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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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1,330 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,330
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 58
Gots: 75 | FT: 2
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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Reaper16

Alabama

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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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CDCNAM

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

07-13-2014 20:39:23 | More by CDCNAM
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wdf210

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev 0%

07-13-2014 19:44:18 | More by wdf210
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dar482

New York

3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a murky copper brown.

The aroma is quite tart of unripen apples, cherries, cranberries, fig, red grape, a hint of oak, and sweet bready malt.

In the front, there’s a combination of apple and cranberry juice with hints of tartness, but that quickly subsides onto musty and funky red grapes. A gentle caramel and malt sweetness in the middle, then it dries off leaving that lingering funk and wood.

The front of the palate impresses, but that quickly goes away. A decent step behind the Grand Cru.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 05:12:10 | More by dar482
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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-12-2014 21:12:53 | More by jim_carignan
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Phocion

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle dated best before 10/14/2015. Pours into a Lindemans flute a dark ruby color, reminiscent of cranberry juice. Barely off-white head with just the slightest tan hue. Head quickly drops into a thin crown, but that sticks around. Moderate but consistent lacing.

Aroma is very fruity and tart. Sour cherry and plum mostly, but a nice touch of candied sweet cherry as well. Passion fruit. Oak. A ton of fruit flavors going on, but little malt or hops. Slight spicy phenols.

Flavor is similar to the aroma in that it is a complex assortment of fruit. A tart red wine/cherry fruitiness blends well with caramelized sugar flavors, sweet cherries, and a touch of vanilla from the oak. Sweet up front with a tart finish, with just a little bit of spice thrown in at the very end.

Tart, refreshing, crisp mouthfeel. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation. No astringency and moderately sour, but acidic.

Rodenbach is a wonderful beer. I really love Flanders Reds, but I've only had a few in the past, so it's hard for me to evaluate this to style. Nonetheless, it is absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2014 00:04:32 | More by Phocion
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4/5  rDev 0%

07-11-2014 19:41:00 | More by plumcrazyfx
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-11-2014 15:32:26 | More by twowheelssoar
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mrjmann

Indiana

4/5  rDev 0%

07-11-2014 03:20:10 | More by mrjmann
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rkbrownii

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-09-2014 21:59:47 | More by rkbrownii
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Flanders red ale has stolen my heart. When they project a drier and more pungent sour character, they are among the best of all beer of the sour family. But its the cherry, kettle caramelization and barrel that work in tandem with the resident microflora to give these beers such distinctive charm.

Tantalizing sourness tethers through a more robust taste and balancing sweetness to place the nose and early palate completely under its spell. Its candied cherry upstart is wrapped in a blanket of caramelized sugars, cellar-like must and berry wine.

But its the wild display that blossoms across the middle that really takes back the senses with oddly compelling tastes that boarder on cider and oak, tobacco and leather, merlot and balsamic, brine and copper... the complex descriptors seem to go forever; playing out on a semi-sweet but intensely acidic palate.

Its tangy wine finish, carries an inherent honey balance that seems of confectioner's delight, yet pierced by its earthen variety for an effortless close with lingering vinous, lightly powdered astringency and surprisingly refreshing vinegar dryness.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2014 17:28:13 | More by BEERchitect
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MisterBisco

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

07-08-2014 14:45:45 | More by MisterBisco
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josephwa

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-07-2014 14:59:00 | More by josephwa
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chburke


5/5  rDev +25%

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thenewsullivan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-05-2014 21:38:37 | More by thenewsullivan
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-05-2014 21:36:54 | More by ianjsullivan
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jeffaroo95

Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

07-05-2014 19:56:32 | More by jeffaroo95
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Viperman1316

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-05-2014 01:34:51 | More by Viperman1316
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BikenBeerTwo

Indiana

3/5  rDev -25%

07-04-2014 22:11:18 | More by BikenBeerTwo
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erikcx

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-04-2014 21:39:44 | More by erikcx
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a clear, dark, crimson hue. Head is a thin, unfinished, off white clump of froth. Not much lacing but it almost seems to leave legs along the glass.

S-Tart cherry with an underlying fruity sweetness. Oaky as well. Some caramel sweetness, too. Some vinegar. A bit of apple juice.

T-Flavor starts off with a moderately intense tartness that fades into a sweeter cherry flavor. Oak comes in after the tartness, too. Some brown sugar and a mushy, overripe fruit medley.

M-Medium bodied. Finishes surprisingly a bit dry. Fairly refreshing. Moderate carbonation.

O-I found this to be pretty tasty. Nice balance of sweet and sour. Nothing too overwhelming, which makes his beer a good go-to when your having a sour craving.

Serving type: bottle

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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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cam12

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-02-2014 18:54:41 | More by cam12
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Cgscub

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25%

07-01-2014 03:13:37 | More by Cgscub
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hvy1

Maine

4/5  rDev 0%

06-30-2014 09:47:37 | More by hvy1
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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,330 ratings.