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

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Reviews: 644
Hads: 1,613
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 71
Gots: 156 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-04-2002

ABV varies 5.0-5.2% ABV
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Photo of EveningCordial
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pured into tulip glass.

A- Dark maroon and brown color, somewhat opaque. Short finger sized head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing. Lots of noticeable carbonation.

S- Tart cherries and dark fruits. Currant berries and a little vinegar. Decent amount of sourness in the smell and a little oak. Small amount of alcohol detectable.

T- Not as tart or sour as smell would suggest. The sourness is actually quite subtle and a Belgian ale taste is present along with it. Small hints of a table wine turning to vinegar, but in a good way.

M- Light to medium bodied. Lots of epervescence. I prefer to pour these hard and let the carbonation settle for a bit.

O- Fine example of a balanced Flanders Red. I prefer a little more sourness, but this is certainly a top quality version of the style and one Id definitely recommend to others, especially those just getting into sours. (888 characters)

Photo of Paincane
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Opaque mahogany hued body with a thin tan head that is short-lived.
S: Sweet malt and sour yeasty aromas.
T: Begins sweet at the outset and progresses to a sour finish. Quite flavorful.
M: Well-blended and smooth. A good Flemish Red-Brown ale. (250 characters)

Photo of tomordonez
2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

"The Flemish Red Brown Ale, 75% young 25% matured for 2 years".

What could go wrong about that?

Flavor.

It pours nicely although barely any head. Smells a little like dark cherries. Medium carbonation. Fruity but not as much as a lambic. Refreshing. I could have it for brunch, lunch or snack. Not something to taste in detail. (330 characters)

Photo of T6PP
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red/brown with a very small head that disappears quickly

For smell it has a very tart smell to it

Taste is tart with a touch of fruit taste to it

It is very lightly carbonated

Overall it's a good beer and a good way to be broken in with sours (259 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip from CM.

A - pours a dark, murky brown with red highlights

S - faint tart, cider, pear

T - In line with the nose, mild back end sourness.

M - carbonation is medium low.

O - still getting a handle on the style,but this seems to be a solid drinkable offering. (297 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a murky reddish-brown with a thin off-white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving some light lacing.

S - Aromas of tart cherries, green apple, and light balsamic vinegar.

T - Taste of sour cherries and green apples upfront. The finish is balanced out with some oak flavors and vinegar aftertaste.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - One of the best introductory sours out there. Sweet and sour without being overbearing. Very refreshing. (504 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle to a snifter.

Pours a reddish brown with a thin head that disappears very quickly. No lacing to speak of but a thin ring of foam around the edge. The smell is sour, plum, cherry and vinegar. There is a definite oakiness present. The taste is sour cherries and other fruits along with the aforementioned oak. The feel is nice with medium carbonation and a sour and dry finish.

A nice beer and a good example of the style. I have to admit I really liked the oakiness that was present. It really made a difference. (536 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours murky brown. Soapy head. Very little lacing.

Aroma is of plumbs, apple skins, cherry and slight vinegar.

Taste is on the sweeter side with plumb and apple sweetness. tartness is overshadowed by sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable. Will try the grand cru at some point. (288 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg,PA

A- deep red hue with a dr.pepper like color to it. Spiderweb lacing on pint that was one finger head.

S- sour, tart and white distilled vinegar like smell. I also get some oak/wood.

F- Sour tartness dominates the mouth with cherries.

M- tartness and smooth and creamy for an ale.

O-I am not a fan of the sourness but it really was a good beer overall. I may have one again. (409 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Thus beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a crimson red color with a little clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Tart, sour, funk, oak, cherry, bready, and a little sweet.

Taste: Sweet and tart cherries, toasted malts, oak, a little funk, and sourness

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation, a little chewy, light bodied, and a little dry.

Overall: Pretty classic Flanders red. It has been some time since I have had this beer and I'll make sure i have more sooner in the near future. (599 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark ruby color with a hint of clarity and bubble shooting to the top, creating a foamy and sudsy two-finger off-white head that retains long after the pour

S- vineous aroma with some grape and oak notes, tart cherry, balsamic vinegar, doughy malt with some toasted highlights

T- sour and tart cherry flavor up front with some wine-like qualities of oak and vinous flavors. Woodsy and musty notes, nutty, tart vinegar leads to a dry finish

M- light carbonation and medium body with a cream mouthfeel leads to a super smooth finish that is dry and slightly tart, Drinkability is just about perfect

O- great cherry notes with just enough tartness to keep you wanting more, one of the more drinkable I've had of the style as well (743 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

getting more into Belgian red/brown ales. this ones smooth balanced and flavorful. hints of vinegar and sour fruit on the aromas. cherry, cranberry. flavor is a bit tart and sweet. hints of herbal spice. not a really deeply complex character, but some good tart and fruity notes (278 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 02/10/14.

