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

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Ratings: 1,560
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 68
Gots: 141 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Appearance: Leathery red-brown body with a luxurious burgundy aura, dark and about 75% opaque with bright peachy red highlights. Head is smooth and milky tan, sticky but not very long-lasting.

Smell: Ripe cherries, raisins, plum, and loads of sweet red wine. Extremely fruity with a touch of rice wine vinegar acetic tartness and a slightly earthy quality reminiscent of oak or pipe tobacco. Hops lend a very subtle leafy aroma that enhances the underlying earthiness perfectly.

Taste: Lovely. Not quite as lovely as the Grand Cru, but just about. Balanced and robust, a good mix of fruity sweetness and funky tartness, like apple cider combined with a bit of apple cider vinegar. Hints of tobacco appear early on and reappear in the finish, which after a flash of sourness, is earthy and vaguely hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bright, medium bodied, and far from throat-scorchingly acidic (as sour beers sometimes tend to be).

Drinkability: So refreshing. So tasty and unique. Highly drinkable.

Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a sniffer produced a good finger worth of head that quickly changed to a ring of lace around the glass .The body was a brownish red color almost mahogany

Aromas of funk, sour cherries and other fruits

Flavors are very complex cherries sourness and light malts sweetness quite enjoyable on a hot day nice light mouthfeel with just the right amount of pucker to it

I love to drink the sours on a hot day. It is very refreshing and I finished the bottle with no problem at all.

Photo of Wobbly
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of sommersb
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 06-17-2012
Freshness: Best by 08-22-12
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle
Glassware: Cervoise glass
Purchased: Single from Whole Foods, Nashville

Appearance is a dark and clear reddish-brown color, with ruby highlights. The head is a light tan color, 2 fingers high, with good retention and an attractive lace.

Smells are very complex -- red wine, wood and tannins, sweet but also with a sour aspect. You don't usually get such wonderful aromas in a lower alcohol beer like this one.

The taste is equally complex, showing tart fruit flavors (like cherry), wine-like dryness, oak, and is balanced between being both sweet and sour. It's hard to describe all of the flavors going on.

Mouthfeel has a low to average amount of carbonation and a medium body. The finish is fruity and tart, with some sour notes as well.

Overall, this is a very different and enjoyable beer. My first Flanders Red and I'm very impressed with the depth of aroma and flavors they get in a relatively small 5.2% ABV beer. Well done!

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was brown and cloudy, with almost no head.

The aroma was slightly skunky, but mostly of strong musty malt. Hints of fruitiness.

The taste was very fruity, hints of cherries and apples, sweet, pronounced malt, and red wine notes as well. It did seem a little thin for the taste though.

An interesting beer, worth a try.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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 GPHarris
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two fingers thick head into a tulip glass. the head was a light tan color, fizzy and bubbly which left a thick lace. the body was a deep red.
s - tart and sour cherries.
t - cherries with a little dried grapes thrown in. i know it's about to be passover...am i drinking a manishevitz?
m - bubbly and thin.
d - the more i drink this beer the more i am liking it. not very familiar with the style but this is starting to become one i'll look for every now and then.

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 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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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 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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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