Rodenbach Classic (Red) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
A masterpiece, red and brown appearance, with the rich smell of a good wine and cherry. Sour cherry and sweet fruit simultaneously. A tad of other spice and is it the oak that brings this all together? A full mouth experience. Sure liked it a lot more than their Grand Cru. Just as good on-tap at Eulogy In May 2005.
03-20-2005 02:28:29 | More by Sammy
4.2/5 rDev +5%
A - Pours a brown reddish color that looks like Dr. Pepper. There is very little head and what does appear fades almost instantly. No lacing whatsoever.
S - Smells like balsalmic/red wine vinegar, sour unripe cherries, and a funky aroma.
T - Taste isn't as sour as I was expecting. A very subdued vinegar, sour cherry taste. Very good.
M - This beer has very good carbonation. The beer leaves a sticky soda like thick spit feel in the mouth.
D - Very good. This seems like a it would be a good introduction to this style of beer. I will be seeking out the other beers that Rodenbach makes very soon.
05-01-2010 06:36:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
Bottle from Connecticut Avenue in DC. Served in a Rodenbach tumbler.
Pours a fairly-clear mahogany color with a nice off-white head with pretty good retention and a nice bit of lacing. The nose brings some beautiful notes of cream with some cherry, oak, and light vanilla. Touch of acidity, balanced between lactic and acetic. Really nice.
The flavor brings a beautiful combo of cherry and oak with accompanying acidity. Body is nice and creamy with some perceived fruit sweetness. Dry finish after a somewhat-chewy body. Really a great example of the style.
03-24-2012 02:14:04 | More by Thorpe429
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
A: It poured rather dark brown with just a few bubbles covering the surface. A light to moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a distinct sour aroma in the nose, although it's not that strong.
T: With sweetness in the intial taste and sourness in the finish, the taste is incredibly complex. There are also hints of cherries, grapes and oak barrel aging in the flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and rather smooth.
D: The low alcohol content makes this beer highly drinkable.
05-01-2010 13:53:30 | More by metter98
3.65/5 rDev -8.8%
Murky raspberry iced tea. The beer was clear initially, but since the bottle is so small, I was able to get the entire contents into the glass with one pour, including the sentiment. Atop the liquid is a splendid looking crown of almond colored foam that sports a rough hewn surface and is substantial enough to hang around for a bit. Thick bands of pocked lace are a bonus. I'm impressed so far and I haven't even smelled it yet.
The nose is solid, even if it fails to 'wow' me as much as the appearance. It's tart and fruity and acetic acid-like and oaky and all the things that Flanders red ales are known for. It's a perfect example of the style, if not quite the standard bearer. If I was to nitpick, I'd ask for more intensity and more complexity.
My first impression is that I'm not quite as impressed as I was with the much less-heralded Mestreechs Aajt and Monk's Flemish Sour Red. Rodenbach is intense, but it's more intensely acidic than it is intensely flavorful or intensely sour. The flavor profile is another step down from the nose in terms of (a lack of) complexity.
According to the label, the beer is 75% fresh and 25% aged in oak. Even though I can appreciate the wood, more would nice. This beer needs more of quite a few things in fact. Again, it's a faithful version, just not a stellar one according to my taste buds. I had originally thought that the 250 ml bottle would be way too small, but it's turning out to be just about about right.
There's very little wrong with the mouthfeel from where I sit. By the same token, it doesn't distinguish itself either. It's on the thin side with the exception of a nod toward lightly viscous on the finish. A generous amount of fine-bubbled carbonation adds some amount of mouth interest.
Rodenbach Classic is a disappointment. I've come to enjoy this style and was expecting an explosion of tart, funky, oak-accented fruit... and didn't get it. I don't remember where I finally located a bottle, but from now on, whenever I get the urge to drink a beer of this style, I'll be content with the Monk's Flemish Sour Red that I can get mere minutes from my front door. Here's hoping that Rodenbach Grand Cru blows the roof off the joint.
11-02-2006 21:18:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
AppearanceL: Pours a murky rust color with garnet highlights and an ecru head that leaves quite a few sheets of lace
Smell: Sweet and sour cherry, with undertones of oak and a hint of leather
Taste: Opens with a sweet cherry and tart passion fruit flavor, that is joined, mid-palate, by some depth from the oak; after the swallow, the tartness and oak flavors dominate but don't obliterate the sweetness
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation
Drinkability: While I would like more tartness and oaky complexity, this is very easy to drink
11-21-2008 23:05:06 | More by brentk56
3.73/5 rDev -6.8%
Bottle drank at le Cirio in Brussels: Poured a light red/brown colored beer with a nice head with better then average retention. Aroma is mostly dominated by the oak/cherry smell but not as strong as for the Grand Cru. Taste is surprisingly more refreshing then expected with again the oak/cherry taste and some light sweetness. The end is a bit sour and watery. This is not on par with the Grand Cru but it would wonderful to drink this during a hot summer days beside the pool.
06-30-2004 15:07:25 | More by Phyl21ca
4.28/5 rDev +7%
Flanders red ale has stolen my heart. When they project a drier and more pungent sour character, they are among the best of all beer of the sour family. But its the cherry, kettle caramelization and barrel that work in tandem with the resident microflora to give these beers such distinctive charm.
