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

Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)

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1,217 Ratings
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Ratings: 1217
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.97%


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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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark ruby color with a hint of clarity and bubble shooting to the top, creating a foamy and sudsy two-finger off-white head that retains long after the pour

S- vineous aroma with some grape and oak notes, tart cherry, balsamic vinegar, doughy malt with some toasted highlights

T- sour and tart cherry flavor up front with some wine-like qualities of oak and vinous flavors. Woodsy and musty notes, nutty, tart vinegar leads to a dry finish

M- light carbonation and medium body with a cream mouthfeel leads to a super smooth finish that is dry and slightly tart, Drinkability is just about perfect

O- great cherry notes with just enough tartness to keep you wanting more, one of the more drinkable I've had of the style as well

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 20:50:10 | More by Treyliff
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dank203

New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

getting more into Belgian red/brown ales. this ones smooth balanced and flavorful. hints of vinegar and sour fruit on the aromas. cherry, cranberry. flavor is a bit tart and sweet. hints of herbal spice. not a really deeply complex character, but some good tart and fruity notes

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 19:13:59 | More by dank203
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Furlinator

California

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 00:51:13 | More by Furlinator
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johnnybgood1999

Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had been looking at this beer on the shelf at Kroger for a while and stayed away, due to the $15 a 6-pack price. The beer was on closeout in Pigeon Forge while I was on vacation for $11 and I picked it up.

A: Not quite clear, a little bit cloudy. I can't see the color in my hotel room, but it looks like a dark amber ale in this light.

S: Very sour, with vinegar coming right at you.

T: Very light blandness hits the tongue first, followed very quickly by a light sour flavor that is very pleasing. The sourness is not overwhelming and gives way to tart fruitiness. The tartness eliminates the more vinegary sourness and the beer finishes nicely.

M: This one is light, though not extremely so. The ale finishes dry.

O: This is the first sour I have enjoyed, probably, as others have said, because this is a gateway sour for me. I had Lips of Faith and found the sourness too much. This Flanders Red is much more palatable for those wanting some sour, but not seeking a sour bomb. Nicely done, I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 02:01:51 | More by johnnybgood1999
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itsscience

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky brown with a finger of off-white head. The smell has sweet grapes, cherries, some wild yeast, and some vinegar, although the taste is not as sour as the nose suggests. A low level of sourness is met with a sweet red wine taste and a clean, effervescent, sparkling water finish. Carbonation is high and the body is light.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 03:24:23 | More by itsscience
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up very little head which dissipates in less than 15 seconds. The head is a light beige with khaki tones while the body is a muddy, chestnut brown mixed with maroon and shows crimson and burgundy in the light. Some spots of lacing.

Nose- Mostly cherries and other dark fruits. Some presence but little complexity. The cherry is a bit more tart and fleshier from the bottle. The aroma from the glass seems a little thin. Light plums and prunes. Slight hint of vinegar.

Taste- Very representative of the nose as it is mostly cherries with hints of other dark fruits. I don't really get a lot of tartness or acetic acid at all. There might be a slight amount but I'm pretty sure I would pick up on it if it had much presence at all. Seems a little flabby and maybe a little thin. Some other stone fruits on the finish? Maybe a little bit of peach or apricot? Some oak on the finish with mild vanilla to really even it out. I just assumed that this would be sour but it's very approachable. I know that my palate has acclimated somewhat but not that much. The sour qualities tend to flit around the edges of my mouth. Maybe a little bit of Sweet Tarts? It's a solid, good beer but I don't know if it's anything beyond that. Could use more complexity and presence, but structurally it is sound. Maybe some cinnamon around the edges as well. Some dull apple notes on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with light carbonation and some syrup to the texture.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and quite accessible. This could be a gateway for those who don't like fruit beers as it isn't cloying at all. It could also be an introduction to sours as it only has a slight hint of any tartness. 4 bucks a bottle is reasonable but I probably won't buy it again.

Overall- Solid, good beer as I expected it would be. Doesn't do anything particularly special; it's simply an effective and consistent beer. I would give it a try. Probably not a repurchase (except maybe on tap).

