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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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1,545 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,545
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 68
Gots: 132 | 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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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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3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 08/12 hmmm...only just

First of style that I can recall.

Pours a murky brown - light film, no head. Spotty lace.

Aromas of lemons, vinegar.

Taste is at once sour, and acidic. Sour cherries start to appear. Sherbert lemon aftertaste with a vinegar finish.

Lightly carbed, medium weight.

Jury out on this one for me overall

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from the 2012 BC Trailer Tasting Camping Tour with Rutager.

A: 1/2" cream coloured head over mahagony liquid.

S: Yeast, funk, sweet malt and oak.

T: Yeast, sour funk, sweet malt, figs, cherries, pears and oak.

M: Thin viscosity and a medium to low level of carbonation.

O: Very refreshing and sweet, this beer goes down way too easy.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: '04-04-13' stamped on label (probably best by?)
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

For its price and availability, Rodenbach's Classic may just be the perfect Flanders Red ale. The signature tartness and fruit flavors are here, alongside a pleasing sweetness from the initial brown malt base. Solid overall, and very hard to go wrong with this ale.

Pours a 1.5cm head, light tan in color, with bubbles ranging from small to large in size (small on the bottom), giving a frothy look. Retention is above average, slowly fading to a thin cap of foam atop the body with thicker ring around the perimeter. Lacing is substantial, leaving many various shapes and splotches on the sides of the glass. Body is a brownish color with only slight traces of red; holding to light only brings out a lighter shade of brown. From the Flemish Reds that I've seen, they don't look any better than this.

Aroma of oak, cinnamon, mild tart cherries and raspberries, cherry syrup, and slight black pepper. Slightly cherry yogurt-like as beer warms. Not particularly tart or sour, but those components are still present enough to be noticeable.

Noticeably tart, yet still somewhat mild, a mixture of tart fruit and lacto and pedio-coccus sourness with a subdued brown malt base. Opens with well-balanced sweet-sour cherries and malt base. Mid-palate is of a tart brown malt base with enjoyable tart cherry and raspberry flavors. Back of palate finds increased tartness and cherry syrup flavors. Aftertaste is primarily sweet, slightly caramel-like with just a hint of cherry and raspberry flavors and associated tartness.

Beer is medium-bodied throughout, with a moderate carbonation that leads to a subtle foaming on the palate. The result is a slightly creamy, yet crisp and satisfying beer. Finish is very dry, as expected, with little stickiness on palate.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head on a murky brown with golden hued body. No lacing really. Aroma is very fruity with syrup, caramel and sour cherry. Flavor is similar creamy with sour cherry, caramel and syrups. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice flavor. Interesting brew, not sure if I have had any from this style before. Complex and more drinkable than you would expect.

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 1,545 ratings.