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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kc44
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown, not quite opaque, no head, didn't really expect one on a beer like this one. Really nice fruity aroma, but kind of one dimensional, not picking up any funk or wood, maybe just a touch of yeast. Exceptionally delicious beer, and while I appreciate subtlety in a brew with sour character, they don't all need to be special occasion bottles that demand constant attention and reflection. This is an outstanding go to just-felt-like-a-sour beer. What I'm trying to say is that no, this isn't a hall of fame Belgian sour, but yes, it tastes absolutely incredible and is an outstanding value. What it lacks in a depth comparison to the grand cru it makes up for in casualness. Anyway, great medium body on this beer, very pleasant carbonation. All in all, like I was saying, a totally worthwhile beer, but if you came for the funk you might leave disappointed. If you wanted the sweet-tart beer combo in a sessionable beer at a legit price, this is your huckleberry.

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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark brown-red pour with a short-lived reddish head and slight lacing.

S - Aroma of sour cherries and a hint of grapes, followed up with a very mild yeast scent.

T - A tart and lightly sweet cherry taste followed with a bit of sourness. A nice earthy yeast and oakiness on the back end.

M - Medium-bodied, well-carbonated with a complex creamy texture and a dry finish

O - An easy drinking Flemish sour. Not as sophisticated as the Gran Cru but a nicely balanced and surprisingly complex beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Connecticut Avenue in DC. Served in a Rodenbach tumbler.

Pours a fairly-clear mahogany color with a nice off-white head with pretty good retention and a nice bit of lacing. The nose brings some beautiful notes of cream with some cherry, oak, and light vanilla. Touch of acidity, balanced between lactic and acetic. Really nice.

The flavor brings a beautiful combo of cherry and oak with accompanying acidity. Body is nice and creamy with some perceived fruit sweetness. Dry finish after a somewhat-chewy body. Really a great example of the style.

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of hardy008
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
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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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Ommegang chalice

A-dark red, almost brown. small head that fell quickly

S-Vinegar, very sour. Not much else to it.

T-Not as sour as I was expecting. Tastes alot like a champagne. The sour builds into the middle finishing with a maltiness.

MF-High carbonation, very light body. Nice aftertaste.

O-not as powerful as Grand Cru. this is only the second of the style I have had. But this is pretty good.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Rutager
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance Pours a deep, deep amber-brown with very little head.

Smell. Sweet and sour berries, apples and a little bit of vinegar and dank wood.

Taste. Slightly tart berries and sour cherry, slightly sweet, just a faint bitter woodyness in the back.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium carbonation, slightly sticky.

Overall. Good beer. A little sweet for me, but I enjoyed it.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep red, nearly burgundy shade with a small off white head
S: Smells of sour cherries and other berries with a slight sweetness
T: sourness up front with a slight maltiness. Huge sour cherry toward the middle to end with a sort of funky and oaky sour aftertaste.
M: fairly light bodied with soft carbonation
O: A fantastic beer, sour yet balanced and very finely crafted. I'm very happy that I picked up a bottle.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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2/5  rDev -50.1%

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

On draft at brewery. .25 l into Rodenbach tulip.  Dark ruby.  Off white head, soapy lacing. Aroma, vinegar, sour. Mouth puckering, biting in the back of the mouth and top of throat. Smooth finish, Michael Jackson called this refreshing,I guess for the first time I understand what he meant. Delicious. 

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,814 ratings.
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