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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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1,351 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,351
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 60
Gots: 77 | FT: 2
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)
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RPMazzi

Maryland

4/5  rDev 0%

01-05-2012 04:11:00 | More by RPMazzi
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TinaC

Maryland

5/5  rDev +25%

01-05-2012 02:46:08 | More by TinaC
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Perilousleigh

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

01-02-2012 21:58:25 | More by Perilousleigh
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Stoffel

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

01-02-2012 13:59:44 | More by Stoffel
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DreamInOrange

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown but still somewhat clear and lets some light through with a good thick lingering head. Has an aroma of balsamic vinegar and a bit of wine. Complex flavor that is somewhat reminiscent of an old bruin style in addition to the wine, vinegar and some raisin tastes. Slick mouthfeel.

Good version of this style and a bit more accessible than their vintage version of this. Have not yet had the chance to try the grand cru.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 03:45:23 | More by DreamInOrange
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Petro910

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

01-01-2012 22:57:01 | More by Petro910
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bwmichaud

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this brew numerous times over the years but I recently had it on tap for the 1st time. Faint aromas of cherries and somewhat earthy.
Taste is enjoyable. Mostly tart cherries with a subtle sour characteristic that would pair well with food. Mouthfeel was medium to light bodied and the carbonation was high but appropriate. An excellent brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2012 05:31:54 | More by bwmichaud
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear, dark reddish brown color with a thin tan head.

S- Very tart, vinegar, some dark cherries and raspberry, mild yeast funk in the background.

T- Sour but not overpowering, cherry and oak flavors, some yeast and a bit of wine flavor on the end, it could have stood to be a bit more tart but still tastes great.

M- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp feel.

O- A solid Flemish Red, doesn't have as much going on as the Grand Cru, but still an great beer. Would probably be a good intro to sour beers before moving onto some more aggressive lambics.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:43:54 | More by WillCarrera
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev 0%

12-31-2011 16:43:59 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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fragilehearted

Texas

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

Not my first time having this, but figured I'd write a review. Here goes!

A - clear reddish brown with reddish-tan head on top. Standard for the style. Some patchy lacing sticks around.

S - not complex. Mostly black cherry, a little red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar...but not very vinegary, just a bit. Could be more fragrant.

T - follows nose. Not sour, very approachable. Fruity, kind of red wine-like.

M - light-to-medium, really easy. Can't taste a single drop of alcohol, smooth going down.

D/O - very, very drinkable. I admit, I liked this more the first time I had it. Now that I realize it's not sour at all, I find myself wishing it were. A great beer to start on, if you're not used to the style. Honestly, compares slightly more to an Oud Bruin in my opinion (having it after a Monk's Cafe) than a Flanders red, mostly because of its lack of sourness...the two are very, very similar. I absolutely love both styles, though, so still, a great beer to drink!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 07:27:29 | More by fragilehearted
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

12-29-2011 13:59:50 | More by cdwil
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 3/4" beige head which dissipated pretty quickly. Deep burnt umber brown color almost like coffee. Smell is a little bit of malt and a lot of pickle juice. Taste is the reverse, the pickle sour is more subdued, and it has some fruitiness such as cherry. It's probably the mildest sour I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 02:34:42 | More by MoreThanWine
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kmwilson76

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-27-2011 15:24:26 | More by kmwilson76
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Burnsy22

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-27-2011 01:53:34 | More by Burnsy22
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ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from 750

A: hazy chestnut brown color with minimal light tan head.

S: mild sour aroma, some funk, farmhouse.

T: nutty malt with hints of tartness. Some cherry and currants, but really not much doin.

M: light-medium body, high carb. Very drinkable.

O: very muted and dark compared to grand cru. Not that impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 23:00:22 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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stevoj

Germany

4/5  rDev 0%

12-25-2011 20:43:36 | More by stevoj
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Telestic

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-25-2011 19:05:47 | More by Telestic
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brownish/red color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with fruits. Taste is tart, cherries, some other berries, lots of flavor here. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good beer worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 14:53:31 | More by tone77
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of the Rodenbach Grand Cru and feel that beer is somewhat superior to this one, although the Classic is certainly very nice in its own right. I had a little side to side with the Duchesse recently and the Rodenbach classic came out, for me, the clear winner.

A murky reddish brown color with a strong cap of foam, good retention and sticky lacing. Aroma is tart and full of cherries, acidity, oakiness. Sweet but not excessively so. Somewhat sour in the nose. Flavor is also moderately sour, nicely tart, fruity, and tannic. Tasty sour cherry flavor with a light oak note; sweetness is definitely there but is well short of cloying; falls between the Duchesse and the Grand Cru in this respect. Bitterness is negligible.

Good carbonation, somewhat dry finish, crisp and refreshing. Enjoyable and easy to drink; falls shy of the much more complex Grand Cru.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 05:24:14 | More by tobelerone
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squiresks

Florida

5/5  rDev +25%

12-23-2011 03:37:18 | More by squiresks
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-23-2011 01:48:59 | More by HoistinBrews
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jtmcgraw

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-22-2011 01:20:23 | More by jtmcgraw
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craigdb

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-20-2011 03:07:36 | More by craigdb
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ixodus

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured vigorously into a goblet a few thing clouds of off white foam. The beer is hazy brown in color with red hues. Leaves no lacing.

S: Cherry, Raspberry, Currants Red Wine Vinegar. A little tart with some funky bretty notes in there.

T: Subdued sour cherries and vinegar with some bretty funk and a slight bit of oak

M: Dry, medium bodied with sharp carbonation that kind of bites on the tongue

O: Overall this is a decent affordable sour for someone looking to get into them. I remember this being one of my first and me raving about it to everyone. Now that I'm a bit more experienced in the sour field I decided to try it again and it tastes completely different.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 21:58:50 | More by ixodus
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Ralphs66

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-19-2011 20:11:19 | More by Ralphs66
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,351 ratings.