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

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Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)

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Reviews: 644
Hads: 1,612
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 6.72%
Wants: 71
Gots: 156 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-04-2002

ABV varies 5.0-5.2% ABV
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Photo of bobhits
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep medium body red, nice tan head. Not nearly as carbonated as the grand cru.

Fruity bouquet of apples and amber malt with a tart sour finish.

Opens with a nice sour bite, then turns to amber malts, apples, pears, and other fruits. The sour comes back near the finish and a sweet fruity flavor lingers after the beer has been finish.

medium light body, decent carbonation, and the sour flavors don't bite hard enough to cause any issues.

Another excellent though not world changing beer from Rodenbach. (517 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was brown and cloudy, with almost no head.

The aroma was slightly skunky, but mostly of strong musty malt. Hints of fruitiness.

The taste was very fruity, hints of cherries and apples, sweet, pronounced malt, and red wine notes as well. It did seem a little thin for the taste though.

An interesting beer, worth a try. (336 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250 mL bottle poured into a chalice at O'Briens in San Diego.

Pours a nice red brown color. Bubly but very little head. Apple vinegar aroma, but not overwhelming and even a tad sweet. Very tingly but not too intense carbonation. Lightly sour taste with apples and cherries. One of the most drinkable sour ales I've tried. Not particularly exciting (it's missing the complexity and tart-ness of many of these beers), but still an enjoyable beer and probably a good introduction to this unusual (and, to some, shocking) style. (525 characters)

Photo of Rudgers73
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice homogeneous shade of mahogany. Decent 1/2 inch fizzy head that disperses into a very thin ring. This appears to be light and crisp with a very wine-like oak aroma. Beyond the sour tones up front you can smell a light sweetness in the background. Sour cherries, raisins, and grapes. The taste is tart up front with a flood of unripened cherries and a slight tweak of malt. It then drops off slightly into a very mild pure carbonated water taste. Very strange flavor profile. Not quite sure what to make of it yet. I'm relatively sure that this isn't my kind of thing. I have tried Duchesse De Bourgogne a while back not knowing that it was a Flanders Red Ale and I remember it having a more full flavor and more continuously rich flavor profile. This one sort of drops off in such an abrupt manor. Not enough alcohol for the oak aging to really do much for IMHO. Overall, I was glad I tried more than one of this style for relativity if nothing else. Quite an interesting style, maybe I'll try the Grand Cru in a couple of weeks to see if the extra alcohol brings something better to the table. (1,106 characters)

Photo of itsscience
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky brown with a finger of off-white head. The smell has sweet grapes, cherries, some wild yeast, and some vinegar, although the taste is not as sour as the nose suggests. A low level of sourness is met with a sweet red wine taste and a clean, effervescent, sparkling water finish. Carbonation is high and the body is light. (332 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bought this on clearance for $1. Thinking it is pretty old. Poured dark like a Coke. Aroma is slightly boozy with some apple fruitiness. Mild flavor. It has a sharp bite on the tip of the tongue, followed by some apple flavors. Actually taste pretty good. Not sure what it would taste fresh, but not bad old. (308 characters)

Photo of pinotboy007
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Rodenbach, purchased at Washington Street Purveyor, Lexington, VA.

Splendid red mahogany appearance and soft, modest head that slowly fades; minimal lacing.

Smell/nose is captivating - earthy, soury cherry, garden mulch. In my opinion, unique. Soft mouthfeel, modest carbonation.

Taste: almost like it smells with a mellow sourness backed with dark cherry and a tinge of alcohol and sweetness. In a word, "complex." Don't drink this too cold or you'll lose out on its nuanced silkiness. Not a fan of Lambic/fruity-styled beers, but this I liked. (559 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Bottle at the Peculier Pub (it was called Rodenbach Red on the menu, causing me to hope, in vain, that it was the Redbach but alas). Pours a dark red with no head. Aroma is tart and funky. Flavor of tart candies, very sweet. Pretty similar to the Grand Cru, maybe it's a little sweeter. Good beer though!
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5) (344 characters)

Photo of waughbrew
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy deep chestnut with a medium beige head which laces well but should have stuck around for a while longer. Smells halfway between a wood fire and vinegar. Tastes like toasted apple cider vinegar. Smoky, oaky, and old, a little sharp, but not fresh. Feels slick for one second, then makes a 180 to sizzly. The sourness has a nice finish to it, but overall the flavor just doesn't do much for me. It does not have enough complexity or drinkability to make me really want it again. This may have been the old standard, but it has been far surpassed by now. (556 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, but there are some light brown highlights, and a hint of a red color. I dropped the sentiment in without hesitation or remorse. Lots of almond foam and crunchy lacing. Yes.

