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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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Reviews: 651
Hads: 1,641
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 77
Gots: 163 | FT: 1
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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 jsausley
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a small pilsner glass.

A: Dark brown with reds. Very pretty and deep color.

S: Smells of malty notes with hops and some yeast. A nice grape aroma.

T: Primarily a light malt body with a huge citrus and floral top. Prunes, grapes and raisin here. Spicy finish.

M: Smooth and crisp, not bitter and not boozy.

O: A fairly unique beer that is full of unique flavor. A bit too sour and sweet for me, but very different and I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a murky reddish mahogany color. Some off-white froth and lacing.

(S)- Bright aromas of cherry and raspberry and strawberry with the slightest dry oaky funk to it.

(T)- Slight oaky funk combined with a great dryness throughout. Great slightly tart vinegar and fruit kick and the end.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. A very easy drinking/milder flanders.

(O)- This is a drinking Flanders. One of those you would always have a bottle on hand when you are in the mood for one. Milder, but shows more fruit than sour acidity. While I will say I prefer the grand cru, this is still quite good.

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Photo of dar482
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a murky copper brown.

The aroma is quite tart of unripen apples, cherries, cranberries, fig, red grape, a hint of oak, and sweet bready malt.

In the front, there’s a combination of apple and cranberry juice with hints of tartness, but that quickly subsides onto musty and funky red grapes. A gentle caramel and malt sweetness in the middle, then it dries off leaving that lingering funk and wood.

The front of the palate impresses, but that quickly goes away. A decent step behind the Grand Cru.

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Photo of Phocion
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle dated best before 10/14/2015. Pours into a Lindemans flute a dark ruby color, reminiscent of cranberry juice. Barely off-white head with just the slightest tan hue. Head quickly drops into a thin crown, but that sticks around. Moderate but consistent lacing.

Aroma is very fruity and tart. Sour cherry and plum mostly, but a nice touch of candied sweet cherry as well. Passion fruit. Oak. A ton of fruit flavors going on, but little malt or hops. Slight spicy phenols.

Flavor is similar to the aroma in that it is a complex assortment of fruit. A tart red wine/cherry fruitiness blends well with caramelized sugar flavors, sweet cherries, and a touch of vanilla from the oak. Sweet up front with a tart finish, with just a little bit of spice thrown in at the very end.

Tart, refreshing, crisp mouthfeel. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation. No astringency and moderately sour, but acidic.

Rodenbach is a wonderful beer. I really love Flanders Reds, but I've only had a few in the past, so it's hard for me to evaluate this to style. Nonetheless, it is absolutely delicious.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Flanders red ale has stolen my heart. When they project a drier and more pungent sour character, they are among the best of all beer of the sour family. But its the cherry, kettle caramelization and barrel that work in tandem with the resident microflora to give these beers such distinctive charm.

Tantalizing sourness tethers through a more robust taste and balancing sweetness to place the nose and early palate completely under its spell. Its candied cherry upstart is wrapped in a blanket of caramelized sugars, cellar-like must and berry wine.

But its the wild display that blossoms across the middle that really takes back the senses with oddly compelling tastes that boarder on cider and oak, tobacco and leather, merlot and balsamic, brine and copper... the complex descriptors seem to go forever; playing out on a semi-sweet but intensely acidic palate.

Its tangy wine finish, carries an inherent honey balance that seems of confectioner's delight, yet pierced by its earthen variety for an effortless close with lingering vinous, lightly powdered astringency and surprisingly refreshing vinegar dryness.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a clear, dark, crimson hue. Head is a thin, unfinished, off white clump of froth. Not much lacing but it almost seems to leave legs along the glass.

S-Tart cherry with an underlying fruity sweetness. Oaky as well. Some caramel sweetness, too. Some vinegar. A bit of apple juice.

T-Flavor starts off with a moderately intense tartness that fades into a sweeter cherry flavor. Oak comes in after the tartness, too. Some brown sugar and a mushy, overripe fruit medley.

M-Medium bodied. Finishes surprisingly a bit dry. Fairly refreshing. Moderate carbonation.

O-I found this to be pretty tasty. Nice balance of sweet and sour. Nothing too overwhelming, which makes his beer a good go-to when your having a sour craving.

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Photo of IPAlpha
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is nice. Brownish red color. I like the smell a lot. Hard to describe. The taste is excellent. This is my first sour beer. Buying it I didn't know it was a sour beer. The initial taste is good. A cider lite oak taste. I like the aftertaste a lot. I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of EveningCordial
3.81/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Paincane
3.29/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of tomordonez
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
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?


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.

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Photo of T6PP
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of Apellonious
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of dank203
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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

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Photo of Furlinator
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of itsscience
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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).

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Photo of Act25
3.53/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.