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

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Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)

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1,510 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,510
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 68
Gots: 108 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies 5.0-5.2% ABV

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-04-2002)
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4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

25cl bottle from I believe 1984. Has a paper label over a painted label with a drink by date of what looks like November 1985 (definitely sometime in the mid 80s). Bottle is in good condition and was supposedly stored in a wine cellar since it's purchase from the brewery in the 80s. Cap definitely shows it's age a bit with a tiny bit of rust present. This bottle is way before Palm took over the brewery.

A- Cap comes off with a very slight hiss (impressive considering it's almost 30 years old), poured somewhat aggressively to get out the head. Pours a dark purplish red with a very bubbly just over a finger's worth of head that has decent retention but slowly fizzles down to a bubbly top. For it's age this still has very good carbonation. Not much in terms of lacing.

S- Right after pouring there was an awesome aroma very fragrant aroma of tart cherries, a little bit of vinegar, and perfectly balanced malts. The aroma however died pretty fast, I'd say about a minute after being opened. I assume this is due to it's age. After letting it sit there is still a faint presence of tart cherries and malts however it is very subdued and a hint of oxidation comes through.

T- Faint presence of cherries that have a little bit of tartness, some slight vinegar, definite presence of slight oxidation with tastes of wet cardboard, finishes slightly watery with a bit more oxidation coming through. Overall this wasn't bad considering it's age, there was definitely some oxidation coming through but overall it didn't detract from the beer too much. The original flavors were definitely still there but fairly subdued.

M- A bit on the thin side, slightly watery but very drinkable, carbonation fairly low but not surprising due to the age.

O- This beer held up a lot better then I thought it would for being a ~30 year old bottle. The aroma when I first cracked the bottle was actually one of the best aromas I've experienced in a beer with the perfect balance of tart cherries, vinegar, and malts. It's a shame it couldn't have lasted a little bit longer. Overall the bottle definitely showed it's age put was without a doubt a pleasure to drink.

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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with ruby highlights and a frothy tan head that lingers as a thick layer of foam around the edges.

Molasses, vinegar, tart cherries, and vinous notes form the initial aroma. Subtle undertones of raisins and plums add complexity. There's substantial sweet malt character to balance the lactic and acetic acid.

Vinegar dominates the initial flavor, giving way to fairly sweet, toasted malt. The finish is slightly dry. Notes of brown sugar are evident. Further sips allow the tart character to unfold. Tart cherries, wine-like notes, and raspberries emerge.

Body is fairly light, with moderate carbonation and a sharp acidic bite.

Very nice sour beer. Fairly complex, easily drinkable. There's enough sweetness and malt character to not allow the sourness to overwhelm.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a sixer of this classic beer for a scant $11 USD at a beer store near my work. "75% Young Ale, 25% Ale matured for two years." 5.2% ABV confirmed. "Aged in oak bats." Love the label art and presentation; even the branding on the cap is attractive. Best before 07/25/2014. Self identifies as a "Flemish Red-Brown"; reviewed as such. 330ml brown glass bottle with branded pry-off cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've had this before and really liked it.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a lovely healthy khaki colour head of two finger width. Attractive soft smooth complexion. Excellent creaminess for the style. Good thickness. Fluffy. Supple. Little lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is superb - about 9-10+ minutes.

Body colour is a murky dark glowing ruby-brown. Quasitranslucent but nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's a spot-on appearance for the style. I mean, this is an off-shoot of the father of the style anyway; you have to qualify taking issue with it.

Sm: Lovely tart fruit; raspberries, cherries. Heavy cherry pie crust; I love that. Toasty and acetic. Acidicity is palpable. Biscuit malt. As subtle oak as is possible in a beer; wow. Some appleskin. Very timid yet somehow still evocative sourness. As approachable a sour as you'll find. Overall, it's a subtle enchanting aroma of mild to moderate strength. Gains depth as it warms. I can't wait to try it.

T: Cherry pie crust and tart cherry. Love the acetic character. Biscuit malt, brown malts. Extremely subtle oak. Sourness is subtle, beautifully integrated, and very approachable. This would be an excellent beer to give newcomers to sours. Excellent balance, but it does lack the complexity of better beers in the style (especially better beers from this brewery). It's got a nice sweetness that might turn some off, but to my tastes it just adds balance. And I imagine it would improve with age to boot. Caramalts. Not getting any yeast or hop character, nor does any alcohol come through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Perfect presence on the palate. Teasing. Near ideal carbonation. Soft yet assertive. Refreshing. Good body. Complements the flavour profile wonderfully. Excellent execution. Feels custom-tailored to the flavours. I'm impressed. Constructively, it lacks the delicacy and fragility a perfect beer in the style would possess.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for a sour. Hides its ABV well. I could easily kill a 6 pack of this in a session; in fact I have before. I smuggle bottles of this into movies. A definite classic every beer fanatic owes it to him/herself to sample. That said, there is room for complexity and I'm sure this drank better prior to the Palm buyout. A treat from Rodenbach.

Lowish B+

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,510 ratings.