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

Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)

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Ratings: 1211
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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

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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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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- poured from a bottle with minimum head. Very thin cap and nothing more. Ruby red, slightly maroon in color.

S- smells of cherry pie, malts, and a hint of tartness

T- Taste is solid. The sweetness a d tartness play well with each other. Cherry pie, lacto, pie crust, a hint of prune, and some hop bitterness.

M- solid body with nice carbonation that carries the sweetness and tartness across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 20:23:44 | More by taylor714914
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TastyAdventure

Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - muddy brown, with tints of red. 2 finger off white head.

S - Crisp apple. light tartness.

T - Very tart & crisp with a touch of sourness. apple, light cherries. Stronger sour flavor comes after. Mild Puckering aftertaste.

M - one of the lightest bodied beers I've ever had. Complex flavor yet with a refreshingly light body, that's rare. medium high carb.

My first Sour beer. I am definitely open to further exploration!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 01:16:22 | More by TastyAdventure
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Doogermeister

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- maroon color with little to write home about.

S- classic sour beer smell.

T- taste is smooth but unremarkable. Modaerate sour and its perfect for beginners to the sour style of beer. Compared to the grand cru, or the vintage it's no where close. But the flavor profile is very similar just slightly dirtier than the previously recommended beers.

M- mouthfeel is also decent but nothing too crazy here. Enjoyable, drinkable, not too thick, not too thin with mild carbonation.

O- wonderful sour at a great price, great everyday sour as its affordable and easy to obtain. No seasonal, or limited run status here. 1/4 oak aged, 3/4 young beer. If you enjoy sour beers, vinegar, pickles, or anything tart give this one a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 04:46:25 | More by Doogermeister
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

300 ml

Pours a dark, opaque brown. White lacing.

Smells of tart apples, vinegar, and candi sugar.

Tastes of tart apple, candi sugar and bretty yeast.

Medium body with light carbonation.

A very well balanced sour ale, good flavor but not to overwhelming. A great sour to introduce yourself to the style, but one to come back to for fans of sours as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 00:49:28 | More by Cylinsier
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vickersspitfire

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a nice dark red/amber color with a slightly hazy body and filled with carbonation. The head is thin and dissipates rather quickly, but forms a nice thin ring of lace. There are plenty a fruit aromas coming through, apple, grape, lemon and figs too, but I also pick up a very faint vinegar scent. It’s sour and sweetens up as it hits the corners of your mouth, light bodied and very refreshing. The woody flavors do come out as you swallow, but the very faintly and the sourness does linger. It goes down quit smooth.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 03:43:41 | More by vickersspitfire
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MaineBrewing

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into tulip, best buy 2010.

A - poured a murky brown, some orange/ruby highlights. Slight off white head that disappeared, leaving now lacing. The head remained as an ever present ring that left short lived lacing as I tipped my glass, helping the appearance greatly as after all these years it's still looks alive.

S - intense fruity aroma, dominated by raisin. Beyond the raisin is a nice sour character and a pleasant mild malt aroma.

T - taste is very mild but sweet. Candi sugar and caramel malt character with notes of fruit, specifically raisin and other dark fruits. Although the taste is mild, it is complex. There is a nice sour bite at the end that balances out the sweet taste. I cannot discern hop character in either the flavoring or bittering aspects.

M - medium with a slight syrupy viscosity. Ample carbonation keeps this balanced. Very drinkable.

O - Very delicious for the age and low abv. It strikes a great balance between very mild taste that is still very complex. I will certainly add more of these to my cellar, it is a great beer to just enjoy and not be overpowered with in your face sour.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 17:22:48 | More by MaineBrewing
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark maroon/mahogany & cloudy. Good amount of carbination towards the top of the glass.

S- Funky Belgian beer smell, but in a good way! Sour and malty, with deep dark fruits. Kind of like a dark red wine. There is a sweet element as well. That sour yest and dark fruit is the main smell.

T- Sour and sweet, with a dark fruit tartness. Finish is surprisingly dry. The sour lingers in your mouth, but it's not really bitter. I can even detect a woody presence as well towards the finish. Finish is pretty fast. Moderate carbonation. As far as Belgian beers go, this is excellent!

M- It's not the easiest thing to drink in the world, but it's certainly not extremely heavy. I like how the beer coats your mouth for a few seconds after you take a sip with all of it's delicious flavor, and then quickly dries. You do get that sourish, fruity taste that sticks around faintly after the finish.

*Overall, this is a really special beer. It's got everything a great sour Belgian beer should have. And to boot, it's not that alcoholic or hard to drink like some Belgian beers can be. I will diffidently be picking this up again for sure!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 22:58:02 | More by ThomasMetal75
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beeragent

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a bottle.

A - Pours a deep ruby brown with a small off-white head. No lacing visible.

S - Dark fruit, light vinegar, and tartness that tickles the nose.

T - Oak and cherry flavor up front with a light vinegary taste throughout. Not as tart as expected but still present. Flavor does not stay on the palate long after the swallow.

M - Light mouthfeel with light body and medium carbonation. Almost has a soda pop mouthfeel to it.

O - Easy drinker overall. Not what I would go for if I was craving a sour ale, but it has a nice tartness and smoothness common to the style. Makes for a great beer for the summer time.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:59:59 | More by beeragent
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Stubbies in Gaineville poured in Rodenbach tulip. Not what I was expecting after having their Vintage 2010. Really more of a quad, dubbel, or Belgian dark. Pours dark brownish res with a thin fluffy head on top. Aroma of plums and cherry, with verry littke sourness. Flavor follows, with some additional strong malt flavor and a bit of molasses, black cherry and a hint of funk. A very good and flavorful beer but not on style here. Medium to heavy slick mouthfeel, soft and smooth on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 13:52:44 | More by BMMillsy
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,211 ratings.