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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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89
very good

1,562 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 68
Gots: 141 | FT: 1
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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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single for just $3.75. One of the more affordable sours so I approached it. Best before 3/20/14 but I guess you can age these for years.

A - Quite a dark ruby brown, clear with a solid 1/2 of tan colored head that sticks around forever.
S - Wow apple cider vinegar from the bottle neck. In the glass I get cherry, oak, Brett, and man does this stuff smell sour!
T - I could see why some would think this is lackluster. The Sour factor is intense at first but quickly becomes balanced with sweeter malts. Balanced is a great word with some sips fresh apple cider and others sour cherry pits. Getting some bitter oak mid palate if I swish it around the mouth. Tasty.
M - Light to medium. Not as sour as I expected.

A very approachable if not most affordable Flanders red ale. I could see this impressing everyone from the most sophisticated of palate to a guy (like me) looking for an affordable sour beer on occasion. Try it!

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear and dark red-brown with some orange at the edges. Nice pearly off-white head with a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: The first thing that I thought of was raspberries, but this was quickly overwhelmed by cherry (mainly) and apple. Some spices and oak, and a hint of funk.

Taste: Sour cherries, grapes, apples, and a little bit of pear at the start. This is followed by a more standard middle that was plain malt sweetness, and finished with some tartness and oak on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light, with medium-low carbonation. No real astringency detected, but the sourness leaves a light "mouth-pucker" factor that lingers.

Overall: Not too bad, but I was expecting better. The aroma was very good, although it lost the zing that the initial pour provided very quickly. The initial and finish of the taste was very nice, but let down by the flabby and bland middle. Overall, I quite enjoyed this beer, and would definitely have another without hesitation. Quite and easy-drinking sour, what it lacks in complexity it makes up in approachability.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jaasen64
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of barczar
4.12/5  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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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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