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

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89
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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 68
Gots: 141 | FT: 1
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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 rvdoorn
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a reddish-brown color with a nice light-brown head.
Smell: Barley, vinegar, red fruits, and oak.
Taste: Barley, vinegar, red fruits, passion fruit, oak and a puckering tartness in the aftertaste. Bit metallic as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thick body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Excellent brew, I prefer the grand cru though

Photo of Dentist666
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djbreezy
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - rich reddish-brown, good retention around edges of the glass

smell - yeast, sweet, sour, wood...good complexity

taste - tart dark fruits, sharp and fruity berries, some bold grape

mouthfeel - light/medium body, well carbonated, tingly on the tongue, medium dry finish

drinkability - has some refreshing qualities, great complexity, rich fruit and sour/tart/woody notes

Photo of BillyB
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby red highlights. Thin tan head.

Aroma is sour and vinegary. Woody, barnyard scent.

Taste is tart and very sour. Tastes like a red wine with some cranberry, orange and green apple flavors.

Mouthfeel is very sharp, tart, acidic and fizzy.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. Good drinkabilty if you can handle the intense sweet and sour tastes. Gets a little too tart to have too many.

Photo of mikey711
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty dark brown with some light able to get through at the bottom of the glass. Only a little bit of head sits on top but quickly leaves only one ring around the top of the beer.

S: Nice aromas of tart fruit, raspberry and a little bit of cherry, and a tiny hint of wood and earthiness.

T: Very mild funkiness with nice hints of fruit and wood in the background.

M: Like and refreshing. No vinegar or off flavors.

D: Pretty easy to drink for a sour. Could definitely have a couple of these if need be

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark maroon/mahogany & cloudy. Good amount of carbination towards the top of the glass.

S- Funky Belgian beer smell, but in a good way! Sour and malty, with deep dark fruits. Kind of like a dark red wine. There is a sweet element as well. That sour yest and dark fruit is the main smell.

T- Sour and sweet, with a dark fruit tartness. Finish is surprisingly dry. The sour lingers in your mouth, but it's not really bitter. I can even detect a woody presence as well towards the finish. Finish is pretty fast. Moderate carbonation. As far as Belgian beers go, this is excellent!

M- It's not the easiest thing to drink in the world, but it's certainly not extremely heavy. I like how the beer coats your mouth for a few seconds after you take a sip with all of it's delicious flavor, and then quickly dries. You do get that sourish, fruity taste that sticks around faintly after the finish.

*Overall, this is a really special beer. It's got everything a great sour Belgian beer should have. And to boot, it's not that alcoholic or hard to drink like some Belgian beers can be. I will diffidently be picking this up again for sure!

Photo of norwichboy
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance more brown but with a red tinge. Good head and lacing. Utterly amazing aromas with sour cherries and chocolate (Cherry Ripe), some marzipan in there as well. To taste, very tart and sour. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, but perfect tingly fine carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a flute glass.

A: Pours a deep garnet with a fading off-white head.

S: Smells of tart, dried fruits, cured meats, vinegar and funk. It is very savory and just bursting with aroma.

T: Taste is a tad subdued from the strong smell. Puckering tartness is mixed with citrus sweetness and the steal the show from the funk and sourness. Its actually pretty tame, as far as sours go.

D: I wouldn't want to drink this buy the pint, but this is great little aperitif and I could see this being excellent with a variety of foods.

Overall: Nice entry-level Flanders Red. Beers in this style really fall somewhere on a spectrum of of sweet to sour and the blending percentages of this one definitely push it towards sweet. Tasty stuff and I can't wait to try the Grand Cru.

Photo of beerpirates
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a darkened red-brown body with a tall, beige head, though it soon dissipates to a thin, lasting coating.

S: Aroma of sweetish caramel, dark brown sugar, and oven-toasted rolls dunked in quality vinegar rounded out with a vibrant though not stinging acetic nature to it, decaying wood, and fruity accents of sweet, tart, and sour cherries.

T:For me, the cherry fruitiness and cutting acetic acid accompanying the balsamic vinegar rule the roost, but, underneath, there's the sweet caramel, toast, and earthy oaken tastes. Hint of vanilla as it warms.

M: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

D : very drinkable and refreshing

Photo of LaCoursiere
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a snifter. Poured a murky brown raisin color with a one finger khaki head. Lots of thin lacing.

S - Great nose here; smells of rose hips, tart cherries, sour grape and slight brett funk.

T - A punch of sour and faint brett up front that fades to granny smith apple with subtle sweetness. It has a nice dry finish with tart cherry and apple lingering until the next sip

M - Medium bodied with very active moutfeel. The beer has a very flat appearance but comes alive on the tongue. Very nice.

D - This one was great for taking a break from the IPAs, DIPAs and stouts I have been drinking lately. The flavor is unique with a good balance of sweet and sour. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will drink again.

Photo of smurphy493
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of WilliamD
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3%
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 +3%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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.

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 1,562 ratings.