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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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FLima

Brazil

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:17:45 | More by FLima
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 23:50:25 | More by TwelveOunces
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 23:44:47 | More by jazzyjeff13
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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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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 01:40:37 | More by StaveHooks
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 18:08:32 | More by Seanniek91
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KajII

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a dark cranberry red with an average (1-2 finger) light brown fizzy head that fully diminished in a short time, leaving behind virtually no lacing at all.

The aroma was quite compelling with some sweet malts and a tart Brett yeast, along with notes of dark fruit (black cherry, raspberry and cassis), candi sugar and a slight port wine presence.

The taste was bold and flavorful with a malty sweet tartness and a good fruity note along with some candi sugar to start, then became nice and yeasty with a strong sour port presence towards the end. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a fruity sour wine taste fading ever so slowly.

Mouthfeel was a about medium in body and dry in texture with an almost medium carbonation.

Overall this brew creates a fruity sour explosion on the taste buds, which I personally love. It has tons and tons of flavor, a fantastic drinkability and possesses a low ABV. Damn it's good...

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Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 16:59:11 | More by KajII
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mjtiernan

New York

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a flute. Best before 10.23.2013

A: Looks great. Reddish-brown body and two-fingers of tan head. Nice lacing on its way down.

S: Very acetic. Strong vinegar aroma. If I hadn’t had this beer already, I’d be in serious doubt at this point. Some dark fruit and woody notes as well.

T: Sweet and sour. The vinegar is there but it is cut by wonderful cherry, raspberry, plum, lemon, biscuit, some tartness a touch of spice...maybe clove and cinnamon? Almost forgot my favorite part...the slight oak flavors.

M: Super easy to drink once you are accustomed to the style. Body is light-to-medium and carb is lively.

O: Complex, yet refreshing. The first time I had this beer a couple of years ago I thought it had turned bad. Now it’s a beer that I return to over and over.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 03:56:37 | More by mjtiernan
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Snifter Glass

Appearance - Clear Dark Crimson with a brownish 1 finger head which loses its volume fairly quickly. The clear crimson color that shines through when put up to light is very nice.

Smell - Apple Cider, Yeasts, Plums, Mild Floral Hops and Malts. Very sweet malty scent to this beer.

Taste - Wow, that's tart! Apple Cider, Oranges, Floral Hops, Oak, and Malts. Very Sweet and Grassy Taste that I would be inclined to call this a desert beer. Flavor really starts to shine after it warms up just a bit. Very good!

Mouthfeel - Body is fairly light and the carbonation is very subdued after the first couple of sips. It also is very crisp when you drink it, which totals helps when trying to drink this.

Overall - The sweetness and tart flavor will for sure surprise those who are not familiar with this style (Like myself) or turn them off completely. All of that aside, this is a good beer that I throughly enjoyed and I look forward to trying out more from Rodenbach in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 00:59:52 | More by NuclearDolphin
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky ruby brown, slight clarity, a light khaki head that laces nicely.

Earthy woods, faint vinegar, fainter tart qualities, not as pungent as I expected.

Acidic vinegar bits, subtle barnyard twang, apple cider, subtle paper notes.

Very drinkable. I wish this had a bit more funk as it's a tad papery for me. Still good stuff though.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 22:47:37 | More by yamar68
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aasher

Indiana

3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light bodied, chestnut brown with ruby highlights and a one finger, creamy off white head. The nose features light sweet cherry with light vinegar. The flavors are both sweet and tart. It features a touch of sweet cherry with an acetic tartness but also has this odd, lager yeast and pale malt characteristic that is both stale and really strange. It's too light and that lager aspect is really distracting. It drinks light with a decent amount of residual sugar but the flavors don't all come together very well. I wouldn't buy this one. It is well below Duchesse let alone their Grand Cru.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 02:30:39 | More by aasher
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heygeebee

Australia

3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 08/12 hmmm...only just

First of style that I can recall.

Pours a murky brown - light film, no head. Spotty lace.

Aromas of lemons, vinegar.

Taste is at once sour, and acidic. Sour cherries start to appear. Sherbert lemon aftertaste with a vinegar finish.

Lightly carbed, medium weight.

Jury out on this one for me overall

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 08:06:37 | More by heygeebee
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from the 2012 BC Trailer Tasting Camping Tour with Rutager.

A: 1/2" cream coloured head over mahagony liquid.

S: Yeast, funk, sweet malt and oak.

T: Yeast, sour funk, sweet malt, figs, cherries, pears and oak.

M: Thin viscosity and a medium to low level of carbonation.

O: Very refreshing and sweet, this beer goes down way too easy.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 21:03:58 | More by DaftCaskBC
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: '04-04-13' stamped on label (probably best by?)
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

For its price and availability, Rodenbach's Classic may just be the perfect Flanders Red ale. The signature tartness and fruit flavors are here, alongside a pleasing sweetness from the initial brown malt base. Solid overall, and very hard to go wrong with this ale.

