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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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1,375 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,375
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 62
Gots: 85 | 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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4.28/5  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
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

01-03-2013 03:22:38 | More by lafunguspore
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

12-29-2012 22:19:50 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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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
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-27-2012 05:44:41 | More by arash1000
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

12-26-2012 22:04:11 | More by BlueFeetAndBeer
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4/5  rDev 0%

12-26-2012 06:51:36 | More by sloelco
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

12-25-2012 20:06:08 | More by TimRoss41
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

12-25-2012 02:59:47 | More by thegerm87
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

12-24-2012 06:28:31 | More by NickThePyro
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-22-2012 17:53:08 | More by Lukass
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

12-21-2012 03:50:29 | More by Chou
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3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

A: Very little head, maybe a half a fingers worth (dissipated almost immediately). Very murky looking. More of a brow with a red hue, than a typical red. Lets hope this tastes better than it looks.

S: Smells slightly skunky...this is starting to worry me. Raspberries, cherries, a touch of wood, apple cider, plum, zest, candy sugar, a bit tart.

T: Nice first wave of a mellow tartness. Definitely a raspberry/cherry mix. Hey, with a bit of malt. A really faint oak flavor in the background. The funkiness that was in the nose is much better in the taste.

M: Smooth and dry on the tongue. Just the right amount of carbonation.

O: I was a little worried in the beginning, but where this beer lacks in first impressions it more than makes up for in the end. Not all that complex but it is a solid brew none the less.

12-21-2012 02:58:37 | More by AxesandAnchors
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4/5  rDev 0%

12-20-2012 23:52:06 | More by Ogre
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

12-15-2012 21:30:49 | More by EdelweissDad
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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%

750 split between 2 people. Served in a Tripel Karmaliet tulip

A - Pours a murky brown with a creamy tan head. Lacing is speckled.

S - Old fruit, pears, apples, currants, old barn funk, dusty yeast, very malty, caramel, burnt sugar, earthy minerals, acetic lemon, dank wet wood.

T - Malty upfront with various fruits layered in. Pears, apples, lemons. Old and funky. It has an overall green apple skin tartness. Loads of yeast present with faint banana note on the finish.

M - Medium body, thick luscious feel, dry.

Complex malts, somehow it's sugary without being sweet. Subtle tartness with more funk than I was expecting. This is a solid Flanders that focuses on malt and fruit more the tartness/sourness.

12-15-2012 01:40:37 | More by StaveHooks
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4/5  rDev 0%

12-14-2012 02:50:20 | More by benj1123
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

12-13-2012 20:12:32 | More by nickfran
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

12-10-2012 23:32:42 | More by Peyton5410
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4/5  rDev 0%

12-09-2012 19:49:30 | More by sendbeer
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

12-07-2012 04:31:46 | More by jmich24
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4/5  rDev 0%

11-29-2012 18:01:19 | More by heybrewtiful
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

11-29-2012 01:54:51 | More by FlyingKelly
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.