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 Squelch
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: ruby red. No head. Crystal clear

Smell: wonderful candy apple aroma. Very enticing

Taste: beautifully balances sour sweet malty flavors. Love this beer

Mouthfeel: puckering. Sour. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: I love this beer. I want more!

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Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color with ruby tints and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big fruity aroma of cherries, apples and other fruits. Also some malt and yeast.

T: Tasted like it smelled: Lots of fruit, apples, cherries, a bit of malt and yeast. Not quite as robust as I would have guessed, but still a very vibrant flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is an extremely drinkable, flavorful, likable beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a brown reddish color that looks like Dr. Pepper. There is very little head and what does appear fades almost instantly. No lacing whatsoever.

S - Smells like balsalmic/red wine vinegar, sour unripe cherries, and a funky aroma.

T - Taste isn't as sour as I was expecting. A very subdued vinegar, sour cherry taste. Very good.

M - This beer has very good carbonation. The beer leaves a sticky soda like thick spit feel in the mouth.

D - Very good. This seems like a it would be a good introduction to this style of beer. I will be seeking out the other beers that Rodenbach makes very soon.

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Photo of speter
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark hazy amber brown with ample fluffy white foam that leaves some lacing.

S: Sour dark cherries floating over a Belgian malty sea.

T: Tart and sour up front (albeit moderate in sourness), this beer gains in complexity as it hits the center and the oak kicks in around the same time as the hops. The wood gives it a very balancing complexity, with more vanilla notes than red-wine tannins. The finish is at first dry, while a refreshing vanilla blossoms immediately afterwards.

M: Sharp, spicy, and refreshing, with a prickling carbonation to match.

D: This is one amazing beer. I must seek it out again.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark burgundy brown color and a dark tan tightly foamy head. Smells of breezy fresh black cherries. Fleshy and sweet. As it warms, the cherries seem to ripen a bit more, intensifying.

The taste off the bat brings those cherries down to bear in an almost lambic fashion. Black cherries take on a sweet and sour lemon, with balsamic edge, which is both mouth-puckering and refreshing. This tiny bottle went far too fast. Hard to locate the hops until well after the cherries have left the building. Notes of mint and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Carbonation comes out as creamy in the forefront, with a medium blast in the throat, all at the same moment. Then returns to being creamy and rolls down the throat. Pleasing.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Balsamic and sour in the smell but mostly on the grain in the taste. Less complex than the grand cru but it has definitely its own character. It's not too sour and is certainly underrated on this site. It's very refreshing and worked very well with some Abondance cheese. I'm sure it would be great with some foie gras with its light sweetness, fine fruity and hay notes and vinous body

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really assertive from the very beginning. There is a dry impression with some noticeable roast that helps accent this dryness. There seems to be a bit of oxidation in this example that I am not sure is from actual oxidation from age, or from the aging in the barrels that breath. There is a very subtle dryness to this beer that makes it seem very well attenuated. There is a whole bunch of fruit in this beer and you can pick out the cherries in particular. The cherries are such a big player that it almost gives the beer an impression of the Black Cherry Kool-Aid.

As the beer warms a bit, there is a much more earthy flavor coming out. It really gets woody after it sits for a while. After you have been sipping this beer for a little while, there is a noticeable acidity that lingers on the back of the throat much like a Stout beer, but without the coffee like aftertaste. It leaves a cherry-like impression to linger for some time. This is a nice beer. It is nice to have a beer that is this light on the alcohol, yet still this big on flavor.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml Cork and Caged Bottle purchased at spirits unlimited in Red Bank.

I think I prefer the Classic to the Grand Cru at least from a pure drinkability standpoint. I found this refreshingly tart though not as vinegar like as the Grand Cru. Poured deep ruby with a thin head and persistent light carbonation. Aroma was sour cherries, and some other funky aromas that I could not put into words. Taste is delightfully sour and refreshing. Tingly mouth feel is heightend by a mouth puckering sourness and persistent light carbonation. Mouthfeel is light and overall this is a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an off-amber to cola brown color. Head doesn't retain long.

Nose has musty dark fruits, vinegar.

Palate is right up there with Duchesse du Bourgogne - hard to distinguish. Passion fruits, pleasant vinegary sour note, and a slight soapy component on the finish (yes, my glass is clean).

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Photo of dannyboygaga
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A bottle after work with sourbatchkid.