Pours a 1.5cm head, light tan in color, with bubbles ranging from small to large in size (small on the bottom), giving a frothy look. Retention is above average, slowly fading to a thin cap of foam atop the body with thicker ring around the perimeter. Lacing is substantial, leaving many various shapes and splotches on the sides of the glass. Body is a brownish color with only slight traces of red; holding to light only brings out a lighter shade of brown. From the Flemish Reds that I've seen, they don't look any better than this.

Aroma of oak, cinnamon, mild tart cherries and raspberries, cherry syrup, and slight black pepper. Slightly cherry yogurt-like as beer warms. Not particularly tart or sour, but those components are still present enough to be noticeable.

Noticeably tart, yet still somewhat mild, a mixture of tart fruit and lacto and pedio-coccus sourness with a subdued brown malt base. Opens with well-balanced sweet-sour cherries and malt base. Mid-palate is of a tart brown malt base with enjoyable tart cherry and raspberry flavors. Back of palate finds increased tartness and cherry syrup flavors. Aftertaste is primarily sweet, slightly caramel-like with just a hint of cherry and raspberry flavors and associated tartness.

Beer is medium-bodied throughout, with a moderate carbonation that leads to a subtle foaming on the palate. The result is a slightly creamy, yet crisp and satisfying beer. Finish is very dry, as expected, with little stickiness on palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 02:50:10 | More by falloutsnow
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split with friends. I decided to do a side by side tasting and open this along with the grand cru and also the caractere rogue to analyze the differences in each. Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears an amber with ruby clarity through the middle. A tan finger of head forms atop and slowly fades leaving patchy lace sticking to the glass.

The smell includes mild notes of vinegar and dark fruits like cherry mixed almost with a kiss of something like dark belgian candy sugar. It gives a hint of sweetness to the nose like caramel/vanilla. More dark fruity apple and cherry quality emerge as the glass is swirled.

The taste includes some of the previously described caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar and vanilla. Tart cherry and soft hints of apple cidar vinegar. A very mild tartness brings out fruit that increases in focus as it warms. This is a pleasant integration of caramelized sugar, barrel presence and soft tartness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is very drinkable that is light and refreshing. It would be a very mild and approachable offering for someone who might have had anything similar to this style before. A classic, I couldnt help but think anout the endless array of foods this could be paired with. I'll be picking this up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 12:54:10 | More by stakem
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Bearski-Beerski


4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed: During this review.
Appearance: Bloody water with just enough visible carbonation.
Smell: Instant tart and sour cherry/strawberry leading to the unveiling of a harmonious nutty oak scent.
Taste: Almost identical to the way it smells. Tart + sour cherry/strawberry, followed by a mild oak after taste. Then, a light carbonation tingle.
Mouthfeel: Quite light in body(not my thing, but with this low enough of an ABV...it works). Rather silky as well, except for the slight tingle.
Overall: I found it hard not to rate this a perfect score. The only thing I thought would of made it a five could be a more full bodied mouth feel and maybe age it towards having a little more oak flavor(I'm over opinionated at best). Otherwise this brew was exceptional in general, but especially for the price.
Stay Fiscal My Friends!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 07:02:12 | More by Bearski-Beerski
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a deep clear ruby, topped with a ½ finger of fizzy off-white head. This retains with just a light foamy ring around the edges of the glass, leaving back a gentle smattering of lace. The aroma smells of cherry tartness with a vinegar edge to it and some light notes of earthy wood. Some light sugary sweetness hangs in the background a bit.

The taste is similar, with more tart cherries and a balancing sugary sweetness. Oak occupies the edges of the profile while this finish with a sour bite at the end that then leaves the finish on this dry, tannic and burnt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness on the tongue and then more of a creamier feel on top that helps keep those flavors moving. I’m digging the feel here, as its equal part lively and slick in the mouth.

This was good, packing in some good cherry flavor but then also having a nice acidic bite to it. The body on this really did a solid job of keeping those flavors accessible as well. This is well worth picking up. It’s very drinkable for what’s involved.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 16:13:59 | More by Kegatron
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stewart124

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 bottle

Poured into a Pint glass.

Amber on color with little head.

Some cherry in the nose along with a slight vinegar note.
Not quite as sour than I expected. Very drinkable though. More cherry along with a slight malty note. All this is overtaken by the tart profile. Very nice balance in the sense that nothing is overpowering.

Nice carbonation level and again a very drinkable Flanders red

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 21:00:05 | More by stewart124
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a fairly translucent amber color. It's dark, but there's evident clarity to the body. It looks like whiskey, actually. Except, you know, with 1.25 fingers of eggshell colored head sitting on it.

Vinegar tartness is the dominant aroma here. It's sort of in-between Balsamic vinegar and, like, the malt vinegar packets from Long John Silver's or something. There's some cherry aroma as well. I pick up on a gingersnap cookie component. Some barrel astringency. Maybe a tiny bit of cinnamon. It's tartness and cookie sweetness and little else.

