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

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Ratings: 1,606
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 70
Gots: 154 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-04-2002

ABV varies 5.0-5.2% ABV
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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of jdoolin
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: on tap at the Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh, poured into the proper Rodenbach glass.

Appearance: Dark brownish red with a fluffy light tan head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Incredible. Ripe cherries, light caramel and the aceting sourness combine to create a wonderful aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Tartness hits first, but it's not at all overbearing. Cherries, grapes and other fruits come along with a caramel like sweetness balancing the tartness. Finishes with a smooth malt flavor and bit more cherries. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. Very tasty.

I wouldn't want to have too many of these in one sitting, but it's still above average drinkability.

Notes: After being disappointed with a bad bottle of Grand Cru (tasted like carbonated vinegar), I was ever so pleased with this beer. Wonderful flavors with a great level of tartness. I will get this beer again without a doubt.

Photo of dacrza1
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dense purplish brown body with a pencil-thin white head; intimidating yet beguiling... SOUR--but not sour patch--fresh and flowery... intense... light-bodied but the presence is apparent; clean (no tracing on the glass is proof), so much that the mouth could forget the experience seconds after... WOW: a tartness early, with sugary sweetness throughout--and yet a mellow, fizzy finish! The beer's as fun as it gets, pleasantly poppy and refreshing, especially on a humid evening such as this...

Photo of phantomwyse
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Vivid mahogany red with soft garnet highlights. Thin, off-white, ring of carbonation forms, no head in the classic sense.

S: Sour cherries, grape, plum with an over sweet candy backlash.

T: Half tart fruits--cherry, plum with grape seltzer in the middle. Funky candy, tainted fun dip, rubberized bubble gum, and at the end a return to fruits, a chewy apple.

M: Diet soda.

D: If you're down with the taste, it slips down well. Red wine drinkers should appreciate these beers.

Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish-brown color with one-finger head. Aroma is nice and sour upfront with fruitiness showing through that's reminiscent of sour apple in some ways. Taste is somewhat sour upfront and fades with a mild pucker towards the back of the throat. Again, it reminds me of sour apple in some ways. Not too sour either. I've never really had many sour ales but I would say that this one is a good introduction to the style it claims to represent. Very drinkable too!

Photo of GJ40
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from a 750 ml bottle in a chalice.

A - Deep brown color with a reddish tint. Small to moderate head.

S - Sour aroma with a hint of cherries.

T - Very complex flavor with an sourness that increases as it passes your tongue and lingers for several seconds.

M - Thin to moderate mouthfeel.

D - I'm not sure this is for everyone but I can drink glass after glass of this one. I find I take my time and savor the taste with this even more than other beers. And at 5.1%, it's doesn't hit you hard.

I enjoy the Rodenbach Grand Cru much more but this is still one of my favorites.

Photo of sommersb
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 06-17-2012
Freshness: Best by 08-22-12
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle
Glassware: Cervoise glass
Purchased: Single from Whole Foods, Nashville

Appearance is a dark and clear reddish-brown color, with ruby highlights. The head is a light tan color, 2 fingers high, with good retention and an attractive lace.

Smells are very complex -- red wine, wood and tannins, sweet but also with a sour aspect. You don't usually get such wonderful aromas in a lower alcohol beer like this one.

The taste is equally complex, showing tart fruit flavors (like cherry), wine-like dryness, oak, and is balanced between being both sweet and sour. It's hard to describe all of the flavors going on.

Mouthfeel has a low to average amount of carbonation and a medium body. The finish is fruity and tart, with some sour notes as well.

Overall, this is a very different and enjoyable beer. My first Flanders Red and I'm very impressed with the depth of aroma and flavors they get in a relatively small 5.2% ABV beer. Well done!

Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750mL bottle. There's a slight haze to the deep red/brown colour of this beer. A skim of fine beige bubbles and collar of rocky ones appeared after the pour and clung to the glass in spotty clumps during each sip. Earthy and tart aroma. Notes of tobacco leaf and wood, strawberries, mild acetic acid, sour cherries, and cotton candy. Same traits in the flavour, very well balanced. It finished with berry sweetness and acetic tartness with a dash of musty wood at the end. Medium bodied with smooth, airy carbonation and a lightly astringent dryness. Very easy to drink, even with the tartness present. A solid beer all around.

