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Rodenbach Classic (Red) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)

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Ratings: 1218
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.97%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies 5.0-5.2% ABV

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Stimack

New York

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am not sure why I have not tried this brew before since i really do like the Flander brews and the sour aspect of them. This brew poured to a color that has a red tone to a brown profile. had a nice light tan colored head that holds for a bit. The aroma shows of its tart/sour side from the get go with a nice fruit mix. I know that this is a blend of brew that was in Oak but I am not sure if I am or am not picking up the oak notes. While I like the aroma, to me it seems to be more one dimensional than I would like. The flavor of course highlights the fruit and sour profile but to me seems to be a little more harsh with a stronger acidic note than I would like to see. Again just like with the Aroma I am not picking up the properties that I would expect from a being aged (part of it) in oak. To me this is a solid brew, like this type of brew but in my book it is not in the same book as Mestreechs Aajit, Monks or Duchesse. I would get this brew again but would reach for these others before this one, just mu opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 13:57:51 | More by Stimack
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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle that was caged and corked, into a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle. About an inch of thin head that quickly disappeared. A small amount of carbonation. Color is a redish brown. Smells of malts and grapes. Sort of a sour grape like flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty watery. Does not have a very high drinkability to me. All and all I am glad I tried it, but would probably not reach for it again. Probably a brew a wine lover would enjoy more than me.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 14:22:51 | More by mtnbikerpa
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the 750 ml. bottle with no expiration or brewed date. Sampled on 1/11/11. The pour is a nice looking amber-brown with about an inch of silky but quickly fading head. Some ruby hues when held to the light. The aroma is a lot like vinegar which is a bit of a turnoff for me. I get a little hint of malts. The body is in the medium range with a fizzy carbonation. The taste is quitre sour and boozy.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 23:19:20 | More by puboflyons
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Doogermeister

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- maroon color with little to write home about.

S- classic sour beer smell.

T- taste is smooth but unremarkable. Modaerate sour and its perfect for beginners to the sour style of beer. Compared to the grand cru, or the vintage it's no where close. But the flavor profile is very similar just slightly dirtier than the previously recommended beers.

M- mouthfeel is also decent but nothing too crazy here. Enjoyable, drinkable, not too thick, not too thin with mild carbonation.

O- wonderful sour at a great price, great everyday sour as its affordable and easy to obtain. No seasonal, or limited run status here. 1/4 oak aged, 3/4 young beer. If you enjoy sour beers, vinegar, pickles, or anything tart give this one a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 04:46:25 | More by Doogermeister
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Andreji

Colombia

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at the heart of Brussel's while celebrating the victory of the french over the english in rugby (well, I didn't really celebrate. just stood on the sidelines.)

Pour is dark caramel, completely opaque with a medium cream dark tan head, lasting for a bit. The smell is fruity as the taste, in terms of rather 'frutti di bosco' sorta fruits (red stuff I guess), very pleasing combination within a very dense body.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 12:39:07 | More by Andreji
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umustdrink

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.45 oz. bottle

A - Mahogany brown color with a very reddish hue. Head fades quickly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S - Very funky and sour smelling, like vinegar, a little woody with sweet cherries and vanilla also detectable.

T - Mildly sour to start, then sweet with cherry flavors and still sour. Finish is slightly less sour, and still cherry flavored.

M - Thin to medium consistency with medium carbonation. A very faint acidic burn.

D - First Flanders Red I've tried, it's not bad I guess. Usually I find sour beers too sour but this one was okay. Probably wont have again though.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 19:26:02 | More by umustdrink
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Wasatch

Utah

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.45 oz. bottle

Pours a dark mahogany color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy head, tiny islands left behind. The nose is sour, tangy, cherry/raspberry, and some malts. The taste is sour/tangy, lots of cherry/raspberry, there's some funk going on in there. Medium body. Drinkable, not that impressed with this one, I've had way way way better Flanders in the past.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 20:39:09 | More by Wasatch
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illidurit

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the ol' Duvel tulip. Body is dark brown and is penetrable only by a strong light source. Head is 2 fingers tall and tan, leaving strings of lacing.

Aroma is fermenting grapes with some raspberry/cherry sweetness. Quite tart and vinegary.

Taste is actually less sour than I expected. It still has enough tartness to make the corners of the mouth twinge, but it's not as puckering as gueuze. Malty base with a bit of cherry cola. The vinous acetic character is still there from the aroma.

