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

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BEER INFO

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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Ratings:
1,802
Reviews:
680
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
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23.04.2016
Rodenbach
Flanders Red Ale – 5.2% - 33cl can - Best before 11.08.2017

This classic version of the Rodenbach is blended new to old beer at a rate of 3:1, making it sweeter that the Grand Cru version that is two parts beer from the foeder (large oak tank in which the beer is aged ) to one part young beer.

Appearance: Poured from can into stemmed Rodenbach Grand Cru glass. Beer is a brown/red colour, turning amber/red when held up to light. Small off white head. Slow moving carbonation rising up centre of glass.

Aroma: Summer Fruits come to the fore in the aroma, such as very ripe raspberry and gooseberry with a hint of the acidic in the background. Smells like strawberry bon-bons - sweet but you can just detect some sour/tartness in the background.

Taste: First impression is that this tastes more like beer and less like wine than the other offerings from Rodenbach. I can actually taste the malt when it first enters the mouth, then it's tart in the middle, like the summer fruits that are also present in the aroma, then a very clean, dry finish. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: It's actually very smooth on the palate, without the huge levels of carbonation. Very dry, leaves the palate feeling clean.

Overall: Very nice, I actually enjoyed this more than the last Grand Cru I had (that was from a bottle though). Would like to try them side by side. This reminds me of a kind of spritzy rose wine (but much better!). Could certainly session this on a hot day.

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At some point, I should stop reviewing these sour browns and just rate them because I am running out of things to say other than: I tried and I tried to get used to them, and I couldn't embrace them.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said the "classic version is a blend of 25% beer from the wooden tuns and 75% young beer.... Tart, fruity, refreshing, with a balancing Madeira sweetness."
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it 3.5 stars of 4, but noted that it had become sweeter in recent years.

Rodenbach's Classic is listed in the "1001", but I'll let you decide if that is deserved.

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,802 ratings.
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