Photo of goblet
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 250 ml bottle into a glass . i`ve had this beer a few times now so it`s time for a review.

appearance:it`s dark not transparent at all, a deep reddish brown hue with a thin tan foam head that reduces leave a coating. i can`t see any carbonation ,or lace.

smell: dry sour fruits like grapes and cherries,the aroma is alluring i get some malt but not much else.

taste:this is more on the sour grape side with a hint of cherries.the sour flavor is not as strong as the scent,it`s smooth like grape juice.

mouthfeel:of course besides the sour grape feel on the palate its got a slight bitterness and sweet cherry,sugar after taste .

drinkability:i like this beer ,its tasty and smooth the smell is bigger then the bite but don`t be turn of from this brew try it for yourself .

Photo of bs870621345
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby color with an off white head. A small amount of head rises from the beer and leaving minimal and spotty lacing.

Smells like wine, with a light oak characteristic. Slight funk is mixed in there.

Taste is tart and fruity up front, with a fruity middle, and a sourness on the end. Extremely wine like on the end.

Not so great on carbonation, very under-carbonated and leaves a film in the mouth.

Drinkability is great...very inviting but not the best beer I've ever had.

Photo of JoeBCBC
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my first of the style that I've tried.

I love the aroma of sour cherries and malt sweetness. You can taste the base brown ale and almost seperate it form the sourness. After Trying numerous other sour beers, I can always come back to this one. Great for a refreshing experience in hot weather or for something special over dinner.

Photo of icemonkey908
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a new style for me, so the flavor profile was a little unexpected, but it was definitely a good surprise. The appearance is a very dark red brownish color and there was very little head with a gentle pour from the bottle. A very good looking beer. The beer smells fruity with hints of apples and grapes. The apple and grape smells follows in the taste which is fruity with the hint of sour for which this style is named. The sour flavor is present although not overpowering or unpleasant in any way. This lends well to the drinkability. I could have a few of these.

Photo of vacax
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A: Rich reddish brown. Not a large head but a gorgeous light tan one that sparkles along the sides of the glass. Beautiful in a glass.

S: Sour red berries mixed with a robust musty oakiness to them.

T: Tart fruitiness throughout, reminiscent of red wine and berries. Tart but not exactly sour accompanied with a feint background of musty oak. This would be a great starter sour, as it has a delicious flavor but is 75% fresh ale so the sour or funk is kept to low but definitely detectable levels. No sense of vinegar that some might be prone to taste in the Grand Cru. Not the most thrilling Flemish Red, but an exemplary brew with no obvious flaws.

M: Light to medium body with airy and fine carbonation.

D: Exceptional here. Everything that is good about a Flemish Red, but nothing in excess that might turn you off or lead to palate fatigue. A sour fan can easily drink this 750 mL bottle. The only problem is this is the only time I have ever seen it on shelves. About $1 less than the Grand Cru, but I never see either of these on the shelves. I recommend buying any Rodenbach bottles you see in the wild.

This is an excellent beer and benchmark to the style. There are other more sour/funky versions, but this is just a classic ale.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Deep, clear, reddish copper. A head tries to form upon pouring but leaves only a thin collar with a hint of lacing.

S - A piquant cabernet comes to mind immediately. The vinous, slightly sour and mineral-like aroma make this smell nothing like a beer. An interesting sweet smell pulls through as well.

T - There's a lot going on here, mostly because I'm very unfamiliar with these tastes. Big lemony sourness is most prevalent. Like the nose, this brew tastes like a sharp red wine. A caramel-like sweetness tries to break through and helps balance the sourness, until the finish where an intense but brief burst of sourness shines through along with an earthy bitterness. There is an interesting undertone of phenols as well. At times this beer almost tasted like a Merlot with a healthy dose of lemon juice.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Would be interested to taste this with a lower level of carbonation as to allow more of the fruity aspects to pull through.

D - For such a "different" taste and noticable sourness, its still quite drinkable. Low ABV and crispness make for an easy drinking beer.

