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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: 1,384
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 63
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
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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Photo of homebrewhawk


4.08/5  rDev +2%

750ml corked bottle served in a chalice. Bottle conditioned. Poured a dark copper with a quickly dissipating off white head. Lots of fruit in the aroma, mainly sour cherries. Not very carbonated, fairly light body. A little sweetness up front. Nice tart flavor with more fruit. Very drinkable. If you are new to the style, this would be a good starting point.

06-14-2009 14:51:36 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of Furlinator


4.06/5  rDev +1.5%

Bottle dated 02/10/14.

Pours murky brown with a thin khaki head that quickly disappears completely and leaves faint spotty lace.

The smell begins with faint vinegar and is followed by dark cherry, plums and grapes. There is some slight funk from Belgian yeast and a hint of burnt sugar on the finish.

The taste is a subtle mixture of plum, cherry and grape up front with dark malt on the finish. Sweet and lightly sour.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation.

As stated in previous reviews, this would make for an ideal introduction to sour beers. Sweet and tasty without being overwhelmingly sour. Smooth and sessionable.

04-06-2014 00:51:13 | More by Furlinator
Photo of mjtiernan

New York

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

330ml bottle poured into a flute. Best before 10.23.2013

A: Looks great. Reddish-brown body and two-fingers of tan head. Nice lacing on its way down.

S: Very acetic. Strong vinegar aroma. If I hadn’t had this beer already, I’d be in serious doubt at this point. Some dark fruit and woody notes as well.

T: Sweet and sour. The vinegar is there but it is cut by wonderful cherry, raspberry, plum, lemon, biscuit, some tartness a touch of spice...maybe clove and cinnamon? Almost forgot my favorite part...the slight oak flavors.

M: Super easy to drink once you are accustomed to the style. Body is light-to-medium and carb is lively.

O: Complex, yet refreshing. The first time I had this beer a couple of years ago I thought it had turned bad. Now it’s a beer that I return to over and over.

11-05-2012 03:56:37 | More by mjtiernan
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

Best Before: 10.23.2013

Pours a very dark mahogany color with only a small, fleeting bubbly head. Deep, acidic aromas of vinegar, black cherry, berries, red wine, and wood alongside a nice, rich creaminess and a touch of vanilla. Tart, fruity flavor with some oak, and a balancing malt sweetness. Medium bodied, acidic, and crisp. Very drinkable and refreshing.

03-03-2013 23:37:55 | More by wedge
Photo of psuKinger


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle at 6-and-Save, poured into a classic gold-rimmed tulip.

A: pours a cloudy shade of ruby red with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. 4.0

S: immediate "funk" of a Belgian, with sweet tones behind it. 4.0

T: dry, astringent, sour flavors are moderately strong. I pick up flavors of cherry sweetness in the background. Pleasant and easy-drinkin'. 4.0

M: thick and astringent, this thing leaves your mouth dry and finishes semi-sweet. 4.5

D: high. Easy drinkin'. Very repeatable. 4.0

04-29-2011 16:58:32 | More by psuKinger
Photo of fsvan


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Pours a dark, murky copper with a hint of maroon. Big 3 fingers of thick, sticky reddish head which seems to have a life of its own.

S- Sour cherries up front with a bit of vinegar and oak notes following. A little funkiness. No bitter notes. No alcohol presence. Complex, yet nice and clean.

T- Nice tartness. Sour, but not incredibly so. A sour cherry note is first and foremost. As with the smell, a little oak on the end. Some pretty nice earthy yeast notes linger behind alongside a vinegar-like sourness.

M- Lightish. Well carbonated. With the yeast and oak notes, a little thicker (not much) would be to my liking, I think.

O- I've only had a a handful of Flanders reds, so my points of comparison are somewhat limited, but this is a pretty good beer. Would be a nice introductory sour for a wine lover, for sure.

09-04-2011 18:12:23 | More by fsvan
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy brown with a tanned head, nice lacing. Aroma is of sour dough, dark fruit and some woody notes. Full, smooth, creamy body. Pleasant sweet-sour taste is of yeast, fruit (mostly cherry) and wine like woody notes. Long, sweet-sour finish. Wonderful beer.

11-26-2010 16:20:56 | More by mikeg67
Photo of womencantsail


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

A: The pour is a muddy brown color with very little to no head.

S: The nose is the classic Flanders Red ale. A pleasantly acidic and mildly acetic, sour cherries, and a bit of oak.

T: A lot of sour cherry flavor mixed with sweet malt. The acidity is pleasant and refreshing without too much vinegar character.

M: Medium in body with an initially high level of carbonation that seems to die down a fair amount throughout the pour.

