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

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1,449 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,449
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 67
Gots: 96 | FT: 3
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

grumpygerman, Sep 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

comfortablynirm, Jun 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Giantspace, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Mikeluzzjr, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of yelterdow
4.97/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When Tommy @ Andy's Corner in Bogota sent out the e-mail with one day's notice that this would be on tap, there was no mistaking my showing up for a taste. What follows are the results of this extraordinary experience, one that my taste buds shall remember 'til the end of days.

Served in a Libbey's tulip glass (model #3715 for anyone who cares) nice and cold fresh from the keg.

Appearance- A reddish-brown mostly clear color with a tight, foamy head. Large bubbles popped and hissed amongst the soapy remains of the initial pour. Retention was nice for a Flanders Red.

Smell- Clean, fresh, pungent sour cherries with a full, deep follow-through. This was one of those "I can't stop smelling this beer" events, because it is not often that we get to experience this style so fresh. Sour turns to sweet as the beer slowly approaches cellar temperature. Outstanding.

Taste- Total refreshment. Totally thirst-quenching. This is the ideal summertime answer to that special brew that wakes up your taste buds... not like an IPA or kicked-up pilsner... but it satisfies your complete tongue and begs you to drink more. Sour cherries dominate, and they fade to a background of granny smith apples.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Perfect in every regard... slick and moderate, smooth and inviting. Everything about this makes me want to try one more sip, one more glass. Totally thirst-quenching and a feast for the senses, I am so happy to have sampled what might be perfection for this style. At $7 a glass, I didn't care... four went down the gullet inside of 3 hours, and when I tell you that I enjoyed and savored each taste, I mean it.

yelterdow, Jul 07, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

gpawned, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

BKBassist, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of NODAK
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has an aroma a lot like that of a red wine...dry, tart...notes of cherries and vinegar in it.

Has a deep red/brown appearance when poured into my glass...a decent head at first that didn't last all that long.

The taste starts out with an initial citric acid/vinegar tartness...tart fruits, namely cherry and apple are present. Again, it has a red wine quality to it, though nowhere near as dry, just somewhat tart. The tartness isn't really puckering though; it's pleasant. As the taste finishes, a nice crackery grain taste comes forward and helps end the beer on a pretty smooth note with not a lot of tartness. Really, the tart nature is more upfront, and it smooths out as the drink goes.

Absolutely delicious. I'm not a Flanders red ale expert, but I do know that I highly enjoyed this beer. I have to applaud the balance here...it's not too sour, not too fruity. It's just good.

NODAK, Aug 27, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

csustar001, May 26, 2012
Photo of klewis
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

250 ml bottle
8/11/06 freshness date

A: Pours copper with a small off-white head that subsides to a frothy ring around the glass.

S: Aromas of malt, cherries, and Belgian yeast. This also had a sour vinegar odor at first that was pretty repulsive, but within twenty seconds or so it subsided leaving only a slight sour smell.

T: Simultaneous sweet and sour sensations. Flavors of cherry and citrus give way to a finish with a lingering tartness. There's a slight oak flavor if you search for it, but admittedly, I wouldn't have noticed had the bottle not said that it was aged in oak.

M: Medium-light in body with less carbonation than most Belgian ales. The tartness of this beer explodes as it hits your tongue, creating a very lively mouthfeel.

D: This is my first time having this style, and it is very interesting. The tartness is very intense, making me glad that I tried the 250 ml bottles instead of the 750's, as I think a 750 would be difficult to finish in one sitting. Definitely not an everyday brew, but definitely one that I'll add to my repertoire.

klewis, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of vandemonian
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rodenbach has a red colour and a small head that fades quickly. It smells like berries but is a little sour. The taste is sour and a little fruity. The aftertaste is sour with a hint of honey. The texture is bubbly and pretty decent. Overall, pretty nice. Better than the last Flanders red that I had.

vandemonian, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of joecast
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a reddiesh brown color with light carbonatoin. minimal tan head laves only lace at the edge of the glass.
very distinct, tart aroma. i probably would have been put off by this (and have, by orval) earlier in my BA career. though, it is somewhat inviting now. has a candy sweetness that lends some balance.

difficult to define the taste. has some of the tart character from the aroma, but more subdued, and less sweetness. to be fair, any more sweet and it would be cloying so thats a good thing. nice finishing bitterness.

well, im surprised by how much i liked this beer. ive seen it in the shop quite a few times but always passed it up for something else. very happy i finally gave up the $8 for this bottle.

joecast, May 30, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

briandaube, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of PatrickJR
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Deep, clear, reddish copper. A head tries to form upon pouring but leaves only a thin collar with a hint of lacing.

