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

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Rodenbach Classic (Red)Rodenbach Classic (Red)
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4/5
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1,834 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,719
Reviews:
688
Ratings:
1,834
pDev:
11.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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86
Gots:
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Photo of JamFuel
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rodenbach is one of my favorite breweries, so I was surprised that I had never rated this. Ah well, poured from the bottle into the correct glassware at Pressklubben in Stockholm.

Pours a deep reddish brown, with very little foam.

Smell is tart with cherries and some vanilla at the forefront, backed up by some cranberries.

Taste is a bit sweet and sour, with lashings of cherries, strawberries and vanilla covering the tongue. Taste is fairy mild, but still lasts a long time on the pallette.

Mouthfeel is thin and bubbly.

It's very apparent that this is the younger sibling of the Grand Cru. It has most of the same taste profile, but lighter and milder. Superbly easy to drink, and so refreshing.

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Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shanex
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this one on tap at a cafe in Flanders, Belgium.

Brownish head and foam fading quickly. Smell and taste incredible, cherry and grape, very smooth and easy to sip on it, I wouldn't get tired of this.

Sadly difficult to find here, but it's a solid recommendation.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to orange to brown/Red color with a slim half finger-ed white foamy head that dissipated within about a light thirty seconds. The smell had a nice sweet to sour fruit leaning towards an apple/possibly peach and maybe somewhat light cherry. The taste took those flavors and combined wonderfully to taste. A nice sweet fruity to somewhat sour aftertaste accompanies the flavor. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there and good for the style and for me - as it’s nothing overbearing. Overall, I’d say that this is one I’d have again. Great beer!

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Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy ruddy brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, yeast, fruit, alcohol, hint of hops, slight earthiness, and cherry. Fits the style of a Flanders Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, yeast, fruit, alcohol, hint of hops, slight earthiness, and cherry. Overall, average appearance, good aroma, body, but too sweet.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaximalC
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an old, brown color, not unlike filthy pond water, with a negligible cap of khaki froth the soon retreats into tasteful ring around the periphery. Mild aroma smells of apple cider vinegar and tart cherries with some brown sugar and a vague, muted spice akin to stale allspice.

The taste is mellower than the nose would suggest, and extremely cohesive. Everything blends together so nicely that it is an entity unto itself, with little in the way of untoward prominences or evolution. Close scrutiny reveals apples, oak, bready malt, spicy yeast, and a tasteful dash of apple cider vinegar. Grain husk peaks out on the back end. Moderate carbonation and medium body afford a smooth, lively mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a subtle, classy brew with no serious flaws. The taste, while not bold or complex, is simply well-executed and delivers on the style in a way that would ingratiate itself even to novices.

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Photo of sjrider
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acmurphy696
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You can smell the cherry as you place the glass up under your nose and the subtle sweetness balances well with a tartness. I can't grasp it as well going down, but the cherry definitely lingers slightly.

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

Photo of Deltoro
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaxOhle
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uniobrew31
2.22/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Please note my review is based on a bottle that I just purchased that unfortunately was "sell by" 6 months ago. Smelled and tasted pretty much like viniger. Don't age this beer. Drink fresh.

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Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rawfish
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WickedBeer
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biggoon16
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear ruby color with a light pink head of fizzy foam. It smelled of sweet cherries and a little bready notes. Nice sour bite up front with a strong cherry flavor. Crisp and puckering mouthfeel.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JorgesThemeSwimming
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DispyDnb
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanwoertz
4.66/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 1,834 ratings
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