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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: 1,480
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 66
Gots: 103 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

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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1/5  rDev -75%

kldobbins, Jan 28, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75%

rbartow, May 27, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -62.5%

augustwest0823, May 16, 2013
Photo of therica
1.53/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm transferring in my review which had accidentally been done on the unfortunately now-retired Alexander Rodenbach, which apparently was a far better beer than this mass-produced Classic Red version.

5Jan2006 Leuven Belgium, on-tap (and regretting it since!)

I had this in a bar in Leuven Belgium, on-tap. The bartendress warned me that "you either love it or you hate it."

I noted that the head dissipated quickly and disappointingly as she drafted it, and was nearly gone after she sat it in front of me.

Appearance-- like lemon juice.

Nose-- phew-- like apple-cider vinegar.

First taste-- like slightly fermented apple-cider vinegar.

Next taste was a good-sized healthy gulp. My guts instantly warned me. I continued through the mug, laughing that I was drinking cold slightly-carbonated not overly pleasant lemon-apple-vinegar.

My opinion never changed. Well, actually after about 10 minutes when I became severely nauseated and spent half an hour throwing up (which I hadn't done in 10 years), then watching the ceiling spin for another 6 hours, my opinion was modestly worsened, regarding this concoction.

Note that their advertising slogan states (as did the bartendress), "You either love it or you hate it."

I would also note, the barmistress stated firmly that the alcohol content was 4.8 percent, and not 5.0 percent as advertised. She knew her stuff.

therica, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
1.85/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I should have read the label more carefully. This is a Flemish SOUR ale. I like to try new things and I never drank sour ale before but I did not anticipate how sour, sour could be. To me it tasted like vinegar. I spent half an hour trying to drink the blasted stuff hoping that I would "develope a taste" for it. But that never happened.It tasted like vineagar from the first sip to the last. The bottle cost me $7 (750ml) and I consider it money well spent since I now know that sour ale is NOT for me. There are many good reveiws of this ale, apparently there are those who like sour tasting beer, but it is not for everybody. When I drink Belgian, I will stick to the classic Belgium Stong Ales frm now on.

CDBeerDisappear, Jan 14, 2006
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1.96/5  rDev -51%

PGVG, Nov 16, 2014
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2/5  rDev -50%

bundy462, Oct 26, 2014
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2/5  rDev -50%

paulhargus, Jul 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -50%

Beerboi1123, Mar 01, 2012
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2/5  rDev -50%

vegasmac99, Sep 01, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -43.8%

DarkLordPsycho, Mar 22, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -43.8%

zeledonia, Jul 21, 2014
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2.48/5  rDev -38%

Mikemcgrath4, Oct 30, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

desint, May 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

csustar001, May 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

MypSE, Jul 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

JoninVT, Feb 27, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

rspauldi, Jun 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

Nichols33, Apr 27, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

Lucoli, May 30, 2013
Photo of Absumaster
2.63/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A muddy, brown beer with almost no head.

Smell of lactic acid, some mild dark malts and a woody undertone.

Taste is tart, very tart. Wow, this is hard. A woody taste under the tartness with a fake sweet sauce covering this all. A hard to drink beer with an artificial sweetness and a agrresive sour.

Absumaster, Nov 01, 2008
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2.65/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

If you are a lambic lover, you might like this.
Remind me Cantallion. This beer was very sour and bitter. Good thing I was given a small sample of this from the tap. Dark reddish color, no head on this one, had about 5 sips of it, and that was the end of this.
If you are big on wine, and sour patch kids, then you are going to like this. Looking at the review, people do like it. Hats off to you.

auxiliary, Jan 05, 2008
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2.68/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I found this to be a really disappointing beer. Aroma wasn't bad, but the overwhelming sourness once I tasted it turned me right off. Reminded me of drinking apple cider and had apple cider vinegar overtones. It was a chore to drink a 10.5 oz glass of this.

LarryV, Oct 02, 2006
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2.68/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

My first dive into "sour" ales. Poured a dark reddish-brown with a tan head that left some lacing behind. The smell is unlike any other beer I have had. Sour vinegar with some dark fruits and a sweeter bubble gum like scent. The taste is ... wow ... sour! I know I should have expected it but it hit me hard. It's like someone stuffed some cherries into a bottle of apple cider vinegar. This may be true to style but it's not for me. I gave it a 3 because I am assuming that is how it should taste. Well...it was an interesting experience for sure, but I had to feed this one to the sink.

Imstillthegman, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.7/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

ok, before i get panned for the low scores, let me just say that either the rest of you are lemmings scoring it high because you think you should, or you just enjoy this really unique, challenging style of beer. i wanted to like this beer. i tried to like this beer. i didn't like this beer. it poured beautifully: on-tap at 3F's pub, a deep reddish amber, mostly clear, with a super-thick, rocky, creamy, big-ass lasting pinkish head and lacing. nose was of cherries/berries and acetic sourness along with some musty barnyardy aromas. taste was sweet upfront dominated by sourness. kinda like drinking turned/old juice. light bodied, spritzy, with a drying, sour finish. tastes more like a sparkling rose wine that beer. no hop presence per the style. this might go well with a cherry pie.

MrMcGibblets, Jan 27, 2008
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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,480 ratings.