Mouthfeel is smooth and appropriately carbonated, but the finish is too sticky and unclean. Pretty drinkable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 00:59:29 | More by illidurit
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Dark mahogany colour, a bit like red wine with a brown tint, small tanned head which disappeared fast, clear from the top but thick from the side. Smelled malts and red wine. Tasted grape, was like a light sour red wine, notes of oak, yeasty sour finish. Mouthfull smooth with deceptive carbonation. Overall I'd say the more I get used to the sourness the better I like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 09:08:44 | More by jonb5
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Rudgers73

New York

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice homogeneous shade of mahogany. Decent 1/2 inch fizzy head that disperses into a very thin ring. This appears to be light and crisp with a very wine-like oak aroma. Beyond the sour tones up front you can smell a light sweetness in the background. Sour cherries, raisins, and grapes. The taste is tart up front with a flood of unripened cherries and a slight tweak of malt. It then drops off slightly into a very mild pure carbonated water taste. Very strange flavor profile. Not quite sure what to make of it yet. I'm relatively sure that this isn't my kind of thing. I have tried Duchesse De Bourgogne a while back not knowing that it was a Flanders Red Ale and I remember it having a more full flavor and more continuously rich flavor profile. This one sort of drops off in such an abrupt manor. Not enough alcohol for the oak aging to really do much for IMHO. Overall, I was glad I tried more than one of this style for relativity if nothing else. Quite an interesting style, maybe I'll try the Grand Cru in a couple of weeks to see if the extra alcohol brings something better to the table.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 23:37:51 | More by Rudgers73
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Offa

California

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer, rather light, zesty, and fruity, and more tart than sour.

Dark red, almost black, it has a small-medium pale tan head steadily shrinking to a lasting thick foamy ring and wisps, with hints of foamy briefly clinging to the sides.

The aroma is quite pungent, perfumy sweet-sour, turned fruit, somewhat vinegary with elements of old, rusty metal pipes and a compost pile, plus a strong character of old berries, especially raspberries. The aroma is to me just a touch off-putting although I have mixed feelings about it as I do most aspects of this beer.

The taste is a little different and lighter, mostly lightly tart with a slight sweetness and only very light sourness, but with strong fermentd fruit - mostly a very strong character of turned raspberries - along with some toasty, very faintly buttery grain/cracker that peeks through in the aftertaste along with a hint of woody paper. The feel is light, zesty, and a bit fizzy. It's distinctve and holds up well with definite character, fairly refreshing and interesting, and fairly easy to drink but a bit one-dimensional, not really my style, and not something I would readily choose.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 22:58:42 | More by Offa
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bringonthehops

California

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/8/2010:

-- tasted non-blind from a 750 mL bottle --

NOSE: sweet nose; oak; strawberry/raspberry aromas; balsamic vinaigrette; less complex than the Duchesse.

BODY: dark brown color; (forgot to note palate weight).

TASTE: sweet; sour; oaky; fruit leather; this is a blend of 75% young ale and 25% old ale, matured in oak casks. A bit more sweet than the Grand Cru bottling, and not quite as complex either.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:37:24 | More by bringonthehops
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from a shop in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured a deep mahogany colour. One finger of beige head and good carbonaiton. Spotty lace and no retention.

S - Tart, oak, some cherry-ish fruits. Good sweetness.

T - Sweet cherry candy. Quite sweet. A little tartness towards the end. Oak, dark fruit as well. Barny a bit. Lot's more sweetness than expected. Lacking balance of tart and oaky notes to balance sweetness.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body and dry, short finish.

O/D - Not bad. Lacks depth of better examples of the style but otherwise a good intro to the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 01:08:13 | More by tbeckett
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utopiajane

New York

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours what looks at first glance to be a murky brown. Rather non descript with a finger and a half of loose bubbles that popped like soap bubbles pretty quickly and left a ring. Soapy lace as it drinks. Nose is half hearted. There is a light twang of vinegar that dissipates quickly, plenty of wood and earth and some very light cherry. Funky and has a scent deep in the nose that that smells like "sour." That vinegar twang comes back only lightly as ti warms

Taste is also very light. It has a tartness but it's not terrific. It has cherry but it's too light and not deeply sweet. There is some acidity but it's not lively and it doesn't create tension with a bright acidity. The sour and funk give it a bit of depth and there is a light cracker taste from the malt. It becomes more interesting as it warms and drinks easily with nothing to frighten anyone who is shy of sour beers. As you drink it achieves a wine like sweetness in the middle that is quite nice. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light without a malt presence except as a blank canvas.

I was a little disappointed in this one but it's not a bad beer. It lacks complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 17:55:29 | More by utopiajane
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy deep chestnut with a medium beige head which laces well but should have stuck around for a while longer. Smells halfway between a wood fire and vinegar. Tastes like toasted apple cider vinegar. Smoky, oaky, and old, a little sharp, but not fresh. Feels slick for one second, then makes a 180 to sizzly. The sourness has a nice finish to it, but overall the flavor just doesn't do much for me. It does not have enough complexity or drinkability to make me really want it again. This may have been the old standard, but it has been far surpassed by now.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 01:19:33 | More by waughbrew
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, but there are some light brown highlights, and a hint of a red color. I dropped the sentiment in without hesitation or remorse. Lots of almond foam and crunchy lacing. Yes.

Attractive but slightly pale aroma, tart and fruity as the style requires. Rather oaky, slightly sweet. More please.

