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

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90
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1,512 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,512
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 68
Gots: 109 | 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:
ABV varies 5.0-5.2% ABV

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-04-2002)
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3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ruby red in color, head has good retention. Vinegar odor. Taste sour cherry, red-wine vinegar, light carbonation. Finishes dry

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Did a blind side by side with Half Pints' Old Red Barn. Half Pint's was far and away the winner. Rodenbach was cloudy with a distinctly artificial cherry note and not much sourness. Muddled compared to their modern local contemporary...

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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

25 cL bottle poured into a snifter. Totally irresponsible rate. Best by date is 84, 85, or 86.

Appearance - Flat deep reddish brown. No bubbles.

Smell - Cardboard. Caramel. Cream sherry aroma.

Taste - Some tartness reminiscent of fresher Rodenbach. Faint cherry. Lots of caramel. And equal quantities of cardboard in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Medium body.

Overall - Way too old. I'll have to re-review this when I have it fresher.

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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on or vintage date present. My first encounter with a bottle of Rodenbach, my first encounter with a Flanders Red Ale, and I figure this is as good a place as any to start. "75% young ale, 25% ale matured for two years". Bottle lists a 5.20% abv.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a dark bloody ruby body with some slight hues of brown. Around two fingers of frothy khaki head with good retention, and leaves behind some nice scattered lacing. Looks good.

S - Initially earthy, woodsy, musty, and with a distinct barrel / wet cork type smell to it, but I mean that in a pleasant way. Notes of cherries & raspberries, with a slight chalkiness.

T - Taste follows the nose - woodsy, earthy, and with just the right amount of sour / tart. Fruity cherry / raspberry esque tartness. Good woody barrel notes, and a slight hint of vanilla imparted. Very nice.

M - The feel is crisp & easy-drinking. A moderate sour / tartness that fades to a clean finish. Lightly dry / vinous.

Overall, a nice introduction to the style for me. Certainly interested in trying more from Rodenbach.

Rodenbach Classic Red -----4/5.

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,512 ratings.