A- two big fingers of tan head from a hard pour that held for a bit then slowly settled leaving only a thin ring around the glass. Muddy dark brown red in color.

S- sweet and tart cherries with some musty yeast and earth.

T- opens up with a good tartness and a light sweetness. Some cherry and other tart fruits. Some oaky funk and a bit of toasted dark bread. A bit artificaily sweet tasting as it warms, like aspartame.

M- on the lighter side of body with a bigger carb that really does work son. Solid pucker going with this one, gets the juices going for sure.

D- its about as easy a drinker as they come. I do enjoy the grand cru a bit more but if seen on draft it would be a hard pass up.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Asics
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of onansalad
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion, this is the standard by which all Flemish reds should be judged. Tart and perfectly balanced. I don't like to pay for it, but I love to drink it.

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Photo of KingEdward
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

250 ml bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a clear dark red, ruby and brown highlights in the light, medium sized light tan head forms, quickly settles down to a medium ring around the glass, some lace spots, looks nice. Smell is great, very funky and sour, cherries, lots of fruit, bread/caramel, acidic, oak, sherry, a bit of oxidation, raisins, brown sugar, pretty neat. Taste is nice, well integrated, very smooth flavours, brown sugar and oak, some vanilla, sour cherries, fruit, red wine, grapes, light bit of acidity, very drying finish, more drying than I remember the Rodenbach Grand Cru being. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, nice sourness, light puckering tartness. Nice Flanders, smoother than the Grand Cru. I could definitely drink this one all night.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear deep amber brown, almost ruby, with a tan and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was nice with a fruity acidit tartness that was coupled with a nice cherry character. The aroma was enticing and interestingly complex.

The flavor was light with a bready flavor of malt and wheat. The beer had a thirst quenching tartness that was not overdone but contained a light graham and caramel character that quickly dried when coupled with the light tartness of the acidity. As the beer warmed a DMS component of cooked corn emerged which did detract from the flavor.

The finish was dry with a lasting light tartness and fruity character long and pleasantly into the afteraste. The body was medium and the carbonation level made the mouthfeel creamy. This bottle was head and shoulders above my previous review. I'd suggest to seek out newer bottles and drink without further aging.

750 ml bottle. $9 in NC. Says 5.1% ABV and 75% fresh/25% aged in oak silk screened on bottle.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, sour and tart, not overly sweet, a bit rough-edged (in a good way)... less dry than the Grand Cru (I like this better than the Grand Cru actually). There's a lovely and lingering aftertaste of fruit-wood and cherry-pits as the beer comes off the back of your tongue. The vivid distinction between the "two tastes" of each mouthful is one of my favorite things about this beer.

Not heavily carbonated, but extremely refreshing.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Aggressive pour at the end brought about a largo bubbly tan head that disappeared and left a light ring and mild lacing. As the beer initially settled, some of it looked like swamp water and then faded ay to a nice dark reed brown with no apparent ability to see through it at all.

Smell initially had a load of funk and barnyard hay. Died down into berries and dark fruit with a toasted malt backbone.

Taste initially is almost watery, but then acidic, followed by a wash of berries and red wine, then the sweet malts take over at the end. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is lig and dry, very nice. Laves a little coating on the tongue too.

Overall a very nice beer, tastes a little like an aged wine, with the initial watery feeling, but fantastic over all

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottyboy1980
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a darkened red-brown body with a tall, beige head, though it soon dissipates to a thin, lasting coating.

Smell: Aroma of sweetish caramel, dark brown sugar, and oven-toasted rolls dunked in quality vinegar rounded out with a vibrant though not stinging acetic nature to it, decaying wood, and fruity accents of sweet, tart, and sour cherries.

Taste: For me, the cherry fruitiness and cutting acetic acid accompanying the balsamic vinegar rule the roost, but, underneath, there's the sweet caramel, toast, and earthy oaken tastes. Hint of vanilla as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Delectably drinkable and nicely quaffable. Good interplay between the sweetness and the sourness throughout. Works well as an apéritif as now I'm hungry. Sandwich anyone?

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Photo of dherling
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a dark cranberry color with thick foamy head that thins out quickly but laces nicely. The nose smells strongly of cider, with caramel and spiciness. The taste has an initial sour apple flavor with a dryness that turns into sweet caramel maltiness in the middle. It finished with a sour cherry like taste and moderate dryness. The mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing. Light body, medium carbonation.

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,806 ratings.
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