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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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1,524 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,524
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 69
Gots: 118 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Consumed at the sour tasting that I organized with friends. Split with many people. Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a rather brownish color, rather than red - I can't really fault it too much, however, as it is a relatively young ale and hasn't gone through the elaborate process that its vintage or Grand Cru offerings have. As a result, the sediment from the barrel isn't as refined or faded. There's a good amount of carbonation overall, bringing up about 2 fingers worth of frothy head. Not much lacing, or too much of an eye candy or wine-looking color that Flanders reds usually deliver. Very rustic and raw looking, but pretty wholly unremarkable overall.

Smells rather light, which completely through me off - not much of an oaky, funky, or acetic acid tone to this in any way you'd immediately assume. I thought Monk's Café was already light in certain respects, but this really does a disservice to the potential that this style is capable of providing. Now, rather than complain, I will say that it contains very nice, pungent earthy flavors, particularly of dried raisins, prunes, and ripe cherries. Some spice and must from the barrels as well, often seeming nutty and sweetened. However, it feels, already at this point, incomplete in certain respects, and knowing what Rodenbach is capable of, it's hard not to be somewhat disappointed.

Tastes about as even as it does - earthy, not too acidic, slightly tannic, and filled with dried fruits and nuts without too much complexity. Right at the front of the tongue you get notes of raisins, prunes, walnuts, and light cherries, and then you get a little bit of barrel spice resembling herbs of sorts, as well as cinnamon. Not too overpowering beyond that... Manages to be pretty subtle overall, with only a little bit of tart flavors at the finish, no doubt from the older batch that this was blended with. Carbonation is wholly decent, but the overly grainy, woody tannic mouthfeel gets a bit distracting in the long run without the complex, multifaceted flavor that this style tends to provide. It definitely is refreshing and flavorful in its own special way, but it's a little too simplified for what it is.

I was surprised to find myself not enjoy this as much as I wanted - I'm relatively familiar with Rodenbach's vintage releases, so I felt this would be simple and refreshing in its own realm. Nevertheless, it's a little too underwhelming overall for what it is, and lacks complexity and unique flavors that I love in the style, as well as in Rodenbach's capabilities. Not bad for a toned down Flanders red, but not something, given the price tag ($10) that I'd revisit any time soon.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 6/9/13

A hazed brownish maroon, enough clarity to see streams of bubbles floating up the side that feed a thumbs width of tan foam that leaves a single ring of lace

S raspberries, cherry, strawberry jam, brown sugar, faint wood and earthy notes, ju jubes, and hard grape candy, slightly sour with faint vinous notes

T just a hint of vinegar on top of what I smell, more sour notes then the nose but far from turning your mouth inside out, has a nice sweet and sour balance

M light bodied, a little sticky on the lips, almost creamy from the bubbles, earthy fruit lingers on the finish

O well rounded and very easy to drink, I know its odd having the highest score in the overall but I felt this one needed a boost

well priced and something I could session, a nice beginner Flanders and I can see this making a great gateway brew

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. A quiet little world-beater of a brewer arrives in our fair province, and to little to no fanfare. Sigh. The stylized 'R' on the cap and label sure looks like it was ripped off by a certain 'craft' brew line of Canada's largest and most storied corporate beer maker.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, somewhat foamy, and rather creamy ecru head, which leaves a few instances of island atoll lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of sour black cherries, a middling crackery caramel malt, a soft grainy woodiness, some mild funk, and a further apple cider fruitiness. The taste is a mite bit sweeter - the cherries rounding out, and joined by some raspberry and strawberry fruitiness, at that - the funk keeping it tight, the oak shedding the wood in favour of a vanilla pod earthiness, and the sideshow apples gaining a commensurate uptick in their sugar quotient.

The carbonation is nice and light and fluffy, the body a decent medium weight, and rather smooth for all the funk and acid (we be clubbin' now!) inherent in this offering. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness staying more sweet than sour, while the musty funk and wood start to take it easy.

A lovely, balanced Flanders Red ale - sour, yes, but sweet, fruity, and nicely tempered by the musty, woody factor. Enjoyably quenching - not something I thought I'd reason about a sour ale, but there it is.

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,524 ratings.