It's not strongly tart on the palate, however. There's a light amount of malt vinegar tartness here, but the fruity sweet flavors really cover up the tartness. Fruit snacks meets Luden's cough drops -- we're talking candy sweet, not actual fruit sweet. This lacks depth, but not tastiness.

It's remarkably drinkable because of how those flavors mesh with the beer's light body and smooth texture. The bottle goes down in a flash because of the balance between sweet and tart.

Overall, this is a good Flanders Red. A benchmark for the style in a lot of ways. It's crazy-drinkable, but don't expect a depth of flavor (or a significant sourness).

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 04:37:37 | More by Reaper16
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a ruddy brown color, with highlights of garnet and ruby when held up to the light. A thick, one inch off-white head unevenly pillows down, leaving little to no lacing down the sides of the glass.

Plenty of fruit in the aroma, with cherries and raspberries. A smokey oak smell is also present, wafting or lingering above the frut smell. There's also a tart aroma present, beyond the red fruit, mixed with a bit of beeswax.

Light, mildy tart and fruity, cherry, strawberry and green apple tastes all meld for a very pleasant flavor. The Granny Smith/green apple flavor becomes more prominent as you get further into this ale, balancing nicely with a delicate, almost floral sweetness. While slightly tart, this ale has no bitterness to it.

This has a light, soft mouthfeel, with a fair amount of carbonation that gives the impression that this ale evaporates as you sip it. Very pleasant and easy drinking!

This may be my first Flanders Red ale, and it is a beauty. Light, almost airy in feel, with a pleasantly tart flavor, this is supremely drinkable. Despite having such a light feel, the flavor is not lacking in the least. Letting it linger on the tongue amplifies the tartness to a point of over-stimulation; this ale lets you know that despite a delicate appearance, it will pack a punch if you let it. I definitely recommend, especially as a starter beer for the evening, or as a dessert beer after a meal.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 02:00:03 | More by TheHoppiest
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes taken on 6/21/12.

11.2 oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance: dark bloody crimson red that is opaque. Small and short lived white head that drops down to a ring around glass.

Smell: The smell has a nice balance to it. Its both sweet and sour.

Taste: Mild tart cherrys, currants, and green apples start the beer off; maybe even some pears. The beer is oaky, earthy, and has a little touch of vanilla mixed with a mellow fruity tart note in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Really solid beer. This one is all about robust and balanced flavors. Very nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 01:24:50 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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jeremy13586

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle poured in to Palm glass.

Incredibly dark and murky amber color. Very muddy hue. Very limited tan head that settled out very quickly.

Looks aside, the beer had an awesome nose. Apple, tart cherry and oak. A light funk and apple-cider vinegar twang at the end.

Sour and a little oaky. Green apple and a bit of yeast. Nice sweet backbone that nose it's role and isn't overly sweet. A bit of a musty and funky finish that finishes very clean.

Medium bodied with a mild carbonation. Dry and tannic, but is kind of slick and oily in the finish.

Plenty of flavors to keep you busy. Very well balance and incredibly drinkable. I'll definitely be having this one more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 05:57:16 | More by jeremy13586
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Humulus85

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing my Belgian Wild kick. From a 750ml corked and caged bottle into my Darkness snifter. Best by 9/2/14

Pours the classic Flanders Red mahogany/deep crimson. Good clarity. Produced a dense two-finger, light tan head that displayed really good retention and nice lacing. Top notch looking Flanders Red.

Balsamic vinegar, funky apples, sherry, barrel, some tartness. Complex in the nose, but a bit on the vinegary side.

The vinegar much more subdued, tons of layered fruit flavors: apple skins, cherries, raspberries, a hint of currants. The barrel aging comes through in the middle with slight vanilla notes. It's tartness is restrained, but this bottle is still quite fresh. Impeccably well balanced between sweet and sour.

Mouthfeel is light, especially for how dark it is. A medium amount of prickly carbonation. Due to it's balance it doesn't finish as shockingly dry as some Belgian Wilds. Finishes clean, slightly dry, with a subtle lingering tartness.

Overall this is a solid representation of the style. It is very well balanced, but I would appreciate a bit more sour. I think a bit of time (6-12 months) in the cellar could improve this one and take it to the next level. Let this warm up a bit and the subtleties really come through. Not the best I've ever had but a very good representation of the style. Recommended to any fan of Belgian Sours or any funky beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 21:38:46 | More by Humulus85
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 19:22:50 | More by sommersb
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Beelzebeer

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, served in tulip. Best before Aug 22/12, so kind of old

A - Muddy brown with 1 inch head, very little retention. Maybe some sediment got jostled up in the fridge? Hasn't been in there long

S - Light sour on the nose, a little plum/apricot

T - Medium-light carbonation off the top, giving way to a nice sour note, not too pungent, and the plum/apricot with some medium malt. Some barnyard funk. Quite pleasant.

M - A little thin, but not totally out of sorts given the style.

O - I think the ageing had something to do with it. I had an older bottle of Duchesse last week, and lost almost all the malt, and was more of a cider. The malt stayed quite nicely in this aged brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 00:22:36 | More by Beelzebeer
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,218 ratings.