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

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
1,813 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Ratings:
1,813
Reviews:
685
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
218
For Trade:
1
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,813 |  Reviews: 685
Photo of janubio
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red brwon colour, with a small head that fades soon, leaving a good lace. Aroma is sour, oak, berries, Medium to light body, carbonation is good, Surprisingly, taste is not as sour as the smell indicates, cherries, vanilla, fruits, all come in good for a round bitersweet taste. Refreshing and easydrinking,

 315 characters

Photo of ImperatorScab
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BdM
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Purpleish cloudy brown color with this tan head that quickly dissipates no lacing.

Smell - Sweet plum and dark fruits, raspberry little acidic and some vinegar and oak.

Taste - Very nice caramel and dark cherries, Sweet flavors dark fruit. oak, little bit of alcohol.

Feel - Medium body, very smooth slightly dry.

Overall - I really like this beer, the taste and smell is great.

 390 characters

Photo of CaptainHate
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

 387 characters

Photo of unclekeith
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 edthehead
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Flanders red ale pours a medium brown, with a slightly red hue. It has a thin white lacing. The smell is fruity, mostly cherry, and slightly sour. The taste is actually not as tart as the smell would suggest. It is slightly sour and also slightly sweet with a fairly strong flavor of cherry, grape, and oak. The finish is quite dry. I don’t drink a lot of sour beers and I would say that I know very little of them. I have tried a few though and I would say this one is less sour and less “wine like” than most of what I have tried. It definitely still has the characteristics of a sour beer, but manages to retain the identity of a beer, which in my experience many of them do not. I like this more than many of the sour beers that I’ve tried and I would definitely get it again. It would be a nice beer to pair with dessert.

 840 characters

Photo of seangibbs60
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackVeg
2.45/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of 54V4G3
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BenBreeg
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of deereless
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of MrDell
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

 1,487 characters

Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,813 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.