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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: 1,544
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 68
Gots: 132 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-04-2002

ABV varies 5.0-5.2% ABV
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Photo of aaronh
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to finally try this beer. Body really has a nice reddish color to it with a nice head as well. The head fades pretty quickly. The aroma has a sharp edge to it, but a lot of nice fruity smells in the as well. Flavor is sharply sour at first, but more of the malt profile comes through as you sip. Mouthfeel is ok, but seems a little thin. Drinakbility is also OK. I enjoy it, but I couldn't see drinking more than one of these in a sitting.

Photo of dbossman
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany color with a huge and dense and beautiful light brown head--so creamy and the lacing is subsequently intricate and beautiful

S: Tart apples, cherries, pears with a touch of cider vinegar; this smells fruity and tart and slightly sweet and earthy and musty and grainy; let's go

T: Not near as tart as aromas indicated but still plenty of tart fruits--actually a bit woody and bready too; some slight banana and bubble gum in the finish

F: Creamy with light carbonation but a touch thin

O: A very drinkable and accessible sour; obviously not as sour as the Grand Cru--though the aroma hinted like it might be--but still a nice, balanced example of the style

Photo of Tballz420
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darker-than-copper brown, pretty hazy, los of rising carbination bubbles. Bubbly, cream colored head. Scent is kind of barny, sour, dark fruits. Pretty sour taste, kind of has an "old" taste as well. Taste becomes bigger as it warms, this beer should be served above the temp in your fridge. Different fruits-apples and grapes come to mind. Mouth is pretty active.

Photo of Wobbly
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of csustar001
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of botham
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. pours a deep garnet color, bordering on a brownish red, without much of a head. there is a soapy rim around the brew.

smell is very vinous, with notes of cherry and apple as well. there is a slight vinegar-esque base, with a sour character. a good example of an architype of the style.

taste is sour and of grapes and cherries up front, with a very vinous character. notes of apple and a touch of caramel as well. somewhat mild when compared to the aroma, this one goes down rather smooth. malts and hops are overpowered by the fruit, but this doesn't take away from the flavor. there is a finesse here in the profile that makes this an excellent brew.

aftertaswte is dry and of grapes and apples.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a bite from the vinous character and a bit of carbonation. despite this, the brew is smooth on the palate.

drinkability is great for wine-lovers. brew-lovers will also appreciate the smoothness and subtle flavors at work here. this is a great example of a flanders red and an excellent brew to try. cheers!

Photo of Tschnab
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark red color with a half inch of off colored head and no lace.

S- The aroma is apple cider vinegar, green apples, rasberries, toasted oak.

T- The taste here is not nearly as sour as the grand cru, or even as sour as the nose implies. It has light apple cider vinegar notes, as well as tart rasberries, and an herbal note, almost like a rasberry hibiscus tea. Oak is there on the finish just as it is on the grand cru, although not quite as pronounced.

O- I love this beer. It is the perfect introduction to sours, but not a true sour. I drink it like a world class session beer. Extremely complex and refreshing.

Photo of johntfox
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of brandonld23
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of standardcherry
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Sigmund
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

250 ml bottle, simply called "Rodenbach", courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.2%. Very dark reddish brown colour, moderate beige head. Nice aroma of red wine vinegar, sour cherries and farmhouse kitchen. The flavour is moderately sweet and sour, notes of musty fruit, funk and red wine vinegar. Some oak in the finish, minimal hops. Not nearly as complex, powerful and interesting as the Grand Cru, but okay.

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried a Flanders red ale at a tasting and thought I should check out a few, starting with this one.

This beer pours out a dark, hazy, reddish brown color. It has a nice head and a fruity nose (chewing gum), that's slightly yeasty.

Very tart, fruity, and dry flavor. I get a brief malty sweet cookie flavor followed by tart cherries, sour apples, and a not-so-subtle hop kiss. I noted that the flavors developed a bit as the beer warmed slightly.

Very tasty and refreshing. I have tried the Grand Cru before, but will have to bring a bottle home and try it in a more controlled environment.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Server in a pint glass.

Appearance: ridiculously dark amber, very light bubbles on the body. Off white head maybe 1/10", I'm not crazy over the way it looks but it's still attractive.

Smell: strong woody taste, you can inhale the malts and cellaring.

Taste: This taste is not for everybody, strong sourness to it that makes the rest of the beer very hard to enjoy. Wood, almost cedar like...but a notch sweet. I don't hate it but keep my words in mind before sipping and judging.

Mouth: an easy medium to full, strong after taste of rye sticks to you like black to the night.

Overall: good beer but the hype it definitely does not live up to. Honestly this is probably my first flander's red ale, and I want to try more before I put them on the "beware" list. Salud!

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mithrascruor
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250 mL bottle poured into a chalice at O'Briens in San Diego.

Pours a nice red brown color. Bubly but very little head. Apple vinegar aroma, but not overwhelming and even a tad sweet. Very tingly but not too intense carbonation. Lightly sour taste with apples and cherries. One of the most drinkable sour ales I've tried. Not particularly exciting (it's missing the complexity and tart-ness of many of these beers), but still an enjoyable beer and probably a good introduction to this unusual (and, to some, shocking) style.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml crowned and corked, no date on cork.

A- very nicely colored hazy bing cherry/red plum with amber highs, ruby mids, and burgundy lows. rich creamy khaki colored head doesn't get too big, but doesn't go away either. thick curtains of lace cover the inner walls with only a few port holes open, gets very crusty as it dries.

S- no wonder they call this a flemish sour ale. smell is of sour cherries and fruity malt vinegar. my mouth gets that funny puckering feeling just by smelling it. i can also appreciate the deep sweet richness of dark malt and port wine barrels. whatever these special yeasts are, they are sour and buttery, like a butter cheese with plums, cherries and tart red berries.

T- damn what an interesting beer. initial taste is clean mineral water, as a very fruity sourness sits on my tongue waiting to be noticed. i don't know how to describe it except for a long list of every tart non-citrus fruit i can think of. diluted apple cider vinegar it first, changing regular apple cider, then cherries, gooseberries, unripe blackberries, red plum, wild strawberry, cranberry, crabapple, rhubarb, absolutely ridiculous. as the tartness fades, the mellow oak aged flavors set in with a very clean raw wood taste and refined cereal grains, pale and toasty barley, and a natural earthiness of organic soil.

MF- somewhat juicy, light but not watery, acidic yet alkaline, low carbonation, no residual astringency or anything for that matter left on the cheeks, just the pleasant lingering flavor of fruit stems, oak, and granola.

D- this is a style i could get used to. i expected something good, but this was almost mind-bending. thoroughly complex and sophisticated, like a lambic crossed with an english pale ale. not something i'd want to gulp down without noticing the subtleties, but i easily could. worth the money for me, and i will surely have several of these on hand at all times.

Photo of nzerbe
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Devman171
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of samie85
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky ruddy brown color with a few fingers of off white head.

S-Smells of heavy balsamic notes with some sour cherry notes.

T-Tart, acidic cherry and slight vinegar notes with a bit of leather.

M-Medium bodied with low but prickly carbonation and crisp, light feel.

D-Highly drinkable; drinks more like a mildly carbonated, yet complex, juice cocktail.

Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 1,544 ratings.