Pours murky brown with a thin khaki head that quickly disappears completely and leaves faint spotty lace.

The smell begins with faint vinegar and is followed by dark cherry, plums and grapes. There is some slight funk from Belgian yeast and a hint of burnt sugar on the finish.

The taste is a subtle mixture of plum, cherry and grape up front with dark malt on the finish. Sweet and lightly sour.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation.

As stated in previous reviews, this would make for an ideal introduction to sour beers. Sweet and tasty without being overwhelmingly sour. Smooth and sessionable. (642 characters)

Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had been looking at this beer on the shelf at Kroger for a while and stayed away, due to the $15 a 6-pack price. The beer was on closeout in Pigeon Forge while I was on vacation for $11 and I picked it up.

A: Not quite clear, a little bit cloudy. I can't see the color in my hotel room, but it looks like a dark amber ale in this light.

S: Very sour, with vinegar coming right at you.

T: Very light blandness hits the tongue first, followed very quickly by a light sour flavor that is very pleasing. The sourness is not overwhelming and gives way to tart fruitiness. The tartness eliminates the more vinegary sourness and the beer finishes nicely.

M: This one is light, though not extremely so. The ale finishes dry.

O: This is the first sour I have enjoyed, probably, as others have said, because this is a gateway sour for me. I had Lips of Faith and found the sourness too much. This Flanders Red is much more palatable for those wanting some sour, but not seeking a sour bomb. Nicely done, I will buy again. (1,018 characters)

Photo of itsscience
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky brown with a finger of off-white head. The smell has sweet grapes, cherries, some wild yeast, and some vinegar, although the taste is not as sour as the nose suggests. A low level of sourness is met with a sweet red wine taste and a clean, effervescent, sparkling water finish. Carbonation is high and the body is light. (332 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up very little head which dissipates in less than 15 seconds. The head is a light beige with khaki tones while the body is a muddy, chestnut brown mixed with maroon and shows crimson and burgundy in the light. Some spots of lacing.

Nose- Mostly cherries and other dark fruits. Some presence but little complexity. The cherry is a bit more tart and fleshier from the bottle. The aroma from the glass seems a little thin. Light plums and prunes. Slight hint of vinegar.

Taste- Very representative of the nose as it is mostly cherries with hints of other dark fruits. I don't really get a lot of tartness or acetic acid at all. There might be a slight amount but I'm pretty sure I would pick up on it if it had much presence at all. Seems a little flabby and maybe a little thin. Some other stone fruits on the finish? Maybe a little bit of peach or apricot? Some oak on the finish with mild vanilla to really even it out. I just assumed that this would be sour but it's very approachable. I know that my palate has acclimated somewhat but not that much. The sour qualities tend to flit around the edges of my mouth. Maybe a little bit of Sweet Tarts? It's a solid, good beer but I don't know if it's anything beyond that. Could use more complexity and presence, but structurally it is sound. Maybe some cinnamon around the edges as well. Some dull apple notes on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with light carbonation and some syrup to the texture.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and quite accessible. This could be a gateway for those who don't like fruit beers as it isn't cloying at all. It could also be an introduction to sours as it only has a slight hint of any tartness. 4 bucks a bottle is reasonable but I probably won't buy it again.

Overall- Solid, good beer as I expected it would be. Doesn't do anything particularly special; it's simply an effective and consistent beer. I would give it a try. Probably not a repurchase (except maybe on tap). (2,001 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The other Rodenbach styles are rated 100. However, this one not much for me.

A: I poured it several times to study the head because it seemed the bottle had flat off despite a 12/17/14 date. On 2nd pour, aggressively into a tulip, a nice dense foamy tan head appeared. But it failed to last and atfer that it leaves some dotty lacing, and again feels thing and flat.
Murky, muddy, red-brown body.

Smell: I get cider, decaying wood, vinegar, and prunes. I dont get enough malt and fruit. I dont get enough complexity or strength, but it betters as it warms.

Taste: Follows the smell dominated by cider and fruit balsamic vinegar. Some oak, and hard underneath. Hint of vanilla? Got to let it warm, but it never rises above prune cider for me.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Low carbonation. Slightly sticky mouth feel, but not cloying.

Drinkability: A half portion might be ideal aperitif. Otherwise, I put this aside to drink a more approachable beer profile and finish it at a warmer temperature. Definitely want to split it with some one, or maybe even save it to cook with tomorrow.

