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

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Reviews: 651
Hads: 1,642
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 77
Gots: 163 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

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 kitch
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 3rd October 2015 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark reddish brown colour with a thin tanned head (although on my second bottle, an extremely aggressive pour gave me a one finger head) that leaves plenty of stringy lacing.

Aroma: Nice strong tart cherry and grape aromas with hints of vinegar and oak.

Taste: Tart cherry with hints of vinegar and grape bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: The most basic of the Rodenbach line, this was very good. It was very refreshing, nice on the palate and easy to drink.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter. Pours a dark muddy brownish red with a light head of off white foam that dissipates to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of tart berries---cranberry, blackberry, and tart pie chery that blend with subtle oak and light sweet candy sugar. Flavors exceed the nose with tart berries on all sides that commingle nicely with sweet candy malts and a touch of earthy yeast to make for a pleasant ale with a lightly tart aftertaste. Nice mouth feel with good carbonation finishes moderately dry. Very nice for the style.


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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color with a small head fizzing away in a second. Aroma has a lot of fruits like cherries, grapes, red apples and berries. Doesn't have the vinegar like character of the Grand Cru. Taste is also just slightly tart, letting the fruity character shine along with the slightly caramelized malts. Very easy to drink but complex at the same time.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From elcervecero. In Duvel glass. After dinner. Nice aroma and taste to cherries and barrel. Remembers red wine. Long and tasty aftertaste. A bit sour but nothing bothering

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Photo of hophugger
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark reddish brown. Aromas of bing cherry and raw sugar. Head is almost non-existent and lacing is sparse and spotty. Taste is of dark, ripe cherries, raw sugar and a touch of barnyard funk. Overall, feels good on the palate and balances well, without the cherries being too tart. Great, clean finish...

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Photo of BigBry
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another huge suprise when I saw this on-tap at Craft Beer Market - alway check the menu, the chalkboard, the table toppers...never know where a jewel is hiding.
Red and brown color, tan head. Good retention and lacy lines.
Smell of sour cherries, a bit boozy but not off putting, musty yeast.
Tatse has some malt and fruit sweetness to start, then sour comes out. Not overly puckering but enough to feel it. Some spiciness, and a hint oak the oak aging at the end.
Body and mouth feel are more on the full side.
I enjoyed it, but it scared off a couple of colleagues and they didn't like it.

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Photo of cbutova
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been a long time coming for this review. Have enjoyed this at least 5 if not 10 times.

A- 750ml emptied into three glasses with a mostly clear ruby red body. A wispy light tan cap forms with a creamy thick appearance. Good retention dying out to a large belt. Lacing is somewhat rare.

S- Very easy to tell this is not the Grand Cru version as it delivers less acidity in the aroma with more malts coming through. Toasty barley, nuttiness, hinting at caramel, light bit of balsamic acetic acid and a hint of cherries.

T- Sweet and sour indeed (well more like tart). The blend is immediately apparent for anyone familiar with the Rodenbach line of beers. Sweets from the base malts like pale caramel, toasted bread and nuts and dark brown sugar. The red aspect gives hints of balsamic, raspberry, vinous grapes, wet toast oak, vinegar and raisin spice. Minimally tart.

MF- Crisp and smooth light to moderate thickness. Texture is just a bit frothy and slick with high end bubbles. Sweet tart ending.

The intro to a classic brewery lineup. The most approachable of the Rodenbachs that I have had. The juxtaposition and balance in the blend is borderline genius and reminds you why this is so highly respected. Sweet with a hint of tarts and so much more.

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Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark red/brown.

The smell is sour, raspberries, apples, cherries, vinegar.

The taste is much like the smell, fruits, lots of tart cherry and apple cider vinegar. There also some oak from the barrel.

The mouthfeel is light and well carbonated.

Overall a very good sour beer, fruity and sour.

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Photo of Cannybrew
2.13/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Sorry guys but I'm not able to offer a positive review for this beer. I know I'm in the minority but this beer was a challenge for me to drink. Loads of tart cherry in smell and taste. But way too much cider vinegar!! Guess I'm not a sour fan after all. If you like sours, try. If you don't, stay clear.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Natirar 5/9/15

Pour ruby red and the smell of a sour tart cherry gets you first. The taste is good, rather simple, sour tart fruit, mostly cherry. Maybe a little spoiled with the sours lately but felt like I wanted more out if this. Still nice and simple and refreshing though. Good beer.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

You know that funny feeling you get when you know you’re about to crack open a world class beer and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? I’m getting that feeling with this Rodenbach Classic Flanders Red Ale, and it could be because their Grand Cru was a spectacular introduction to the style... or it could be that beer is like crack cocaine for me and I have a really, really bad addiction problem... I’m going with the former [yes indeed, good choice me] thanks me [you’re welcome me] you’re welcome yourself me... aaand so forth.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip - here’s a top tip: if you’re ever in doubt as to which glass to use with any given beer go with a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy red-tinged brown body with a tan head that soon reduces to a thin lace ring. Looks borderline Flanders Oud Bruin, but we’ll forgive it this one appearance transgression, not the poor head though; at 5.2% ABV there should be a head. 6/10.

