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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: 1,416
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 64
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a clear brownish-amber color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of mild vinegar and good amounts of tart cherry flavors. Very light hints of oak aromas waft out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by tart cherry flavors. Midway through the sip very light hints of oak work their way into things, carrying through to a mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I remember this one being more tart than it was here, it's a bit too subdued for the style. Still, it's a well made beer that's worth a shot, especially for those just getting into sours.

glid02, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of WOTO97
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper body with a thin off-white head and very nominal lacing. Aroma is some nominal tartness with big earthy qualities and faint berry notes. Wood comes through faintly on the finish, earth on the forefront with a pleasant immediate vinegar and lingering tartness on the finish. Very drinkable thin mouthfeel with very clean finish.

WOTO97, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at ChurchKey.

Finally, a place that has this on tap so that I don't have to buy a bottle (I'm cheap). You rock, CK! It pours a seemingly clear, though rather dark, ruby topped by over a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises light vinegar, mandarin oranges, pineapple, maple syrup, sour grapes, and raspberries. The taste begins with some o' those sour grapes and vinegar notes, followed by some wheat, lightly roasted malts, and nutmeg. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall, a tasty Flemish offering, but not necessarily something I see myself drinking too often.

TMoney2591, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of SiepJones
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a Snifter

A: Pours a deep dark chestnut color with not visibility from one side of the glass through to the other. A slightly brownish white head sits on top of the beer, but dissipates to some swirling cloudy bubbles on top.
S: Flavors of acidity and vinegar touch the nose on the first sniff. Deeper whiffs yield some cherry and oak flavors with some more funk.
T: A fruity tang of funk rolls across your tongue on each sip, with a slight lactic finish once the last drop reaches your throat. After a few sips the cherries and oak become very prevalent while my mouth puckers less and less.
M: The mouth on this beer starts out very thin but with a nice sharp carbonation. Otherwise the body on this beer is very thin, but in no way does that detract from the overall experience of the beer.
D: This is a very drinkable beer for someone who is interested in trying out a "sour". The experience was not overwhelming for a novice to the category such as myself. I could see drinking two or three of these, but definitely taking my time, sipping and enjoying the flavors. If you like a really sour beer, this one maybe a little too tame for you.

SiepJones, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark, dull mahogany shade with a fine collar of white foam that is well-retained.

S: Heavy acetic sour aroma you would expect for the style. Beyond the vinegar, there's a little oak and some musty yeast.

T: Slightly sweet brown malt, blanketed by a nice tartness that rolls through the palate and is complemented by a slight breadyness. Just a touch of oak on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, well-carbonated to the degree that it's almost frothy, and a slight dryness.

Very nice drinking beer that has the tart characteristics that a Flanders Red should have, but is not overly sour (sorry sourheads). Well-balanced and easy to have 2 or 3. Glad this beer is readily accessible in so many places.

GeezLynn, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia.

A - Dark deep ruby red body with an off-white head. Looked great with the candle behind it illuminating it.

S - Smelled sweet, tangy and dry. Some fruit nose here.

T - Delicious on the palate with plenty of tart and tangy notes. Sweet/tangy fruit is present and some subtle wood. Love the dry cherry undertones. Finishes crisp and dry.

M - Nicely carbonated and smooth. This beer is very well balanced and crisply concocted. A very happy palate and a smooth ride down the throat.

D - I could drink this one like water. Its very flavorful and refreshing.

Notes - Im a fan of the sour/tangy/dry beers and this one is right there. Great taste, easy to drink. Well done.

BeerForMuscle, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a paradigm of the style and it is always fucking fantastic!

A - Brown-ruby hued, replete with a persistent khaki crown, leaving occasional glaciers of lace.

S - Sweet and sour and absolutely delectable. Concord grape and a sort of Polynesian-tart sauciness marks the nose.

