Redbach | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-29-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Rodenbach goblet. Pours a reddish-brown color without too much of a head. Nose is very heavy cherry Jolly Rancher character. Flavor is similar. Fairly tart. Not too complex. Interesting move with the twist off cap. Overall, an interesting experience, but this isn't worth seeking out for anything other than the tick value.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer shared by Thorpe at a recent tasting, beer is red, pink head, looks like soda.

Aroma is sweetness and cherries, bordering on cough syrup cherry.

Beer is way way too sweet, too many cherries, too much like cough syrup. I get the beer, I do but I just can't drink too much of it. Not a repeat for me.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears a dark crimson color with minimal head and sparse lacing. The aroma is sweet, offering cherries, hints of nail polish. Just OK. The flavor is sweet, almost like a Shirley Temple, with a pronounced maraschino cherry taste. Light in body, and easy to swill. The sweetness renders this best in small quantities. Still, always fun to try a new beer, let alone one brewed by Rodenbach.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep cherry red color. The head what a light pink and didn't last very long. The smell of the beer was a little on the sour side. The taste of the beer reminded me of a cherry jolly rancher. It was tart and sweet at the same time. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad, it had a decent carbonation to it. Overall this beer was sweeter than most of the Flemish Reds out there. This is more of a dessert beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very deep red in color with no head or visible carbonation.
S: There is a mild sour aroma with notes of cherries.
T: The overall taste has a good amount of sourness, but it is not too strong, and is nicely balanced by the sweetness of the cherries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather tart on the palate.
D: The beer is very interesting to drink and provides an interesting mix of sourness and sweetness--enough to make me want to have another one.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of a74gent thanx bro

A: poured brown with red highlights with a thin head and left a little sticky lacing.

S: vinegar and lovely cherry aromas with some acidity that carried some oaky barrel notes with hints of sugar and slight faint malts.

T: great cherry tart flavors that hit the palate first with a vinegar base slight funk but very pleasent oaky notes that bring out the overall flavor of the beer.

M: medium silky body with a good amount of carbonation that accents the beer and a sweet a mild tart finish.

D: very good flanders red that drank great and wasn't too sweet but it definitely isn't a alexander. To me the alexander still takes the cake on the cherry flanders sour. Very good beer though.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky red/brown with a finger of head.

The aroma is mostly cherry and chocolate, and there is a bit of a metallic nature to it.

The flavor is very cherry forward....basically that is all it is is cherry. Somewhat artificial and fruit-juice like, but not horribly so. I'm just severely disappointed by the lack of any sort of depth.

The body is medium and carbonation is proper for a fruit beer.

Overall this one would be better if it was just labeled as a cherry beer, but the fact that it is supposed to be Rodenbach with a hint of cherry is just wrong....there is no base to this, it is straight Juicy Juice. Not bad though I guess.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: beutiful red copperish color, looked liek a glass of red wine

smell: sour fruity, grapes and cherries

taste: not extemelely sour enough and slightly swetter than other I have tried. The chery is not dominate and brings a very compelentary flavor

mouthfeel: high carbonation and light

drinkability: very easy... but too much of a fruit beer for me. It;s my wifes favorite beer ever though.

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Photo of mhatters
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a straight-sided Harpoon glass from a bottle at my house

Pours a dark amber with rose highlights, minimal to no head.

Cherry comes out right away in the nose, no malt whatsoever

The sour cherry rolls off with a sweet ending note that separates this from "traditional" kriek beers. Pleasant, good, sort of a cherries jubilee taste rather than a tart cherry flavor.

Thin, easy to drink, I have had many of these at one time and they do not drop of at all. Quite good, nothing spectacular, but worth seeking out.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

A: light red with small pinkish head with slight retention

S: sweet malt, cherry

T: sour cherry flavor backed with sweet malt. Interesting flavor combo

Md: very drinkable somewhat buttery mouthfeel

Good choice for a summer session beer.


