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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: 1,416
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 64
Gots: 90 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

hoppymcgee, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

bonbini26, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

zonker17, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Brianito, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6/10/2007 vintage. 11.2 oz bottle stamped Best By: 10.06.2010. I decided to age this beer despite the fact that it is bottle conditioned and pasteurized. Poured into an over sized wine glass at cellar temperature.

A - Hazy dark brown/red body that lets very little light shine through. The head is a creamy khaki color and pretty minimal. Just some small edging and weak lacing. Tight bubbling when given a swirl. I didn't know what to expect so I swirled and poured the last ounce into a separate glass. This was a bit hazier and had some small black chunks which sunk to the bottom.

S - Sour cherries, raspberries, oak, and loads of acetic and vinegar notes. The end of the nose is strong on the wood and funky notes which totally overpower the fruit and malts. I feel like I have to cough when I take a big whiff of this.

T - Light sour cherries and raspberries transition into some smooth yet tame acetic and balsamic vinegar flavors. This is followed by some oak and earthiness, which finishes with some mild caramel and bready malts. The mouth feel is really smooth and velvety, while maintaining a light to medium body. The carbonation is present but minimal. Stupidly high level of drinkability.

O - The tame and subtle flavors combined with the crazy smooth body make this a really fantastic beer. The appearance and aroma were a bit of letdown, but the other qualities balance those out. I doubt aging has improved this beer, but it sure as hell can hold up to a few years of cellaring.

davey101, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Chelsea1905
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Aggressive pour at the end brought about a largo bubbly tan head that disappeared and left a light ring and mild lacing. As the beer initially settled, some of it looked like swamp water and then faded ay to a nice dark reed brown with no apparent ability to see through it at all.

Smell initially had a load of funk and barnyard hay. Died down into berries and dark fruit with a toasted malt backbone.

Taste initially is almost watery, but then acidic, followed by a wash of berries and red wine, then the sweet malts take over at the end. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is lig and dry, very nice. Laves a little coating on the tongue too.

Overall a very nice beer, tastes a little like an aged wine, with the initial watery feeling, but fantastic over all

Chelsea1905, Jan 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

dbrauneis, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Stoffel, Jan 02, 2012
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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.

DreamInOrange, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Petro910, Jan 01, 2012
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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.

bwmichaud, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
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.

WillCarrera, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of fragilehearted
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!

fragilehearted, Dec 31, 2011
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,416 ratings.