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

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Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)

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Ratings: 1,507
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 68
Gots: 108 | FT: 3
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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 Sigmund
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
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 MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at the liquor store in Tyngsborro, Mass. Pours a murky, neary opaque brown-red with red highlights. Smells malty, fruity with some nut and banana. Tastes nutty, fruity, with some banana, and some nice acidity in the background. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with low carbonation. Despite the complexity, this beer is balanced, somewhat subdued, refreshing, and all-around pleasant.

Photo of pwoods
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml little brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a flute.

A: Pours a dark brown tinted ruby color with good visibility. 1 1/2 fingers worth of lightly tinted heads forms and holds nicely for a few minutes. A bit of lacing.

S: Tart fruits, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries. Tart raspberries start to stick out more as it warms. Some grape and wine like aromas. Some leather and woody aromas.

T/M: More of the tart fruits with some added sourness. Some sweet malts struggle past the tarts fruits. Some leather taste and feel dry things out quite a bit. Some sweetness that feels like it's from the wood but not really in the form of vanilla... does that make sense? Very dry finish. Body is light and crisp.

D: Not as overly tart and sour as some of the Flanders Red's that I've had which can be nice. Not quite as flavorful, either, though. Tasty and drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice, refined Flanders Red Ale. I really enjoy the tartness of Flanders Reds, and this beer mutes these flavors a bit with the oak-aged part of the beer's blend. The tartness is refined, the oak is refined, and I would prefer either flavor to be less refined and more forward. The mouthfeel is gently fizzy and sticks very pleasantly on the palate. The flavor is generally tart, in a fairly gentle way, with light sour cherries and oak notes in the background. There is a tiny bit of vinegary in the aroma. It's very drinkable, but, of course, it's not a cheap beer. If it was, I could have a number of them. Anyway, it's a very nice sour that is on the more easily likable end of sours.

Photo of nickynick
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rodenbach poured a very dark reddish amber color. Not much head. The smell was of super sour cherries. Tart and crisp. Taste matched the smell, tart and sour cherries. Enough to make my lips pucker. Mouthfeel was ok, a bit sticky at time. Drinkability was good. Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot. I am really enjoying this style of beer as well. Hope to try more.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Normal brown 25cl bottle most have reviewed from, this one was best before 29th April 2009 and drank on a cold, dry afternoon in December 2008.

Poured into a Palm tulip glass.

Teak wood red in colour, with a good firm tan head on top. Looks a little mirky, but there is no light here today, so we'll go with a slightly hazey complexion.

Old cherries, sour cherries, almonds and rotting undergrowth are the smells I got.

The old and sour cherries win the taste race, no sign of the almonds and rotting veg (thank goodness).

Can't pretent to love this style or this beer, but it is different and if that 'floats your boat' then all well and good, but I like beer to taste like beer.

Body isn't heavy, but it has a presence, the aftertaste is fine, no nasty metallic feel or cardboard dryness here. Just those cherries.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Bottle at the Peculier Pub (it was called Rodenbach Red on the menu, causing me to hope, in vain, that it was the Redbach but alas). Pours a dark red with no head. Aroma is tart and funky. Flavor of tart candies, very sweet. Pretty similar to the Grand Cru, maybe it's a little sweeter. Good beer though!
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

Photo of coldmeat23
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Deep red with brown highlights. Light brown one-finger head which dissipates very quickly. Minimal lacing, almost not present.

Not a huge nose on this one. Slight vinegar presence. Sour fruits. Cherries and tart green apples mix with unripened peaches. Slight hints of sherry and oak. Traces of leather and vanilla.

Sherry and oak notes mix with a slight hint of vinegar. Big taste of tart apples combined with the sweetness of black cherries. Nice earthy/woody presence. Hints of grass. Finishes with a taste remeniscent of sawdust.

Good and crisp. Not as creamy as I'd like it to be. A bit on the thin side. The feeling of the carbonation is not quite right. Reminds me of Sprite, after being opened for a day.

Perhaps I'm spoiled by the availability of it, but for the price, I'd much rather reach for a Duchesse.
This is drinkable, sure, but I'd prefer something else, I think.
This is not available in my area, so if I were in another part of the country and saw it in a store, I'd buy a couple, sure. I just wouldn't go out of my way to search it out.

Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

250 ml bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a clear dark red, ruby and brown highlights in the light, medium sized light tan head forms, quickly settles down to a medium ring around the glass, some lace spots, looks nice. Smell is great, very funky and sour, cherries, lots of fruit, bread/caramel, acidic, oak, sherry, a bit of oxidation, raisins, brown sugar, pretty neat. Taste is nice, well integrated, very smooth flavours, brown sugar and oak, some vanilla, sour cherries, fruit, red wine, grapes, light bit of acidity, very drying finish, more drying than I remember the Rodenbach Grand Cru being. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, nice sourness, light puckering tartness. Nice Flanders, smoother than the Grand Cru. I could definitely drink this one all night.

Photo of magictrokini
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark red pour with no head. Oaky, vinuous nose with a sour cherry lingering in the background. Very nice, smooth palate. Cherry, sour malt, and some champagne in the taste. Somewhat of a cheryy cobbler taste, but much sourer and with only a hint of brown sugar. Mildly acidic, but not overpowering.

Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark cherry red/ mahognay browncolor with thin, foamy off-white, slightly pink head. Sour aroma of cherries, oak and other dark fruit. A nice balance of sour and sweet with neiher to overpowering. Very tasty and refreshing with hints of sour cherry.

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

AppearanceL: Pours a murky rust color with garnet highlights and an ecru head that leaves quite a few sheets of lace

Smell: Sweet and sour cherry, with undertones of oak and a hint of leather

Taste: Opens with a sweet cherry and tart passion fruit flavor, that is joined, mid-palate, by some depth from the oak; after the swallow, the tartness and oak flavors dominate but don't obliterate the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: While I would like more tartness and oaky complexity, this is very easy to drink

Photo of hobbes2112
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got a 750mL bottle and shared with some friends. Deep red in color, small head that rapidly dissipated. Aroma was tart and sweet at the same time. Serious cherry notes in the aroma and taste. The sour start to the beer put me off a little at the start, but near the end of my half (shared the bottle) I was warming to it. I guess it was also literally warming so maybe that was part of it.

Overall a pretty good beer. I'm not very familiar with the style but I would say this lives up to the expectations from what I had read.

I might drink this again, but it is unlikely I will buy it again.

Photo of davedahl
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic stuff.

My sample was a 250ml bottle dated 24/04/08 (April 24, 2008).

Appearance - A medium pour down the middle of the glass produced a fluffy 3-finger head that was a very light peach color. The beer itself has a very clean/clear appearance which is only noticeable when you hold it up to the light. Since the deep mahogany color makes it difficult to notice the clarity. Beautiful.

The initial smell, even before it got close to my snoot, was a big sour red. Sour, fruity, and a slight musty note.

Mouthfeel was very clean and fresh.

Tasting was complex and amazing. Lots of cherry up front and plenty of tartness too. Sourness comes through middle-to-back. Finishes semi-clean with a bit of residual citrus.

I had two bottles in my stash and it took every ounce of my being to resist quaffing down the second bottle as soon as the first was finished.

Photo of Douglas88
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a deep murky amber, almost purple color. A decent white head, but little retention. The aroma is quite complex; initially sour and woody, the sweet fruits and candies stand out also. The flavor is nice, but also very drinkable; an initial sourness, and lots of notice of the aging process, woody oak flavors throughout. The boy of the flavor is full of sweet chocolates and cherries, some light yeast also. The finish leaves quickly and clean. I found consuming a lot of this to be quite easy and fun. A good beer for sure.

Photo of Absumaster
2.63/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A muddy, brown beer with almost no head.

Smell of lactic acid, some mild dark malts and a woody undertone.

Taste is tart, very tart. Wow, this is hard. A woody taste under the tartness with a fake sweet sauce covering this all. A hard to drink beer with an artificial sweetness and a agrresive sour.

Photo of DrJay
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750mL bottle. There's a slight haze to the deep red/brown colour of this beer. A skim of fine beige bubbles and collar of rocky ones appeared after the pour and clung to the glass in spotty clumps during each sip. Earthy and tart aroma. Notes of tobacco leaf and wood, strawberries, mild acetic acid, sour cherries, and cotton candy. Same traits in the flavour, very well balanced. It finished with berry sweetness and acetic tartness with a dash of musty wood at the end. Medium bodied with smooth, airy carbonation and a lightly astringent dryness. Very easy to drink, even with the tartness present. A solid beer all around.