This is my first Flanders Sour, and it's quite good. Very different, but not unapproachable. Would love to find more of this stuff.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle from half time pours are dark amber color, small off white head with fair retention reducing to a light lacing cap. scent is tart with cherry and plum. taste is a surge of sour and sweet dancing on the tounge. sweet prevails over the mighty sour army. dark fruits say hello. mouth is light to medium with nice belgiany mouth. alchohol is hidden. more please.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Grimbergen 0.33l goblet.

Appearance- Very murky/cloudy copper with no head and no lacing around rim.

Smell- Beautiful cherry/raspberry smells. Some oak and a little alcohol. A little yeast and malt as well.

Taste- Same fruit as above. Sourness at the sides of the tongue. Oak. Floral flavors as well.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated. The sourness makes the mouth salivate a little. Flavor lingers around the mouth for 30 seconds or so.

Overall- Very good Flemish Red. Not too sour and not too sweet. Very refreshing.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA, this is the first time I have ever seen this for sale in CA, so I jumped at the chance to try it,

A: Pours a dark, maroon red, with a small white/off-white head.

S: Sour funk, though not as funky as a lambic, more of a lactic acidity, with some cherry and strawberry, and oak.

T: Taste is a fascinating blend of oak and fruit mixed with lactic acid. It can get a little to vinegary at times but overall, I was enthralled with its upfront sour character which evolved into a malty sweet berry flavour, definitely worth the wait.

M: Sour obviously, lactic, vineagry, acetic, but very refreshing.

D: I really dug this beer, would like to have it again, but it was $7 for about 8 oz. so it will have to be a rare treat.

Photo of Sammy
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A masterpiece, red and brown appearance, with the rich smell of a good wine and cherry. Sour cherry and sweet fruit simultaneously. A tad of other spice and is it the oak that brings this all together? A full mouth experience. Sure liked it a lot more than their Grand Cru. Just as good on-tap at Eulogy In May 2005.

Photo of Bierschenker
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour is brownish red with a lot of carbonation running through. The grey brown head is very firm. It is thick and creamy. It doesn’t disappear, but forms a nice cover.
The odour is very strong and unique. A wood like odour, barrel like. And an overpowering sour odour, finishing with rich hops.
Taste combines a subtle sourness with hops and a wood/nut taste.
Aftertaste is more bitter sour. Hop and malt linger in the mouth. Dry sticky feel in the back of the mouth.

This is a great beer, one of my favourite ones. Very strong taste and rich in aroma.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Photo of irishkyle21
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With the passing of M.J it is a sad day. But I have good books and good beers thanks to him. So I will do what he would do. Have a beer and wright about it ( although I am not nearly as gifted as he is).

Rodenbach pours with a foamy light brown head. Leaves behind some traces amounts of lacing as it fades away. Has a lovely deep red color.

The nose is flowing with a sour fruitiness a faint oakiness.

The taste is sweet, tarty and sour. With hints of fruits and spice. The finish lets me know I am drinking something good, it grabs hold and does not let go.

Photo of utfiero
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color- silty river brown. Full thick head.

Aroma- complex starting with a sharp lactic bite with hint of sour apple with earthy overtones.

Taste- A gentle giant of a brew. Starts with a hint of sour but sweet overall, gentle fruitiness in the middle (perhaps raisin?) finishing with a lingering oak, vanilla, and mild apple.

Tasted on 11-8-2013. This was a new bottle purchased locally. Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

Photo of BARFLYB
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An old staple of mine, one of the first Belgiums that opened up my palate. Found this in dirty jersey for $2.00 beans, sweet deal, but it is nearing the expiration date, let's see what some time has done to this.

Opens with a light red almost maroon look in color and a very thin topping of off white close to tan colored head with small spots of streaking on the glass.

Smells like that Rodenbach but this one is all about the wood and tart fruits. I don't get alot of Vinegar in the nose which Im thankful for, time may have played a factor here. Alot of granny smith apples with wood and some sweetness from the oak, a touch of vanilla. Vinious and pungent.

