Rodenbach Classic (Red)
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)
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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #32
Ranked #6,472
4.02 | pDev: 11.44%
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)
Notes: ABV varies 5.0-5.2% ABV
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KT3418 from Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Iamaskier from Idaho

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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scott451 from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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artiefufkin from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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flipper2gv from Canada (QC)

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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
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Spike from England

3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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
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jkblr from Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL can stamped CNxh50847R poured into a Duvel glass at fridge temp 5.2% ABV. The beer brown with ruby red highlights and meager light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Minimal lacing. The aroma is faint with red grapes and tart yeast. The taste is tart, yet barely sweet, red grape juice with yeasty funk rising the longer it stays on the tongue. There's slight oak and tannins as well with a midly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good. Not my style, but I couldn't turn down the chance to sample a single at a bargain price (compared to the bottles).

Jan 04, 2020
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officerbill from New York

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: deep Ruby red with a quick dissolving, thin, tan/pink head
S: cherry candy, plum, grape
T: sightly tart cherry, grapes, plums, some sugar, earthy, and little funky
F: fizzy carbonation, thin mouth feel, cherry life saver aftertaste
O: a very pleasant red ale, not filling, easy drinking, and a good introduction to the style

Aug 29, 2019
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marcbosch from Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Between ruby and mahogany. Fizzy tan head which disappeared quickly.
Smell: Caramel/sweet bread and tart apple.
Taste: following the nose: caramelised fruit, green apple and malt, with a bit of wheat.
Feel: Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, dry finish.
Overall: textbook. Very enjoyable.

Apr 27, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a muddy burgundy with a finger of khaki head. Head is more fizzy than foamy and doesn't retain long. Aroma is plum, burnt sugar, grapes, dough, toffee and biscuit malts. Flavor profile is plum, grape, toffee, caramel and biscuit, bread, and caramel malts. It has a lightly yeasty, sour finish leaving a lingering sourness on the tongue for a while. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a smooth, velvety texture. Overall, flavorful, but youthful. A lot of flavor for a standard 5% ABV, landing a similar experience as its heavier relatives.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

Oct 03, 2018
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- it pours a deep, dirty, ruby red. With a very thin white head. No carbonation.
S- smells of wonderful cherries and carmel malt. Oak as well.
T- sweet cherries aged in oak barrells. Cherries have very little tartness. Slight malt and dry sherry finish.
F- medium body with dry finish.
O- not very tart which is right in my wheelhouse!

Aug 11, 2018
BIGPOPPAS from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice lunch or dinner red light sour that goes well with most anything .. Not on the level of the more premium Rodenbach offerings, but the price reflects that . This one is more of a daily drinker that I would recommend to most anyone that likes this style .

May 18, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber - red with nice micro bubble foam head. Nose is sour cherry, reminds me of a framboise Flavor is mostly cherry, some raspberry, reminds me of a light wine. Sweet and sour, has a nice tart finish. Carbonation had a fizzy quality. Overall this is a flavorful and light bodied beer, very enjoyable.

750ml bottle
4 rating

Apr 28, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aged for four years.

Another fine offering from Rodenbach -- and unlike Alexander and Caractere Rouge, this one is impressively reasonable in price! More malty than their other offerings, with that same lightly smacky tartness that doesn't overwhelm the nuances in the yeast that is used.


Mar 17, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 330ml bottle. Best by date of '08.28.2018'.
Reddish brown body. Thin ring cap. Some small spots of lacing that slide down the glass.
Light aroma of cherries and darker berry. Also vinous.
Taste of cherry, vinous grape, oak barrel, and funky yeast.
Refreshing mouth feel, fizzy on the tongue.
Described as having "sweet-sour taste and complex bouquet". Completely agree, also the description of "very drinkable ale".

Dec 08, 2017
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Gajo74 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky combination of dark amber/red and brown. The carbonation is visible through the darkness as is a fingernail length foam head. The head dissipates and leaves a silky swirl of film and frothy lacing that retains throughout.
The nose is dominated by fruit, mainly cherries and sour plum. There is also a caramel sweetness that contrasts nicely with a light lemon acidity.
Light in the mouth, silky and with a dry finish. A nice balance of tartness that is not overly acidic and fruit-cherry and plum-that is not overly sweet and syrupy. The carbonation is relatively gentle but provides enough of a tingle. Simple and complex, there is even the lightest hint of peppery spice and hops bitterness.. It has enough complexity to remain interesting and not a one dimensional sour. I would have again.
Refreshing and easy to drink

Oct 10, 2017
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car2052 from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle to tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky bloody brown. Head dies away fast. Very effervescent.
S: Apple cider vinegar, grape must, raisin. Very winey.
T: Tartness and a bit of sweetness up front. Fruity flavors like grape, strawberry, and hint of citrus in the middle. Finishes with a yeasty sourness.
M: Light-medium.
O: I think I like this a little more than Duchesse de Bourgogne. A little more well-rounded.

Jul 12, 2017
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Derek from Canada (BC)

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cork says 10-15, and it seems a bit oxidized.

Pours a small head, only a thin ring of retention.

Surprisingly light on the tart/funk. Okay, but I expected more.

Jul 12, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rodenbach is one of my favorite breweries, so I was surprised that I had never rated this. Ah well, poured from the bottle into the correct glassware at Pressklubben in Stockholm.

Pours a deep reddish brown, with very little foam.

Smell is tart with cherries and some vanilla at the forefront, backed up by some cranberries.

Taste is a bit sweet and sour, with lashings of cherries, strawberries and vanilla covering the tongue. Taste is fairy mild, but still lasts a long time on the pallette.

Mouthfeel is thin and bubbly.

It's very apparent that this is the younger sibling of the Grand Cru. It has most of the same taste profile, but lighter and milder. Superbly easy to drink, and so refreshing.

Jul 11, 2017
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Shanex from France

4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this one on tap at a cafe in Flanders, Belgium.

Brownish head and foam fading quickly. Smell and taste incredible, cherry and grape, very smooth and easy to sip on it, I wouldn't get tired of this.

Sadly difficult to find here, but it's a solid recommendation.

Jul 08, 2017
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