Rodenbach Classic (Red) | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies 5.0-5.2% ABV

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-04-2002

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into oversized wine glass, best by 11-28-07. Pours crystal clear red color with a small off white head with decent retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Small bits of lacing cling to the glass as well. Aromas of cherry, vinegar, oak, and some spiciness. Decent aromas here, a tad bit more muted than I was expecting. Taste of big cherry, oak, vinegar, and apples. Nice sweet taste with a slight bit of apple and cherry tartness on the finish. The finish is surprisingly dry, with only some light sweetness and tartness on the finish. Medium carbonation and body. Very smooth drinking with no alcohol in the taste or finish. This is quite a refreshing and easy going beer due to the light amount of sourness present in this. Overall, a very nice Flanders red, I would like to try a younger bottle of this sometime.

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Photo of AtaraxiaDnB
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fragilehearted
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my first time having this, but figured I'd write a review. Here goes!

A - clear reddish brown with reddish-tan head on top. Standard for the style. Some patchy lacing sticks around.

S - not complex. Mostly black cherry, a little red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar...but not very vinegary, just a bit. Could be more fragrant.

T - follows nose. Not sour, very approachable. Fruity, kind of red wine-like.

M - light-to-medium, really easy. Can't taste a single drop of alcohol, smooth going down.

D/O - very, very drinkable. I admit, I liked this more the first time I had it. Now that I realize it's not sour at all, I find myself wishing it were. A great beer to start on, if you're not used to the style. Honestly, compares slightly more to an Oud Bruin in my opinion (having it after a Monk's Cafe) than a Flanders red, mostly because of its lack of sourness...the two are very, very similar. I absolutely love both styles, though, so still, a great beer to drink!

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark cherry red/ mahognay browncolor with thin, foamy off-white, slightly pink head. Sour aroma of cherries, oak and other dark fruit. A nice balance of sour and sweet with neiher to overpowering. Very tasty and refreshing with hints of sour cherry.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Une brune fraîche, savoureuse et désaltérante. Brune-rouge foncée, limpide, mousse serrée peu tenace, saturation moyenne.
Smell : Nez agréable et fruité
Taste and mouthfeel : saveur boisée, aigre-douce, bien fruitée (cerise) Légère astrigence, saveur assez sèche et fraîche.
Drinkability : Archétype des oud bruin

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $7.49 at Beverage World in Ft. Oglethorp, GA. Bottom of the bottle is dated 28/11/07 so I hope it that was the bottled on date not the best by. Dark red bordering on brown with no head. Smells like sour, glue, vinegar, cherry cough syrup and a hint of wood. the flavor is nice with just a hint of sourness and a hint of lemon and glue ( I swear I didn't eat glue as a kid!). A very approachable sour/wild, much more so than La Folie or even the duchesse which might scare off the newbie.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dsimenson
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewMaven
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Sal for this donation!

First time trying a Flanders Red Ale.

Pour a deep , clear red and has an off white head that dropped quickly leaving a ring and partial cover. Lace is abundant but also recedes after each sip.

Smells a lot like wine..cherries without the awful sulfer stink that most wine has.

Taste is of tart cherries. thin mouthfeel and mild yet biting carbonation. Dry finish.

Interesting style..I may have to hunt down a few other examples of this.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ruby red in color, head has good retention. Vinegar odor. Taste sour cherry, red-wine vinegar, light carbonation. Finishes dry. This beer has grows on me each time I revisit it

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a clear, dark, crimson hue. Head is a thin, unfinished, off white clump of froth. Not much lacing but it almost seems to leave legs along the glass.

S-Tart cherry with an underlying fruity sweetness. Oaky as well. Some caramel sweetness, too. Some vinegar. A bit of apple juice.

T-Flavor starts off with a moderately intense tartness that fades into a sweeter cherry flavor. Oak comes in after the tartness, too. Some brown sugar and a mushy, overripe fruit medley.

M-Medium bodied. Finishes surprisingly a bit dry. Fairly refreshing. Moderate carbonation.