The flavor I find tends to show me its acidic side rather than the focus on a chewy sour experience. There cherry-like flavor is there, the puckering is there, but not as strong or complex as in the standard-bearers of the style.

Certain amount of viscosity on the tongue that punches up the mouthfeel a hair, it's rather thin in the mouth, with a lot of carbonation, which both detracts from the flavor but adds something interesting to the mouthfeel.

I'm not in love. I much prefer the Grand Cru or a Duchesse. Still a tasty beer but if I'm going out of the way for the style, I'll look for others first.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 01:31:51 | More by BretSikkink
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rodenbach has a red colour and a small head that fades quickly. It smells like berries but is a little sour. The taste is sour and a little fruity. The aftertaste is sour with a hint of honey. The texture is bubbly and pretty decent. Overall, pretty nice. Better than the last Flanders red that I had.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 02:29:19 | More by vandemonian
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AxesandAnchors

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:58:37 | More by AxesandAnchors
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Act25

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The other Rodenbach styles are rated 100. However, this one not much for me.

A: I poured it several times to study the head because it seemed the bottle had flat off despite a 12/17/14 date. On 2nd pour, aggressively into a tulip, a nice dense foamy tan head appeared. But it failed to last and atfer that it leaves some dotty lacing, and again feels thing and flat.
Murky, muddy, red-brown body.

Smell: I get cider, decaying wood, vinegar, and prunes. I dont get enough malt and fruit. I dont get enough complexity or strength, but it betters as it warms.

Taste: Follows the smell dominated by cider and fruit balsamic vinegar. Some oak, and hard underneath. Hint of vanilla? Got to let it warm, but it never rises above prune cider for me.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Low carbonation. Slightly sticky mouth feel, but not cloying.

Drinkability: A half portion might be ideal aperitif. Otherwise, I put this aside to drink a more approachable beer profile and finish it at a warmer temperature. Definitely want to split it with some one, or maybe even save it to cook with tomorrow.

I prefer beers that I want to finish now.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 01:34:02 | More by Act25
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Stubbies in Gaineville poured in Rodenbach tulip. Not what I was expecting after having their Vintage 2010. Really more of a quad, dubbel, or Belgian dark. Pours dark brownish res with a thin fluffy head on top. Aroma of plums and cherry, with verry littke sourness. Flavor follows, with some additional strong malt flavor and a bit of molasses, black cherry and a hint of funk. A very good and flavorful beer but not on style here. Medium to heavy slick mouthfeel, soft and smooth on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 13:52:44 | More by BMMillsy
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pinotboy007

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Rodenbach, purchased at Washington Street Purveyor, Lexington, VA.

Splendid red mahogany appearance and soft, modest head that slowly fades; minimal lacing.

Smell/nose is captivating - earthy, soury cherry, garden mulch. In my opinion, unique. Soft mouthfeel, modest carbonation.

Taste: almost like it smells with a mellow sourness backed with dark cherry and a tinge of alcohol and sweetness. In a word, "complex." Don't drink this too cold or you'll lose out on its nuanced silkiness. Not a fan of Lambic/fruity-styled beers, but this I liked.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 13:54:33 | More by pinotboy007
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Bottle at the Peculier Pub (it was called Rodenbach Red on the menu, causing me to hope, in vain, that it was the Redbach but alas). Pours a dark red with no head. Aroma is tart and funky. Flavor of tart candies, very sweet. Pretty similar to the Grand Cru, maybe it's a little sweeter. Good beer though!
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 23:37:40 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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itsscience

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky brown with a finger of off-white head. The smell has sweet grapes, cherries, some wild yeast, and some vinegar, although the taste is not as sour as the nose suggests. A low level of sourness is met with a sweet red wine taste and a clean, effervescent, sparkling water finish. Carbonation is high and the body is light.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 03:24:23 | More by itsscience
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mithrascruor

California

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250 mL bottle poured into a chalice at O'Briens in San Diego.

Pours a nice red brown color. Bubly but very little head. Apple vinegar aroma, but not overwhelming and even a tad sweet. Very tingly but not too intense carbonation. Lightly sour taste with apples and cherries. One of the most drinkable sour ales I've tried. Not particularly exciting (it's missing the complexity and tart-ness of many of these beers), but still an enjoyable beer and probably a good introduction to this unusual (and, to some, shocking) style.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 03:27:52 | More by mithrascruor
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on draft at Monk's Cafe...
Appears a reddish brown with an ivory head and lots of retention. Tiny lacing speckles are left behind.
Smell is of the trademark Rodenbach funk yeast smelling almost like a fresh cut steak with some sour notes of vinegar and cherry mixed with a ton of sugar.
Taste is almost equal to the aroma, which truley defines this beer.
Mouthfeel is slightly watery with sweets and sours resounding.
I actually remember Rodenbach being a bit better the last go 'round in the States but maybe it's just me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2005 15:53:37 | More by weeare138
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,218 ratings.