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 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 smutty33
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of bump8628
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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 connecticutpoet
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was brown and cloudy, with almost no head.

The aroma was slightly skunky, but mostly of strong musty malt. Hints of fruitiness.

The taste was very fruity, hints of cherries and apples, sweet, pronounced malt, and red wine notes as well. It did seem a little thin for the taste though.

An interesting beer, worth a try.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jaasen64
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

25cl bottle from I believe 1984. Has a paper label over a painted label with a drink by date of what looks like November 1985 (definitely sometime in the mid 80s). Bottle is in good condition and was supposedly stored in a wine cellar since it's purchase from the brewery in the 80s. Cap definitely shows it's age a bit with a tiny bit of rust present. This bottle is way before Palm took over the brewery.

A- Cap comes off with a very slight hiss (impressive considering it's almost 30 years old), poured somewhat aggressively to get out the head. Pours a dark purplish red with a very bubbly just over a finger's worth of head that has decent retention but slowly fizzles down to a bubbly top. For it's age this still has very good carbonation. Not much in terms of lacing.

S- Right after pouring there was an awesome aroma very fragrant aroma of tart cherries, a little bit of vinegar, and perfectly balanced malts. The aroma however died pretty fast, I'd say about a minute after being opened. I assume this is due to it's age. After letting it sit there is still a faint presence of tart cherries and malts however it is very subdued and a hint of oxidation comes through.

T- Faint presence of cherries that have a little bit of tartness, some slight vinegar, definite presence of slight oxidation with tastes of wet cardboard, finishes slightly watery with a bit more oxidation coming through. Overall this wasn't bad considering it's age, there was definitely some oxidation coming through but overall it didn't detract from the beer too much. The original flavors were definitely still there but fairly subdued.

M- A bit on the thin side, slightly watery but very drinkable, carbonation fairly low but not surprising due to the age.

O- This beer held up a lot better then I thought it would for being a ~30 year old bottle. The aroma when I first cracked the bottle was actually one of the best aromas I've experienced in a beer with the perfect balance of tart cherries, vinegar, and malts. It's a shame it couldn't have lasted a little bit longer. Overall the bottle definitely showed it's age put was without a doubt a pleasure to drink.

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

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

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at McNulty Bier Market in Cleveland. Pours a dark red, ruby color with a very thin white head that disappeared in an instant. Slight sour cherry and vinegar aroma. Tart flavor of sour berries. Flavor ends quickly. No bitterness. Quite differnet from the Grand Cru, I was expecting it to be more sour. Light to medium body. Refreshing, and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mikeburd1128
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kingjohnh
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pops out a cork with ease, leading to a russet, brown, offering hazy cloudy in depth topped with a densely packed frothy sandy coating leaving a pillowy lace stuck to the glass.

Piquant scents of mouth watering sour apple. Light lemonade meets a light red apple with a leafy crispness.

First swigs: Bright red apple sharpness immediately starts off the palate with soft rose petal Earthiness. A touch of medicinal copper penny and lemon meringue pie filling follow through to a razor sharp finish of Sweet-Tart candy. A delicate linger of fluffy candy.

Restrained body and refined flavor makes a drinkable beer in my book. Clean finish helps.

Last swigs: Tart red apple sour sipper. A true classic.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super deep brown color with minimal white head.

S: Nice sour/tart with a little hint of funk smell. Cherries, vinegar. Little bit sweet in the back as well.

T: Nice blend of sweetness and sour. Finishes more tart than sour. In between that there was a nice hint of cherries than melded everything together and gave it some balance.

M: Smooth medium body.

D: This is like the training wheels of sour beers. Very good beer. The low ABV makes this a nice pseudo session beer. My lust for funky and or sour beers was sated for one evening. The hunger grows now...

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