O-I found this to be pretty tasty. Nice balance of sweet and sour. Nothing too overwhelming, which makes his beer a good go-to when your having a sour craving.

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Photo of ixodus
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured vigorously into a goblet a few thing clouds of off white foam. The beer is hazy brown in color with red hues. Leaves no lacing.

S: Cherry, Raspberry, Currants Red Wine Vinegar. A little tart with some funky bretty notes in there.

T: Subdued sour cherries and vinegar with some bretty funk and a slight bit of oak

M: Dry, medium bodied with sharp carbonation that kind of bites on the tongue

O: Overall this is a decent affordable sour for someone looking to get into them. I remember this being one of my first and me raving about it to everyone. Now that I'm a bit more experienced in the sour field I decided to try it again and it tastes completely different.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous beer here, this impresses right from the start: deep woody/burgundy red-brown in color, murky and opaque, with a slight but healthy off-/dirty white head clinging on top.

If you've ever drunk beer in Belgium, the smell of Rodenbach will take you right back there. Even if you never drank a Flanders red. It's just got that fruity, earthy, yeast-driven character, a special and unique smell, and this particular beer tucks the smell of antique barrel and sour cherry deep inside. Damn.

The taste doesn't quite reach the heights of the nose, however. In this department, a beer like Duchesse de Bourgogne comes out on top. (ooh, the Duchesse on top, hot!) Elements of wood and sour cherry dominate, while a lightly sweet maltiness reminds of graham cracker and earthy/funky yeast sits further back, more generically earthy than funky, but there's just a trace of barnyard way back there. Grape bubble gum, for sure. Tart/young berry fruit flavor in the finish,some citrus rind pucker as well, although it's a pretty dry beer so any lingering flavor doesn't last long.

"Spritzy" said my lovely Flanders Red Ale-loving wife last night, and I agreed then and agree now. The carbonation is prominent and aggressive, which works pretty well for the overall flavor of the beer. Would I like it a little calmer, texturally? Sure.

This is really nice, and reels it in a little bit toward the traditional side of the sour ale shore, if you've been on the more powerful, sourer American versions. Not exactly as exquisite as I'd remembered and hoped, but an excellent springtime quaff nonetheless.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Natirar 5/9/15

Pour ruby red and the smell of a sour tart cherry gets you first. The taste is good, rather simple, sour tart fruit, mostly cherry. Maybe a little spoiled with the sours lately but felt like I wanted more out if this. Still nice and simple and refreshing though. Good beer.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter: Translucent but deep russet with ruby highlights. Thick, tapioca collar (both color & texture), with just a few wisps of foam across the surface. Beautiful color.

Somewhat sharply sweet smell, like raspberries with some light maple sugar, lemon meringue, & semi-sweet red wine. Mild alcohol presence, even a little cocoa shows up. Very enticing.

The berry's there in the flavor, a little lemony jab, slight oak, but kind of thins out & gets watery. The flavors are diluted - not bad, but nowhere near the promise of the aroma.

A little citric jab in the mouthfeel, as well, but not much kick & on the thin side, as mentioned before. Kind of "stoney" feeling, too - mineral, if that makes sense.

Again, not bad, but a little disappointing given the rich smell. Not nearly enough follow-through, but easy-drinking nonetheless.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i'm not that big on sour beers but this one was pretty good.
it poured a deep coppery with hints of reddish flecks when the light shown through the glass, not much of a head but it was present the entire time i consumed the brew.
the aroma is soury, bit of apple cider vinager, maybe a has the pleasent properties of a good steak marenade.
the flaovr is pretty rich and complex, malty yet not to heavy, just enough sweetness to off set the sour, fruity and applilish, sour and sharp but not over the edge. i think this beer would go well with a good beligian mussles.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, poured in a logoed glass, at Café Vlissinghe, 08.14.09.

Nose is softly sour and vinous with grape-like fruit and dark malt with a soft malty sweet-smell. Smells good.

Pours clear translucent deep copper with mild head. Looks good.

