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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: 1,526
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 69
Gots: 118 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-04-2002

ABV varies 5.0-5.2% ABV
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Photo of smurphy493
4.12/5  rDev +3%

Photo of WilliamD
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brownish red with no head. Very still in my snifter.
Smell is sour fruits and a definite oak presence. Earthy tones as well.
Taste is quite nice- this is my first flemish sour ale, and I didn't know what to expect. Definitely sour but slightly sweet as well. Again the earthy oak is present. Nice dry finish.
Mouthfeel is pleasant- despite its stillness, some carbonation can be detected. Crisp and refreshing.
Quite drinkable as well. I will be finishing this bottle.
Tasty beer- makes me want to check out more of this style.

Photo of cichief
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouredinto a nice tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A- Pours a deep reddish-brown, with an ample brown head of foam.

S- Strong scent of ripe fruits, fig and apple, hints of spiciness.

T- Starts a bit sour but mellows to a subtle sweetness on the end, very faint oak woodiness.

M- Smooth, well carbonated, without too much foaminess, a great bottle conditioned beer.

O- Very refreshing, a good beer, but Iwould like a little more sourness.

Photo of Orangevango
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The reddish brown beer produces a creamy head that is a strange greyish brown color. The head does not stick around. A nice tartness dominates the nose, it smells refreshing. Surprisingly, the flavor is not that puckering, The sourness is balanced nicely by a touch of sweetness. The mouthfeel is a slight let down, a bit oily and I would like a bit more carbonation. Drinkability is, however, very high. Yummy, very yummy. The bottles are tiny, less than nine oz.

Photo of dogfooddog
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml of this beer, served around 50F. Very large 50% head in glass. Odor is mildly sour, with just a hint of the green woodiness I have found in the 750ml bottlings of the rodenbach products as well as duchesse de borgoune.

This beer is a great thrist-quencher. The sourness at this age and blend is fairly subtle and understated. The alcohol is not really visible and you could almost drink this like a lemonade. I prefer the more complex grand cru to this but it is a very refreshing beer.

Aftertaste is mildly sour with some woody notes - stays in the nose for minutes afterwards. This beer is probably mild enough for npeople not accustomed to flemish reds to easily drink it.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ruby colored body with about a finger and a half of off-white head that has pretty good retention and leaves some lacing patterns on my glass.

Some malt in there, with a touch of oak, a touch of sourness and some cherries.

The flavor has lots of cherries with a little bit of a spiced character, but just a bit. The sweet malt in the backbone is quite noticeable, along with a fairly strong wood flavor. A nice tartness runs throughout, but it never becomes pronounced at any point.

Pretty light bodied, highly carbonated.

Overall, another good beer from Rodenbach. Considering the Grand Cru is a dollar more a bottle I might stick to that in the future.

Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time trying this one. From the bottle into an Almanac tasting glass. Thin bubbles, mildly ruddy amber color. Wonderful tartness on the nose. The choice of glassware really makes a difference with this one. Tapered, like the one I drank from, and you get a concentrated blast of aroma coming from the beer. Flayed out and I can imagine that would be lost. Completely different sensory experience.

Definitely pick up the Balsamic vinegar from the aroma and the flavor. Flavor holds up as it warms. It’s tart and sweet, sharp and sour. The finish runs out quickly, quicker than I want it to, but it’s tasty nonetheless.

In reflection I wish for a little more complexity. But I’ve been spoiled thanks to the goodness that comes out of Russian River.

Photo of barczar
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with ruby highlights and a frothy tan head that lingers as a thick layer of foam around the edges.

Molasses, vinegar, tart cherries, and vinous notes form the initial aroma. Subtle undertones of raisins and plums add complexity. There's substantial sweet malt character to balance the lactic and acetic acid.

Vinegar dominates the initial flavor, giving way to fairly sweet, toasted malt. The finish is slightly dry. Notes of brown sugar are evident. Further sips allow the tart character to unfold. Tart cherries, wine-like notes, and raspberries emerge.

Body is fairly light, with moderate carbonation and a sharp acidic bite.

Very nice sour beer. Fairly complex, easily drinkable. There's enough sweetness and malt character to not allow the sourness to overwhelm.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a dark red color with nice clarity. Typical of a sour, there isn't much head, a one finger eggshell color that fades quickly.

S: I love how the cherries intermingle with the oak qualities the aroma provides. Sourness is subtle, enough to create a delicate interplay between the other aromatic notes. Not explosive, just wonderful to inhale.

T: A bit of a letdown from the nose, which isn't really saying much. Immediately, cherry flavors combine with a balanced lactic tartness. I love how cherry forward this comes across without going overly sweet. The finish is mostly grainy malts and some diacetyl; however, after a few sips some of the cherry qualities bleed past the midtaste to drown out the buttery notes - exactly what I want in a Flemish red. Keep in mind this is about 3/10 sour, so those looking for an enamel beatdown won't find it here.

M: Light and crisp. A very light tannic quality appears in the aftertaste, but this isn't particularly dry. It's well carbonated and refreshing, and goes down quickly.

