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

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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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Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
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Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: '04-04-13' stamped on label (probably best by?)
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

For its price and availability, Rodenbach's Classic may just be the perfect Flanders Red ale. The signature tartness and fruit flavors are here, alongside a pleasing sweetness from the initial brown malt base. Solid overall, and very hard to go wrong with this ale.

Pours a 1.5cm head, light tan in color, with bubbles ranging from small to large in size (small on the bottom), giving a frothy look. Retention is above average, slowly fading to a thin cap of foam atop the body with thicker ring around the perimeter. Lacing is substantial, leaving many various shapes and splotches on the sides of the glass. Body is a brownish color with only slight traces of red; holding to light only brings out a lighter shade of brown. From the Flemish Reds that I've seen, they don't look any better than this.

Aroma of oak, cinnamon, mild tart cherries and raspberries, cherry syrup, and slight black pepper. Slightly cherry yogurt-like as beer warms. Not particularly tart or sour, but those components are still present enough to be noticeable.

Noticeably tart, yet still somewhat mild, a mixture of tart fruit and lacto and pedio-coccus sourness with a subdued brown malt base. Opens with well-balanced sweet-sour cherries and malt base. Mid-palate is of a tart brown malt base with enjoyable tart cherry and raspberry flavors. Back of palate finds increased tartness and cherry syrup flavors. Aftertaste is primarily sweet, slightly caramel-like with just a hint of cherry and raspberry flavors and associated tartness.

Beer is medium-bodied throughout, with a moderate carbonation that leads to a subtle foaming on the palate. The result is a slightly creamy, yet crisp and satisfying beer. Finish is very dry, as expected, with little stickiness on palate.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head on a murky brown with golden hued body. No lacing really. Aroma is very fruity with syrup, caramel and sour cherry. Flavor is similar creamy with sour cherry, caramel and syrups. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice flavor. Interesting brew, not sure if I have had any from this style before. Complex and more drinkable than you would expect.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split with friends. I decided to do a side by side tasting and open this along with the grand cru and also the caractere rogue to analyze the differences in each. Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears an amber with ruby clarity through the middle. A tan finger of head forms atop and slowly fades leaving patchy lace sticking to the glass.

The smell includes mild notes of vinegar and dark fruits like cherry mixed almost with a kiss of something like dark belgian candy sugar. It gives a hint of sweetness to the nose like caramel/vanilla. More dark fruity apple and cherry quality emerge as the glass is swirled.

The taste includes some of the previously described caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar and vanilla. Tart cherry and soft hints of apple cidar vinegar. A very mild tartness brings out fruit that increases in focus as it warms. This is a pleasant integration of caramelized sugar, barrel presence and soft tartness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is very drinkable that is light and refreshing. It would be a very mild and approachable offering for someone who might have had anything similar to this style before. A classic, I couldnt help but think anout the endless array of foods this could be paired with. I'll be picking this up again.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Bearski-Beerski
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed: During this review.
Appearance: Bloody water with just enough visible carbonation.
Smell: Instant tart and sour cherry/strawberry leading to the unveiling of a harmonious nutty oak scent.
Taste: Almost identical to the way it smells. Tart + sour cherry/strawberry, followed by a mild oak after taste. Then, a light carbonation tingle.
Mouthfeel: Quite light in body(not my thing, but with this low enough of an ABV...it works). Rather silky as well, except for the slight tingle.
Overall: I found it hard not to rate this a perfect score. The only thing I thought would of made it a five could be a more full bodied mouth feel and maybe age it towards having a little more oak flavor(I'm over opinionated at best). Otherwise this brew was exceptional in general, but especially for the price.
Stay Fiscal My Friends!

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Kegatron
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a deep clear ruby, topped with a ½ finger of fizzy off-white head. This retains with just a light foamy ring around the edges of the glass, leaving back a gentle smattering of lace. The aroma smells of cherry tartness with a vinegar edge to it and some light notes of earthy wood. Some light sugary sweetness hangs in the background a bit.

The taste is similar, with more tart cherries and a balancing sugary sweetness. Oak occupies the edges of the profile while this finish with a sour bite at the end that then leaves the finish on this dry, tannic and burnt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness on the tongue and then more of a creamier feel on top that helps keep those flavors moving. I’m digging the feel here, as its equal part lively and slick in the mouth.

This was good, packing in some good cherry flavor but then also having a nice acidic bite to it. The body on this really did a solid job of keeping those flavors accessible as well. This is well worth picking up. It’s very drinkable for what’s involved.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of stewart124
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 bottle

Poured into a Pint glass.

Amber on color with little head.

Some cherry in the nose along with a slight vinegar note.
Not quite as sour than I expected. Very drinkable though. More cherry along with a slight malty note. All this is overtaken by the tart profile. Very nice balance in the sense that nothing is overpowering.

Nice carbonation level and again a very drinkable Flanders red

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of Reaper16
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a fairly translucent amber color. It's dark, but there's evident clarity to the body. It looks like whiskey, actually. Except, you know, with 1.25 fingers of eggshell colored head sitting on it.

Vinegar tartness is the dominant aroma here. It's sort of in-between Balsamic vinegar and, like, the malt vinegar packets from Long John Silver's or something. There's some cherry aroma as well. I pick up on a gingersnap cookie component. Some barrel astringency. Maybe a tiny bit of cinnamon. It's tartness and cookie sweetness and little else.

It's not strongly tart on the palate, however. There's a light amount of malt vinegar tartness here, but the fruity sweet flavors really cover up the tartness. Fruit snacks meets Luden's cough drops -- we're talking candy sweet, not actual fruit sweet. This lacks depth, but not tastiness.

It's remarkably drinkable because of how those flavors mesh with the beer's light body and smooth texture. The bottle goes down in a flash because of the balance between sweet and tart.

Overall, this is a good Flanders Red. A benchmark for the style in a lot of ways. It's crazy-drinkable, but don't expect a depth of flavor (or a significant sourness).

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,801 ratings.
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