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.41/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 9/19/08. Bottle courtesy of sloth (thanks Bert!). This was my favorite beer when I just started getting into beer. Pours a deep red with a pretty, foamy pink head. Aroma of cherries, sweettart candies. Flavor of tart cherries and more candy. Nice tartness with just the right amount of cherry and sweetness. Ah, heaven...I'm so glad I got to try this again. A pity this beer is retired.
8/5/9/5/19 (4.6/5)

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark cranberry-mahogany with a light beige head.

S: some sweet cherries and a tart fruity sourness.nice and simple.

T: The initial flavor was strong cherries and a big sugary fruit sweetness. Once again a very smooth, silky body with an even tartness that was easy to consume. Not a lot of complexity, just cherries and a lot of them.

M: very light, silky, smooth and moderately carbonated.

D: A recognizable sour finish with a good deal of carbonation makes this at times consume like a cherry mountain due. Good desert beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky raspberry color with a luscious pink head that caps the liquid decoratively; curtains of lace

Smell: Primarily sweet cherry jam, but there is a vuague hint of something funky lurking underneath

Taste: Tart and sweet up front, with a growing cherry jolly rancher flavor developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor becomes more jammy and lacks any of the funky hint I detected in the aroma

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly full-bodied, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Aimed at a specific market in the US, but it never took off and is now hard to find (and, I believe, discontinued); a decent stab at the alcopop beer style but not something I would likely re-visit

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on the terrace of my condo overlooking the Atlantic while vacationing in Florida, so perhaps my scores reflect how perfect this beer was for the occasion. Poured brown with an orangish/red tinge and with little head. Smells sweet and sour with aromas of sweet cherry, balsamic, and molasses. Taste is similar- sweet and sour with dark brown sugar and spicebox flavors. The mouthfeel was smooth, tart and creamy. This beer is a bit sweet, but delicious and the tartness definitely helps keep it in balance. You don't get huge cherry flavors, rather you taste them as a component of the beer as a whole. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of kinger
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Off the beaten path, I was slightly blown away by this beer. Tangy, sweet, sour and tart rolled together. My tastebuds were tickled by this great brew. Now this is my first flemish sour and it has real cherry juice blended in to it so I can't judge this per the style but rather by my enjoyment. Mild sweet & sour aroma faint and subtle. Light mahagony with a light pink head, little lacing was left. Mouthfeel is perky and tart, absolutely different than any other I've had. Flavor is amazingly quenching. Very hard to describe it needs to be sampled personally. Almost like the homemade wine I remember my pops making. Unique and really good.

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


Thanks go out to Sudsdog(Ted) for this tasty beer!

A-deep reddish brown with a small foamy head.
S- tart and tangy cherries.
T- Sweet tangy cherries. Slight sugary tart grape and strawberry flavors detected as well?
M- Tart, sweet, and tangy but never too overpowering. Honestly, this is a jolly rancher in beer form.

Overall- So tasty! Excellent dessert beer.
(Thanks Ted!)

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Photo of mhewes
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a reddish-ruby color with a light pink head.

S : Strong sweet cherry aroma. There's also some sour notes but not that strong.

T : Really sweet like a cherry Jolly Rancher. There's a hint of sourness on the finish.

M : Good carbonation, crisp, light-bodied

D : Real easy to drink. I enjoyed the sweetness and thought it worked really well.

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Photo of demitriustown
2.62/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle: Pours a cloudy dark reddish amber color with a small tin of red head that lingers. Aroma is slight bit of cherries, rustic, and a scent similar to a lambic. Taste is kind of off and medicinal in my honest opinion. I can taste the sour cherries in the aftertaste, but this one I think has been sitting on the shelve for too long. and yes it does taste reminiscent of a jolly rancher. Cheers!

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nearly black in color, with some highlighting along the edges. Foam is strangely pink and rather stiff. No stick, no lace.

Big ass whiff of slightly funky cherry juice, with a sweet middle and a sour edge. Lots of flavors, not terribly complex but exciting.

The flavor is of overly sweetened and very thick cherry juice. Right off there is just enough carbonation to be interesting, but I think that it devolves into a low-ABV, thin, fruity mess very quickly.

Mouthfeel is a very sugar-bolstered medium-full, a little too sticky but not egregious.

