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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: 1,524
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 69
Gots: 118 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-04-2002

ABV varies 5.0-5.2% ABV
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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a sixer of this classic beer for a scant $11 USD at a beer store near my work. "75% Young Ale, 25% Ale matured for two years." 5.2% ABV confirmed. "Aged in oak bats." Love the label art and presentation; even the branding on the cap is attractive. Best before 07/25/2014. Self identifies as a "Flemish Red-Brown"; reviewed as such. 330ml brown glass bottle with branded pry-off cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've had this before and really liked it.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a lovely healthy khaki colour head of two finger width. Attractive soft smooth complexion. Excellent creaminess for the style. Good thickness. Fluffy. Supple. Little lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is superb - about 9-10+ minutes.

Body colour is a murky dark glowing ruby-brown. Quasitranslucent but nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's a spot-on appearance for the style. I mean, this is an off-shoot of the father of the style anyway; you have to qualify taking issue with it.

Sm: Lovely tart fruit; raspberries, cherries. Heavy cherry pie crust; I love that. Toasty and acetic. Acidicity is palpable. Biscuit malt. As subtle oak as is possible in a beer; wow. Some appleskin. Very timid yet somehow still evocative sourness. As approachable a sour as you'll find. Overall, it's a subtle enchanting aroma of mild to moderate strength. Gains depth as it warms. I can't wait to try it.

T: Cherry pie crust and tart cherry. Love the acetic character. Biscuit malt, brown malts. Extremely subtle oak. Sourness is subtle, beautifully integrated, and very approachable. This would be an excellent beer to give newcomers to sours. Excellent balance, but it does lack the complexity of better beers in the style (especially better beers from this brewery). It's got a nice sweetness that might turn some off, but to my tastes it just adds balance. And I imagine it would improve with age to boot. Caramalts. Not getting any yeast or hop character, nor does any alcohol come through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Perfect presence on the palate. Teasing. Near ideal carbonation. Soft yet assertive. Refreshing. Good body. Complements the flavour profile wonderfully. Excellent execution. Feels custom-tailored to the flavours. I'm impressed. Constructively, it lacks the delicacy and fragility a perfect beer in the style would possess.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for a sour. Hides its ABV well. I could easily kill a 6 pack of this in a session; in fact I have before. I smuggle bottles of this into movies. A definite classic every beer fanatic owes it to him/herself to sample. That said, there is room for complexity and I'm sure this drank better prior to the Palm buyout. A treat from Rodenbach.

Lowish B+

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bottle.

dark reddish brown with a mild head. big sour cherry smell on the nose. taste is extremely tart, with a big kick of very sour cherries at the end. quite good...medium bodied with low carbonation.

overall a good flemish red that is very cheap and available. like this one a lot.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Was making a stop for the lady at a package store in somers,ct. I happened upon a shelf of craft offerings and picked this on no authourity, other than my love for most Belgians and a desire to experiment with Flanders Red.

A- a rusty, coppery red. It glows a bit. Half an inch of mother of pearl colored froth. Looks like a lit cigar.

S-green and gala apples.. A hint of sherry wood. There is a wiff of youthful frivolity, followed by a nose of a wise old sage.

T- more apples, grape must, sherry, sweet and tart play a game of one on one. Right now sweet is up by two. Figs, quince, dark stuff.

M- dissipates quickly, but leaves a great woodsy finish flavor-wise. Not heavy.

O-fun! Glad I tried this. It could be too sweet for some, but I find a nice balance with sour notes throughout. The sherry notes make me happy. Give me portobello mushrooms, chicken marsala with egg noodles, a Danish blue cheese burger. BBQ??
Go Belgium, go Belgium....

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,524 ratings.