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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: 1,326
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 58
Gots: 76 | FT: 2
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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New York

2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

05-26-2012 11:31:02 | More by csustar001
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark burgundy brown color and a dark tan tightly foamy head. Smells of breezy fresh black cherries. Fleshy and sweet. As it warms, the cherries seem to ripen a bit more, intensifying.

The taste off the bat brings those cherries down to bear in an almost lambic fashion. Black cherries take on a sweet and sour lemon, with balsamic edge, which is both mouth-puckering and refreshing. This tiny bottle went far too fast. Hard to locate the hops until well after the cherries have left the building. Notes of mint and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Carbonation comes out as creamy in the forefront, with a medium blast in the throat, all at the same moment. Then returns to being creamy and rolls down the throat. Pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 12:48:59 | More by donnebaby
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3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep medium body red, nice tan head. Not nearly as carbonated as the grand cru.

Fruity bouquet of apples and amber malt with a tart sour finish.

Opens with a nice sour bite, then turns to amber malts, apples, pears, and other fruits. The sour comes back near the finish and a sweet fruity flavor lingers after the beer has been finish.

medium light body, decent carbonation, and the sour flavors don't bite hard enough to cause any issues.

Another excellent though not world changing beer from Rodenbach.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 03:17:56 | More by bobhits
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

01-01-2014 14:34:24 | More by speedvagen
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

11-05-2012 03:49:43 | More by ambruns1979
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5/5  rDev +25%

12-17-2013 19:40:15 | More by NonicPanic
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-30-2014 06:27:24 | More by BKotch
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-14-2014 03:17:59 | More by swgwilt
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4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass, red brown colored almost like cherry cola with a short red tan head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: sweet and sour fruit aroma, sour cherries, plums

T: very sour up front with complex flavors of malt, fruit, and yeast, slight bitter hop flavor in middle combined with a sweetness from the malt, followed by a sour finish, cherry, oak, tart apple

M: feel is silky smooth with just a bit of carbonation, good lingering sour aftertaste

O: if you are in to Belgian sours you will like this beer, sweet and sour elements are well balanced

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 18:48:59 | More by M_C_Hampton
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a reddish-brown color with a nice light-brown head.
Smell: Barley, vinegar, red fruits, and oak.
Taste: Barley, vinegar, red fruits, passion fruit, oak and a puckering tartness in the aftertaste. Bit metallic as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thick body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Excellent brew, I prefer the grand cru though

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 21:27:45 | More by rvdoorn
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

04-04-2013 00:34:12 | More by sludgegnome
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

03-01-2012 22:33:33 | More by Skunkdrool
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2-ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Dark muddled reddish-brown in color with a decent clarity. A creamy beige head makes an appearance but doesn't stick around for the party, leaving behind just a nice belt to wrap around the edges.

The nose is initially reminiscent of slightly burned toffee, but a sour, almost vinegary presence mingles shortly thereafter, with dark pit fruits hiding far in the background.

Medium-bodied with a mild carbonation and quite a slick mouthfeel. Sweet caramel and toffee play up front with a mild sourness edging in. The sour notes emerge in the middle as tart cherries with a hint of underlying burnt brown sugar. Sourness pulls into the lead again toward the rear, leaving behind a somewhat dry tart fruitiness as it fades away.

Quite a balance of sour/tartness and sweet maltiness, combined with the smooth mouthfeel this is one infinitely drinkable ale. Wonderfully well put together.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 03:32:36 | More by superdedooperboy
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at the heart of Brussel's while celebrating the victory of the french over the english in rugby (well, I didn't really celebrate. just stood on the sidelines.)

Pour is dark caramel, completely opaque with a medium cream dark tan head, lasting for a bit. The smell is fruity as the taste, in terms of rather 'frutti di bosco' sorta fruits (red stuff I guess), very pleasing combination within a very dense body.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 12:39:07 | More by Andreji
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

03-31-2012 18:51:41 | More by Khazadum
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3/5  rDev -25%

08-03-2013 22:46:41 | More by Andreias21
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-30-2013 10:17:01 | More by MarkJBurch
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3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg,PA

A- deep red hue with a dr.pepper like color to it. Spiderweb lacing on pint that was one finger head.

S- sour, tart and white distilled vinegar like smell. I also get some oak/wood.

F- Sour tartness dominates the mouth with cherries.

M- tartness and smooth and creamy for an ale.

