit of cinnamon. It's tartness and cookie sweetness and little else.
It's not strongly tart on the palate, however. There's a light amount of malt vinegar tartness here, but the fruity sweet flavors really cover up the tartness. Fruit snacks meets Luden's cough drops -- we're talking candy sweet, not actual fruit sweet. This lacks depth, but not tastiness.
It's remarkably drinkable because of how those flavors mesh with the beer's light body and smooth texture. The bottle goes down in a flash because of the balance between sweet and tart.
Overall, this is a good Flanders Red. A benchmark for the style in a lot of ways. It's crazy-drinkable, but don't expect a depth of flavor (or a significant sourness).
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2012 04:37:37 | More by Reaper16
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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 1,169 ratings.