O: One thing that deserves to be mentioned is how inexpensive this bottle was - about $1.75 for a single 11.2 oz bottle. It's not the greatest sour ever, but as a refreshing thirst quencher, I'd take this over many standard fruit beers any day. It's cheap (for a sour), it's well made, and it's a panty dropper. Enough said!

Photo of pweis909
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-brownish red with sizeable head that politely recedes to enable me to sip some beer, leaving foam laces on the glass.

S - not much, really. Maybe my sniffer was not up to the task today.

T - Tart, I said tart up front, with some secondary caramel sweetness followed by a lightly oaken finish.

M - Pucker at the front (tart!) and at the finish (oak) with a pleasant smoothness in the middle.

D-Tartness takes some adjustment, but ultimately it is refreshing, with that subtle sweetness pulling me back for the next sip.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a CCB snifter.

A: Crimson brown, hazy, with a thin off-white head and medium visible carbonation.

S: Vinegar, acetic, dark cherry, and moderately sour and tart.

T: Follows the nose, but grape and a light cherry are the fruity flavors I get, and it's not as sour as expected. There is a mild oak and vanilla in the background. Has some dry tartness in the finish.

M: Lighter body than expected, good carbonation sensation, and minimal alcohol presence.

O: Tasty, but doesn't rise above the crowd of sours. Still, it's a good one to grab off the shelf.

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This Red Ale is really more brown, but it’s a reddish kind of brown, if that’s not pushing it too much. The head was modest and didn’t stay around long, which is typical of the style so I won’t hold that against this fella’.

Smell – The nose is a moderate combination of sour, almost mashy kind of malts like from a sour mash whisky and some nice, sweet, sour fruits. I know I just used the word “sour” a few times but really it’s not that soury.

Taste – The sourness is laid back and not the kind that hurts your teeth. I’m actually drinking this from a 750 ml and will have no problem draining this on my own. The fruits are mostly cherry and white grape and the malts are bigger than you usually find with the style. It’s a nice combination conducive to a good sour session, helped along by the mixture of an oak-aged blend..

Mouthfeel – This falls short of medium-bodied by quite a bit. The carbonation is modest and a nice relief from other samples of the style. I mean, with the sourness of a FRA going on in your mouth a carb bomb is just a little much.

Drinkability – One of the more sessionable sour ales that I’ve had. The obvious high quality of the ingredients makes this a pleasure to drink, and the “25% ale aged in oak” infusion makes this a smooth drinker.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. A quiet little world-beater of a brewer arrives in our fair province, and to little to no fanfare. Sigh. The stylized 'R' on the cap and label sure looks like it was ripped off by a certain 'craft' brew line of Canada's largest and most storied corporate beer maker.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, somewhat foamy, and rather creamy ecru head, which leaves a few instances of island atoll lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of sour black cherries, a middling crackery caramel malt, a soft grainy woodiness, some mild funk, and a further apple cider fruitiness. The taste is a mite bit sweeter - the cherries rounding out, and joined by some raspberry and strawberry fruitiness, at that - the funk keeping it tight, the oak shedding the wood in favour of a vanilla pod earthiness, and the sideshow apples gaining a commensurate uptick in their sugar quotient.

The carbonation is nice and light and fluffy, the body a decent medium weight, and rather smooth for all the funk and acid (we be clubbin' now!) inherent in this offering. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness staying more sweet than sour, while the musty funk and wood start to take it easy.

A lovely, balanced Flanders Red ale - sour, yes, but sweet, fruity, and nicely tempered by the musty, woody factor. Enjoyably quenching - not something I thought I'd reason about a sour ale, but there it is.

Photo of dbossman
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany color with a huge and dense and beautiful light brown head--so creamy and the lacing is subsequently intricate and beautiful

S: Tart apples, cherries, pears with a touch of cider vinegar; this smells fruity and tart and slightly sweet and earthy and musty and grainy; let's go

T: Not near as tart as aromas indicated but still plenty of tart fruits--actually a bit woody and bready too; some slight banana and bubble gum in the finish

F: Creamy with light carbonation but a touch thin

O: A very drinkable and accessible sour; obviously not as sour as the Grand Cru--though the aroma hinted like it might be--but still a nice, balanced example of the style

Photo of BeerZack
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty clear dark brown-amber color with a small ring of fine bubbles.

Smells mildly of funky sourness with some leather and earthiness.

Seems pretty low on the acetone characteristics compared to the few other Flanders Reds I have tried, a bit of sweet/sour (crabapple) fruitiness, but a fairly dry impression overall.

I'm not the biggest sour ale connoisseur, but this one seems pretty mild. Not overly sour or sweet, a bit lighter than expected.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Muddy brown color. Head quickly disappeared

S: Vinegary sweet acidity, cherries

T: Sour cherry flavor; sweetness balanced with tartness; clean, dry finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation

Overall: Very drinkable and balanced. Not as sour as many other Flanders ales. Restrained funkiness, compared with others.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2-ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Dark muddled reddish-brown in color with a decent clarity. A creamy beige head makes an appearance but doesn't stick around for the party, leaving behind just a nice belt to wrap around the edges.