O-I am not a fan of the sourness but it really was a good beer overall. I may have one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 22:54:15 | More by Dodo2step
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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A: Rich reddish brown. Not a large head but a gorgeous light tan one that sparkles along the sides of the glass. Beautiful in a glass.

S: Sour red berries mixed with a robust musty oakiness to them.

T: Tart fruitiness throughout, reminiscent of red wine and berries. Tart but not exactly sour accompanied with a feint background of musty oak. This would be a great starter sour, as it has a delicious flavor but is 75% fresh ale so the sour or funk is kept to low but definitely detectable levels. No sense of vinegar that some might be prone to taste in the Grand Cru. Not the most thrilling Flemish Red, but an exemplary brew with no obvious flaws.

M: Light to medium body with airy and fine carbonation.

D: Exceptional here. Everything that is good about a Flemish Red, but nothing in excess that might turn you off or lead to palate fatigue. A sour fan can easily drink this 750 mL bottle. The only problem is this is the only time I have ever seen it on shelves. About $1 less than the Grand Cru, but I never see either of these on the shelves. I recommend buying any Rodenbach bottles you see in the wild.

This is an excellent beer and benchmark to the style. There are other more sour/funky versions, but this is just a classic ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 21:42:28 | More by vacax
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/crimson into my snifter w/ an amazing two finger cocoa head. Incredible lacing on the side of the glass. Good carbonation as well. Really a looker. Nose is apple, grape, oak, funk, maybe some prunes as well. Very smooth for the style, and not overpowering. Taste has the same profile as the nose, with the grape really coming out in the aftertaste. Very easy, nice drinker. Almost like drinking wine. Feel is smooth, but funky w/ high acidity as well. Really nice. Overall, this is a great Flanders- and I'll pick this up again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 21:25:23 | More by jayhawk73
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

02-09-2013 03:07:55 | More by vicsju1991
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter: Translucent but deep russet with ruby highlights. Thick, tapioca collar (both color & texture), with just a few wisps of foam across the surface. Beautiful color.

Somewhat sharply sweet smell, like raspberries with some light maple sugar, lemon meringue, & semi-sweet red wine. Mild alcohol presence, even a little cocoa shows up. Very enticing.

The berry's there in the flavor, a little lemony jab, slight oak, but kind of thins out & gets watery. The flavors are diluted - not bad, but nowhere near the promise of the aroma.

A little citric jab in the mouthfeel, as well, but not much kick & on the thin side, as mentioned before. Kind of "stoney" feeling, too - mineral, if that makes sense.

Again, not bad, but a little disappointing given the rich smell. Not nearly enough follow-through, but easy-drinking nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 01:55:43 | More by OneDropSoup
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4/5  rDev 0%

05-23-2013 17:11:35 | More by Mersh
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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a cloudy red with thin white head.
S: Sour raspberry. Honey and soft malt notes. Hint of salt around the edges.
T: Much less sour than the aroma suggested (perhaps due to age?). Fruit (raspberry) and wood. Taste is definitely softened by the wood.
M: Quite smooth and light. Was expecting more of a sour bite. Salty undercurrent.
D: Refreshing and not one of the usual summer beer styles (wheat beers, etc.). Very drinkable and would imagine it would pair well with certain desserts (plain cheesecake for example). A different style than I am used to and certainly one I will return to in the future!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 02:37:08 | More by mwilbur
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours what looks at first glance to be a murky brown. Rather non descript with a finger and a half of loose bubbles that popped like soap bubbles pretty quickly and left a ring. Soapy lace as it drinks. Nose is half hearted. There is a light twang of vinegar that dissipates quickly, plenty of wood and earth and some very light cherry. Funky and has a scent deep in the nose that that smells like "sour." That vinegar twang comes back only lightly as ti warms

Taste is also very light. It has a tartness but it's not terrific. It has cherry but it's too light and not deeply sweet. There is some acidity but it's not lively and it doesn't create tension with a bright acidity. The sour and funk give it a bit of depth and there is a light cracker taste from the malt. It becomes more interesting as it warms and drinks easily with nothing to frighten anyone who is shy of sour beers. As you drink it achieves a wine like sweetness in the middle that is quite nice. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light without a malt presence except as a blank canvas.

I was a little disappointed in this one but it's not a bad beer. It lacks complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 17:55:29 | More by utopiajane
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,326 ratings.