S: Quite forward with a tart cherry/grape aroma. There are hints of wood from the oak and a light caramel malt base with some bread yeast, but overall the pervading sense is one of dry astringent tartness [I’m puckering my face in anticipation]. 8/10.

T: Once again Rodenbach did well to keep the tartness in check with this brew taking on more of a vinegary slant than the Grand Cru (which was more grape-aid). Notes of burnt caramel, wood and cherry are hinted to in the background... actually the burnt caramel is a bit more noticeable than the other background notes, you get the idea. Finishes quite dry and moreish like the Grand Cru, hmmm. 8/10.

M: Almost identical to the Grand Cru: mid to light body, hmm, slightly watery, with a nicely dense carbonation. 7/10.

D: Well there isn’t a great deal of separation between the Grand Cru and Classic bar that the Grand Cru is much more interesting and flavoursome. Don’t get me wrong [get me right!] Rodenbach Classic is a tasty Flanders Red, however one will instinctively draw comparison between Classic and Grand Cru and the latter nails it whilst the former is decent enough but not nearly as great. I will say one thing: Rodenbach Classic goes down very easy, but with the slightest challenge from the astringent aspects that you feel like you’ve glimpsed into the eyes of greatness, found a tart granny smith apple in a golden chalice, with some angels standing around it, and licked the juices dripping forth from the sacred receptacle... or something quasi-mystical along those lines. 9/10.

Food match: A selection of cheeses arranged on a platter would suffice.

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Photo of Topdollar
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cherries...almost a sherry on the nose. Very light and refreshing on the tongue. Not bitter or heavy. Appealing red apperence...clouded as if unfiltered. An excellent overall beer.

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Photo of Mikus
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish brown with a ring of off-white head. Well carbonated. Light vinegar and dark fruit on the nose. Plums and raisins make their way from the aromas to the flavors. Nice and tart. Seems a 'lighter' version of the Grand Cru, and appropriately so. Definitely more of a regular treat than the granddaddy. Delicious.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foam um, I do not remember, appeared and disappeared.
The aroma of wine, but also cherries, and even cork (beer aged in oak barrels). The aroma suggests that the taste is dry.
Yes, taste dry, sour, dominated by dark and red fruits, grapes.
Rodenbach is pleasantly tart and very stimulating taste buds, sometimes it is astringent. Somewhere far away in the background, you can find some notes cork (association of wine) or another tree.
Medium saturated with well hidden alcohol. Perfect wines for lunch sated. This beer is another Belgian classic and although there are other, perhaps better variations of this style, I know that Rodenbach is one.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A creamy, beige, half-inch head quickly turns rocky above a clear, brown beer with ruby highlights. (SRM 20). Spotty lace forms on a Rodenbach snifter.

As expected, this one is quite sour and dominated by balsamic vinegar with sour cherries. Notes of oak and leather come and go from the background.

As with the other Rodenbach beers, this one is tart from bottom to top. Cherry is most prominent, particularly as the sweetness comes out in the middle of the finish. The finish is modest and long lasting, while the acidity is less than expected.

A light to medium body with fine effervescence and a silky texture.

This is a good option to enjoy while decompressing, as it is refreshing and cleansing.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Pig & Fiddle on tap. The nose is big fruit, citrus, plum and cherry with tartness and traces of funk. It pours brilliant deep cherry red with a thin film of a cap. The palate is tart, lemony, fruit, plum and cherry. The texture is exquisite and rich with a good balance between sweet and sour.

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Photo of minterro
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After trying the Rodenbach Grand Cru and really enjoying it, I felt I needed to give this one a shot.

A&S: Phenomenal looking beer: opaque dirty brown/red colored beer with specks of unfiltered pieces. The head is a light brown and has amazing retention, staying at about the same level as when poured. Along with the usually dark fruit notes, this beer contains a good amount of floral characteristics.

T&M: Much lighter than I expected. Tart with a mild amount of sweetness. On the acidic side. Light body, average amounts of carbonation.

Overall: Save the second half of the bottle for the next day, still a bit carbonated. I for sure liked the Grand Cru more, but this beer was still excellent.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish-brown hazy color, little head that faded quickly to a thin film, little to no lacing.
Smell: Sour, vinegary, citrusy aroma.
Taste: Nice tart sour cherry flavors, just a hint of belgian yeast, some slight sweet malt flavors.
Mouthfeel: fairly thin and very dry, crisp finish.
Overall: I really liked this beer a lot, loves me some sours!

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Photo of MadCat
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A reddish brown color with minimal head and no lacing

Smell: Vinegar, fruit, some Belgian yeast

Taste: Tart fruit, some vinegar, a little grape on the end. Belgian yeast and some bread

Feel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: A pretty good sour for someone who has little sour experience. Like how accessible it is. Very drinkable, and light on the sourness

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Photo of dmgeng
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
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

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Photo of Alissa2579
3.09/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It was ok but not my favorite. I had two others in similar style. I prefer the lighter colored Flemish ales. Birthday gift from garys in basking ridge

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Photo of onansalad
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion, this is the standard by which all Flemish reds should be judged. Tart and perfectly balanced. I don't like to pay for it, but I love to drink it.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | 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. This beer has grows on me each time I revisit it

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Photo of kjyost
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.83/5  rDev -29.4%
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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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.