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 djtomain
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of thecheapies
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 08.22.12

Dark antique reddish-mahogany body with a rich light sepia head of two fingers. Looks great. 4.0

Tartness from balsamic vinegar notes and sour cherry. Some great tannic, vinous qualities and sprite oaky barrel aroma. 4.5

Vinegary and fruity. Really smoothed out and balanced with a bit of age on it. Not super-puckering or ballsy oak bitterness. More suggestion of tart cherry and red currant. The oak vats are right there in the taste. This is a wonderfully mature and complex beer. 4.5

Nice balance between body and carb, although both are on the thin side. Alcohol well-hidden. Drinks very easily, but you want to savor it. 4.0

My first Belgian love. A beer I've been drinking since I turned legal. A great Flanders Red. 4.5

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Photo of cssosprey
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dbossman
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany color with a huge and dense and beautiful light brown head--so creamy and the lacing is subsequently intricate and beautiful

S: Tart apples, cherries, pears with a touch of cider vinegar; this smells fruity and tart and slightly sweet and earthy and musty and grainy; let's go

T: Not near as tart as aromas indicated but still plenty of tart fruits--actually a bit woody and bready too; some slight banana and bubble gum in the finish

F: Creamy with light carbonation but a touch thin

O: A very drinkable and accessible sour; obviously not as sour as the Grand Cru--though the aroma hinted like it might be--but still a nice, balanced example of the style

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Photo of srandycarter
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish brown, clear, small near white head, only a ring. No lace.

S - Sharp start nice round malt surrounding it. Musky note observed as well.

T - Juicy, malty, small bite at end. Nice, but nothing extreme.

M - Medium body, lower carb than would have liked, ok balance.

D - Liked it, but wouldn't actively seek it out again.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very murk brown with a white head. best before date 08-22-12. Lots of tart sweetness on the nose. Some citrus, raisins, lemon rind, green apples. Mildy tart, not over the top tasting. Low amount of effervescence. Malty sweetness up front, almost buttery, slides around the sides of the tongue and bright fruit sourness kicks in to balance. A wave of subtlety (for a sour anyway). Hidden notes of oak, lots of deep complex flavors if you wanna look for them. Pretty smooth and well balanced. I usually don't like sours but the sour flavors lend a nice balance to this one.

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

One of my first of the style that I've tried.

I love the aroma of sour cherries and malt sweetness. You can taste the base brown ale and almost seperate it form the sourness. After Trying numerous other sour beers, I can always come back to this one. Great for a refreshing experience in hot weather or for something special over dinner.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Khazadum
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Davit
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of KevdoggNasty
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kc44
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of Airedoggie
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of ChrisTHE
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of mikeg531
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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 Swim424
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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 +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Rutager
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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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Photo of bakerm3
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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