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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: 1,388
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 64
Gots: 87 | 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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5/5  rDev +25%

12-01-2011 23:07:40 | More by rekel
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena for their 9th annual Belgian beer festival.

Poured a dark reddish brown. The smell is mildly tart. The taste is also tart with some red grape fruitiness. The mouthfeel is smoother and less spritzy than their Grand Cru. This beer is not as intense as the Grand Cru and is a fine sour beer.

02-18-2008 04:17:55 | More by MiScusi
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

03-13-2013 02:59:26 | More by AJ01923
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4/5  rDev 0%

06-17-2013 00:05:10 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of vancurly


3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a dark reddish brown, with a thin tan head.

Aromas of cherry, oak wood, and slight sour rotten vegetables.

Tastes a variety of sour flavours: sour cherry, buttermilk, cider vinegar. As it warms, there's some leather, chinese plum sauce, and even some grapefruit.

The effervescence explodes in the mouth. The mouthfeel is not puckeringly sour, but it is still quite light & thin. There is no bitterness that I can discern.

Quite a remarkable drink. I would drink one glass as an aperitif. I couldn't have it as a session beer.

10-19-2006 08:00:46 | More by vancurly
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

The Rodenbach Flemish Sour ale is a treat to drink. This beer marches to the beat of its own drum. The deep reddish abyss of color is unlike any beer I have ever seen; a category of its own. A sour smell that stings the nostrils makes you question if this is a beer at all. Now for the drink, thick, lightly carbonated with a smooth mouthfeel that slides right down. A sour aftershock hits the palate with a vigor reminiscent of wine. This is the beer of the gods; let us drink and pray.

07-22-2008 21:49:36 | More by JRed
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4.01/5  rDev +0.2%

From a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: deep, deep ruby red with a small white head.

Nose: Really can't get much off the nose. A bit of sour cherries and some bready malts.

Taste: Bright, fresh sour black cherry tartness up front followed by nice sweet caramel-y malts. It's very simple and very easy-drinking. This would make a great easy-drinker on a colder night.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, just enough body to give it some substance without being overbearing.

Overall: A nicely tart very cherry forward easier drinking Flemish red. Nothing like the super complex and sour ones with more old beer in the blend. The young beer gives it a nice a malty base while the small percentage of old beer in there provides just enough funk and sourness.

03-21-2013 20:54:52 | More by fdig23
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

From the 750ml caged cork bottle dated best before 4/4/07, consumed on 7/21/07. Into a wine goblet, this one pours a deep mahogany color with small bubble streams. Thin cap of whitish foam quickly fades away to a ring and scattered lace. Nose pretty typical of a Flanders ale: sour cherry and wood. Taste follows nose, dominated by sweet and sour cherries with an underlying semi-sweet malt backbone. Mouth is middle viscous and semi-carbonated, light and smooth. Drinkability is middle-of-the road; this is definitely one of the more subtle Flanders ales I’ve had.

Overall: A good Flemish ale, a bit subtle, perhaps due to age? It was consumed fully 3 months beyond the “best by” date, though I’m not sure what affect if any that would have had. Not my favorite within style by a long shot; it was too mellow and undefined for my tastes.

08-02-2007 22:46:17 | More by jettjon
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4/5  rDev 0%

01-12-2014 01:35:31 | More by amishbooze
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

04-27-2014 00:35:04 | More by Roguer
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4/5  rDev 0%

08-25-2012 09:57:42 | More by Beeradelphia
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4/5  rDev 0%

10-29-2013 12:20:53 | More by craft_shannie
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Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

Rodenbach arrived in Alberta fairly recently and it is about time (just found a Petrus brew as well! Keep 'em coming, kind distributors). This, the younger of the Rodenbach reds, was poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet. Color is in fact a murky brown-khaki hue, looks coppery coming out of the bottle. Smells acidic yet sweet, an acetic sourness accompanied by a caramel maltiness. Interesting combination that works surprisingly well on both nose and palate. Some wild yeast funk on the nose but this is not predominant. A surprisingly smooth and drinkable brew with a great number of smallish tan bubbles, yet the carbonation feels quite tame. Palate starts very fruity and moderately sour, with cherries and apples providing a bright top note and dried currants and purple grapes pulling up the rear. A small amount of oak dries the mouth while thin caramel and mellow cider vinegar provide a dual backdrop throughout the tasting sequence. Finish is sweetish and earthy with hay-like herbal vapor trails. Great "starter" sour and I could see this keeping my interest even post-Grand Cru. I find the sweet fruit-sour combination attractive here, nothing cloying and with just enough of a funky and tannic edge. Sure, the Grand Cru is more dry, sour, and complex but don't deprive yourself of this charmer.

