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

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)
Very Good
1,847 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,847 |  Reviews: 691
Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of DreamInOrange
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown but still somewhat clear and lets some light through with a good thick lingering head. Has an aroma of balsamic vinegar and a bit of wine. Complex flavor that is somewhat reminiscent of an old bruin style in addition to the wine, vinegar and some raisin tastes. Slick mouthfeel.

Good version of this style and a bit more accessible than their vintage version of this. Have not yet had the chance to try the grand cru.

 438 characters

Photo of Petro910
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of bwmichaud
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this brew numerous times over the years but I recently had it on tap for the 1st time. Faint aromas of cherries and somewhat earthy.
Taste is enjoyable. Mostly tart cherries with a subtle sour characteristic that would pair well with food. Mouthfeel was medium to light bodied and the carbonation was high but appropriate. An excellent brew.

 350 characters

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.

 571 characters

Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of fragilehearted
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my first time having this, but figured I'd write a review. Here goes!

A - clear reddish brown with reddish-tan head on top. Standard for the style. Some patchy lacing sticks around.

S - not complex. Mostly black cherry, a little red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar...but not very vinegary, just a bit. Could be more fragrant.

T - follows nose. Not sour, very approachable. Fruity, kind of red wine-like.

M - light-to-medium, really easy. Can't taste a single drop of alcohol, smooth going down.

D/O - very, very drinkable. I admit, I liked this more the first time I had it. Now that I realize it's not sour at all, I find myself wishing it were. A great beer to start on, if you're not used to the style. Honestly, compares slightly more to an Oud Bruin in my opinion (having it after a Monk's Cafe) than a Flanders red, mostly because of its lack of sourness...the two are very, very similar. I absolutely love both styles, though, so still, a great beer to drink!

 974 characters

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 3/4" beige head which dissipated pretty quickly. Deep burnt umber brown color almost like coffee. Smell is a little bit of malt and a lot of pickle juice. Taste is the reverse, the pickle sour is more subdued, and it has some fruitiness such as cherry. It's probably the mildest sour I've had.

 302 characters

Photo of kmwilson76
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Burnsy22
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from 750

A: hazy chestnut brown color with minimal light tan head.

S: mild sour aroma, some funk, farmhouse.

T: nutty malt with hints of tartness. Some cherry and currants, but really not much doin.

M: light-medium body, high carb. Very drinkable.

O: very muted and dark compared to grand cru. Not that impressed.

 341 characters

Photo of stevoj
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice tangy, lingering palate on this Belgian ale. Pours reddish/brown with thin beige silky head. Aroma is wine, fruit and candy. Has a wine-like taste with elements of cherries, cough syrup, apple cider. Sour taste lingers on the palate.

 238 characters

Photo of Telestic
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of tone77
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brownish/red color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with fruits. Taste is tart, cherries, some other berries, lots of flavor here. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good beer worth checking out.

 267 characters

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of the Rodenbach Grand Cru and feel that beer is somewhat superior to this one, although the Classic is certainly very nice in its own right. I had a little side to side with the Duchesse recently and the Rodenbach classic came out, for me, the clear winner.

A murky reddish brown color with a strong cap of foam, good retention and sticky lacing. Aroma is tart and full of cherries, acidity, oakiness. Sweet but not excessively so. Somewhat sour in the nose. Flavor is also moderately sour, nicely tart, fruity, and tannic. Tasty sour cherry flavor with a light oak note; sweetness is definitely there but is well short of cloying; falls between the Duchesse and the Grand Cru in this respect. Bitterness is negligible.

Good carbonation, somewhat dry finish, crisp and refreshing. Enjoyable and easy to drink; falls shy of the much more complex Grand Cru.

 875 characters

Photo of squiresks
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of jtmcgraw
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of craigdb
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ixodus
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured vigorously into a goblet a few thing clouds of off white foam. The beer is hazy brown in color with red hues. Leaves no lacing.

S: Cherry, Raspberry, Currants Red Wine Vinegar. A little tart with some funky bretty notes in there.

T: Subdued sour cherries and vinegar with some bretty funk and a slight bit of oak

M: Dry, medium bodied with sharp carbonation that kind of bites on the tongue

O: Overall this is a decent affordable sour for someone looking to get into them. I remember this being one of my first and me raving about it to everyone. Now that I'm a bit more experienced in the sour field I decided to try it again and it tastes completely different.

 676 characters

Photo of Ralphs66
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of JRdaSconnie
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Poured into a tulip. Best by some time next year.

Cloudy ruby-brown, big head forms and goes quick.

Smell is all tart black cherry. Sharp, but not really sour.

Flavor is black cherries, other berry-type fruits I can't really define, some oak. Less sharply tart than the nose, but a lack of much sweetness saves this one.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Leaves sticky cherry flavors on the tongue.

Overall this is a great take on the not-so-sour kind of Flanders beers out there. Some of them end up tasting like juice; this one does not at all. I also like that it comes in six-packs.

 597 characters

Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 1,847 ratings