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

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1,386 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,386
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 64
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
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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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-05-2014 01:44:11 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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
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oberon

North Carolina

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
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -25%

01-10-2013 21:19:37 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

I've had this many times in the 750mL bottles, but this is the first tiny 8.45 oz. bottle i've seen. Thanks Weibull for the extra hookup.

Served at 52º in a Rodenbach 8 oz. tumbler. Tawny crimson shade, carbonation visible in the light. Half inch cap of offwhite foam settles to a thin veil after awhile. Evaporating foam gives off an audible crackle.

Aroma of musty wet wood at first, segueing into dark cherries, pits and all. Light presence of fermenting apples too.

Flavor has the requisite sweet & sour elements, at moderate approachable levels. Juicy black cherry, and subtle oak flavors. It dries out in the end, but has a very quenching quality about it that is absolutely perfect for a hot day. Classic indeed...

I used to think that Rodenbach was more sharply sour that the Grand Cru, maybe that was only in years past. The two seem fairly similar, looks like a side-by-side tasting is an order.

Humboldt Fog made for an interesting pair with this. The low acidity seemed to cut the creamy richiness, with a lingering farmhouse aftertaste of the cheese.

03-20-2008 00:49:45 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Pours a dark but clear auburn color with 3 fingers of tan foam. Head retention is outstanding, though it curiously leaves no lace.

Smell: Slightly musty. Fruity sourness is nicely balanced by a hint of sweetness. Cherries and a touch of caramel.

Taste & mouthfeel: Subtle fruity sweetness leads into flavors of tart cherries, red wine and balsamic vinegar. Light on the tongue, very refreshing and drinkable. Significantly less complex than the Grand Cru, but this is still an excellent brew. Good for a hot Summer day or paired with food.

07-06-2008 18:41:52 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +17%

Although it's not quite what I remember it to be in the early 80's (I'd imagine that I might be bolstering its memory as it was then one of the special beers of my youth), it's still a remarkable beer! And since I consider the Flander's red style to be my favorite style, that's nothing to sneeze at.

It pours a clear deep-mahogany red body with a full head of pillowy tan foam that holds remarkably well and leaves very nice lace about the glass.

The nose is woody, mildly fruity and subtly candyish-sweet with notes of red fruit and a flicker of tartness (red raspberry, sweet cherry, passion fruit, lemon zest). There's some wet straw and wool in there as well, but it's restrained and actually helps to enhance the other aromas.

In the mouth it's surprisingly supple and airy, leaving it unsurpassingly smooth across the palate with a delicate caress.

The tartness that's expected is clearly present, but not nearly in the same range that one might expect of a lambic... No, this is far more refined. And it's soft, dull caramel-accented maltiness has just enough sweetness to act as a swaddling blanket against it. Fruitiness then enters and adds great depth; all the while balancing it out with a low-key earthiness of wood and subtle "barnyard"/"horseblanket"/"wool".

It finishes dry with a note of woody/earthy/mustiness, some iron, and some residual dark fruit skins.

Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!

It pairs well with a wide range of soft, buttery and/or earthy Brie-type cheeses; and alongside a crusty loaf of whole wheat bread it makes a wonderful small meal. Some red grapes on the side only help to delineate it's character. Seafood is another choice to consider, as it's acidity clearly cuts through, and mussels in red sauce is a classic. Finally, it also works well at the very start of a meal as an apertif, or with salad (think vinaigrette and soft cheese); and at the end of the meal as a palate cleanser.

03-03-2006 04:57:55 | More by NeroFiddled
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev 0%

06-14-2013 12:41:38 | More by SocalKicks
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

Pours a dark ruby hued brown that has no head. Nose is a pretty smooth mix of wood and fruit. Flavor has that sour tone to it and definite fruit and wood as well. Smooth feel with a low but biting carbonation. Nice to drink, but you'd have to be able to appreciate the style to really enjoy this one.

03-18-2008 16:14:57 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured from a 250ml bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tart dark fruits (cherries & raspberries), light malts and some Belgian yeast.