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 02:25:58 | More by artoolemomo
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Act25

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The other Rodenbach styles are rated 100. However, this one not much for me.

A: I poured it several times to study the head because it seemed the bottle had flat off despite a 12/17/14 date. On 2nd pour, aggressively into a tulip, a nice dense foamy tan head appeared. But it failed to last and atfer that it leaves some dotty lacing, and again feels thing and flat.
Murky, muddy, red-brown body.

Smell: I get cider, decaying wood, vinegar, and prunes. I dont get enough malt and fruit. I dont get enough complexity or strength, but it betters as it warms.

Taste: Follows the smell dominated by cider and fruit balsamic vinegar. Some oak, and hard underneath. Hint of vanilla? Got to let it warm, but it never rises above prune cider for me.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Low carbonation. Slightly sticky mouth feel, but not cloying.

Drinkability: A half portion might be ideal aperitif. Otherwise, I put this aside to drink a more approachable beer profile and finish it at a warmer temperature. Definitely want to split it with some one, or maybe even save it to cook with tomorrow.

I prefer beers that I want to finish now.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 01:34:02 | More by Act25
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To be fair, I think this was my 6th beer of the evening so not sure how that will factor into my opinion. Picked up this beer as part of a mixed 6 because I love the Grand Cru. Good looking beer with an excellent smell. Smells clean, sweet, and tasty. Taste is great, not as sweet as grand cru but very good and clean, nothing to complain about. This beer surprised me, not sure what I was expecting but somehow did not expect it to be this good. Not a great value but I would revisit if I could find it as a decent price. Definitely worth trying, excellent beer, and one I plan to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:10:59 | More by JamieDuncan
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utopiajane

New York

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours what looks at first glance to be a murky brown. Rather non descript with a finger and a half of loose bubbles that popped like soap bubbles pretty quickly and left a ring. Soapy lace as it drinks. Nose is half hearted. There is a light twang of vinegar that dissipates quickly, plenty of wood and earth and some very light cherry. Funky and has a scent deep in the nose that that smells like "sour." That vinegar twang comes back only lightly as ti warms

Taste is also very light. It has a tartness but it's not terrific. It has cherry but it's too light and not deeply sweet. There is some acidity but it's not lively and it doesn't create tension with a bright acidity. The sour and funk give it a bit of depth and there is a light cracker taste from the malt. It becomes more interesting as it warms and drinks easily with nothing to frighten anyone who is shy of sour beers. As you drink it achieves a wine like sweetness in the middle that is quite nice. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light without a malt presence except as a blank canvas.

I was a little disappointed in this one but it's not a bad beer. It lacks complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 17:55:29 | More by utopiajane
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

250ml Bottle from Beers of Europe (£1.59):
Deep ruby & slightly opaque with a 1cm tall beige head that settles as a fine lacing around the edges.

Sour and funky one with a lot of funk and lively fruits that includes some grapes, cherries and various berries. There is a faint hint of acidity and red wine; it's dark, complex and sour with touches of sweetness on the nose.

Sour some nice cherries and dark berries along with red grapes and a hint of wine. There is a great balance of flavours and an cider like apple taste rounds things off.

Light medium and sour although not as sour as I expected, particularly after initially smelling the beer. The carbonation is about medium and some sweetness features in places.

Beautifully complex & sour, yet not quite as sour as I was expecting. A nice mix of fruits that add some sweetness to proceedings. A great beer to sip away at.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 09:00:54 | More by flyingpig
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rodenbach arrived in Alberta fairly recently and it is about time (just found a Petrus brew as well! Keep 'em coming, kind distributors). This, the younger of the Rodenbach reds, was poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet. Color is in fact a murky brown-khaki hue, looks coppery coming out of the bottle. Smells acidic yet sweet, an acetic sourness accompanied by a caramel maltiness. Interesting combination that works surprisingly well on both nose and palate. Some wild yeast funk on the nose but this is not predominant. A surprisingly smooth and drinkable brew with a great number of smallish tan bubbles, yet the carbonation feels quite tame. Palate starts very fruity and moderately sour, with cherries and apples providing a bright top note and dried currants and purple grapes pulling up the rear. A small amount of oak dries the mouth while thin caramel and mellow cider vinegar provide a dual backdrop throughout the tasting sequence. Finish is sweetish and earthy with hay-like herbal vapor trails. Great "starter" sour and I could see this keeping my interest even post-Grand Cru. I find the sweet fruit-sour combination attractive here, nothing cloying and with just enough of a funky and tannic edge. Sure, the Grand Cru is more dry, sour, and complex but don't deprive yourself of this charmer.