Tantalizing sourness tethers through a more robust taste and balancing sweetness to place the nose and early palate completely under its spell. Its candied cherry upstart is wrapped in a blanket of caramelized sugars, cellar-like must and berry wine.
But its the wild display that blossoms across the middle that really takes back the senses with oddly compelling tastes that boarder on cider and oak, tobacco and leather, merlot and balsamic, brine and copper... the complex descriptors seem to go forever; playing out on a semi-sweet but intensely acidic palate.
Its tangy wine finish, carries an inherent honey balance that seems of confectioner's delight, yet pierced by its earthen variety for an effortless close with lingering vinous, lightly powdered astringency and surprisingly refreshing vinegar dryness.
07-08-2014 17:28:13 | More by BEERchitect
3.88/5 rDev -3%
A - Poured a very dark reddish brown, really clear into grandmas crystal chalice for Easter. Nice thin tan head did not hold up very long, but left a small amount of lace in its wake. Nice visible streams of carbonation present.
S - Smell is very strong and the sour feel just rolls right out. Lots of flavors of sours grapes, apples, and some plums. Very nice bitter wine like aroma. Very complex and robust.
M & T - Very smooth and and really nice carbonation gave it a light frothy feel. Very big taste, this one needed to be heard! Extremely sour profile and lots of fruity flavors. Apples. grapes, pears. Slighthint at bread like flavors.
D - Overall I would have to say this was not bad at all. My first taste of a sour ale was not really to my liking but this has intriqued me a bit more. This was much much better. I actually really enjoyed sipping on this while I was easting dinner and has opened me up to some more of the style. Definalty a sipper due to the strongness.
04-09-2007 23:25:10 | More by mikesgroove
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
A: The pour is a muddy brown color with very little to no head.
S: The nose is the classic Flanders Red ale. A pleasantly acidic and mildly acetic, sour cherries, and a bit of oak.
T: A lot of sour cherry flavor mixed with sweet malt. The acidity is pleasant and refreshing without too much vinegar character.
M: Medium in body with an initially high level of carbonation that seems to die down a fair amount throughout the pour.
D: A very refreshing and mildly acidic Flanders Red. While the appearance might not be the most appealing, this is still a nice beer.
01-23-2010 08:09:15 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev 0%
Half finger head on a murky brown with golden hued body. No lacing really. Aroma is very fruity with syrup, caramel and sour cherry. Flavor is similar creamy with sour cherry, caramel and syrups. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice flavor. Interesting brew, not sure if I have had any from this style before. Complex and more drinkable than you would expect.
08-23-2012 22:51:15 | More by kylehay2004
4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
Appearance: Pours a darkened red-brown body with a tall, beige head, though it soon dissipates to a thin, lasting coating.
Smell: Aroma of sweetish caramel, dark brown sugar, and oven-toasted rolls dunked in quality vinegar rounded out with a vibrant though not stinging acetic nature to it, decaying wood, and fruity accents of sweet, tart, and sour cherries.
Taste: For me, the cherry fruitiness and cutting acetic acid accompanying the balsamic vinegar rule the roost, but, underneath, there's the sweet caramel, toast, and earthy oaken tastes. Hint of vanilla as it warms.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.
Drinkability: Delectably drinkable and nicely quaffable. Good interplay between the sweetness and the sourness throughout. Works well as an apéritif as now I'm hungry. Sandwich anyone?
05-11-2010 01:01:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.23/5 rDev -19.3%
This beer poured out like a dark red wine. Not much carbonation here. The beer didn't leave much in way of lacing either. The smell of the beer was pungent on the nose giving it the sour aroma. The taste of the beer was tart and had a light sour cherry flavor to it. The mouthfeel was on the flatter side and not overly exciting. Overall it's a decent beer in my opinion. I'd like to give the Grand Cru a try sometime.
06-20-2011 14:03:48 | More by Knapp85
4.2/5 rDev +5%
Amazingly my first try of this beer its not a style I seek out much but this is a classic,poured into a large tulip glass a mix of brown a cherry red a light fluffy sticky light brownish colored head atop settling into a creamy-like mass leaving spotty lace.Big tart cherry in the nose with underlying vanilla and oak a iron not is present as well but its somewhat faint,somewhat spritzy mouthfeel light and drinkable.Starts out with a big tartness that wakes you up after that some toastiness and oak shows thru into the finish the puckering tartness is always there it never really totally leaves.A nice complex but refreshing beer it is a classic for a reason.
08-16-2007 00:17:32 | More by oberon
3.68/5 rDev -8%
Served in a tumbler at ChurchKey.
Finally, a place that has this on tap so that I don't have to buy a bottle (I'm cheap). You rock, CK! It pours a seemingly clear, though rather dark, ruby topped by over a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises light vinegar, mandarin oranges, pineapple, maple syrup, sour grapes, and raspberries. The taste begins with some o' those sour grapes and vinegar notes, followed by some wheat, lightly roasted malts, and nutmeg. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall, a tasty Flemish offering, but not necessarily something I see myself drinking too often.
07-28-2010 04:49:35 | More by TMoney2591
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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