The nose is initially reminiscent of slightly burned toffee, but a sour, almost vinegary presence mingles shortly thereafter, with dark pit fruits hiding far in the background.

Medium-bodied with a mild carbonation and quite a slick mouthfeel. Sweet caramel and toffee play up front with a mild sourness edging in. The sour notes emerge in the middle as tart cherries with a hint of underlying burnt brown sugar. Sourness pulls into the lead again toward the rear, leaving behind a somewhat dry tart fruitiness as it fades away.

Quite a balance of sour/tartness and sweet maltiness, combined with the smooth mouthfeel this is one infinitely drinkable ale. Wonderfully well put together.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear, dark reddish brown color with a thin tan head.

S- Very tart, vinegar, some dark cherries and raspberry, mild yeast funk in the background.

T- Sour but not overpowering, cherry and oak flavors, some yeast and a bit of wine flavor on the end, it could have stood to be a bit more tart but still tastes great.

M- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp feel.

O- A solid Flemish Red, doesn't have as much going on as the Grand Cru, but still an great beer. Would probably be a good intro to sour beers before moving onto some more aggressive lambics.

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep, deep amber hue, bordering on brown. Body is clear and head is two thick fingers of creamy tan foam. Looks quite nice.

Smell: sweet caramel malt aroma with a bit of tartness around the edges. Hints of cherry and raspberry are present as well; quite nice indeed.

Taste: smooth, sweet malt right up front with a nice maltiness with caramel and bready qualities. Tartness is light but enticing, and there's a light toastiness at the end. Dynamic and appealing.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a well-integrated carbonation yielding a bursting creaminess. The cream is pretty low-density, but overall it's very nice.

Overall: on paper this is a good but not ground-breaking beer, but I feel like there are good intangibles here. This beer is a tad sweet, perhaps, but overall I like it very much.

Photo of GCBrewery
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of brdc
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large corked bottle.
Murky red, poured into my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass, it creates a nice white head, that dissipates rather quickly.
Aroma is sour, fruity, with some spices.
Taste is nice, sweetish and fruity, some sour and acidic hints, very nice. Refreshing, easy to go down, it lacks that puckering bite that some in the gender have, but is nonetheless quite nice.
On a direct comparison with other flanders reds, it goes down easier, but is less complex and clearly less acidic and sour.
Interestingly, contrary to what I expected, the on-tap version seemed a bit better.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Summits in Snellville, GA a while ago. Poured a ruby red tinted with dark brown. Slight head that faded to a ring. Quite acetic on the nose and with aromas of muscadine grapes, tart currants, and some muskiness as well as vinegar. Taste is similar, and and quite tart on the finish but slightly more mellow up front. There is a nice bitterness that helps temper the acetic qualities as well, and also some tart raspberry throughout. Mouthfeel is smooth and sour, leading this to be quite a refreshing beer. Not as complex as the Grand Cru, but simple and quenching.

Photo of tony223366
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep burgandy brown color with a tan head. Pretty dark, not much light escapes. Nice head that decreased to about 1 finger and sticks around. Tan color and fairly creamy.

S: Very tart and oaky. Lots of grape. Smells great but I was expecting a bit more.

T: Really rich fruity flavor. Nice tartness in the middle followed by slightly bready after taste. Very subtle barnyard flavors throughout.

M: Great carbonation on a medium body. Light to medium body.

O: This is about as sessionable as sour beers come. Not huge with flavors but really well balanced between the sweet malts and sour flavors. It's extremely refreshing.

Photo of shirfan
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crimson/copper with a quickly vanishing head.

Aroma of cider vinegar and black cherries.

Flavor: Intensely sour with some vinegar-like acidity. Black cherry, oak, and a hint of anise round out a softly carbonated profile that sweetens slightly in the finish.

Drinkability: Excellent, I could sip a couple of these all night. I will definitely have to try more Flanders Reds.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised that I've not reviewed this beer before, which I've had on several occasions (most memorably at 't Oud Arsenaal in Antwerp). This time was a $4 small goblet-full at Stumptown on SW 3rd, Portland.

A: Not much to look at initially, a murky, chestnut brown pour without carbonation. Paper-thin wisps of head spiral around the glass, collecting in a thin ring around the edges. As the pour settles, this beer becomes more and more clear, eventually settling as a relatively clear amber with ruby-colored highlights.

S: Lightly sour cherry smell, some aged balsamic vinegar and a generous dash of sugar.

T: Sweet and sour at once. Dry cola/caramel syrup wrapped in a lightly sour/tartness. Cherry seems to dominate, with a little lemon tea and something like raw oak. It's pretty good, though lacks complexity in my opinion - I am reminded a bit too much of a Cherry Coke.

M: Nicely carbonated, clean and crisp without being fizzy. Body is light-medium.

D: Quite easy to drink, light in body, ABV, etc. Has a fresh, clean sweet/sour quality that makes it as good to drink on a warm day as a cool one. A nice apertif/digestif, too.

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,526 ratings.