Postscript: After writing this I skimmed a few of the reviews below. The guy talking about sneaking this into movie theaters is all kinds of awesome. Cheers mate!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 03:09:42 | More by CalgaryFMC
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utfiero

Texas

4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color- silty river brown. Full thick head.

Aroma- complex starting with a sharp lactic bite with hint of sour apple with earthy overtones.

Taste- A gentle giant of a brew. Starts with a hint of sour but sweet overall, gentle fruitiness in the middle (perhaps raisin?) finishing with a lingering oak, vanilla, and mild apple.

Tasted on 11-8-2013. This was a new bottle purchased locally. Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 17:27:28 | More by utfiero
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

corked caged 750ml bottle
A-pours a slight hazed ruby beige color with a small but staying khaki head
S-fruit fresh and sour with earthy and wood smells
T-tart and sour on the first sip but blends nicely with malts and fruit a small amount of dankness and tartness
M- a bit thin slightly acidic tart
O- thought this was tasty a touch sour but balanced well on the finish

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 19:45:21 | More by gatornation
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RandomExile

Maryland

2.83/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: full thin head, spotty but persistent lacing. 70's brown.
S: sour apple
T: sour, musty, sweeter finish than first taste
M: thin, surprisingly insubstantial for a darkish beer, dry finish
O: Watery sour apple. Not unpleasant, per se, but not particularly laudable.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 05:44:21 | More by RandomExile
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AgentMunky

California

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle.

A: Clear red-brown with light tan head.

S: Tart and funky. Much like the Grand Cru, with slightly more bright fruit and less complexity.

T: Disappointing. Very light, rather fruity, vaguely sweet, and barely sour at all. It improves as it warms, becoming interesting and even more fruity.

M: Smooth and drinkable.

O: A solid beer; drinkable and pleasant, but the Grand Cru puts it to shame.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 01:28:41 | More by AgentMunky
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magictacosinus

California

3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Consumed at the sour tasting that I organized with friends. Split with many people. Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a rather brownish color, rather than red - I can't really fault it too much, however, as it is a relatively young ale and hasn't gone through the elaborate process that its vintage or Grand Cru offerings have. As a result, the sediment from the barrel isn't as refined or faded. There's a good amount of carbonation overall, bringing up about 2 fingers worth of frothy head. Not much lacing, or too much of an eye candy or wine-looking color that Flanders reds usually deliver. Very rustic and raw looking, but pretty wholly unremarkable overall.

Smells rather light, which completely through me off - not much of an oaky, funky, or acetic acid tone to this in any way you'd immediately assume. I thought Monk's Café was already light in certain respects, but this really does a disservice to the potential that this style is capable of providing. Now, rather than complain, I will say that it contains very nice, pungent earthy flavors, particularly of dried raisins, prunes, and ripe cherries. Some spice and must from the barrels as well, often seeming nutty and sweetened. However, it feels, already at this point, incomplete in certain respects, and knowing what Rodenbach is capable of, it's hard not to be somewhat disappointed.

Tastes about as even as it does - earthy, not too acidic, slightly tannic, and filled with dried fruits and nuts without too much complexity. Right at the front of the tongue you get notes of raisins, prunes, walnuts, and light cherries, and then you get a little bit of barrel spice resembling herbs of sorts, as well as cinnamon. Not too overpowering beyond that... Manages to be pretty subtle overall, with only a little bit of tart flavors at the finish, no doubt from the older batch that this was blended with. Carbonation is wholly decent, but the overly grainy, woody tannic mouthfeel gets a bit distracting in the long run without the complex, multifaceted flavor that this style tends to provide. It definitely is refreshing and flavorful in its own special way, but it's a little too simplified for what it is.