Flavor follows nose with soft sourness and mild tartness. Soft bitterness. Soft malt attack and dark grape-like fruit, some notes of bubblegum and artificial grape flavor. Midpalate of spicy yeast and mild alcohol, some peppery zest. Mouthwatering quench. Small burst of malic tartness. More dark malt to finish. Tastes good. Feels good. Pretty good drinkability.

Sour, dark, kind of sweet, and softly alcoholic.

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Photo of Douglas88
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a deep murky amber, almost purple color. A decent white head, but little retention. The aroma is quite complex; initially sour and woody, the sweet fruits and candies stand out also. The flavor is nice, but also very drinkable; an initial sourness, and lots of notice of the aging process, woody oak flavors throughout. The boy of the flavor is full of sweet chocolates and cherries, some light yeast also. The finish leaves quickly and clean. I found consuming a lot of this to be quite easy and fun. A good beer for sure.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

5.1% ABV. 8.45 oz [email protected]$2.79 from Merchant's. I picked up a 6'er never having had it before. Pours to a clear deep mahogany, forming a soft light tan head with pancake batter head at the margins of the glass. Retention is good and lacing is good. Carbonation is moderately strong, ~3 carbs. The aroma is very enticing...lots of tart cherry, basement, dust, and when swirled, some nice sour B-funk appears. Mouthfeel is soft, clean, and crisp with a refreshingly light body and piquant acidity and astringency of oak. The taste is a well-balanced mix of tartness, wood, and sparse malts. Bitterness is nill. This comes across much more drinkable than the Grand-Cru which I find to be of such unrestrained sourness that it offers no complexity. The finish has a touch of metal that lingers on the tongue. Highly sessionable. I could put away a 6'er of this without batting an eyelash. I really enjoyed this.
L=4.5, A=4.5, T=4.5, MF=4.5, O=4.5

re-review 1/24/13-11.2 oz bottle, 5.2% ABV. Apparently filtered. 75% young, 25% 2 year. I've found that the flavor now is quite restrained compared to my prior review, and the metal flavor is quite strong, interfering with the enjoyability of the beer. Now, I much prefer the grand cru. The mouthfeel and body are quite light. I'd have a hard time drinking more than 3 of these, which would give me a pretty bad case of heartburn. The current rating is what I think of this beer as of this review.

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

A: (3/3) Caramel brown with very slight haze and medium carbonation--thin bubbly head but well-retained
S: (9/12) Earthy sour with light raisin tones
T: (16/20) Light flavor with cidery sour and very clean finish
M: (4/5) Light-bodied, light bubbliness, light dry finish
O: (7/10) Basically a light cidery beer. Far more sessionable than most sours I’ve had, but that simplicity has its obvious drawbacks.

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Photo of Philousa
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, almost brown with 1/4 finger head and visibly active carbonation in the glass. Dark roasty biscuit malt aroma hides behind sour cherries and currants. I also get light fruit like ripe strawberries. Toasted wheat bread taste holds up sour cherries and currants as described above. Watery, but very creamy due to the yeast and carbonation, this beer finishes wet.

This is to sours what Sierra Nevada is to Pale Ales. Very refreshing and drinkable, not too sour but lots of flavor with a full body. This isn't the most complex sour, but it's a great intro and, eventually, stand by. With such a low ABV, I like finishing my night with a Rodenbach. Go home with the one that brung ya.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep ruby red color with a small white foam on the top of the brew. The thin foam fades rather rapidly leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is a mix of cherry and plum with a strong sour aroma of a candy like nature as well as some notes of a yeasty like smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a raspberry and cherry sweetness mixed with a rather mellow tartness. As the flavor advances the fruit flavors remain constant and are joined by some light oaky flavors as well as an increase in the tart and sour flavors due to an advent of a tart apple and lactic acid taste. As the taste advances further to the end a yeasty like taste joins the mix producing a slightly funky and sour taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both are rather fitting for the style and help keep the brew an easier drinker even in light of its more tart nature.

Overall – A rather enjoyable brew with a nice blend of sweet and tart.

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 1,843 ratings