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

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Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)
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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Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 6/9/13

A hazed brownish maroon, enough clarity to see streams of bubbles floating up the side that feed a thumbs width of tan foam that leaves a single ring of lace

S raspberries, cherry, strawberry jam, brown sugar, faint wood and earthy notes, ju jubes, and hard grape candy, slightly sour with faint vinous notes

T just a hint of vinegar on top of what I smell, more sour notes then the nose but far from turning your mouth inside out, has a nice sweet and sour balance

M light bodied, a little sticky on the lips, almost creamy from the bubbles, earthy fruit lingers on the finish

O well rounded and very easy to drink, I know its odd having the highest score in the overall but I felt this one needed a boost

well priced and something I could session, a nice beginner Flanders and I can see this making a great gateway brew

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Photo of biboergosum
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. A quiet little world-beater of a brewer arrives in our fair province, and to little to no fanfare. Sigh. The stylized 'R' on the cap and label sure looks like it was ripped off by a certain 'craft' brew line of Canada's largest and most storied corporate beer maker.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, somewhat foamy, and rather creamy ecru head, which leaves a few instances of island atoll lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of sour black cherries, a middling crackery caramel malt, a soft grainy woodiness, some mild funk, and a further apple cider fruitiness. The taste is a mite bit sweeter - the cherries rounding out, and joined by some raspberry and strawberry fruitiness, at that - the funk keeping it tight, the oak shedding the wood in favour of a vanilla pod earthiness, and the sideshow apples gaining a commensurate uptick in their sugar quotient.

The carbonation is nice and light and fluffy, the body a decent medium weight, and rather smooth for all the funk and acid (we be clubbin' now!) inherent in this offering. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness staying more sweet than sour, while the musty funk and wood start to take it easy.

A lovely, balanced Flanders Red ale - sour, yes, but sweet, fruity, and nicely tempered by the musty, woody factor. Enjoyably quenching - not something I thought I'd reason about a sour ale, but there it is.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single for just $3.75. One of the more affordable sours so I approached it. Best before 3/20/14 but I guess you can age these for years.

A - Quite a dark ruby brown, clear with a solid 1/2 of tan colored head that sticks around forever.
S - Wow apple cider vinegar from the bottle neck. In the glass I get cherry, oak, Brett, and man does this stuff smell sour!
T - I could see why some would think this is lackluster. The Sour factor is intense at first but quickly becomes balanced with sweeter malts. Balanced is a great word with some sips fresh apple cider and others sour cherry pits. Getting some bitter oak mid palate if I swish it around the mouth. Tasty.
M - Light to medium. Not as sour as I expected.

A very approachable if not most affordable Flanders red ale. I could see this impressing everyone from the most sophisticated of palate to a guy (like me) looking for an affordable sour beer on occasion. Try it!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear and dark red-brown with some orange at the edges. Nice pearly off-white head with a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: The first thing that I thought of was raspberries, but this was quickly overwhelmed by cherry (mainly) and apple. Some spices and oak, and a hint of funk.

Taste: Sour cherries, grapes, apples, and a little bit of pear at the start. This is followed by a more standard middle that was plain malt sweetness, and finished with some tartness and oak on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light, with medium-low carbonation. No real astringency detected, but the sourness leaves a light "mouth-pucker" factor that lingers.

Overall: Not too bad, but I was expecting better. The aroma was very good, although it lost the zing that the initial pour provided very quickly. The initial and finish of the taste was very nice, but let down by the flabby and bland middle. Overall, I quite enjoyed this beer, and would definitely have another without hesitation. Quite and easy-drinking sour, what it lacks in complexity it makes up in approachability.

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,818 ratings.
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