Rodenbach Classic (Red)
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)
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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #51
Ranked #11,456
3.99 | pDev: 11.53%
Mar 06, 2022
Feb 04, 2002
Very Good
Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)
Notes: ABV varies 5.0-5.2% ABV
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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

Bought a single 16.9oz can $3.99 Village Bottle Shop
51854 L stamped on can
Smell of sweet cherries
Brown muddy color
Medium-light mouthfeel
Light-medium carbonation
Taste some cherries, a little prune mui, not sour, slight tartness
Overall just ok. Was expecting a sour beer and this isn't it.

Mar 06, 2022
3.58 by EMV from Pennsylvania on Mar 03, 2022
3.92 by misteil from Ireland on Feb 06, 2022
Photo of LanceBiggums
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

Brown amber, murky, with one finger of tan head. The smell is a yeast bomb, with a bit of woodiness. On the palate are sour apples, dark fruit, a hint of malt, and powerful sour yeast notes. An interesting and complex blend of sweet and sour leads to a pleasant balance, and makes this beer very moreish. Overall a complex, rewarding, and very refreshing beer.

Feb 02, 2022
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4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a chalice: color is amber, slight density to it, quick light amber head that dissipates to nothing except a scant ring on the glass sides and spotty circles on top.

Smell is woody/oaky, vinegar must, sour cherries, and sweet candy - not really over done but definite nuanced aromas as it warms.

Taste is perfect for this style, really the standard bearer - similar depth as the aroma with wood/oak, vinegar, sour cherries and raspberries, and sweet candiness to it, some malt depth and light butteriness.

Mouthfeel is moderate/high carbonation, moderate sweetness but leans sour in the end, with drying puckering finish.

Overall: a style defining ale with pleasant notes form the barrel and aging, just enough vinegariness but a lot of subtle fruit and barrel flavor depth.

Dec 12, 2021
4.23 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Dec 02, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BucBasil from Rwanda

Found in Kigali, Rwanda. Poured from the 330mL bottle into a mug. The beer is an amber red color with an odd-colored 2 finger thick head that is orangish tan with little retention.

Smell is fruity with mostly apple and pear with some cherry in the middle. A pie crust aroma comes through, along with more tart notes albeit light after that. Raspberry, rhubarb. White wine. There is a lot going on here if you dig deep enough,

Taste: Tart up front with raspberry and cherry with pie crust in the middle. Apple peel, astringent pear note, a really light hint of malt vinegar. Reminds me more of a kettle sour with its fruitiness than a real Flanders sour. This is good stuff. It is missing a lot of the funk that I associate with the style, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. There is the slight vinegar note. But mostly tart fruit and some crust. Pleasant. Balanced

Overall: This is very drinkable and could be a good introduction to the style, even for some people who don't like beer all that much. Not much funk going on, which makes it more approachable, but still has just enough to make it interesting to veterans of the style. Solid.

Nov 23, 2021
4.02 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 25, 2021
4.23 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Oct 15, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by altstadt from Canada (BC)

Clear dark red-brown color. Poured a short head which collapsed to a patchy skiff in a minute. Medium flow of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Thin lacing which always slides back down to the surface.

The dominant scent is an unusual organic bacterial and/or yeast funk. There is also a light sour scent that is a bit like an apple cider vinegar with a dash of salty soy sauce. There is an underlying light woody scent that is hard to pick out. Swirling the glass kicked up a mild barnyard that only lasted for a few seconds, returning to the original scents.

The flavor profile constantly changes. There is a strong sour funk, but then It seems to swirl around through apple cider vinegar, black tea, weak coffee, and then back to the apple again. There is an overall sweet and sour that balances the strong funk. Maybe a bit of white wine must, or perhaps Austrian Sturm. Some malt manages to push through the dominant flavors to give this a bit of a graham cracker taste. The aftertaste has a strong apple flavor that migrates to the white wine must. All while keeping the sour funk going. The funk fades to a mild bitter that tastes more like it is coming from some fruit peel than from hops.

Slight tongue tingling. Somewhat oily feel. Light astringency. Medium body.

The unusual scent would turn off a lot of people if this was their first exposure to a sour. I would not hand this to a novice without a lengthy talk through. This reminded me a lot of Austrian Sturm (grape wine in early stages of fermentation), but blended with some other flavors including tea and coffee. This strikes a happy balance towards the middle of the style range.