I was surprised to find myself not enjoy this as much as I wanted - I'm relatively familiar with Rodenbach's vintage releases, so I felt this would be simple and refreshing in its own realm. Nevertheless, it's a little too underwhelming overall for what it is, and lacks complexity and unique flavors that I love in the style, as well as in Rodenbach's capabilities. Not bad for a toned down Flanders red, but not something, given the price tag ($10) that I'd revisit any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 05:34:10 | More by magictacosinus
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 01:08:44 | More by wordemupg
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.11/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 03:29:28 | More by biboergosum
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single for just $3.75. One of the more affordable sours so I approached it. Best before 3/20/14 but I guess you can age these for years.

A - Quite a dark ruby brown, clear with a solid 1/2 of tan colored head that sticks around forever.
S - Wow apple cider vinegar from the bottle neck. In the glass I get cherry, oak, Brett, and man does this stuff smell sour!
T - I could see why some would think this is lackluster. The Sour factor is intense at first but quickly becomes balanced with sweeter malts. Balanced is a great word with some sips fresh apple cider and others sour cherry pits. Getting some bitter oak mid palate if I swish it around the mouth. Tasty.
M - Light to medium. Not as sour as I expected.

A very approachable if not most affordable Flanders red ale. I could see this impressing everyone from the most sophisticated of palate to a guy (like me) looking for an affordable sour beer on occasion. Try it!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 01:17:48 | More by DrDemento456
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machalel

Australia

3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear and dark red-brown with some orange at the edges. Nice pearly off-white head with a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: The first thing that I thought of was raspberries, but this was quickly overwhelmed by cherry (mainly) and apple. Some spices and oak, and a hint of funk.

Taste: Sour cherries, grapes, apples, and a little bit of pear at the start. This is followed by a more standard middle that was plain malt sweetness, and finished with some tartness and oak on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light, with medium-low carbonation. No real astringency detected, but the sourness leaves a light "mouth-pucker" factor that lingers.

Overall: Not too bad, but I was expecting better. The aroma was very good, although it lost the zing that the initial pour provided very quickly. The initial and finish of the taste was very nice, but let down by the flabby and bland middle. Overall, I quite enjoyed this beer, and would definitely have another without hesitation. Quite and easy-drinking sour, what it lacks in complexity it makes up in approachability.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 01:02:04 | More by machalel
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

25cl bottle from I believe 1984. Has a paper label over a painted label with a drink by date of what looks like November 1985 (definitely sometime in the mid 80s). Bottle is in good condition and was supposedly stored in a wine cellar since it's purchase from the brewery in the 80s. Cap definitely shows it's age a bit with a tiny bit of rust present. This bottle is way before Palm took over the brewery.

A- Cap comes off with a very slight hiss (impressive considering it's almost 30 years old), poured somewhat aggressively to get out the head. Pours a dark purplish red with a very bubbly just over a finger's worth of head that has decent retention but slowly fizzles down to a bubbly top. For it's age this still has very good carbonation. Not much in terms of lacing.

S- Right after pouring there was an awesome aroma very fragrant aroma of tart cherries, a little bit of vinegar, and perfectly balanced malts. The aroma however died pretty fast, I'd say about a minute after being opened. I assume this is due to it's age. After letting it sit there is still a faint presence of tart cherries and malts however it is very subdued and a hint of oxidation comes through.

T- Faint presence of cherries that have a little bit of tartness, some slight vinegar, definite presence of slight oxidation with tastes of wet cardboard, finishes slightly watery with a bit more oxidation coming through. Overall this wasn't bad considering it's age, there was definitely some oxidation coming through but overall it didn't detract from the beer too much. The original flavors were definitely still there but fairly subdued.

