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

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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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Ratings:
1,815
Reviews:
685
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
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Photo of LJTate
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Spoda1983
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At some point, I should stop reviewing these sour browns and just rate them because I am running out of things to say other than: I tried and I tried to get used to them, and I couldn't embrace them.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said the "classic version is a blend of 25% beer from the wooden tuns and 75% young beer.... Tart, fruity, refreshing, with a balancing Madeira sweetness."
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it 3.5 stars of 4, but noted that it had become sweeter in recent years.

Rodenbach's Classic is listed in the "1001", but I'll let you decide if that is deserved.

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Photo of EEscobar
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of YvesB
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tjcamm
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of chrisroarshack
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dertyd
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JTuomi
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of derekgw123
2.68/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Gotti311
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of daigakusei11
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ivehadthatbrew
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look (3.25): A dark murky brown with a slight Rudy red hue when held up to light. Whitish/tan colored head that happily clings to the side of the glass.

Smell (4): Musty sour cherry smells with a bit of woody oak and malted caramel mixed in.

Taste (4.5): