1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,399 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,399
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 64
Gots: 89 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,399 | Reviews: 620 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of seesnow3
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

seesnow3, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Skunkdrool
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Skunkdrool, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Lob
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Lob, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Beerboi1123
2/5  rDev -50%

Beerboi1123, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%

On draft at brewery. .25 l into Rodenbach tulip.  Dark ruby.  Off white head, soapy lacing. Aroma, vinegar, sour. Mouth puckering, biting in the back of the mouth and top of throat. Smooth finish, Michael Jackson called this refreshing,I guess for the first time I understand what he meant. Delicious. 

KickbacksSteve, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of LukeONeill
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

LukeONeill, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of volta
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

volta, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

bacher468, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of superceleb
4/5  rDev 0%

superceleb, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of celticfutblclub
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

A - dark reddish brown body with a tan head which is quickly a thin layer. whats there does leave a good etch on the glass on the way down.

S - big sour notes with a red wine backdrop. sour cherry, apple and grape. candied sugar vinegar are in there as well supported by a passive maltiness.

T - sour grape and cherry and sugary sweetness hit first. quickly dies off in the middle leaving a gap before the malts and some light hops show themselves. not enough punch on this one everything is a little too watery for me

M - light to medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation on this. some puckering from the tartness here but after a sip or two its not overwhelming.

O - meh. its a good beer but there are definitely better flanders reds out there in my opinion.

celticfutblclub, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of beerhorn12
4/5  rDev 0%

beerhorn12, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of somnus
4/5  rDev 0%

somnus, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev 0%

jfcaa193, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev 0%

LostHighway, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of YoungStout
3/5  rDev -25%

YoungStout, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of mlazzaro
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%

Has a rusty red color. Red almost comes through in head, in a pinkish khaki color. Head holds well and clings to glass. Beer is clearly filtered, (zero sediment) which really negates beneficial cellaring. Smells good and well matured though. Musky maltiness along with sharp yeast notes. Wide range of mouthfeel and flavors from yeast and bacteria varieties. Bitterness is present and suiting to the rest of the beer. Oak isn't too much and really compliments the flavor profile. Aftertaste is pleasant. Solid tart/sour character. I find this to be an approachable beer for anybody, even though it has a true sour beer.

mlazzaro, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of 13esd
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

13esd, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of beef13
4/5  rDev 0%

beef13, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of MrMichael
3/5  rDev -25%

MrMichael, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

ADTaber, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of TNGabe
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

TNGabe, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev 0%

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
Photo of Philousa
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a dark amber, almost brown with 1/4 finger head and visibly active carbonation in the glass. Dark roasty biscuit malt aroma hides behind sour cherries and currants. I also get light fruit like ripe strawberries. Toasted wheat bread taste holds up sour cherries and currants as described above. Watery, but very creamy due to the yeast and carbonation, this beer finishes wet.

This is to sours what Sierra Nevada is to Pale Ales. Very refreshing and drinkable, not too sour but lots of flavor with a full body. This isn't the most complex sour, but it's a great intro and, eventually, stand by. With such a low ABV, I like finishing my night with a Rodenbach. Go home with the one that brung ya.

Philousa, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of TobinMitnick
4/5  rDev 0%

TobinMitnick, Feb 02, 2012
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,399 ratings.