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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,401 Ratings
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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
Belgium

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%

Mersh, May 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Roguer, Apr 27, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

Rodenbach arrived in Alberta fairly recently and it is about time (just found a Petrus brew as well! Keep 'em coming, kind distributors). This, the younger of the Rodenbach reds, was poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet. Color is in fact a murky brown-khaki hue, looks coppery coming out of the bottle. Smells acidic yet sweet, an acetic sourness accompanied by a caramel maltiness. Interesting combination that works surprisingly well on both nose and palate. Some wild yeast funk on the nose but this is not predominant. A surprisingly smooth and drinkable brew with a great number of smallish tan bubbles, yet the carbonation feels quite tame. Palate starts very fruity and moderately sour, with cherries and apples providing a bright top note and dried currants and purple grapes pulling up the rear. A small amount of oak dries the mouth while thin caramel and mellow cider vinegar provide a dual backdrop throughout the tasting sequence. Finish is sweetish and earthy with hay-like herbal vapor trails. Great "starter" sour and I could see this keeping my interest even post-Grand Cru. I find the sweet fruit-sour combination attractive here, nothing cloying and with just enough of a funky and tannic edge. Sure, the Grand Cru is more dry, sour, and complex but don't deprive yourself of this charmer.

Postscript: After writing this I skimmed a few of the reviews below. The guy talking about sneaking this into movie theaters is all kinds of awesome. Cheers mate!

CalgaryFMC, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

briandaube, Aug 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Diomede, Dec 01, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

csustar001, May 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

330ml bottle, in Cafe Gollem, Amsterdam

Pours with a deep shimmering red body, tannish head with great retention, stays round all day and lots of lacing

Smell, fresh ripe fruit, tart acidicity, thick winey grapes

Taste, tart acidic cherries, sour and some nice fresh fruit. Very fresh tasting, very refreshing. Drinkability is off the scale, this is thee most drinkable beer i think i've ever had

An amazing beer, i could drink this all day, the archetypal flanders red. Just bought a case, i cant see it lasting too long. Also, dont serve it too cold

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I had had an old label in the 'dam', but the new stuff maybe aint quite as good. Still a damn good red ale

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Just sipping another in 2006, not as good as I recall. Tasty still but the flavours somehow seem muted

cypressbob, Jul 28, 2005
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4/5  rDev 0%

jsurfs82, Apr 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

CarolinaKev, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

amishbooze, Jan 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Skunkdrool, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

tclipse, May 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25%

rekel, Dec 01, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena for their 9th annual Belgian beer festival.

Poured a dark reddish brown. The smell is mildly tart. The taste is also tart with some red grape fruitiness. The mouthfeel is smoother and less spritzy than their Grand Cru. This beer is not as intense as the Grand Cru and is a fine sour beer.

MiScusi, Feb 18, 2008
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4/5  rDev 0%

The Rodenbach Flemish Sour ale is a treat to drink. This beer marches to the beat of its own drum. The deep reddish abyss of color is unlike any beer I have ever seen; a category of its own. A sour smell that stings the nostrils makes you question if this is a beer at all. Now for the drink, thick, lightly carbonated with a smooth mouthfeel that slides right down. A sour aftershock hits the palate with a vigor reminiscent of wine. This is the beer of the gods; let us drink and pray.

JRed, Jul 22, 2008
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a dark reddish brown, with a thin tan head.

Aromas of cherry, oak wood, and slight sour rotten vegetables.

Tastes a variety of sour flavours: sour cherry, buttermilk, cider vinegar. As it warms, there's some leather, chinese plum sauce, and even some grapefruit.

The effervescence explodes in the mouth. The mouthfeel is not puckeringly sour, but it is still quite light & thin. There is no bitterness that I can discern.

Quite a remarkable drink. I would drink one glass as an aperitif. I couldn't have it as a session beer.

vancurly, Oct 19, 2006
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4.01/5  rDev +0.2%

From a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: deep, deep ruby red with a small white head.

Nose: Really can't get much off the nose. A bit of sour cherries and some bready malts.

Taste: Bright, fresh sour black cherry tartness up front followed by nice sweet caramel-y malts. It's very simple and very easy-drinking. This would make a great easy-drinker on a colder night.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, just enough body to give it some substance without being overbearing.

Overall: A nicely tart very cherry forward easier drinking Flemish red. Nothing like the super complex and sour ones with more old beer in the blend. The young beer gives it a nice a malty base while the small percentage of old beer in there provides just enough funk and sourness.

fdig23, Mar 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

AJ01923, Mar 13, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

From the 750ml caged cork bottle dated best before 4/4/07, consumed on 7/21/07. Into a wine goblet, this one pours a deep mahogany color with small bubble streams. Thin cap of whitish foam quickly fades away to a ring and scattered lace. Nose pretty typical of a Flanders ale: sour cherry and wood. Taste follows nose, dominated by sweet and sour cherries with an underlying semi-sweet malt backbone. Mouth is middle viscous and semi-carbonated, light and smooth. Drinkability is middle-of-the road; this is definitely one of the more subtle Flanders ales I’ve had.

Overall: A good Flemish ale, a bit subtle, perhaps due to age? It was consumed fully 3 months beyond the “best by” date, though I’m not sure what affect if any that would have had. Not my favorite within style by a long shot; it was too mellow and undefined for my tastes.

jettjon, Aug 02, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

JellyJacket, May 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Beeradelphia, Aug 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

MonkeyBread, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

ambruns1979, Nov 05, 2012
Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,401 ratings.