T - The nose is extrapolated in the flavor, but that doesn't even begin to give the taste credit due... both the flavor and aroma are so well-apportioned to the point of being absolutely sublime. The concord grape, the wood, the masterful balance of blending; this brew is clearly a work of fine art, beyond mere solid craftsmanship.

M - Just as beautiful and dynamically balanced as it gets

D - I have enjoyed this brew for so long... Though this version is less sour than the Grand Cru, it is more consistently excellent; really every bit of the brew is perfection and archetype.

ktrillionaire, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Tballz420
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

Tballz420, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never had this on tap before. Beer is dark red and mostly clear with no head, no lacing and minimal carbonation. Looks fine.

Aroma is a little sweet and mildly acetic. I was hoping for more acid but its the young one so I guess I don't get that.

Beer is light in body and mildly acetic, sweet on the front end and slightly tart on the back. Its highly drinkable and really nice. The other is considerably more sour but this is a perfectly serviceable beer.

drabmuh, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown-red color with a white head. The aroma is vinegar with some sweetness and some oaked notes. The flavor is a great mix of sweet and sour with some oak and vanilla notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Flanders Red.

Mora2000, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear ruby red with orange edges and a tan dense head.

S-tons of cherry, light notes of balsamic with a hint of cherry tartness in the back.

T-balsamic vinegar light up front, notes of very slightly tart cherries, a dark chocolate maltiness lies underneath. light herbal tea notes in the back.

M-smooth on the palate with a good carbonation, medium body and a good crisp dry finish.

D-easy drinker right here, good sweetness balanced with a light note of vinegar, tartness and dark malt.

cpetrone84, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mild lactic and acetic character with a hint of barnyard Brett. Very mild cherry pie. Good but not as intense as I like.

Dark brown with moderate haze. Small, very short lasting head.

Good flavour with a moderate lactic tartness, plenty of cherry flavour, a good touch of Brett funk and an interesting clean sweetness. Good balance and very tasty.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

This is the kind of sour that I could easily drink a few of. Lots of really good flavour but with a solid backing of refreshing tartness.

dgilks, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of snogglethorpe
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, sour and tart, not overly sweet, a bit rough-edged (in a good way)... less dry than the Grand Cru (I like this better than the Grand Cru actually). There's a lovely and lingering aftertaste of fruit-wood and cherry-pits as the beer comes off the back of your tongue. The vivid distinction between the "two tastes" of each mouthful is one of my favorite things about this beer.

Not heavily carbonated, but extremely refreshing.

snogglethorpe, May 23, 2010
Photo of superdedooperboy
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.

superdedooperboy, May 18, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a darkened red-brown body with a tall, beige head, though it soon dissipates to a thin, lasting coating.

Smell: Aroma of sweetish caramel, dark brown sugar, and oven-toasted rolls dunked in quality vinegar rounded out with a vibrant though not stinging acetic nature to it, decaying wood, and fruity accents of sweet, tart, and sour cherries.

Taste: For me, the cherry fruitiness and cutting acetic acid accompanying the balsamic vinegar rule the roost, but, underneath, there's the sweet caramel, toast, and earthy oaken tastes. Hint of vanilla as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Delectably drinkable and nicely quaffable. Good interplay between the sweetness and the sourness throughout. Works well as an apéritif as now I'm hungry. Sandwich anyone?

ChainGangGuy, May 11, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured rather dark brown with just a few bubbles covering the surface. A light to moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a distinct sour aroma in the nose, although it's not that strong.
T: With sweetness in the intial taste and sourness in the finish, the taste is incredibly complex. There are also hints of cherries, grapes and oak barrel aging in the flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and rather smooth.
D: The low alcohol content makes this beer highly drinkable.

metter98, May 01, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a brown reddish color that looks like Dr. Pepper. There is very little head and what does appear fades almost instantly. No lacing whatsoever.

S - Smells like balsalmic/red wine vinegar, sour unripe cherries, and a funky aroma.

T - Taste isn't as sour as I was expecting. A very subdued vinegar, sour cherry taste. Very good.