D: A very refreshing and mildly acidic Flanders Red. While the appearance might not be the most appealing, this is still a nice beer.

01-23-2010 08:09:15 | More by womencantsail
Photo of KarlHungus


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

This beer pours a dark ruby color. The head is small, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of sweet and sour cherries, oak, and hints of vinegar. The taste is sweet with a tart sourness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a fine Flemish Red. I will certainly drink this again.

01-08-2008 21:15:37 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Cmack15


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

Having not explored this style too much I am not sure how confident I can speak upon this beer. The sour and sweetness of this beer seem well balanced and with the low abv I would call this a session beer. The more I drink this beer the more I like it. Great entryway beer for this style.

12-20-2010 01:50:58 | More by Cmack15
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

From a 330 ml bottle to a snifter.

Pours a reddish brown with a thin head that disappears very quickly. No lacing to speak of but a thin ring of foam around the edge. The smell is sour, plum, cherry and vinegar. There is a definite oakiness present. The taste is sour cherries and other fruits along with the aforementioned oak. The feel is nice with medium carbonation and a sour and dry finish.

A nice beer and a good example of the style. I have to admit I really liked the oakiness that was present. It really made a difference.

05-22-2014 20:59:37 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of paterlodie


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

After drinking the grand cru last night, i tried a regular one today. Colour looks to be less dark but a great autum colour; no great head but a spectacular nose. Litle sour but lots of cherryfruit and overal more then plesant. Taste is full, litle sour, cherry and oak. Great beer however I think it's not what it used to be.

11-02-2004 14:48:00 | More by paterlodie
Photo of MisterClean


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

8.45 oz from Manderes in Folsom

A - Nutty brown root beer color with nice legs and minimal head if any.

S - Peanuts, malts, and grassy hops.

T - Grass, light ester, pine, and brewer's sugar.

M - Very sweet w/ notes of carbo. Very syrupy as well.

D - Have to be careful with this one. Very drinkable, kinda reminds me of the cough medicine dimetapp, but sweeter.

01-27-2008 19:33:56 | More by MisterClean
Photo of skizziks


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

12oz. bottle. 1" tan head falls quickly to a thin sheet over a clear, deep mahogany brown beer.

Aroma is complex with cherries, vinegar, restaurant mop, and a carnival of phenolics with some cheesy bits attached. Reads terrible, but actually smells really nice. An experience for sure.

taste also gives some cherry with pomegranate and some sweet-tart flavors. Very dry tannic finish.

Light body with sharp prickly carbonation. Very dry. Refreshing. I haven't had a lot of sour beers and I don't generally think they are all that, but they can be nice when I'm in the mood. Rodenbach is the first I've had that I could imagine myself really getting into.

09-22-2007 18:55:56 | More by skizziks
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%


dark reddish brown with a mild head. big sour cherry smell on the nose. taste is extremely tart, with a big kick of very sour cherries at the end. quite good...medium bodied with low carbonation.

overall a good flemish red that is very cheap and available. like this one a lot.

07-13-2013 23:11:46 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle best before 10-06-2010
Being served 03-20-2011...not sure whether the beer's integrity is compromised, we shall see.

The beer pours a rich brown but glows ruby red in the light. A thin tan head forms and quickly falls to the outskirts of my tulip. Fine bubbles lace down the sides of my glass, a thin blanketing remains on top throughout drinking.
The beer appears to be an even mix between watery and dense.

A strong, biting, sour acetic acid carries light notes of cherry (from the yeast) and liquor. There is also a subtle caramel/oak wood sugar sweetness.
Although the vinegar was potent at first, it does mellow out to let some of the other aromas come through.
Personally, I think they should adjust their young:matured ratio to bring the oak forward.

Predominantly sour, but competing more with the beer's sweet fruitiness and barrel-contributed oak and vanilla. There is very little grain or bitterness. Truly a sweet-sour beer as expected and described on the bottle. Lots of think about while drinking this beer, it's definitely open to different interpretations and will likely suit many tastes.

The acid leaves a very dry finish that has me salivating for my next sip. My palate is bombarded by both sweetness and sourness, but I notice the sourness lingering for far longer. The aftertaste is complex, most of the beer's caramel and vanilla (barrel characteristics) come out here, but they compete strongly over the inherent, mouth-puckering sourness.
Mouthfeel is probably this beer's best attribute.

Overall (Drinkability):
This was a pleasant surprise, but still cost $4 for a 12oz bottle. I would absolutely try this beer on tap and hopefully also test it's ability to pair with a meal (which I think it would do exceptionally well). The beer sips like a dry wine and is equally complex and invigorating, but $4 is still steep.


03-21-2011 00:36:02 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of strangefate


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

750ml bottle.

