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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: 1,449
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 67
Gots: 96 | 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 flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep, deep amber hue, bordering on brown. Body is clear and head is two thick fingers of creamy tan foam. Looks quite nice.

Smell: sweet caramel malt aroma with a bit of tartness around the edges. Hints of cherry and raspberry are present as well; quite nice indeed.

Taste: smooth, sweet malt right up front with a nice maltiness with caramel and bready qualities. Tartness is light but enticing, and there's a light toastiness at the end. Dynamic and appealing.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a well-integrated carbonation yielding a bursting creaminess. The cream is pretty low-density, but overall it's very nice.

Overall: on paper this is a good but not ground-breaking beer, but I feel like there are good intangibles here. This beer is a tad sweet, perhaps, but overall I like it very much.

flagmantho, May 26, 2012
Photo of WynnO
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

WynnO, May 25, 2012
Photo of jlordi12
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

jlordi12, May 18, 2012
Photo of spdyfire83
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

215th Review
25cl bottle shared at Akkurat with a great crew
Poured in a stemmed glass
Enjoyed on 9 May 2012

Vintage: 1992 (I hadn't reached double-digits in age yet when this was brewed/bottled)
Best before: 20-08-94

A: Deep brown. Single (frothy white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Currants, toasted almond, apple, and cherry. Smells nice for a 20 year old brew!

T: Leathery, dull, and boring. Dried dark fruit and soft vinegar, but that's about it. This has seen better days.

M: Medium/full body with soft carbonation.

O: Age got the best of this with regards to taste, but the smell is still holding up quite well. Either way, it was a fun beer to try and the oldest I've enjoyed to-date.

spdyfire83, May 18, 2012
Photo of ale207
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

ale207, May 18, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from a shop in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured a deep mahogany colour. One finger of beige head and good carbonaiton. Spotty lace and no retention.

S - Tart, oak, some cherry-ish fruits. Good sweetness.

T - Sweet cherry candy. Quite sweet. A little tartness towards the end. Oak, dark fruit as well. Barny a bit. Lot's more sweetness than expected. Lacking balance of tart and oaky notes to balance sweetness.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body and dry, short finish.

O/D - Not bad. Lacks depth of better examples of the style but otherwise a good intro to the style.

tbeckett, May 18, 2012
Photo of Tarks
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Tarks, May 17, 2012
Photo of HopsJunkiedotcom
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

HopsJunkiedotcom, May 17, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

JeffTheJuice, May 13, 2012
Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev 0%

brez8791, May 12, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A dark ruby and chestnut brown. Nearly no head. Decent lacing down the glass.

A moderate level of sourness combined with cherry sweetness.

A moderately tart, vinegary, sour ale balanced remarkably well with a cherry juiciness.

Light to medium bodied. A pleasure to sip.

A well balanced sour.

ehammond1, May 11, 2012
Photo of elricorico
4/5  rDev 0%

elricorico, May 11, 2012
Photo of Piason
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Piason, May 11, 2012
Photo of jonb5
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Dark mahogany colour, a bit like red wine with a brown tint, small tanned head which disappeared fast, clear from the top but thick from the side. Smelled malts and red wine. Tasted grape, was like a light sour red wine, notes of oak, yeasty sour finish. Mouthfull smooth with deceptive carbonation. Overall I'd say the more I get used to the sourness the better I like it.

jonb5, May 09, 2012
Photo of danjohn1234
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

danjohn1234, May 08, 2012
Photo of Tschnab
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Tschnab, May 08, 2012
Photo of yeti123
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

yeti123, May 07, 2012
Photo of CommonRider
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

CommonRider, May 04, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

standardcherry, May 04, 2012
Photo of Caterwaul
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Caterwaul, May 04, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass. Appears a deep maroon with mild clarity. Tan head persists nicely with spotty lacing left behind. The nose is heavy with notes of red grapes, a touch of vinegar and oak is present as well along with some sweetness in the back. The taste has a mild tartness which mingles with a considerable amount of fruity sweetness. Tons of grape character all over, finish falls a little flat with almost a watery character. The mouth feel is less carbonated than I would hope for this style, the body is light. Overall, this is a drinkable and affordable Flanders Red. It is very approachable for those interested in the world of sours but not ready for overly mouth puckering brews.

homebrew311, May 04, 2012
Photo of Njstoutlover23
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Njstoutlover23, May 04, 2012
Photo of PtypeNtype
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

PtypeNtype, May 02, 2012
Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev 0%

Brewsed, May 02, 2012
Photo of rowmine
4/5  rDev 0%

rowmine, Apr 30, 2012
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,449 ratings.