M - This beer has very good carbonation. The beer leaves a sticky soda like thick spit feel in the mouth.

D - Very good. This seems like a it would be a good introduction to this style of beer. I will be seeking out the other beers that Rodenbach makes very soon.

UCLABrewN84, May 01, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, minimal head, reddish brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: vinegar, oak, and dark fruit

Taste: sweet and tart cherries with vinegar

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet but very tart, light bodied, high carbonation, dry

Drinkability: Another nice intro sour from Rodenbach. I could certainly put down a couple glasses of this. I would get this again.

tigg924, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a murky brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is wonderful has a sour fruit and oak nose

T - Follows the nose sour dark fruit some oak flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is truly a wonderful beer that's a classic example of the style if you see a bottle do yourself a favor and buy it

armock, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of thepeter
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Murky brown with a hint of red, nice creamy head that thins but remains a film and leaves nice lacing.

S - Wood, lactic funk cherries and some metal

T - Tart Cherry, lots of wood and some metallic sourness

M - Very nice and smooth, medium bodied with a fine carbonation.

D - Enjoyed this but there are many others of the style I would rather have.

Not sure how much having this from a can made a difference. I drank from my Duvel Tulip but am curious and will try the bottle version before I drink the other can I bought.

thepeter, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Onibubba
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. Beautiful mahagony brown, amber tinted pour. Nice creamy beige head that resettles to about a half inch with a swirl of the glass. Yummy balsamic and port aromas. Taste is less than what the Grand Cru has to offer, but still nice. The balsamic notes and Sweet Tarts are all firing, but are more muted than the GC. Mouthfeel is slightly watery, but still very smooth. Drinkability is great. Definately a sessionable beer. While this is still a shadow of Rodenbach Grand Cru, it remains enjoyable and I am pleased to have a ready supply of this outstanding beer once again.

Onibubba, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of SShelly
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish cloudy color with a low offwhite head.

Aroma is lightly sour, slightly acedic, some sweetness exists in there as well.

Flavor follows the arom pretty close, light and tart with some malt sweetness behind, kinda boring actually.

medium mouth and carb make it feel decent in teh mouth.

kinda a yawn for me, just not that interesting.

SShelly, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split/consumed during march madness

celly notes

appearance: served in kasteel chalice, murky amber body, light tan foam

smell: highly acidic - vinegar, light caramel, tart fruit, sour cherry

taste: rodenbach is often heralded as the champion of the flanders red style, but i just cant get past the acidity. sourness is minimal as this beer is dominated by a cloying vinegar presence. muddy fruit punch, traces of oak and caramel

mouthfeel: high acidity, balsamic-y

drinkability: ok - not my favorite

dirtylou, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had from the glass at Papago the other night. I told one of the girls there that I was in the mood for a sour, and this is what she poured me, saying the bartenders "were looking for a reason to open this one anyway" as she poured the deep dark-chocolate brown liquid into a tulip glass.

Hues of light amber and cranberry highlights become visible when held to light. A buttercream head flitters away without much notice, leaving a ring.

In the nose, I get some dry red wine along with some sweeter grape juice. The sourness of green apples is there as well, along with some light caramel malt and cola.

The taste is less red winey and more grape juicy. It's sweet, almost like a dessert wine. Some nutty maltiness. I actually would've like just a tad more sourness, but the mild funk that's there is nice, and balanced nicely by some caramel sweetness. This has the complexity of Dr Pepper.

Medium-light body, high carbonation. Slippery.

As far as Flanders reds go, this one is passable. It certainly sated my sour cravings -- at least for one night.

Phelps, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of bret27
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Oaky, tart, brett

A: Very dark ruby brown, thick creamy dark head

T: Sweet and tart cherries, touch of vanilla and woodiness. Tart, vinegar, dry finish.

M/D: Medium, slick, and dry. Very delicious and drinkable.

Overall: Can't beat a good classic Flander's Red.

bret27, Feb 28, 2010
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,416 ratings.