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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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Ratings: 1,322
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 58
Gots: 74 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

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 TheHoppiest:
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4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a ruddy brown color, with highlights of garnet and ruby when held up to the light. A thick, one inch off-white head unevenly pillows down, leaving little to no lacing down the sides of the glass.

Plenty of fruit in the aroma, with cherries and raspberries. A smokey oak smell is also present, wafting or lingering above the frut smell. There's also a tart aroma present, beyond the red fruit, mixed with a bit of beeswax.

Light, mildy tart and fruity, cherry, strawberry and green apple tastes all meld for a very pleasant flavor. The Granny Smith/green apple flavor becomes more prominent as you get further into this ale, balancing nicely with a delicate, almost floral sweetness. While slightly tart, this ale has no bitterness to it.

This has a light, soft mouthfeel, with a fair amount of carbonation that gives the impression that this ale evaporates as you sip it. Very pleasant and easy drinking!

This may be my first Flanders Red ale, and it is a beauty. Light, almost airy in feel, with a pleasantly tart flavor, this is supremely drinkable. Despite having such a light feel, the flavor is not lacking in the least. Letting it linger on the tongue amplifies the tartness to a point of over-stimulation; this ale lets you know that despite a delicate appearance, it will pack a punch if you let it. I definitely recommend, especially as a starter beer for the evening, or as a dessert beer after a meal.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 02:00:03 | More by TheHoppiest
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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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.

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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

07-04-2014 15:37:16 | More by VelvetExtract
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is nice. Brownish red color. I like the smell a lot. Hard to describe. The taste is excellent. This is my first sour beer. Buying it I didn't know it was a sour beer. The initial taste is good. A cider lite oak taste. I like the aftertaste a lot. I would drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

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3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pured into tulip glass.

A- Dark maroon and brown color, somewhat opaque. Short finger sized head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing. Lots of noticeable carbonation.

S- Tart cherries and dark fruits. Currant berries and a little vinegar. Decent amount of sourness in the smell and a little oak. Small amount of alcohol detectable.

T- Not as tart or sour as smell would suggest. The sourness is actually quite subtle and a Belgian ale taste is present along with it. Small hints of a table wine turning to vinegar, but in a good way.

M- Light to medium bodied. Lots of epervescence. I prefer to pour these hard and let the carbonation settle for a bit.

O- Fine example of a balanced Flanders Red. I prefer a little more sourness, but this is certainly a top quality version of the style and one Id definitely recommend to others, especially those just getting into sours.

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