This is still a standout in the style and the pinnacle as far as im concerned. I think I like it better than the grand cru for the lower amount of sweetness and vinegar which kills it for me. Those are still there but under alot of fruit with apple and pear, wood and vanilla. This is more to my liking.

Feel is pretty much thin, it may have lost some luster since it's been sitting for so long, but I think time has done this alot of good. A great balance of tart and sweet in that order. Comes off as a tart vinious treat that does not resemble beer but we do know that this is indeed great beer. A nice rush of carb as well, this is certainly not dead.

I like the red aged before a fresh bottle, and I like the red before the grand cru. This is one I could have a field day with. Now if they would only un retire Redbach, than i'll be sitting pretty.

Photo of Phocion
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle dated best before 10/14/2015. Pours into a Lindemans flute a dark ruby color, reminiscent of cranberry juice. Barely off-white head with just the slightest tan hue. Head quickly drops into a thin crown, but that sticks around. Moderate but consistent lacing.

Aroma is very fruity and tart. Sour cherry and plum mostly, but a nice touch of candied sweet cherry as well. Passion fruit. Oak. A ton of fruit flavors going on, but little malt or hops. Slight spicy phenols.

Flavor is similar to the aroma in that it is a complex assortment of fruit. A tart red wine/cherry fruitiness blends well with caramelized sugar flavors, sweet cherries, and a touch of vanilla from the oak. Sweet up front with a tart finish, with just a little bit of spice thrown in at the very end.

Tart, refreshing, crisp mouthfeel. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation. No astringency and moderately sour, but acidic.

Rodenbach is a wonderful beer. I really love Flanders Reds, but I've only had a few in the past, so it's hard for me to evaluate this to style. Nonetheless, it is absolutely delicious.

Photo of biegaman
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle enjoyed in the wonderful ambiance of 'Los Romanticos' in Brussels. Crowded in both numbers and passion, I sipped this delightfully complex ale while watching the tango dancers, remarking with awe how every motion, every expression was so full of sensuality.

The bartender asked if I wanted it served with grenadine. "Blasphemy!" I yelled at him, slapping the bottle from his hand and spitting on his shoes... no, not really.

No actual head would shape up. Rather than assemble together, amassing what could be a bulk of pristine white foam, each bubble stood on its own, spreading a thin, dotted sea of air pockets. The body is a tawny with mahogany highlights. A deepened, fiery complexion - glowing blood red to the light.

The oak has imparted a nearly overwhelming character. On par are port like notes of cherry and sour grapes. Quite a pleasant bouquet. While it shares notes of figs, dates, and raisins this in no way mimics a quad or Belgian Strong dark. It is fruity and much closer resembles a fine port.

The mouthfeel has a level of sweetness usually only found in artificial treats; it almost feels sticky, like caramel candy. Quite a sensation. While it is incredibly sweet it is in no way cloying. It might remind one of a lambic, but hardly shares the makeup. The oak again is quite apparent and dries out the aftertaste. The yeast introduces such unique character, although it steers far from the sour character of their Grand Cru.

The taste is full of ripened cherries. The flavour captures the taste of ripe cherries so well, leaving strong, luscious fruity notes on the palate. The oak is there too, and certainly compliments the taste, adding depth and enhancing the flavours. Slightly vineous flavours (again, lush cherries and sour grapes). It brings esters to an extreme - what a yeast!

I could see how others may not like it, myself personally however, I found it to be quite a lovely treat. I was quite amazed with it actually; it has such unique character. And even more to its credit, I doubt the one bottle I had was enough to really understand this beer, to fully experience its character. I must revisit.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Murky reddish brown, very dark. Head is rather thin and off-white in color. Quickly fades to a thin ring around the glass.

S - Sweet and sour in the nose. Dark fruits, especially cherry and a little plum. A touch of oak and spice both come through as the beer warms. A little touch of balsamic vinegar as well.

T - Tart and acidic initially with a quick balancing sweetness. Lots of dark fruit and spices. Hints of vinegar. A clean earthiness lies underneath providing excellent balance throughout.

M/D - Smooth and on the drier side of things. Medium body with excellent carbonation levels. All of the flavors play off each other very well making this a very drinkable beer.

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 1,606 ratings.