T: The taste starts out very sour with flavors of cherries, raspberries and apples up front. The sourness quickly fades a bit and some light maltiness provides a decent balance. There's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and very dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this isn't usually the kind of beer that I drink a lot of, but this one was pretty decent.

07-10-2008 02:33:24 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

A - The beer pours with one finger of light brown head, resting on top of a dark, reddish brown body with clear amber highlights. The foam dissipates fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - A tart aroma of acetic acid, cherries, caramel, and toasted malt.

T - Tart pie cherries and caramel up front. Some fruity, citric tartness comes out in the middle, where it develops a nice interplay with the darker malt notes. A complex and slightly funky sourness settles over the palate in the finish with a sweet/sour tug of war between the lingering caramel flavors and the moderate acidity.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is, of course, a classic example of the style where the acidity is assertive, but not as intense as in the Grand Cru. There is a lot of rich, dark and fruity malt that creates both balance and interest by contrasting the sharp acidity. Carbonation is another important point that is hit upon with great accuracy and it pushes the intense flavors aside in the finish, leaving only a light, dry and acidic fruitiness lingering on the palate. A beer that everyone interested in good beer must try and a perfect introduction to sour beer.

05-22-2011 05:48:44 | More by nickfl
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev 0%

03-05-2014 18:44:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

750 ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a deep clear ruby, topped with a ½ finger of fizzy off-white head. This retains with just a light foamy ring around the edges of the glass, leaving back a gentle smattering of lace. The aroma smells of cherry tartness with a vinegar edge to it and some light notes of earthy wood. Some light sugary sweetness hangs in the background a bit.

The taste is similar, with more tart cherries and a balancing sugary sweetness. Oak occupies the edges of the profile while this finish with a sour bite at the end that then leaves the finish on this dry, tannic and burnt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness on the tongue and then more of a creamier feel on top that helps keep those flavors moving. I’m digging the feel here, as its equal part lively and slick in the mouth.

This was good, packing in some good cherry flavor but then also having a nice acidic bite to it. The body on this really did a solid job of keeping those flavors accessible as well. This is well worth picking up. It’s very drinkable for what’s involved.

08-07-2012 16:13:59 | More by Kegatron
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +11.8%

Dark, plummy red color, poured into my Duvel glass, with a brief, perfunctory white head, soon gone.
Aroma is in a realm of it's own, bold sour cherries, slight suggestion of cocoa and nuts, a brown ale emboldened with brazen fruit, and atingle with spices.
floods the mouth with flavor, brisk, fruity, distinctive, tangy, just a touch sour, with a trickle of sweet. Very tasty, very lively on the tongue.
Medium to full in body, brimming with great taste, medium length, slightly sour/slightly sweet fruity finish.
Excellent. Utterly delectable.

06-17-2004 03:32:55 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Never had this on tap before. Beer is dark red and mostly clear with no head, no lacing and minimal carbonation. Looks fine.

Aroma is a little sweet and mildly acetic. I was hoping for more acid but its the young one so I guess I don't get that.

Beer is light in body and mildly acetic, sweet on the front end and slightly tart on the back. Its highly drinkable and really nice. The other is considerably more sour but this is a perfectly serviceable beer.

06-23-2010 18:29:04 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

I enjoyed this with a dinner of firecracker shrimp and diver scallops enjoyed from a goblet chilled.

The color is ruddy caramel brown, slightly murky appearance with a head that comes and goes, the lace sticks ok and bead is fine. The smell is like a cross between cherry and vanilla with the wood providing a nice vanilla scent and yeast giving a nice tart cherry odor. There is some sourness, really more like tart tanginess from the yeast in the feel but the wood adds a nice level of dimension here too. The moderate carbonation is alright with a slight fruit tinged finish.