Photo of ryantupy
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy red color with a quickly dissolving head .

S - This beer smells of oak with hints of cherries and spice.

T - Very tart beer with a mild oak smothiness followed by cherries and spice in the backdrop.

M - Tart at first but once you warm up to it, it is smooth and tasty.

D - Great session beer!

Photo of Goregazm
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Appearance: Red, unable to see through but not thick by any means. Has a very slight head, which dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much (if any) lacing behind.

Smell: Interesting. Has the scent of grapes, cherry, and a vinegar like smell. It reminds me of the smell of the liquid you use to color eggs with on Easter (which, incidentally, is mostly vinegar).

Taste: As an on and off wine drinker, I can honestly say that I've never had a beer that tasted this much like red wine. The fruit flavors (grapes, cherry, lemon) are abundant. Has the sour, fruity taste of a wine with the carbonation of a beer. Like no brew I've ever had before, and it's pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and on the thin side, but not watery. Has a good amount of carbonation, so it doesn't tingle on the tongue too much. Aftertaste is dry and has a fruity-bittersweet flavor, just like guessed it: red wine.

Drinkability: I have to say, I really enjoyed this a lot. This is a beer you could sip along with dinner (especially Italian food) the way you would a glass of wine. If you are a wine drinker of any kind, or a fan of red ales (and I am both), I strongly suggest you try this beer. At the very least, it will be like no brew you've ever had before.

Photo of mltobin
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11oz bottle from a six pack.

Once poured, a very thin head, that quickly disappears, with a reddish/brown color to the body of the beer.

The smell is tart, vinegar, different.

The taste is sour, a little sweet, but a smooth taste too.

The mouthfeel is nice and along with the style, very unique, especially if you are used to drinking macro lagers.

Drinkability is very solid, I enjoy the tart taste and smooth finish.

Photo of Overlord
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brownish red. Small off-white head. Hey, that rhymes.

Smells like vinegar and tart fruits. Taste does have a nice vinegary zest, but it's offset by some fruit sweetness and ... is that malt? I actually strongly dislike the sweet undertone to this brew, although it's sour tartness is quite good. I don't know, I guess I don't like sweet and sour beers, as this was slightly offputting after a while.

Still, a good effort.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork-in-cage bottle opened with a wimpy pfft!, poured into a goblet yields a clear iced-tea brown body with a tinge of crimson at the edges and a small pinkish-tan cap of fine-bubbled foam.The head recedes quickly to a bubbly ring and leaves sparse lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is tart and fruity with a fine oaky backbone. I honestly expected more funky yeast products, but the smell is quite good nonetheless.

The taste is fruity with a pleasant tartness with the finish a bit funkier than the nose indicated. Notes of cherry and sweet oak contribute to the sweet-tart profile.

Light, crisp, and refreshing with superb drinkability.

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 8.45oz or 250ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: It had a deep reddish brown color with some visible carbonation. Its head was small and slightly pinkish tan color. The head slowly recedes, leaving some nice lace behind on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has sweet and sour fruity notes with some sharp acidic cider vinegar notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: Wow very interesting! The range of flavor is amazing. It starts off with sour apple cider vinegar notes over a light malty flavor. This quickly turns to a more sweet/tart fruity flavor with cherry notes and some hints of musty oak. Next up is a slightly dry, mild earthy bitterness. For the finish it turns back to a semi-dry, tart/sour flavor that slowly fades off the tongue. It's about medium bodied and the carbonation feels light and a bit fizzy.

Notes: This is a very complex and interesting beer. It is a slow sipper that is very enjoyable small amounts.

Photo of shirfan
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crimson/copper with a quickly vanishing head.

Aroma of cider vinegar and black cherries.

Flavor: Intensely sour with some vinegar-like acidity. Black cherry, oak, and a hint of anise round out a softly carbonated profile that sweetens slightly in the finish.

Drinkability: Excellent, I could sip a couple of these all night. I will definitely have to try more Flanders Reds.

Photo of SargeC
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown colored brew with a light tan head.

Smell: Sharp acidic, vinegar like smell. Hints of fruit beneath it.

Taste: Good sour tartness. After the initial sour wave, the flavors start to peek through. Apple and cherry flavors and hints of malt are most evident.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Very refreshing quality.

Drinkablity: Very drinkable. A bit cheaper than Grand Cru so it is great for a session.

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.