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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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90
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1,345 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,345
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 59
Gots: 77 | 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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jsurfs82

Ohio

4/5  rDev 0%

04-08-2014 01:40:16 | More by jsurfs82
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MonkeyBread

Nevada

4/5  rDev 0%

05-23-2014 21:59:53 | More by MonkeyBread
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev 0%

01-19-2013 04:28:51 | More by djaeon
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev 0%

04-27-2013 12:14:28 | More by DrunkinYogi
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homohabilis

Washington

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rodenbach red. i actually had the grand cru before i had the original rodenbach and had mixed feelings about it, but i am an incredible advocate of duchesse de bourgogne, so i figured i would finally give its closest rival, the standard rodenbach, a turn on the tastebuds.

A: poured from a 750mL bottle - vigorously - it developed a moderate off-white head which quickly subsided to a thin layer of lasting foam. color is quite nice, being fully ruddy.

S: smell is delicate, consisting mostly of sour fruits, especially raspberry, with a faint vinegar smell in the background.

T: taste is quite pleasant. first glass, well chilled (i couldn't wait) was full of predominant iron flavors, almost like blood, with more sour berries. now that i'm on to a warmer, second glass, the fruity notes have more fully expressed themselves with an almost salmonberry-like tang. the iron flavor has moved to an afterthought at the back of the tongue.

M: mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. it does not cling or mask, only lingering in the palate in much the same way a sharp-flavored fruit or berry would.

D: drinkability is, again, quite good. this beer goes down easily, is very refreshing, and its alcohol is barely noticeable. drinking a 750 of this single-handedly is no trial.

very fine example of a flemish sour ale and i can understand why it is the standard. i thoroughly enjoyed it, but i still prefer the duchesse.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 09:03:11 | More by homohabilis
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

4/5  rDev 0%

02-18-2013 19:19:30 | More by OriolesFan1008
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of the Rodenbach Grand Cru and feel that beer is somewhat superior to this one, although the Classic is certainly very nice in its own right. I had a little side to side with the Duchesse recently and the Rodenbach classic came out, for me, the clear winner.

A murky reddish brown color with a strong cap of foam, good retention and sticky lacing. Aroma is tart and full of cherries, acidity, oakiness. Sweet but not excessively so. Somewhat sour in the nose. Flavor is also moderately sour, nicely tart, fruity, and tannic. Tasty sour cherry flavor with a light oak note; sweetness is definitely there but is well short of cloying; falls between the Duchesse and the Grand Cru in this respect. Bitterness is negligible.

Good carbonation, somewhat dry finish, crisp and refreshing. Enjoyable and easy to drink; falls shy of the much more complex Grand Cru.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 05:24:14 | More by tobelerone
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avaldivia

California

4/5  rDev 0%

07-30-2012 15:18:39 | More by avaldivia
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doppelmeup

North Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first experience with a sour ale, so I wasn't sure how I would like it..

Cloudy, reddish brown color with a small head and minimal lacing served in a tulip glass.

Aromas of tart cherries, vinegar, pickles. Not overly strong and intriguing aromas.

This beer was more tart than sour tasting, similar to tart pie cherries. It was a little strange at first, but as I got accustomed to it, the flavor really grew on me. I shared the 750ml bottle with a friend, and he really liked the flavor, as did I.

(Edit: In pondering the flavor of this beer, I now know what the flavor reminded me of. It was similar to eating a piece of rhubarb pie, both tart and fruity at once.)

Clean crisp mouthfeel. Much lighter than expected. Not overly carbonated.

Easy to drink, but the flavor did take a bit of getting used to. I'd drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 03:26:01 | More by doppelmeup
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev 0%

06-30-2012 02:20:13 | More by ms11781
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

05-06-2013 03:14:22 | More by wonothesane42
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beef13

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

02-13-2012 14:15:40 | More by beef13
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle poured into a Bruery snifter glass. Served at cellar temperature.

Appearance: Pours a nice thich, creamy, two finger beige head with a little retention. Amber and darker red in color.

Aroma: Light cherries, apple cider vinegar, and some slight oak from the barrel. Some definite funk in there as well.

Taste: Not overly tart at all. Some nice cherry and grape notes, with prevailing vinegar notes. Some charred oak and dough notes in there as well and a nice funkiness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Goes down very easily.

Overall, a really nice flemish sour I was glad to try. Nothing is overly complex or sour, but everything is pleasant, enjoyable, and well done for the most part. I would get this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 19:48:38 | More by Gosox8787
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Hoppytree

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

03-08-2014 21:19:36 | More by Hoppytree
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Jakers90

Michigan

4/5  rDev 0%

06-19-2012 20:45:05 | More by Jakers90
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imperiallibations

California

4/5  rDev 0%

02-28-2013 04:29:57 | More by imperiallibations
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PeteTheBeerDrinker


4/5  rDev 0%

05-27-2012 23:06:19 | More by PeteTheBeerDrinker
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SamPowell

California

4/5  rDev 0%

06-25-2013 06:15:34 | More by SamPowell
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tbeer40

New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

05-01-2014 00:42:07 | More by tbeer40
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Brewsed

North Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%

05-02-2012 01:08:49 | More by Brewsed
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sirsteve42

New York

4/5  rDev 0%

03-22-2014 08:22:41 | More by sirsteve42
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev 0%

03-21-2013 17:25:10 | More by Archemedies
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

05-12-2012 20:31:36 | More by brez8791
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Iamjeff6

Virginia

4/5  rDev 0%

06-27-2014 11:58:49 | More by Iamjeff6
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

09-05-2013 03:45:42 | More by Kmat10
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,345 ratings.