Rodenbach is tasty in many ways, it is tart which makes it almost refreshing based on the relatively low abv-5.2% and the slight yeasty smoothness in the flavor combined with vanilla oakiness which is fantastic alongside the subtle cherry tastes in the malt and yeast combination. The fruit elements are so dominant which says a lot for a beer that doesn't contain fruit. This was probably too much for the meal I paired it with -succotash and scallops with a chili rub, but I enjoyed how the fruit sour elements combined with my wife'c coconut curry basmati rice and firecracker shrimp. I could enjoy this red about any time it doesn't stand up to the high level of drinkability and flavor quotient of the Grand Cru, but hey for what it is Rodenbach is a decent all around beer.

07-16-2011 20:34:29 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex scent that boasts of Belgian crystal and roasted malts along with a tart yeast aroma; very nice. There is a slight oak essence in the background. The taste is great. It has an intensely tart flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and sour. It has a nice mix of crystal and roasted malts along with some oak notes. I can't get enough of this tart taste; damn it's refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn good beer. I'm relatively new to this style, but I really enjoyed it. I'll be seeking this out again soon.

01-23-2006 23:57:04 | More by WesWes
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oline73

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +2%

I had this on-tap at the Frisco Taphouse, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color, not cloudy at all, there is some light coming through. There is just a trace of head.

Smell: Sour fruity vinegar along with some malt sweetness.

Taste: The sourness dominates the taste a lot less than the smell, but it remains on the tongue throughout the whole sip. There is a tart fruit note, think raspberry or cranberry. The finish also has some sweetness from the malt. The flavor of this beer is quite smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild carbonation. The carbonation feels quite appropriate for this beer. The finish has a mild dryness to it.

Overall: This is a very balanced anad smooth beer. I could have a few of these in a session, the sourness isn't too overpowering. I'm definitely open to having this one again.

03-24-2011 02:09:04 | More by oline73
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mactrail

Washington

4.01/5  rDev +0.2%

The color is that distinctive red-amber in the narrow Saxo tulip. A pile of foam, coarse bubbles, and lots of lacing. Aroma is woody, nutty, fruity. A touch of sweetness on the lips and a pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. And at 5.2%, a great quaff! The slight acidity is more like ripe cherries. It's actually less sharp than most IPAs. No hint of hops, apparently. Warm malt and that unique fruity mix.

Why are so many sours so vinegary? What's so wrong about the modest malty sweetness in this stuff? The Rodenbach mix of older and younger beers is so much more drinkable. Anyone curious about the sour styles of the Belgian tradition should try a couple of these.

From the 12 oz bottle in a six-pack bought at Liticker's Liquor & Deli in San Diego for a quite reasonable price. Interesting to discover this brewery is now owned by Palm of Belgium, which makes some hack beers of no distinction at all.

03-24-2013 05:15:48 | More by mactrail
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown-red color with a white head. The aroma is vinegar with some sweetness and some oaked notes. The flavor is a great mix of sweet and sour with some oak and vanilla notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Flanders Red.

06-23-2010 02:05:41 | More by Mora2000
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%

From 12/05/11 notes. Had this on tap at St. Arnolds on Jefferson Place in Washington, DC last night. Poured into a Rodenbach tulip.

a - Pours a reddish brown color with one to two inches of ruby reddish white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, cherries, balsamic vinegar, and bready malts. Not insanely sour but it's there, and pretty nice.

t - Tastes a bit tannic, of bready malts, light sour cherries, vanilla, toasted malts. Not as sour as the nose as all (which wasn't overly sour to begin with), and not a fruity. A bit of a step down for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Easy to drink but a little more carbonation would have been nice.

o - Overall a pretty good, readily available flanders. Not too sour so could be good for someone looking to just get into sours. Would have it again.

12-06-2011 20:44:06 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev 0%

06-05-2013 23:07:46 | More by mendvicdog
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -3%

Pours dark caramel with a thick head that descends to a thin, lasting head. Some vanishing lace sticks to glass.

The smell is sour and fruity.

The taste is sour, tart passion fruitiness. Oak, and a touch of iron come through. The sour is sharp at first, but becomes mellow and smooth in the finish.

The body is medium, but with a touch of thinness.

This is a beer that is put together pretty well. It's worth having for its unique character, and fairly easy to drink.

02-25-2007 00:41:15 | More by jwc215
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,386 ratings.