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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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1,562 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 68
Gots: 141 | 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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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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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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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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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split with friends. I decided to do a side by side tasting and open this along with the grand cru and also the caractere rogue to analyze the differences in each. Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears an amber with ruby clarity through the middle. A tan finger of head forms atop and slowly fades leaving patchy lace sticking to the glass.

The smell includes mild notes of vinegar and dark fruits like cherry mixed almost with a kiss of something like dark belgian candy sugar. It gives a hint of sweetness to the nose like caramel/vanilla. More dark fruity apple and cherry quality emerge as the glass is swirled.

The taste includes some of the previously described caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar and vanilla. Tart cherry and soft hints of apple cidar vinegar. A very mild tartness brings out fruit that increases in focus as it warms. This is a pleasant integration of caramelized sugar, barrel presence and soft tartness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is very drinkable that is light and refreshing. It would be a very mild and approachable offering for someone who might have had anything similar to this style before. A classic, I couldnt help but think anout the endless array of foods this could be paired with. I'll be picking this up again.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed: During this review.
Appearance: Bloody water with just enough visible carbonation.
Smell: Instant tart and sour cherry/strawberry leading to the unveiling of a harmonious nutty oak scent.
Taste: Almost identical to the way it smells. Tart + sour cherry/strawberry, followed by a mild oak after taste. Then, a light carbonation tingle.
Mouthfeel: Quite light in body(not my thing, but with this low enough of an ABV...it works). Rather silky as well, except for the slight tingle.
Overall: I found it hard not to rate this a perfect score. The only thing I thought would of made it a five could be a more full bodied mouth feel and maybe age it towards having a little more oak flavor(I'm over opinionated at best). Otherwise this brew was exceptional in general, but especially for the price.
Stay Fiscal My Friends!

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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