Sep 15, 2021
3.9 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Sep 03, 2021
3.82 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Aug 27, 2021
3.78 by Dazka from Italy on Aug 23, 2021
3.82 by jdlive from Massachusetts on Jul 29, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

Dark caramel color like a coca-cola with a brief tan head. Smells of oak barrel, sour notes, fruit; a little plum and blueberry, caramel malts. The caramel malts dominate the flavor profile with their being a touch of sourness to back it up, a slight wine grape quality pervades the beer as well. The body is thin to medium depending upon how much body you like in your beer. For the style I suppose the balance is alright. This isn't terrible, but it's not got a very dynamic range of flavors and mainly relies on a sweet malt base for it's flavor. For a few dollars more I would opt for the Duchesse de Bourgogne if I am looking for a solid Belgian sour.

Jun 14, 2021
4.02 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania on Jun 09, 2021
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3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

16 oz. can that reads 5.0% ABV, which is odd. Am I the only one constantly seeing discrepancies between what the label reads and what this website lists when it comes to ABV? Regardless...

Man, is that a nice looking pour. Light caramel brown with a creamy head that looks like coffee that's been positively spiked with sugar and cream. Smells nice as well. Lots of fermented fruit... let's be honest, this smells like a really nice wine. Yeah. Grapes, raspberries and some sour funkiness that is in no way off-putting. Tastes largely as it smells, but with a tinge of briny vinegar as well. Drinks much bigger than 5%. Mouthfeel is too effervescent for my tastes and loses me a bit despite the clerk (who could not possibly have been old enough to drink) where I bought it raving about how easy-drinking it was. Anyway, I'm a brand-spanking newbie when it comes to sours and wasn't quite sure what to expect, but this wasn't it. Frankly, this was much better than anticipated. I was expecting something far funkier, but this was basically carbonated vino. I'm quite impressed and now have a whole new world of beers to explore. I'm pretty excited about that.

Jun 06, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by gregb13 from California

Nice tartness, smooth with ample carbonation, quite drinkable. Far more approachable than their grand cru. Would love to sample with fish and chips with malt vinegar.

May 29, 2021
4 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON) on Apr 26, 2021
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by KT3418 from Colorado

Very yummy but definitely need to have again. Been told to try with fish and chips lol shoukd be exciting. It's been a long time but definitely classic.

Mar 19, 2021
4.06 by cd34 from Illinois on Mar 16, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Iamaskier from Idaho

Appearance is hazy light brown, similar to an unfiltered apple cider. Barely a head. Smell is wine like- sour grapes, apple, light vinegar, malt, and spice.
There’s a lot going on with the taste- initially I’m reminded of wine, heavy grapes, sour apple, a bit of plum. On the finish the malt comes out, with brown sugar, sweet apple cider, cherries, and a hint of spice.
Carbonation is moderate, feel is smooth, finish is quite dry.
I’m not very familiar with Belgian sours, so maybe this isn’t the best example, but not knowing anything I think it’s damn good. The great thing about a beer like this is that there’s so much going on, you can pick up a totally different profile by the end.

Mar 11, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

500 ml can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Opaque light brown color. Minimal head faded to nothing quickly and left no lacing.

S---Sour cherries are dominant. Light vinegar notes.

T---Tart cherry, some raisin/grape. Sour notes are there as well.

F---Light. Minimal carbonation. A slight pucker from the sour.

O---Excellent on the nose and palate. Appearance left something to be desired. I was excited to try this one and it tasted great, but overall, I wasn't as happy with it as I would've liked.

Feb 13, 2021
3.99 by SFNC from North Carolina on Feb 08, 2021
4.97 by JanglezB19 from Canada (ON) on Dec 06, 2020
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3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by scott451 from Canada (ON)

Poured into a pint glass. A dirty reddish brown with a thin tan head that soon diminished to a persistent ring. A pleasant winey dark fruit smell. Typical, but much thinner flavour than others from this brewery. Medium body. Defiantly an entry lever Flemish red. Kind of a dumbed down Grand Cru but still worth a try.