Attractive but slightly pale aroma, tart and fruity as the style requires. Rather oaky, slightly sweet. More please.

The flavor I find tends to show me its acidic side rather than the focus on a chewy sour experience. There cherry-like flavor is there, the puckering is there, but not as strong or complex as in the standard-bearers of the style.

Certain amount of viscosity on the tongue that punches up the mouthfeel a hair, it's rather thin in the mouth, with a lot of carbonation, which both detracts from the flavor but adds something interesting to the mouthfeel.

I'm not in love. I much prefer the Grand Cru or a Duchesse. Still a tasty beer but if I'm going out of the way for the style, I'll look for others first. (922 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Stubbies in Gaineville poured in Rodenbach tulip. Not what I was expecting after having their Vintage 2010. Really more of a quad, dubbel, or Belgian dark. Pours dark brownish res with a thin fluffy head on top. Aroma of plums and cherry, with verry littke sourness. Flavor follows, with some additional strong malt flavor and a bit of molasses, black cherry and a hint of funk. A very good and flavorful beer but not on style here. Medium to heavy slick mouthfeel, soft and smooth on the palate. (506 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rodenbach has a red colour and a small head that fades quickly. It smells like berries but is a little sour. The taste is sour and a little fruity. The aftertaste is sour with a hint of honey. The texture is bubbly and pretty decent. Overall, pretty nice. Better than the last Flanders red that I had. (301 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from a shop in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured a deep mahogany colour. One finger of beige head and good carbonaiton. Spotty lace and no retention.

S - Tart, oak, some cherry-ish fruits. Good sweetness.

T - Sweet cherry candy. Quite sweet. A little tartness towards the end. Oak, dark fruit as well. Barny a bit. Lot's more sweetness than expected. Lacking balance of tart and oaky notes to balance sweetness.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body and dry, short finish.

O/D - Not bad. Lacks depth of better examples of the style but otherwise a good intro to the style. (589 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starting to sample some sours

A - Cloudy brownish-red. Coarse off-white head with light lacing. Not a very appetizing looking beer.

S - Red wine vinegar is the first smell. Red wine, tannins, fruity cherries, and some Belgian spice.

T - Red wine (soft Cabernet) character is the first flavor with some tannin, grape, light cherry, and some oak. It has a mild sour, vinegar character but is more crisp and tart rather than just sour but there is some sweetness. Much more complex than I had assumed but thin and more refreshing than a flavorful beer.

M - Light mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. The sourness and the low ABV make this beer more of a pairing beer than a drinking beer.

Overall, a decent beer and probably a perfect example of the style but not a style that I prefer. It really just reminds me of a cheap Cabernet wine with low alcohol and low body with some sourness. I would much rather have a DIPA or RIS but for a warm summer day with a sharp cheese I could see this beer winning out over a stout. I think this would be a good one to try if you are curious about sours since it isn't too sour but pretty complex.

Glass- Snifter (1,157 characters)

Photo of jsausley
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a small pilsner glass.

A: Dark brown with reds. Very pretty and deep color.

S: Smells of malty notes with hops and some yeast. A nice grape aroma.

T: Primarily a light malt body with a huge citrus and floral top. Prunes, grapes and raisin here. Spicy finish.

M: Smooth and crisp, not bitter and not boozy.

O: A fairly unique beer that is full of unique flavor. A bit too sour and sweet for me, but very different and I'm glad I tried it. (469 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours what looks at first glance to be a murky brown. Rather non descript with a finger and a half of loose bubbles that popped like soap bubbles pretty quickly and left a ring. Soapy lace as it drinks. Nose is half hearted. There is a light twang of vinegar that dissipates quickly, plenty of wood and earth and some very light cherry. Funky and has a scent deep in the nose that that smells like "sour." That vinegar twang comes back only lightly as ti warms

Taste is also very light. It has a tartness but it's not terrific. It has cherry but it's too light and not deeply sweet. There is some acidity but it's not lively and it doesn't create tension with a bright acidity. The sour and funk give it a bit of depth and there is a light cracker taste from the malt. It becomes more interesting as it warms and drinks easily with nothing to frighten anyone who is shy of sour beers. As you drink it achieves a wine like sweetness in the middle that is quite nice. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light without a malt presence except as a blank canvas.

