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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: 1,401
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 64
Gots: 89 | 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%

BKBassist, Jan 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Brew33, Jan 22, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +0.2%

I picked up a bottle of Rodenbach's Rodenbach Classic last month for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. Flanders Red Ale is one style I have never had before, I've been making an effort to check out some new styles of this beer, so I decided to take a chance on this one, so let see how it goes. Best before 3-20-2014. Poured from a brown 330ml bottle into a tulip.

A- The label is ok, it's pretty simple but it had a clean look to it. It poured a nice brown/dark red color that took on a nice and dark ruby color when held to the light with a fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually disappeared and left hardly any lacing behind. This was an ok looking beer, the color was pretty nice but the head and lacing were lacking a little.

S- The aroma starts off with loads of tart and sour smelling fruit, there's some cherry's, plums, and some raspberry's along with a higher amount of sweetness. Next comes a little bit of oak and a slight funky aroma. This beer had a good aroma is was very fruity with some nice sour and funky notes to it, I like it.

T- The taste doesn't seem to be too similar to the aroma, it starts off with some malts and a light amount of medium tartness followed by some of the fruits that I got in the aroma, they aren't nearly as intense as they were in the aroma and the cherry's seem to stick out the most. On the finish i get a slight bit of Belgian yeast followed by a slight oak flavor and hardly any bitterness just some lingering tartness that is slightly sour. There's also a high amount of sweetness with a sweet, cherry, and tart aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, I wish the fruits showed up a little more but other than that it was pretty enjoyable.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, slightly puckering, medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and from what I can tell it's a good example of the style, but this is my first of the style, so I don't have much experience with this style at all but it seems to be close to the description BA provides for the style. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth, and the flavors kept me interested, but the high amount of sweetness would prevent from having another, one of these small bottles is the perfect amount. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma it was pretty nice with lots of tart fruit aromas. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, a little more head and lacing would make this beer look pretty good. I would buy this again when in the mood for a nice and tart beer, it's not too expensive, especially for a beer from Belgium, I recommend this to anyone who want something with a little bit of tartness to it. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, it had just the right amount of tartness to it, and the cherry aspect was pretty nice. This beer made for a good first impression for this brewery and it has made me want to try more of the style, good job guys, this is a pretty tasty and unique brew.

StoutHunter, Jan 19, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +10.3%

This is such a beautiful, drinkable beer. I was so happy to have this on draught.
We had two glasses at Moan and Dove in Amherst Mass.

Its a dark maroon, ruby color, poured into a tulip glass.

The smell is a pleasant tartness smell, maybe some cherry. The oak is faint.

And the taste, the wonderful taste. Its a great blend of sourness and tartness. A little bit of fruitiness, as well as malt. And the oak again is in the background.

A local package store has Rodenbach in 6-packs, and I want to GO BUY IT NOW!

davewlfpckfan29, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

djaeon, Jan 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Stockfan42, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

oldedog, Jan 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25%

akttr, Jan 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Josiah2729, Jan 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

dickieb, Jan 16, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +16.3%

A: poured from a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass, red brown colored almost like cherry cola with a short red tan head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: sweet and sour fruit aroma, sour cherries, plums

T: very sour up front with complex flavors of malt, fruit, and yeast, slight bitter hop flavor in middle combined with a sweetness from the malt, followed by a sour finish, cherry, oak, tart apple

M: feel is silky smooth with just a bit of carbonation, good lingering sour aftertaste

O: if you are in to Belgian sours you will like this beer, sweet and sour elements are well balanced

M_C_Hampton, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

uturn, Jan 16, 2013
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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!

ThisWangsChung, Jan 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

JohnK17, Jan 14, 2013
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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.

Efay, Jan 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

AlexFields, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Spiderpig, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Lakemonster, Jan 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

MikeCactusGordon, Jan 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Embaze, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

lookrider, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Auror, Jan 09, 2013
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,401 ratings.