Nov 17, 2020
4.02 by Insomniac from Canada (ON) on Nov 07, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

Rodenbach is always welcome in my fridge. Ever since I discovered Grand Cru I pretty much have a steady supply of it. Alexander was pretty good too but not mind blowing, so I was happy to see this at the store

Pours a cloudy brown with hints of red with a finger and a half of light brown head that quickly fades to a cap and leaves no lacing

This smells delicious and complex. Tons of sour cherry, sharp vinegar, musty leather, pepper, buttery oak, caramel malt, and light raspberry

Given the tart aroma, I was expecting more from the taste, but this actually sweetens up nicely. Starting off, there's a blend of sweet and tart cherries and bready malt. The swallow brings a quick flash of general sourness before leaving lingering notes of leather and fruit

The light body pairs well with prickly carbonation to make for a refreshing beer. A bit thin and finishes sticky, but it does not really hurt it

Another winner here. Obviously it doesn't touch Grand Cru, nor was I expecting it to, but it was a nice change of pace

Oct 16, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

Most of a pint can poured into a clear pint glass exposes a reddish brown brew with just a little off while head. Ample sour notes please the nose with their presence. This ale brings a taste reminiscent of sour cherries at their peak of goodness, a little sweet and a little sour. Some glass lacing confirms the good body carrying the tastes. This Classic goes down very nicely. A tad more bitter than sweet at the finish would make this even better.

Oct 08, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the can, it pours a a hazy reddish brown with a modest light brown/tan head that soon diminishes to a ring and island. In the nose, it has a definite scent of sour cherries in the malt. In the mouth, it is there again, with a malt base.

Sep 14, 2020
4.14 by jstern from California on Jul 08, 2020
3 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 30, 2020
3.99 by Jaasoares from Virginia on Jun 28, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

500 ml can served cool into a chalice. LCBO purchase for about $3.50 CDN. Listed at 5.2% ABV.

Appearance - Dark ruby red with a finger plus of loose white head that stays for a few minutes. Some sparse lacing clings to the edges of the glass.

Smell - Fruit of raspberries, cherries and plenty of wood, much less of the balsamic aroma that permeates the Grand Cru and vintage ales.

Taste - Some sourness initially, much more grainy and crackery than expected. Some fruit mixed in as well. Not nearly sour enough to be considered anywhere near the vintage ales and Grand Cru. Light barnyard funk mixed in after a few sips too.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, fairly light carbonation and easy to drink.

Overall - Thinner and less sour than expected given the lofty expectation created by the rest of their lineup, Pretty easy to drink, but just missing that bold balsamic sourness that is synonymous with Rodenbach. Not a full miss, but the first brew I've had from Rodenbach that didn't live up up to the expectations.

Jun 10, 2020
2.05 by OrdinaryManDrinks from England on Jun 06, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by artiefufkin from New Jersey

Visual: dark ruby, slight brown, no foam, slight opacity
Aroma: candied cherries, slight cough drop cherry, very slight raisin, sl malt vinegar
Taste: very slight woody, sl malt vinegar, sweet-sour in balance, orange zest, dark cherries
Mouthfeel: clean finish due to acidity, slight linger of sour over sweet, lower carbonation
Overall: very refreshing and easy to drink. Not the best flanders red, but one of the most drinkable.

May 20, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by flipper2gv from Canada (QC)

A: Pours a dark amber color with a fluffy tan colored head. retention is pretty decent but lacing is just okay for the abv/genre.

S: Medium intensity. Tart cherries, apple cider, hay, light barnyard. Some metallic and vinous notes.

T: Medium intensity (considering the ABV). A nice fresh apple cider and tart cherry flavor dominates the taste. Again some hay and super light barnyard. Cinnamon, cloves, oak spice/tannins and vanilla in the aftertaste.

F: About as close to perfect as it gets for the genre. Super light and fluffy. Really helps to make this beer as refreshing as it gets.

O: This is a very good "casual"/refreshing sour that doesn't command 100% of your attention. It's a great beer to have on a summer day I bet. Very very good.

May 15, 2020
4.26 by arini10 from Oregon on Mar 09, 2020
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3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by Spike from England

L: Russet colour with a ruby core. Many streams of bubbles. Thin head quickly turns to a ring.
S: Red wine vinegar.
T: Tart & fruity. Sweet & sour finish.
F: Clean, sharp, refreshing.
O: I’m not averse to a sour but I’m struggling a little with this one. Not sure why. Improved as it warmed but too much vinegar up-front for me.

Mar 08, 2020
4.04 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Jan 26, 2020
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