S - A piquant cabernet comes to mind immediately. The vinous, slightly sour and mineral-like aroma make this smell nothing like a beer. An interesting sweet smell pulls through as well.

T - There's a lot going on here, mostly because I'm very unfamiliar with these tastes. Big lemony sourness is most prevalent. Like the nose, this brew tastes like a sharp red wine. A caramel-like sweetness tries to break through and helps balance the sourness, until the finish where an intense but brief burst of sourness shines through along with an earthy bitterness. There is an interesting undertone of phenols as well. At times this beer almost tasted like a Merlot with a healthy dose of lemon juice.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Would be interested to taste this with a lower level of carbonation as to allow more of the fruity aspects to pull through.

D - For such a "different" taste and noticable sourness, its still quite drinkable. Low ABV and crispness make for an easy drinking beer.

This is my first Flanders Sour, and it's quite good. Very different, but not unapproachable. Would love to find more of this stuff.

PatrickJR, Jul 23, 2008
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4/5  rDev 0%

jsurfs82, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 3/4" beige head which dissipated pretty quickly. Deep burnt umber brown color almost like coffee. Smell is a little bit of malt and a lot of pickle juice. Taste is the reverse, the pickle sour is more subdued, and it has some fruitiness such as cherry. It's probably the mildest sour I've had.

MoreThanWine, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Patrick999
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really hot day, PERFECT for a Flemish sour.

A - Pours into a goblet a ruddy brownish-red. Head not bad, retains OK, but nothing spectacular.

S - Popping the cork brings the funk immediately. Notes of cherries and vinegar, not surprisingly, very similar to Rodenbach's Grand Cru. It really does smell like an old wooden barrel, and I mean that in complimentary fashion!

T - Again, much like the Grand Cru, this manages to taste very sour and fruity, without being brewed with any fruit whatsoever. Not quite as vinegar-y as it smells. A little cinnamon. Also, this baby definitely brings the funk, especially with the last pour, does it ever. Some sweetness does a good job of balancing out the sour, giving this the desirable sweet-sour dynamic.

F - Lots of soft carbonation in the mouth. Feels good but leaves you kinda burpy.

D - Very good Flanders Red. Low alcohol means you can really do some damage. Want something funky and quenching? Drink a 750 of this.

Patrick999, May 17, 2008
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 1/30/12.

Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a murky brownish red color. There is about a finger of off-white head resting on top. The head has decent retention, and there is some whisky lace left behind on the glass. The nose is of sour fruit up fruit, mostly cherries, raspberries, and some apple. There are some aromas of vinegar and oak. I am also getting just a little bit of funkiness coming through. The taste follows the nose pretty well. It starts off with mostly sour cherries, but the raspberries and apple flavors are their as well. There is some vinegar and acidicness. There is some oak, as well as some earthiness and yeasty esters. The finish leaves some lingering sour cherries behind on the palate. This has a medium body and high carbonation. It goes down nicely and has a good amount of sourness to it. It has some earthy bitterness to it, as well as some acidicness. This has good drinkability. The taste is quite nice, and I enjoyed it a lot. This is my first flanders red, but I definitely look forward to getting my hands on some more. I recommend checking this one out.

JizackFH, Feb 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25%

Unchi, May 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Skunkdrool, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6/10/2007 vintage. 11.2 oz bottle stamped Best By: 10.06.2010. I decided to age this beer despite the fact that it is bottle conditioned and pasteurized. Poured into an over sized wine glass at cellar temperature.

A - Hazy dark brown/red body that lets very little light shine through. The head is a creamy khaki color and pretty minimal. Just some small edging and weak lacing. Tight bubbling when given a swirl. I didn't know what to expect so I swirled and poured the last ounce into a separate glass. This was a bit hazier and had some small black chunks which sunk to the bottom.

S - Sour cherries, raspberries, oak, and loads of acetic and vinegar notes. The end of the nose is strong on the wood and funky notes which totally overpower the fruit and malts. I feel like I have to cough when I take a big whiff of this.

T - Light sour cherries and raspberries transition into some smooth yet tame acetic and balsamic vinegar flavors. This is followed by some oak and earthiness, which finishes with some mild caramel and bready malts. The mouth feel is really smooth and velvety, while maintaining a light to medium body. The carbonation is present but minimal. Stupidly high level of drinkability.

O - The tame and subtle flavors combined with the crazy smooth body make this a really fantastic beer. The appearance and aroma were a bit of letdown, but the other qualities balance those out. I doubt aging has improved this beer, but it sure as hell can hold up to a few years of cellaring.

davey101, Jan 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

ambruns1979, Nov 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

tclipse, May 02, 2014
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 1,449 ratings.