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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1,801
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680
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
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Photo of beerrat
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hustlesworth
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml crowned and corked, no date on cork.

A- very nicely colored hazy bing cherry/red plum with amber highs, ruby mids, and burgundy lows. rich creamy khaki colored head doesn't get too big, but doesn't go away either. thick curtains of lace cover the inner walls with only a few port holes open, gets very crusty as it dries.

S- no wonder they call this a flemish sour ale. smell is of sour cherries and fruity malt vinegar. my mouth gets that funny puckering feeling just by smelling it. i can also appreciate the deep sweet richness of dark malt and port wine barrels. whatever these special yeasts are, they are sour and buttery, like a butter cheese with plums, cherries and tart red berries.

T- damn what an interesting beer. initial taste is clean mineral water, as a very fruity sourness sits on my tongue waiting to be noticed. i don't know how to describe it except for a long list of every tart non-citrus fruit i can think of. diluted apple cider vinegar it first, changing regular apple cider, then cherries, gooseberries, unripe blackberries, red plum, wild strawberry, cranberry, crabapple, rhubarb, absolutely ridiculous. as the tartness fades, the mellow oak aged flavors set in with a very clean raw wood taste and refined cereal grains, pale and toasty barley, and a natural earthiness of organic soil.

MF- somewhat juicy, light but not watery, acidic yet alkaline, low carbonation, no residual astringency or anything for that matter left on the cheeks, just the pleasant lingering flavor of fruit stems, oak, and granola.

D- this is a style i could get used to. i expected something good, but this was almost mind-bending. thoroughly complex and sophisticated, like a lambic crossed with an english pale ale. not something i'd want to gulp down without noticing the subtleties, but i easily could. worth the money for me, and i will surely have several of these on hand at all times.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a paradigm of the style and it is always fucking fantastic!

A - Brown-ruby hued, replete with a persistent khaki crown, leaving occasional glaciers of lace.

S - Sweet and sour and absolutely delectable. Concord grape and a sort of Polynesian-tart sauciness marks the nose.

T - The nose is extrapolated in the flavor, but that doesn't even begin to give the taste credit due... both the flavor and aroma are so well-apportioned to the point of being absolutely sublime. The concord grape, the wood, the masterful balance of blending; this brew is clearly a work of fine art, beyond mere solid craftsmanship.

M - Just as beautiful and dynamically balanced as it gets

D - I have enjoyed this brew for so long... Though this version is less sour than the Grand Cru, it is more consistently excellent; really every bit of the brew is perfection and archetype.

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4.8/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of k75
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

amazing garnet red color, nice tight bubbles, off white head

big nose of tart, vinuous, acidic - like a vintage balsamic

smooth mouthfeel, medium body , big big flavors that get much better as it warms up

complex flavors of balsamic and tart fruit

not more than one glass, but very impressive

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Photo of dalion037
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been slowingly getting into sour beer and this was a very good mildly sour and sweet beer. It poured out with no head and a beautiful reddish brown color. You could feel the carbonation tingling your mouth and the taste was very good. This is a must try for people trying to get into more complex beer.

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4.8/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of MerryTapster
4.79/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brownish red color. Cloudiness is lightly preveilant. Head that lingers with nice lacing.

S: Slight Vineger and sour berries. Farmhouse funkiness.

T: Sour Cherries and grapefrui, slight brett notes. Sweet and Sour. Very Nice.

M: Crisp with a medium carbonation. Goes down very smoothly.

O:Great beer. One of my favorite styles.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of hbis2gut
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An absolute classic. Get it on tap if ever you can.
Fantastic depth and character. This is a beer to give to the folks known for phrases such as "beer is beer".
Sweet and sour. Full bodied yet clean and drinkable. Tart faintly cherry nose. It's hard to believe this is brewed without fruit.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of igl
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of techdiver
4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, deep, reddish brown with a solid head that dissipates slowly.

Aroma is sour with cherry predominating.

Taste is spectacular, so refreshing. It's hard to pick between the Grand Cru and the Classic. If it weren't for the fact that the Classic has a slightly better appearance, and the Grand Cru has a slightly better smell; I'd probably rate them all 5's.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both exceptional. Previous problem with Grand Cru aleviated with acquisition of a case. Now I need a case of this too.

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4.72/5  rDev +17.7%

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,801 ratings.
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