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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,501 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,501
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 68
Gots: 107 | 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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This beer changed my life, or at least my drinking habits. It is my favorite beer (and brewery) in the world. I gave this beer all 5's because, in my opinion, it can't get any better than this. "Classic" is an understatement, this is the epitome of a Flemish Sour.

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The most drinkable beer I know. I never get tired of it and I can never get enough.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What is beer?
It is impossible to exaggerate this "beer's" greatness.
Served from a 1.5 L bottle by Marburg.
There is Impossible complexity divinely integrated.
There is sweetness in the form of baked breads, cakes, spiced cookies, sweet red and black cherries, raspberries.
The sweet elements are overlaid with nutshell bitterness, cocoa, corroded copper, jerky and raw and toasted spices.
It is dense. It is polished.
There is plenty of room for delicate floral and sweet herbal fragrances to emerge throughout.
This beer is like walking through a dimensional door into a fairy tale. Every element is absolutely durable and beautiful...
Forests of complexity. Recognition of long-lost perfection.
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The next day I drank a young Bordeaux and found a lot of similarities to this beer. I think a lot of what this beer is about comes from the oak in the barrels.
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A fresh sample delivered directly from Belgium on 6.1.2004 was a surprise. Tasted next to a Duchesse de Bourgogne, the young sample of Rodenbach appeared to open in the glass from a state of austere, minty herbal woodiness. But first - on the nose - it was very sour and gastric smelling. Seasoned oak, dried, oily cinnamon bark and Uttar Pradesh spices lurk in the background before surging as it warms and agitates in the glass. This process brings even more complexity over time. I feel this beer should be allowed to age for a minimum of two years based on my results from bottles that are 2-5 years old.
Thanks Alan.

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,501 ratings.