Postscript: After writing this I skimmed a few of the reviews below. The guy talking about sneaking this into movie theaters is all kinds of awesome. Cheers mate!

01-04-2014 03:09:42 | More by CalgaryFMC
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

08-25-2013 18:14:00 | More by Budinetz
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

08-01-2014 12:07:45 | More by briandaube
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-24-2013 05:34:22 | More by JellyJacket
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

03-01-2012 22:33:33 | More by Skunkdrool
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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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4.7/5  rDev +17.5%

Beer pours a very dark brown almost black color with a quickly disappearing head. Smells of very pungent souring grapes and a little funk. Tastes a lot like a Pinot noir upfront. Some apples and Sour grapes, a little oak, sour mash, a touch of vinegar all down the hatch. very well balanced. A good amount of carbonated mouth feel with a lingering grape taste. Love this one.

"75% young ale 25% ale matured for 2 years in oak vats"

11-10-2011 16:20:28 | More by JustinMatthew
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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%

Enjoyed a glass of this with my wife and fellow BA's FitzIPAtrick and growler at The Publick House...thanks to Liefman for the heads up on this one.
Arrived in a oversized Rodenbach flute glass...leave it up to TPH to match the beer w/ the perfect glassware. Red rust in color with less than a half finger of off-white head...no lacing detected.
Faint aromas of cherries and some earthy tones...
Taste is very enjoyable...mainly tart cherries with a subtle sour characteristic that was very complementary to the brunch.
Mouthfeel was a tad thin and the carbonation was high, but most likely average for the style (I lack experience in this one).
I could enjoy a few glasses of this one, but at $7 a glass, this would be a one and done for me.

11-06-2005 20:33:02 | More by warriorsoul
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

01-01-2014 14:34:24 | More by speedvagen
Photo of stewart124


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

11.2 bottle

Poured into a Pint glass.

Amber on color with little head.

Some cherry in the nose along with a slight vinegar note.
Not quite as sour than I expected. Very drinkable though. More cherry along with a slight malty note. All this is overtaken by the tart profile. Very nice balance in the sense that nothing is overpowering.

Nice carbonation level and again a very drinkable Flanders red

07-27-2012 21:00:05 | More by stewart124
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New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +13.8%

$5.99 @ Buy Rite in Edison, NJ for a 750ml.. they got about 15 cases in of this and the grand cru about 3 weeks ago... yum, glad to have a classic like this available a quarter mile down the street...

minimal head but great lacing, red as an irish girl's.. never mind, it's a beautiful amber almost purple at times hue, consistent glass to glass, solid

cherry flavored bubble yum bubble gum with a dark licorce edge, this smells like what the style says.. period, to me this is the standard of the style, call me biased...

pleasant sourness, like the smell the taste encompasses the style, there is enough to chew on, it is easy drinking and not super sour (like say a cantillon lambic). Considering this is beer, this is a friggin excellent brew imo, the sourness is just enough to want you have more (salivate a little) and the carbonation finishes the sip "wet"... tasty as hell, definite session beer for the right time of year. It is light enough to drink year round but as a meal starter or finisher when not in the mood for something intense.. go rodey ! The taste to me is spot on. Dead perfect. The mouthfeel is great paired with the right carbonation. Fantastic.

I love this beer, period. Is it worth an arm and a leg.. no. but if it is around at a reasonable price this is something to have out often. So well rounded it is mind boggling. This is one to enjoy rather than break out the science kit and analyze all night. A simple plate of mild cheeses like jack or even a nice cabot would go great with this.

10-09-2005 04:45:00 | More by Ego
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,388 ratings.