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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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very good

1,542 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,542
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 68
Gots: 130 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

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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Photo of KajII
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a dark cranberry red with an average (1-2 finger) light brown fizzy head that fully diminished in a short time, leaving behind virtually no lacing at all.

The aroma was quite compelling with some sweet malts and a tart Brett yeast, along with notes of dark fruit (black cherry, raspberry and cassis), candi sugar and a slight port wine presence.

The taste was bold and flavorful with a malty sweet tartness and a good fruity note along with some candi sugar to start, then became nice and yeasty with a strong sour port presence towards the end. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a fruity sour wine taste fading ever so slowly.

Mouthfeel was a about medium in body and dry in texture with an almost medium carbonation.

Overall this brew creates a fruity sour explosion on the taste buds, which I personally love. It has tons and tons of flavor, a fantastic drinkability and possesses a low ABV. Damn it's good...


Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of aminobutyricacid
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of rm9679
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a flute. Best before 10.23.2013

A: Looks great. Reddish-brown body and two-fingers of tan head. Nice lacing on its way down.

S: Very acetic. Strong vinegar aroma. If I hadn’t had this beer already, I’d be in serious doubt at this point. Some dark fruit and woody notes as well.

T: Sweet and sour. The vinegar is there but it is cut by wonderful cherry, raspberry, plum, lemon, biscuit, some tartness a touch of spice...maybe clove and cinnamon? Almost forgot my favorite part...the slight oak flavors.

M: Super easy to drink once you are accustomed to the style. Body is light-to-medium and carb is lively.

O: Complex, yet refreshing. The first time I had this beer a couple of years ago I thought it had turned bad. Now it’s a beer that I return to over and over.

Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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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%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Snifter Glass

Appearance - Clear Dark Crimson with a brownish 1 finger head which loses its volume fairly quickly. The clear crimson color that shines through when put up to light is very nice.

Smell - Apple Cider, Yeasts, Plums, Mild Floral Hops and Malts. Very sweet malty scent to this beer.

Taste - Wow, that's tart! Apple Cider, Oranges, Floral Hops, Oak, and Malts. Very Sweet and Grassy Taste that I would be inclined to call this a desert beer. Flavor really starts to shine after it warms up just a bit. Very good!

Mouthfeel - Body is fairly light and the carbonation is very subdued after the first couple of sips. It also is very crisp when you drink it, which totals helps when trying to drink this.

Overall - The sweetness and tart flavor will for sure surprise those who are not familiar with this style (Like myself) or turn them off completely. All of that aside, this is a good beer that I throughly enjoyed and I look forward to trying out more from Rodenbach in the future.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of yamar68
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky ruby brown, slight clarity, a light khaki head that laces nicely.

Earthy woods, faint vinegar, fainter tart qualities, not as pungent as I expected.

Acidic vinegar bits, subtle barnyard twang, apple cider, subtle paper notes.

Very drinkable. I wish this had a bit more funk as it's a tad papery for me. Still good stuff though.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of aasher
3.06/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light bodied, chestnut brown with ruby highlights and a one finger, creamy off white head. The nose features light sweet cherry with light vinegar. The flavors are both sweet and tart. It features a touch of sweet cherry with an acetic tartness but also has this odd, lager yeast and pale malt characteristic that is both stale and really strange. It's too light and that lager aspect is really distracting. It drinks light with a decent amount of residual sugar but the flavors don't all come together very well. I wouldn't buy this one. It is well below Duchesse let alone their Grand Cru.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 1,542 ratings.