Rodenbach Classic (Red)
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)
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Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #29
Ranked #5,644
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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Photo of artiefufkin
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.

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Photo of flipper2gv
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.

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Photo of Spike
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.

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Photo of jkblr
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).

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Photo of officerbill
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

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Photo of marcbosch
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
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.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
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!

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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 .

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Photo of Tony210
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

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Photo of Holderness
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.


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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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".

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Photo of Gajo74
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

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Photo of car2052
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.

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Photo of Derek
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
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.

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Photo of Shanex
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to orange to brown/Red color with a slim half finger-ed white foamy head that dissipated within about a light thirty seconds. The smell had a nice sweet to sour fruit leaning towards an apple/possibly peach and maybe somewhat light cherry. The taste took those flavors and combined wonderfully to taste. A nice sweet fruity to somewhat sour aftertaste accompanies the flavor. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there and good for the style and for me - as it’s nothing overbearing. Overall, I’d say that this is one I’d have again. Great beer!

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy ruddy brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, yeast, fruit, alcohol, hint of hops, slight earthiness, and cherry. Fits the style of a Flanders Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, yeast, fruit, alcohol, hint of hops, slight earthiness, and cherry. Overall, average appearance, good aroma, body, but too sweet.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an old, brown color, not unlike filthy pond water, with a negligible cap of khaki froth the soon retreats into tasteful ring around the periphery. Mild aroma smells of apple cider vinegar and tart cherries with some brown sugar and a vague, muted spice akin to stale allspice.

The taste is mellower than the nose would suggest, and extremely cohesive. Everything blends together so nicely that it is an entity unto itself, with little in the way of untoward prominences or evolution. Close scrutiny reveals apples, oak, bready malt, spicy yeast, and a tasteful dash of apple cider vinegar. Grain husk peaks out on the back end. Moderate carbonation and medium body afford a smooth, lively mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a subtle, classy brew with no serious flaws. The taste, while not bold or complex, is simply well-executed and delivers on the style in a way that would ingratiate itself even to novices.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You can smell the cherry as you place the glass up under your nose and the subtle sweetness balances well with a tartness. I can't grasp it as well going down, but the cherry definitely lingers slightly.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
2.22/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Please note my review is based on a bottle that I just purchased that unfortunately was "sell by" 6 months ago. Smelled and tasted pretty much like viniger. Don't age this beer. Drink fresh.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear ruby color with a light pink head of fizzy foam. It smelled of sweet cherries and a little bready notes. Nice sour bite up front with a strong cherry flavor. Crisp and puckering mouthfeel.

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Photo of janubio
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red brwon colour, with a small head that fades soon, leaving a good lace. Aroma is sour, oak, berries, Medium to light body, carbonation is good, Surprisingly, taste is not as sour as the smell indicates, cherries, vanilla, fruits, all come in good for a round bitersweet taste. Refreshing and easydrinking,

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Purpleish cloudy brown color with this tan head that quickly dissipates no lacing.

Smell - Sweet plum and dark fruits, raspberry little acidic and some vinegar and oak.

Taste - Very nice caramel and dark cherries, Sweet flavors dark fruit. oak, little bit of alcohol.

Feel - Medium body, very smooth slightly dry.

Overall - I really like this beer, the taste and smell is great.

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1876 ratings