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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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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 67
Gots: 95 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

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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4/5  rDev 0%

civicm87, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brownish amber with ruby edges; big cap of thick, soft, off white, brownish head that fades to a thin lacing

S - tart cherries, a bit sour, some lactic aromas

T - tart, fruity, a lactic creaminess, some caramel malt

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated, a bit dry

This is a decent beer. It has all of the hallmarks of what I expect a Flanders Red Ale to be. It's highly drinkable and refreshing while being a bit tart. I prefer the Grand Cru to this, but this is definitely worth checking out.

tdm168, Apr 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

sludgegnome, Apr 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25%

CraftBeerGuild, Apr 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Krakpoff, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not sure how this is supposed to taste. I have had others of this style and I've had others that had similar characteristics.

As soon as I opened it I knew I had something interesting. The wild yeasty sour taste was in the air. As you start to drink it that sour subsides quickly. Too quickly - it made me long for a good Flemish sour. This is kind of like that only milder.

Based on the way this is made (25% 2 years matured and 75% young) I think it is ready to drink immediately. This is a good example of beer/food as culture.

schoolboy, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

BAsbill, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

JMS1512, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

sharkdigital, Mar 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

jkermitj, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Lare453, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of mactrail
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

mactrail, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Cazlo, Mar 22, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -43.8%

DarkLordPsycho, Mar 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25%

Lanstrum, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of fdig23
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

fdig23, Mar 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Archemedies, Mar 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

enelson, Mar 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

avschmitt, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

mustelid, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

szmnnl99, Mar 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

AJ01923, Mar 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25%

improvmasta, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

gshackles, Mar 10, 2013
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.