Rodenbach Classic (Red) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.01/5 rDev +0.2%
The color is that distinctive red-amber in the narrow Saxo tulip. A pile of foam, coarse bubbles, and lots of lacing. Aroma is woody, nutty, fruity. A touch of sweetness on the lips and a pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. And at 5.2%, a great quaff! The slight acidity is more like ripe cherries. It's actually less sharp than most IPAs. No hint of hops, apparently. Warm malt and that unique fruity mix.
Why are so many sours so vinegary? What's so wrong about the modest malty sweetness in this stuff? The Rodenbach mix of older and younger beers is so much more drinkable. Anyone curious about the sour styles of the Belgian tradition should try a couple of these.
From the 12 oz bottle in a six-pack bought at Liticker's Liquor & Deli in San Diego for a quite reasonable price. Interesting to discover this brewery is now owned by Palm of Belgium, which makes some hack beers of no distinction at all.
03-24-2013 05:15:48 | More by mactrail
4.01/5 rDev +0.2%
From a 12oz bottle.
Appearance: deep, deep ruby red with a small white head.
Nose: Really can't get much off the nose. A bit of sour cherries and some bready malts.
Taste: Bright, fresh sour black cherry tartness up front followed by nice sweet caramel-y malts. It's very simple and very easy-drinking. This would make a great easy-drinker on a colder night.
Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, just enough body to give it some substance without being overbearing.
Overall: A nicely tart very cherry forward easier drinking Flemish red. Nothing like the super complex and sour ones with more old beer in the blend. The young beer gives it a nice a malty base while the small percentage of old beer in there provides just enough funk and sourness.
03-21-2013 20:54:52 | More by fdig23
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
Best Before: 10.23.2013
Pours a very dark mahogany color with only a small, fleeting bubbly head. Deep, acidic aromas of vinegar, black cherry, berries, red wine, and wood alongside a nice, rich creaminess and a touch of vanilla. Tart, fruity flavor with some oak, and a balancing malt sweetness. Medium bodied, acidic, and crisp. Very drinkable and refreshing.
03-03-2013 23:37:55 | More by wedge
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,385 ratings.