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

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1,831 Ratings
Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium
rodenbach.be

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,905
Reviews:
687
Ratings:
1,831
pDev:
11.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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86
Gots:
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Photo of bird_soul
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Borzov1982
4.86/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

It's not beer,it's perfect young wine. I like it!

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Photo of JamesLeung
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of flek
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mnine
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dgarciam
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petrusek23
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of car2052
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
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%
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 +5.8%
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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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shanex
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
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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4.24/5  rDev +6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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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4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaximalC
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acmurphy696
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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 ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Deltoro
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 1,831 ratings
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