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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: 1,542
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 68
Gots: 130 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes taken on 6/21/12.

11.2 oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance: dark bloody crimson red that is opaque. Small and short lived white head that drops down to a ring around glass.

Smell: The smell has a nice balance to it. Its both sweet and sour.

Taste: Mild tart cherrys, currants, and green apples start the beer off; maybe even some pears. The beer is oaky, earthy, and has a little touch of vanilla mixed with a mellow fruity tart note in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Really solid beer. This one is all about robust and balanced flavors. Very nice beer!

Photo of Jcd1962
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of bconsidine
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of jeremy13586
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle poured in to Palm glass.

Incredibly dark and murky amber color. Very muddy hue. Very limited tan head that settled out very quickly.

Looks aside, the beer had an awesome nose. Apple, tart cherry and oak. A light funk and apple-cider vinegar twang at the end.

Sour and a little oaky. Green apple and a bit of yeast. Nice sweet backbone that nose it's role and isn't overly sweet. A bit of a musty and funky finish that finishes very clean.

Medium bodied with a mild carbonation. Dry and tannic, but is kind of slick and oily in the finish.

Plenty of flavors to keep you busy. Very well balance and incredibly drinkable. I'll definitely be having this one more in the future.

Photo of bastu
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Jakers90
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of wceaton
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Humulus85
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing my Belgian Wild kick. From a 750ml corked and caged bottle into my Darkness snifter. Best by 9/2/14

Pours the classic Flanders Red mahogany/deep crimson. Good clarity. Produced a dense two-finger, light tan head that displayed really good retention and nice lacing. Top notch looking Flanders Red.

Balsamic vinegar, funky apples, sherry, barrel, some tartness. Complex in the nose, but a bit on the vinegary side.

The vinegar much more subdued, tons of layered fruit flavors: apple skins, cherries, raspberries, a hint of currants. The barrel aging comes through in the middle with slight vanilla notes. It's tartness is restrained, but this bottle is still quite fresh. Impeccably well balanced between sweet and sour.

Mouthfeel is light, especially for how dark it is. A medium amount of prickly carbonation. Due to it's balance it doesn't finish as shockingly dry as some Belgian Wilds. Finishes clean, slightly dry, with a subtle lingering tartness.

Overall this is a solid representation of the style. It is very well balanced, but I would appreciate a bit more sour. I think a bit of time (6-12 months) in the cellar could improve this one and take it to the next level. Let this warm up a bit and the subtleties really come through. Not the best I've ever had but a very good representation of the style. Recommended to any fan of Belgian Sours or any funky beer. Cheers!

Photo of sommersb
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 06-17-2012
Freshness: Best by 08-22-12
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle
Glassware: Cervoise glass
Purchased: Single from Whole Foods, Nashville

Appearance is a dark and clear reddish-brown color, with ruby highlights. The head is a light tan color, 2 fingers high, with good retention and an attractive lace.

Smells are very complex -- red wine, wood and tannins, sweet but also with a sour aspect. You don't usually get such wonderful aromas in a lower alcohol beer like this one.

The taste is equally complex, showing tart fruit flavors (like cherry), wine-like dryness, oak, and is balanced between being both sweet and sour. It's hard to describe all of the flavors going on.

Mouthfeel has a low to average amount of carbonation and a medium body. The finish is fruity and tart, with some sour notes as well.

Overall, this is a very different and enjoyable beer. My first Flanders Red and I'm very impressed with the depth of aroma and flavors they get in a relatively small 5.2% ABV beer. Well done!

Photo of Garlicjosh
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Beelzebeer
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, served in tulip. Best before Aug 22/12, so kind of old

A - Muddy brown with 1 inch head, very little retention. Maybe some sediment got jostled up in the fridge? Hasn't been in there long

S - Light sour on the nose, a little plum/apricot

T - Medium-light carbonation off the top, giving way to a nice sour note, not too pungent, and the plum/apricot with some medium malt. Some barnyard funk. Quite pleasant.

M - A little thin, but not totally out of sorts given the style.

O - I think the ageing had something to do with it. I had an older bottle of Duchesse last week, and lost almost all the malt, and was more of a cider. The malt stayed quite nicely in this aged brew.

Photo of VJBraegger
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of jrfehon33
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of rbartow
1/5  rDev -74.9%

Photo of stealth
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of kkmiller76
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of csustar001
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of WynnO
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of jlordi12
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of spdyfire83
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of ale207
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of tbeckett
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of Tarks
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 1,542 ratings.