I could barely finish this one. Too sweet, not enough sour, not nearly enough funk. There should be a different category for this kind of "Flanders Red".

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Photo of FMetzger
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Okay. I got this for my girlfriend, who is just starting to like soured beers. I ended up liking this more than she did.
A: Red. Looked like soda, like a dark cherry soda.
S: Interesting. Smelled sweet, but with a twist. Not sure how to describe it, except cherry. Oversweet like cherry Jolly-Ranchers.
T: That is how it tasted, only less sweet than I thought it should be from the aroma. Very cherry, but soured just enough to knock out some of the sweetness. Enjoyable.
M: Nicely carbonated, easy on the tongue. Not much else to say.
D: Easy to drink. A little too sweet for more than one, and the cherry taste would get a little old. Really, this was more like a sour cherry/beer/soda offspring than a Flander Red.

It would be good for dessert, and since I am not a dessert fan in the traditional sense, I might reach for one of these. It was light and refreshing, but sweet also. I don't usually put those things together, but Redbach did a good job. Strange but good.

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Photo of joezak5
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: In a Duvel sniffter, deep translucent ruby with a giant pink fluffy head.

S: Sour cherries and pixie sticks, very sweet

M: Carbonated like a cherry cola minus the cola, very light bodied and tart

T: No shortage of cherry, the 100% natural cherry juice as described on the label comes across very well. This is a beer that makes me read the labels to make sure I'm not getting natural flavors instead of the real stuff. Overall this is really good yet straigtforward sour cherry.

D: An excellent dessert or shake things up beer, it's definitely something to offer the non-beer drinker. The flavors are authentic and don't get old for the bottle, but I wouldn't want another.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Held to the light in an Alexander Rodenbach snifter, this is a brilliant ruby red, observed top down, it is brownish red, with gold highlights. Too bad the head is so thin; as the pink hue would be pretty on top.

The cherries really pop with a pungent sweet/tart smack.

Exceptionally tart cherry and plumb flavors lack and pretence of subtlety and far overwhelm any hint of alcohol. Oddly, nevertheless, the flavor softens with warmth, or perhaps the taste buds surrender to the captivating charm of this Belgian siren.

Tinny bubbles start with the quality of champagne, but a smooth thin film resides well after the finish.

Sip this one with conversation. One is reminded of smoke filled, oak paneled rooms, and men with finely groomed beards with cognac on their breath.

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Photo of genog
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep dark reddish brown color with a thick and frothy dark white color head that sticks for a moment then starts to fade away. Smell is very tart cherries of course alongside some other dried fruits. Flavor is very sweet and tart but the mouth feel is not as present as I would have hoped. This was a good beer, and I appreciated it more than most in this style.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. green bottle, best by 10/17/07 - sampled a month after that - ah well. It pours an opaque maroon, with medium carbonation and a thin, strawberry frosting head that leaves nice lacing. Smells a little earthy, with lots of sweet cherries and a dose of sourness. More sweet than sour on the palate, with lightly-syrupy cherry, some grape juice, and an earthy backing; it almost tastes like a malternative, which I guess is what this brew is competing against at bars in Belgium. Light, dry body, with medium carbonation and finish. Not too bad for a sort-of crossover beer. It definitely wouldn't be my first pick from the Rodenbach lineup, but it does have a high drinkability.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruddy cranberry color with a nice light pink head which retains fairly well. Aroma is extremely sweet smelling. Smells very much like a Jolly Rancher...cherry variety of course. Wow, yeah, VERY much like a Jolly Rancher. Taste is also the same. Cherry, slightly tart. Not as tart as the Rody Grand Cru at all. Very much an apertif beer. I woudlnt even consider this a Flander Red Ale. It's more like Kriek Lambic to be honest. Not a terrific one either. Although it does taste pleasant, Im not sure what I think about it. As stated, very sweet like liquid cherry JR. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and very carbonated. Finishes slightly dry. I guess it's very drinkable if you;re into candy. Any woman, or whatever, who isnt into beer at all would love this. Very accessible.

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