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

Not Rated.
Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)

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1,528 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,528
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 69
Gots: 123 | 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: 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.

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3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
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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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,528 ratings.