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

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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

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Ratings:
1,806
Reviews:
682
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
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87
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Photo of Cresant
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The semi-opaque body was a dull brown/red leather color. The modest head faded quickly, falling to a ring and island of foam. The beer cleared some and subsequent pours darkened some. The head was the color of old tanned newspaper.

Smell was vinegar up front. Complex and changing throughout the drink. Sweet grape kool-aid (citric acid?), fresh currants. More vinous toward the end of the bottle.

Taste was stone-fruits. Cherry, peaches. A pleasant tart bit and an acidic dry finish. Richer toward the end of the bottle. Refreshing and interesting. Flavors reflected the aroma.

Mouthfeel was very zesty at the beginning and smoothed way out toward the end as it warmed. Medium to light bodied. I would love to drink this one again in the future.

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Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A creamy, beige, half-inch head quickly turns rocky above a clear, brown beer with ruby highlights. (SRM 20). Spotty lace forms on a Rodenbach snifter.

As expected, this one is quite sour and dominated by balsamic vinegar with sour cherries. Notes of oak and leather come and go from the background.

As with the other Rodenbach beers, this one is tart from bottom to top. Cherry is most prominent, particularly as the sweetness comes out in the middle of the finish. The finish is modest and long lasting, while the acidity is less than expected.

A light to medium body with fine effervescence and a silky texture.

This is a good option to enjoy while decompressing, as it is refreshing and cleansing.

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Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 split between 2 people. Served in a Tripel Karmaliet tulip

A - Pours a murky brown with a creamy tan head. Lacing is speckled.

S - Old fruit, pears, apples, currants, old barn funk, dusty yeast, very malty, caramel, burnt sugar, earthy minerals, acetic lemon, dank wet wood.

T - Malty upfront with various fruits layered in. Pears, apples, lemons. Old and funky. It has an overall green apple skin tartness. Loads of yeast present with faint banana note on the finish.

M - Medium body, thick luscious feel, dry.

Complex malts, somehow it's sugary without being sweet. Subtle tartness with more funk than I was expecting. This is a solid Flanders that focuses on malt and fruit more the tartness/sourness.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Server in a pint glass.

Appearance: ridiculously dark amber, very light bubbles on the body. Off white head maybe 1/10", I'm not crazy over the way it looks but it's still attractive.

Smell: strong woody taste, you can inhale the malts and cellaring.

Taste: This taste is not for everybody, strong sourness to it that makes the rest of the beer very hard to enjoy. Wood, almost cedar like...but a notch sweet. I don't hate it but keep my words in mind before sipping and judging.

Mouth: an easy medium to full, strong after taste of rye sticks to you like black to the night.

Overall: good beer but the hype it definitely does not live up to. Honestly this is probably my first flander's red ale, and I want to try more before I put them on the "beware" list. Salud!

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Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Budlum
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle in to a goblet. A somewhat firm, tan head that dissipates in about two minutes leaving nice lacing throughout the drink. Colors are light brown, almost cloudy with plenty of red hues. A goblet with a smaller diameter would show more of the red characteristics.

The aromas are immediately floral. Sour apples, fresh raspberries, hints of passion fruits and a slight hefeweiss yeast smell. Hyacynthe in the mix as well?

The flavors are noticeably tart, as expected. However, the tartness never becomes overwhelming. Fresh sour fruits, hints of juniper and sweet raisins as it warms. Light in body yet powerful in flavor. A slight saltiness as well as vanilla tones can be found in the finish. There is no presence of alcohol as epected from the low ABV.

Incredible mouthfeel with plenty of effervesence. A great balance of complexity and a classic representation of the style.

I've had this on draft a few times and noticed that tartness was much more apparent. I should also note that the bottle reviewed has been maturing for about four months. Earlier samples from the case had increased tartness but the same characteristics elsewhere.

For muggy summer evenings, forget the IPA's and wheat beers. This is the one! Very refreshing and ridiculously drinkable.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of bmur112
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of derkfromwi
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shand
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of memphischas
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of mmulebarn
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, chocolate brown with a tight light brown head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of sour cherries and some spice.

Tastes of the tart fruit followed by some sweetness. Cherries and raspberries along with some lemon come through. Has a citrus tartness to it. A bit of brown sugar sweetness adds to the mix. Some oak notes can be found along with a touch of some earth tones.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

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Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Rihup
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tclipse
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of djtomain
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of kingjohnh
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Budinetz
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,806 ratings.
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