Rodenbach Classic (Red) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.11/5 rDev +2.8%
11.2 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a dark red color with nice clarity. Typical of a sour, there isn't much head, a one finger eggshell color that fades quickly.
S: I love how the cherries intermingle with the oak qualities the aroma provides. Sourness is subtle, enough to create a delicate interplay between the other aromatic notes. Not explosive, just wonderful to inhale.
T: A bit of a letdown from the nose, which isn't really saying much. Immediately, cherry flavors combine with a balanced lactic tartness. I love how cherry forward this comes across without going overly sweet. The finish is mostly grainy malts and some diacetyl; however, after a few sips some of the cherry qualities bleed past the midtaste to drown out the buttery notes - exactly what I want in a Flemish red. Keep in mind this is about 3/10 sour, so those looking for an enamel beatdown won't find it here.
M: Light and crisp. A very light tannic quality appears in the aftertaste, but this isn't particularly dry. It's well carbonated and refreshing, and goes down quickly.
O: One thing that deserves to be mentioned is how inexpensive this bottle was - about $1.75 for a single 11.2 oz bottle. It's not the greatest sour ever, but as a refreshing thirst quencher, I'd take this over many standard fruit beers any day. It's cheap (for a sour), it's well made, and it's a panty dropper. Enough said!
01-15-2013 22:14:31 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.49/5 rDev +12.3%
Bought this from Chris Quinn of the Beer Temple. I went to his new store based in Chicago and was asking for recommended sours for newbies, and this was his pick for me.
A- Poured into a pint glass, and it seems like there is lots of carbonation and lots of foam. That foam recedes to about 2 fingers worth of head, where there was a great retention rate. Beautiful dark amber color with extremely small foam bubbles from the head, which were cappuccino colored.
S- Cherries dominate, with hints of raspberry as well. Very acidic smelling and sweet, which to me was a great combination.
T- Initial dark malty taste, with a tad amount of oak. Tastes of tart cherry are welcoming to my palate.
M- Moderate to high carbonation, with moderate weight which goes down surprisingly smooth. Ends with a tart dryness.
O- Wow. I was very skeptical about trying sours but this thing was just unbelievable. This was highly drinkable and very enjoyable, and I am excited for future sours if they're anything like this.
01-13-2013 21:57:15 | More by Efay
3.74/5 rDev -6.5%
Reddish-brown color - clear...1/2 inch beige head falls to a cap quickly - no lace.
Sour fruit (cherry?), wood, spice in the nose. Malty and clean with a nice amount of refreshing sour middle to the end. Not an overly long or complex finish to it - clean entry, light sour hit, and gone.
Medium weight and medium carbonation in the mouthfeel. This is enjoyable overall - has a nice nose and the sour adds a good profile to the flavor. Good.
01-12-2013 02:28:39 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.28/5 rDev +7%
Nice brown ruby color. Poured just one finger beige head with medium retention that left a thin ring.
Predominant aroma of grapes and hints of wood, caramel and condiments.
Taste is more bold with lots of flavors, oak, tons of grapes, and an elegant spiciness to it and a pleasant and mild sourness at a perfect level. Perfect balanced and with a refreshing feel even at room temperature.
Aftertaste is astringent with a residual red wine taste.
Medium body that is enlarged by an effervescent sensation.
Amazing Flanders Red Ale, just behind its older sister the Grand Cru. A beer that keeps growing through the tasting session, simply excellent.
01-05-2013 02:17:45 | More by FLima
4/5 rDev 0%
Served from a 750 Ml into a tulip
A- Hazy dark brown with a one finger of an off tan colored head.
S- Dark fruit. Molasses, sugar. A little sour. toffee. belgian yeast.
T- A slight sour tang at first. A pop of carbonation and intense dark fruit flavors. A lot of raisin. Fig and molasses. A lot of caramel and very sugary.
M- A nice thick and smooth body. Very drinkable and not too intense.
O- A solid beer. A lot of feel for the size. A great introduction to the style.
12-27-2012 23:50:25 | More by TwelveOunces
United Kingdom (England)
3.63/5 rDev -9.3%
A 250ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. Picked up from a Belgian supermarket back in May while on a trip over there. A Flemish red ale matured in oak vats - should be interesting.
Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep rusty red-brown hue with good carbonation. Yields a decent head of fine off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of fruity sweet 'n sour - notes of cherries, raspberries, red fruits, vinegar, malt, dried fruit, brown sugar, mild caramel, subtle funk, yeast and a hint of wood. A solventy whiff of alcohol lurks in the background. Complex and enticing.
Tastes of sweet 'n sour; fruity and acidic at the same time (not unlike wine). Notes of cherry, red fruits, vinegar, malt, dried fruit, caramel, brown sugar, wood and mild funk. Sour and tingly, but balanced by the sweetness. Lacks the depth of the aroma. A sharp, vinous finish, accompanied by a faint warming hint of booze. Mouthfeel is smooth, decidedly dry and very tingly. The carbonation combines with the acidity to deliver a pleasant sensation on the tongue. Body seems thin and a tad watery. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity sourness and malt vinegar.
An impressive brew - this is certainly one of the more idiosyncratic styles to come out of Belgium. It fascinates me how allowing a beer to become innoculated by a range of microorganisms and then aging it in wood produces such a complexity of character. The smell is just as you might expect, though the flavour seems thinner and less intricate than the aroma. The body is also somewhat watery and insubstantial. Good, but falls short of greatness (I suspect that the lack of bottle conditioning might have contributed to this). Nonetheless, a classic beer that is well worth trying; grab one if you have the chance.
12-27-2012 23:44:47 | More by jazzyjeff13
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.