M- A bit on the thin side, slightly watery but very drinkable, carbonation fairly low but not surprising due to the age.

O- This beer held up a lot better then I thought it would for being a ~30 year old bottle. The aroma when I first cracked the bottle was actually one of the best aromas I've experienced in a beer with the perfect balance of tart cherries, vinegar, and malts. It's a shame it couldn't have lasted a little bit longer. Overall the bottle definitely showed it's age put was without a doubt a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 22:44:26 | More by jaasen64
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barczar

Kentucky

4.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 20:57:45 | More by barczar
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kojevergas

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a sixer of this classic beer for a scant $11 USD at a beer store near my work. "75% Young Ale, 25% Ale matured for two years." 5.2% ABV confirmed. "Aged in oak bats." Love the label art and presentation; even the branding on the cap is attractive. Best before 07/25/2014. Self identifies as a "Flemish Red-Brown"; reviewed as such. 330ml brown glass bottle with branded pry-off cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've had this before and really liked it.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a lovely healthy khaki colour head of two finger width. Attractive soft smooth complexion. Excellent creaminess for the style. Good thickness. Fluffy. Supple. Little lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is superb - about 9-10+ minutes.

Body colour is a murky dark glowing ruby-brown. Quasitranslucent but nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's a spot-on appearance for the style. I mean, this is an off-shoot of the father of the style anyway; you have to qualify taking issue with it.

Sm: Lovely tart fruit; raspberries, cherries. Heavy cherry pie crust; I love that. Toasty and acetic. Acidicity is palpable. Biscuit malt. As subtle oak as is possible in a beer; wow. Some appleskin. Very timid yet somehow still evocative sourness. As approachable a sour as you'll find. Overall, it's a subtle enchanting aroma of mild to moderate strength. Gains depth as it warms. I can't wait to try it.

T: Cherry pie crust and tart cherry. Love the acetic character. Biscuit malt, brown malts. Extremely subtle oak. Sourness is subtle, beautifully integrated, and very approachable. This would be an excellent beer to give newcomers to sours. Excellent balance, but it does lack the complexity of better beers in the style (especially better beers from this brewery). It's got a nice sweetness that might turn some off, but to my tastes it just adds balance. And I imagine it would improve with age to boot. Caramalts. Not getting any yeast or hop character, nor does any alcohol come through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Perfect presence on the palate. Teasing. Near ideal carbonation. Soft yet assertive. Refreshing. Good body. Complements the flavour profile wonderfully. Excellent execution. Feels custom-tailored to the flavours. I'm impressed. Constructively, it lacks the delicacy and fragility a perfect beer in the style would possess.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for a sour. Hides its ABV well. I could easily kill a 6 pack of this in a session; in fact I have before. I smuggle bottles of this into movies. A definite classic every beer fanatic owes it to him/herself to sample. That said, there is room for complexity and I'm sure this drank better prior to the Palm buyout. A treat from Rodenbach.

Lowish B+

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 03:17:12 | More by kojevergas
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle.

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 23:11:46 | More by Axnjxn
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EternalCask

Connecticut

3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Was making a stop for the lady at a package store in somers,ct. I happened upon a shelf of craft offerings and picked this on no authourity, other than my love for most Belgians and a desire to experiment with Flanders Red.

A- a rusty, coppery red. It glows a bit. Half an inch of mother of pearl colored froth. Looks like a lit cigar.

S-green and gala apples.. A hint of sherry wood. There is a wiff of youthful frivolity, followed by a nose of a wise old sage.

T- more apples, grape must, sherry, sweet and tart play a game of one on one. Right now sweet is up by two. Figs, quince, dark stuff.

M- dissipates quickly, but leaves a great woodsy finish flavor-wise. Not heavy.

O-fun! Glad I tried this. It could be too sweet for some, but I find a nice balance with sour notes throughout. The sherry notes make me happy. Give me portobello mushrooms, chicken marsala with egg noodles, a Danish blue cheese burger. BBQ??
Go Belgium, go Belgium....

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:42:23 | More by EternalCask
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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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