I was a little disappointed in this one but it's not a bad beer. It lacks complexity. (1,134 characters)

Photo of bringonthehops
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/8/2010:

-- tasted non-blind from a 750 mL bottle --

NOSE: sweet nose; oak; strawberry/raspberry aromas; balsamic vinaigrette; less complex than the Duchesse.

BODY: dark brown color; (forgot to note palate weight).

TASTE: sweet; sour; oaky; fruit leather; this is a blend of 75% young ale and 25% old ale, matured in oak casks. A bit more sweet than the Grand Cru bottling, and not quite as complex either. (411 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (1,130 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the ol' Duvel tulip. Body is dark brown and is penetrable only by a strong light source. Head is 2 fingers tall and tan, leaving strings of lacing.

Aroma is fermenting grapes with some raspberry/cherry sweetness. Quite tart and vinegary.

Taste is actually less sour than I expected. It still has enough tartness to make the corners of the mouth twinge, but it's not as puckering as gueuze. Malty base with a bit of cherry cola. The vinous acetic character is still there from the aroma.

Mouthfeel is smooth and appropriately carbonated, but the finish is too sticky and unclean. Pretty drinkable nonetheless. (623 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer, rather light, zesty, and fruity, and more tart than sour.

Dark red, almost black, it has a small-medium pale tan head steadily shrinking to a lasting thick foamy ring and wisps, with hints of foamy briefly clinging to the sides.

The aroma is quite pungent, perfumy sweet-sour, turned fruit, somewhat vinegary with elements of old, rusty metal pipes and a compost pile, plus a strong character of old berries, especially raspberries. The aroma is to me just a touch off-putting although I have mixed feelings about it as I do most aspects of this beer.

The taste is a little different and lighter, mostly lightly tart with a slight sweetness and only very light sourness, but with strong fermentd fruit - mostly a very strong character of turned raspberries - along with some toasty, very faintly buttery grain/cracker that peeks through in the aftertaste along with a hint of woody paper. The feel is light, zesty, and a bit fizzy. It's distinctve and holds up well with definite character, fairly refreshing and interesting, and fairly easy to drink but a bit one-dimensional, not really my style, and not something I would readily choose. (1,172 characters)

Photo of umustdrink
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.45 oz. bottle

A - Mahogany brown color with a very reddish hue. Head fades quickly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S - Very funky and sour smelling, like vinegar, a little woody with sweet cherries and vanilla also detectable.

T - Mildly sour to start, then sweet with cherry flavors and still sour. Finish is slightly less sour, and still cherry flavored.

M - Thin to medium consistency with medium carbonation. A very faint acidic burn.

D - First Flanders Red I've tried, it's not bad I guess. Usually I find sour beers too sour but this one was okay. Probably wont have again though. (617 characters)

Photo of Andreji
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at the heart of Brussel's while celebrating the victory of the french over the english in rugby (well, I didn't really celebrate. just stood on the sidelines.)

Pour is dark caramel, completely opaque with a medium cream dark tan head, lasting for a bit. The smell is fruity as the taste, in terms of rather 'frutti di bosco' sorta fruits (red stuff I guess), very pleasing combination within a very dense body. (424 characters)

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle that was caged and corked, into a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle. About an inch of thin head that quickly disappeared. A small amount of carbonation. Color is a redish brown. Smells of malts and grapes. Sort of a sour grape like flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty watery. Does not have a very high drinkability to me. All and all I am glad I tried it, but would probably not reach for it again. Probably a brew a wine lover would enjoy more than me. (484 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Dark mahogany colour, a bit like red wine with a brown tint, small tanned head which disappeared fast, clear from the top but thick from the side. Smelled malts and red wine. Tasted grape, was like a light sour red wine, notes of oak, yeasty sour finish. Mouthfull smooth with deceptive carbonation. Overall I'd say the more I get used to the sourness the better I like it. (414 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.45 oz. bottle

Pours a dark mahogany color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy head, tiny islands left behind. The nose is sour, tangy, cherry/raspberry, and some malts. The taste is sour/tangy, lots of cherry/raspberry, there's some funk going on in there. Medium body. Drinkable, not that impressed with this one, I've had way way way better Flanders in the past. (361 characters)

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.