I prefer beers that I want to finish now. (1,130 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To be fair, I think this was my 6th beer of the evening so not sure how that will factor into my opinion. Picked up this beer as part of a mixed 6 because I love the Grand Cru. Good looking beer with an excellent smell. Smells clean, sweet, and tasty. Taste is great, not as sweet as grand cru but very good and clean, nothing to complain about. This beer surprised me, not sure what I was expecting but somehow did not expect it to be this good. Not a great value but I would revisit if I could find it as a decent price. Definitely worth trying, excellent beer, and one I plan to revisit. (590 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours what looks at first glance to be a murky brown. Rather non descript with a finger and a half of loose bubbles that popped like soap bubbles pretty quickly and left a ring. Soapy lace as it drinks. Nose is half hearted. There is a light twang of vinegar that dissipates quickly, plenty of wood and earth and some very light cherry. Funky and has a scent deep in the nose that that smells like "sour." That vinegar twang comes back only lightly as ti warms

Taste is also very light. It has a tartness but it's not terrific. It has cherry but it's too light and not deeply sweet. There is some acidity but it's not lively and it doesn't create tension with a bright acidity. The sour and funk give it a bit of depth and there is a light cracker taste from the malt. It becomes more interesting as it warms and drinks easily with nothing to frighten anyone who is shy of sour beers. As you drink it achieves a wine like sweetness in the middle that is quite nice. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light without a malt presence except as a blank canvas.

I was a little disappointed in this one but it's not a bad beer. It lacks complexity. (1,134 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

250ml Bottle from Beers of Europe (£1.59):
Deep ruby & slightly opaque with a 1cm tall beige head that settles as a fine lacing around the edges.

Sour and funky one with a lot of funk and lively fruits that includes some grapes, cherries and various berries. There is a faint hint of acidity and red wine; it's dark, complex and sour with touches of sweetness on the nose.

Sour some nice cherries and dark berries along with red grapes and a hint of wine. There is a great balance of flavours and an cider like apple taste rounds things off.

Light medium and sour although not as sour as I expected, particularly after initially smelling the beer. The carbonation is about medium and some sweetness features in places.

Beautifully complex & sour, yet not quite as sour as I was expecting. A nice mix of fruits that add some sweetness to proceedings. A great beer to sip away at. (892 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rodenbach arrived in Alberta fairly recently and it is about time (just found a Petrus brew as well! Keep 'em coming, kind distributors). This, the younger of the Rodenbach reds, was poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet. Color is in fact a murky brown-khaki hue, looks coppery coming out of the bottle. Smells acidic yet sweet, an acetic sourness accompanied by a caramel maltiness. Interesting combination that works surprisingly well on both nose and palate. Some wild yeast funk on the nose but this is not predominant. A surprisingly smooth and drinkable brew with a great number of smallish tan bubbles, yet the carbonation feels quite tame. Palate starts very fruity and moderately sour, with cherries and apples providing a bright top note and dried currants and purple grapes pulling up the rear. A small amount of oak dries the mouth while thin caramel and mellow cider vinegar provide a dual backdrop throughout the tasting sequence. Finish is sweetish and earthy with hay-like herbal vapor trails. Great "starter" sour and I could see this keeping my interest even post-Grand Cru. I find the sweet fruit-sour combination attractive here, nothing cloying and with just enough of a funky and tannic edge. Sure, the Grand Cru is more dry, sour, and complex but don't deprive yourself of this charmer.

Postscript: After writing this I skimmed a few of the reviews below. The guy talking about sneaking this into movie theaters is all kinds of awesome. Cheers mate! (1,477 characters)

Photo of utfiero
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color- silty river brown. Full thick head.

Aroma- complex starting with a sharp lactic bite with hint of sour apple with earthy overtones.

Taste- A gentle giant of a brew. Starts with a hint of sour but sweet overall, gentle fruitiness in the middle (perhaps raisin?) finishing with a lingering oak, vanilla, and mild apple.

Tasted on 11-8-2013. This was a new bottle purchased locally. Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). (498 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

corked caged 750ml bottle
A-pours a slight hazed ruby beige color with a small but staying khaki head
S-fruit fresh and sour with earthy and wood smells
T-tart and sour on the first sip but blends nicely with malts and fruit a small amount of dankness and tartness
M- a bit thin slightly acidic tart
O- thought this was tasty a touch sour but balanced well on the finish (371 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
2.82/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: full thin head, spotty but persistent lacing. 70's brown.
S: sour apple
T: sour, musty, sweeter finish than first taste
M: thin, surprisingly insubstantial for a darkish beer, dry finish
O: Watery sour apple. Not unpleasant, per se, but not particularly laudable. (266 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle.

A: Clear red-brown with light tan head.

S: Tart and funky. Much like the Grand Cru, with slightly more bright fruit and less complexity.

T: Disappointing. Very light, rather fruity, vaguely sweet, and barely sour at all. It improves as it warms, becoming interesting and even more fruity.

M: Smooth and drinkable.

O: A solid beer; drinkable and pleasant, but the Grand Cru puts it to shame. (423 characters)

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.