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 Phelps
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had from the glass at Papago the other night. I told one of the girls there that I was in the mood for a sour, and this is what she poured me, saying the bartenders "were looking for a reason to open this one anyway" as she poured the deep dark-chocolate brown liquid into a tulip glass.

Hues of light amber and cranberry highlights become visible when held to light. A buttercream head flitters away without much notice, leaving a ring.

In the nose, I get some dry red wine along with some sweeter grape juice. The sourness of green apples is there as well, along with some light caramel malt and cola.

The taste is less red winey and more grape juicy. It's sweet, almost like a dessert wine. Some nutty maltiness. I actually would've like just a tad more sourness, but the mild funk that's there is nice, and balanced nicely by some caramel sweetness. This has the complexity of Dr Pepper.

Medium-light body, high carbonation. Slippery.

As far as Flanders reds go, this one is passable. It certainly sated my sour cravings -- at least for one night.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
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 ckeegan04
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Murky reddish brown, very dark. Head is rather thin and off-white in color. Quickly fades to a thin ring around the glass.

S - Sweet and sour in the nose. Dark fruits, especially cherry and a little plum. A touch of oak and spice both come through as the beer warms. A little touch of balsamic vinegar as well.

T - Tart and acidic initially with a quick balancing sweetness. Lots of dark fruit and spices. Hints of vinegar. A clean earthiness lies underneath providing excellent balance throughout.

M/D - Smooth and on the drier side of things. Medium body with excellent carbonation levels. All of the flavors play off each other very well making this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured toffee brown into a tulip with a thin cap of light khaki head. Aroma of sweet cherry and oaky spice.

Moderate carbonation and a fairly dry, light mouthfeel. Tart cherry and biscuit up front with some dark fruit sweetness and a return to mild cherry on the finish.

Light and full-flavored without becoming too puckering. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of kylemckinnis
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A - Pours a murky reddish-brown with a thin off-white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving some light lacing.

S - Aromas of tart cherries, green apple, and light balsamic vinegar.

T - Taste of sour cherries and green apples upfront. The finish is balanced out with some oak flavors and vinegar aftertaste.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - One of the best introductory sours out there. Sweet and sour without being overbearing. Very refreshing.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8.45 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tulip.
Best before 06.03.08; Labeled 3-18 16:34.

Dark oak with ruby highlights. Very creamy, porous burnt white-head that slowly recedes. Some traces of thin and spotted lacing.

Bright, acidic fruity esters: cherry, raspberry, cranberry. Notes of vinegar. Soft cream, toffee, caramel. A nice balance of aromas.

Sharp, fresh tart fruit flavors with a nice dose of acidity; raspberry, cranberry, orange, cherry. Some floral hints with an earthen chocolate-like character that adds just a hint of sweetness. Touches of light vinegar and alcohol in the aftertaste.

A light, medium bodied; not as abrasively carbonated as you would expect. Actually creamy in spots.

Obviously a staple for the Flanders Red style. Pleasantly tart but not over the top; very well rounded.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Nightrain87
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Phatz
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle screen printed and corked bottle with a new logo from the displayed above.

I have only had 3 Flanders Reds but I have decided it is my current favorite style and I am going to seek out as many of these as I can find. I love the teeter-totting from sweet to tart and the berry bite in the end wow. I did enjoy this beer more than the Grand Cru but not quite as much as the Duchess De Bourgogne.

Suggestion: Let this warm signifcants on the counter before opening. It really mellows. Also take your time; start before it has reached room temp and re-cork (if you have a 750 ML) and try a small flute again and again as it warms. Absolutly *fasinating* the flavors that continue to come out, especially the coco.

Appearance: Pours a dark raspberry brown/copper color that does not let the light through the body but looks lighter around the edges. It had a small light brown head that fades to a spotty frothy cap and descent lacing.

Smell: Raspberries, cherry, brown sugar a hint of smoked barrel wood fill the nose and send my taste buds in a frenzy of anticipation i.e. salivation.

Taste: Sour, with wine like attributes it is cherry with a hint of coco and a flood of brown sugar it slides smoothly and is somewhat nonchalant the way sneaks through the fist part of palate without causing much ruckus; then, all of the sudden it erupts with flavors of berries and spices that that are simply exceptional. As it warms there are hint of coca and nuts and oak along with the sour cherries. It is similar to the Lambics that I have had in acidity and bite. The aftertaste lingers forever! mmm.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very nice. I do not have much within the style to compare it to yet but it is extremely active and poking and prodding the palate while dancing around with great energy on the taste buds. That said the carbonation is not as crazy as the Grand Cru was, which I personally prefer. It was a little rough on the swallow sometimes with the acidity but overall, very nice in the mouth.

Drinkability: I hardly know what to say. Typically I would not consider a sour beer sessionable but maybe I am converting to a new way of thinking; this beer was so east to drink it was hard to believe. I won’t quite give it a 5.0 but it’s a really close call wow. I think it’s that amazing aftertaste that just keeps this beer cruising down the hatch =)

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Blaze5445
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of ajm5108
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of BigTrubble
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of magictrokini
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark red pour with no head. Oaky, vinuous nose with a sour cherry lingering in the background. Very nice, smooth palate. Cherry, sour malt, and some champagne in the taste. Somewhat of a cheryy cobbler taste, but much sourer and with only a hint of brown sugar. Mildly acidic, but not overpowering.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Deltoro
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PG2G
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear, dark reddish brown color with a thin tan head.

S- Very tart, vinegar, some dark cherries and raspberry, mild yeast funk in the background.

T- Sour but not overpowering, cherry and oak flavors, some yeast and a bit of wine flavor on the end, it could have stood to be a bit more tart but still tastes great.

M- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp feel.

O- A solid Flemish Red, doesn't have as much going on as the Grand Cru, but still an great beer. Would probably be a good intro to sour beers before moving onto some more aggressive lambics.

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Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dacrza1
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dense purplish brown body with a pencil-thin white head; intimidating yet beguiling... SOUR--but not sour patch--fresh and flowery... intense... light-bodied but the presence is apparent; clean (no tracing on the glass is proof), so much that the mouth could forget the experience seconds after... WOW: a tartness early, with sugary sweetness throughout--and yet a mellow, fizzy finish! The beer's as fun as it gets, pleasantly poppy and refreshing, especially on a humid evening such as this...

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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