Pours a dark red-brown with a nice head that dissipates quickly. The smell is very fruity. Taste is similar - very fruity with a sweet taste up front and then a nice sour bite that's not overwhelming. The sourness and carbonation provides a great mouthfeel and feeling on your tongue. The fruitiness of this beer makes it almost like a sour carbonated wine.

12-26-2006 20:54:50 | More by strangefate
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.04/5  rDev +1%

12 oz bottle poured into crooked stave tulip. Best before 7/25/14.
Pour is much darker than anticipated. ..deep ruby brown with slight white lacing. Smell is so complex. Lots of sweet toffee english malts and oak but a huge cherry tartness is dominant. Taste is nicely tart cherry but so balanced with the sweet toffee malt and oak. Its super dry as expected and easy to drink. Its a great is example of the style.

01-27-2013 01:33:46 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +1%

On-tap at Beer Bistro.

Beer is ruby red, with a moderately-sized light tan head. Decent retention.

Nose is quite nice. Cherry and other dark fruits/berries. Oak. Tart.

Taste is similar to the nose; contains oak, balsamic vinegar, cherry. Fairly tart and quite dry.

Medium bodied, a bit syrupy. Strongly carbonated. Dries the mouth a bit.

Overall, quite good, but the Grand Cru is much better.

04-22-2013 01:36:20 | More by jrenihan
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +1%

330ml bottle poured into tulip 6/9/13

A hazed brownish maroon, enough clarity to see streams of bubbles floating up the side that feed a thumbs width of tan foam that leaves a single ring of lace

S raspberries, cherry, strawberry jam, brown sugar, faint wood and earthy notes, ju jubes, and hard grape candy, slightly sour with faint vinous notes

T just a hint of vinegar on top of what I smell, more sour notes then the nose but far from turning your mouth inside out, has a nice sweet and sour balance

M light bodied, a little sticky on the lips, almost creamy from the bubbles, earthy fruit lingers on the finish

O well rounded and very easy to drink, I know its odd having the highest score in the overall but I felt this one needed a boost

well priced and something I could session, a nice beginner Flanders and I can see this making a great gateway brew

09-07-2013 01:08:44 | More by wordemupg
Photo of kingcrowing


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a nice dark brown to red with a small light brown head. Nose is light, tart and sweet.

Tate is really sharp an tart, sweet and fruity with a crisp finish. The mouthfeel is light and creamy. Really well done and drinkable.

01-01-2011 02:08:59 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of tempest


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

On-tap at the BXL Cafe in NYC.

Funk, yet refined this was a great beer to try. Not overwhelming like a few lambics I've tried, but still nothing a great example of the style. The wood character was evident along with very tart cherries, grapes and apples. Flavor was subdued at first until the beer warmed up. Reminds me of La Folie with a bit more fruit but not as rich in flavor.

01-15-2007 22:51:51 | More by tempest
Photo of Kegatron


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

750 ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a deep clear ruby, topped with a ½ finger of fizzy off-white head. This retains with just a light foamy ring around the edges of the glass, leaving back a gentle smattering of lace. The aroma smells of cherry tartness with a vinegar edge to it and some light notes of earthy wood. Some light sugary sweetness hangs in the background a bit.

The taste is similar, with more tart cherries and a balancing sugary sweetness. Oak occupies the edges of the profile while this finish with a sour bite at the end that then leaves the finish on this dry, tannic and burnt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness on the tongue and then more of a creamier feel on top that helps keep those flavors moving. I’m digging the feel here, as its equal part lively and slick in the mouth.

This was good, packing in some good cherry flavor but then also having a nice acidic bite to it. The body on this really did a solid job of keeping those flavors accessible as well. This is well worth picking up. It’s very drinkable for what’s involved.

08-07-2012 16:13:59 | More by Kegatron
Photo of ocelot2500


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a hazy, chocolate brown with a tight light brown head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of sour cherries and some spice.

Tastes of the tart fruit followed by some sweetness. Cherries and raspberries along with some lemon come through. Has a citrus tartness to it. A bit of brown sugar sweetness adds to the mix. Some oak notes can be found along with a touch of some earth tones.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

09-12-2010 02:17:40 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of Sensaray


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

11.2 oz bottle, best before 8.22.12

Pours an audibly fizzly red brown color with a small light tan head.

Has a tartness in the nose backed up my some malty dark fruit sweetness most notably cherry.

Again has a sweet tart complex but the sweet overtakes the tartness in the taste, as opposed to the smell where the tart is prominent. The sweetness is darker fruits.

Great carbonation level and a smooth, drinkable light medium body.

Overall this is really good and surprisingly drinkable.

10-30-2011 03:38:30 | More by Sensaray
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,384 ratings.