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

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Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)
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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 ktrillionaire
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a paradigm of the style and it is always fucking fantastic!

A - Brown-ruby hued, replete with a persistent khaki crown, leaving occasional glaciers of lace.

S - Sweet and sour and absolutely delectable. Concord grape and a sort of Polynesian-tart sauciness marks the nose.

T - The nose is extrapolated in the flavor, but that doesn't even begin to give the taste credit due... both the flavor and aroma are so well-apportioned to the point of being absolutely sublime. The concord grape, the wood, the masterful balance of blending; this brew is clearly a work of fine art, beyond mere solid craftsmanship.

M - Just as beautiful and dynamically balanced as it gets

D - I have enjoyed this brew for so long... Though this version is less sour than the Grand Cru, it is more consistently excellent; really every bit of the brew is perfection and archetype.

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Photo of Davit
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of mikeg67
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy brown with a tanned head, nice lacing. Aroma is of sour dough, dark fruit and some woody notes. Full, smooth, creamy body. Pleasant sweet-sour taste is of yeast, fruit (mostly cherry) and wine like woody notes. Long, sweet-sour finish. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep brown color with some amber hues. Silky tan head with good lace.

Lots of tart cherries and raspberries with sweet candy malts. A faint woody aroma as well.

Again a nice sweetness up front with a tart finish. Sour pitted fruits with caramel malts and a soft earthy flavor.

Start bery full and tappers well to a fairly dry finish. Good amount of carbonation adds to the flavor profile.

This is a wonerfull example of the style. Quite complex, yet well balanced and pairs well with many dishes. Best with some strong cheese, nuts and fresh fruit. Also a nice palate cleanser between courses for any fine meal.

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Photo of bump8628
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of generallee
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 8.45oz or 250ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: It had a deep reddish brown color with some visible carbonation. Its head was small and slightly pinkish tan color. The head slowly recedes, leaving some nice lace behind on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has sweet and sour fruity notes with some sharp acidic cider vinegar notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: Wow very interesting! The range of flavor is amazing. It starts off with sour apple cider vinegar notes over a light malty flavor. This quickly turns to a more sweet/tart fruity flavor with cherry notes and some hints of musty oak. Next up is a slightly dry, mild earthy bitterness. For the finish it turns back to a semi-dry, tart/sour flavor that slowly fades off the tongue. It's about medium bodied and the carbonation feels light and a bit fizzy.

Notes: This is a very complex and interesting beer. It is a slow sipper that is very enjoyable small amounts.

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Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of stephenlee
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of mpayne5
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of hardy008
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown with ruby highlights and a two finger foamy tan head with good retention and spotty lacing. Smells like sour and sweet cherries, vinegar, oak, and vanilla.

The taste for some reason is not as strong as the aroma. Tastes like sweet and sour cherries, oak, and vanilla, but it seems somewhat weaker than the aroma suggested. Still has a decent flavor, but it isn't tart enough.

Light bodied with modest carbonation. Almost watery. This is not as good as the Grand Cru, in fact it isn't even close. That's not to say that this is a bad beer, but it pales in comparison to the Grand Cru.

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Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've only had a handful of examples of this style and this ranks as the most understated in 'sour' and overall flavor. Sampled on Dec 14, 2010, best by Oct 6, 2010, been in my fridge since late Sept.

Poured it into a Corsendonk tulip and it pushed up a short half-inch head before collapsing into a thick collar with webbed lacing - quite nice. Really dank, dark mahogany hue. The aroma is subtle and clean - soft sour cherry, light sweet malt, and the faintest woody notes in the back. Not as potent or rich altogether as I would have expected or liked.

And the subtleties continued in the taste. Sourness is there at the start, but at such a relaxed degree that a newcomer to this style might not pucker, too much, though it does increase through to the finish, leaving a light tang on the tongue at first. The bottle suggests serving at 6-8 C, but I found a tiny burst of flavors opened up a little warmer than that

Coming back, there's an almost lactic tart on top, drying out the middle of the tongue in time, and a touch of sweetness curling around the sides of the tongue near the tip late. Really only some cherry as far as fruity tones as a whole with hints of raisin and/or weak phenols coming real late. Not a whole lot of depth to the malt either, but nice for what it offers. I'd try it again, preferably with some Belgian pub fare.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of CampusCrew
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap... This is my first sour ale. I had no idea what I was missing. Unsure how to rate it because I have nothing to compare it to.

appearance: beutiful red copperish color and the head retention faded fast

smell: sour candy fruit, grapes and cherries

taste: not extemelely sour enough to be balanced with the fruit taste. work of art!

mouthfeel: high carbonation and light

drinkability: very easy... I could session this at a nice dinner

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 1,849 ratings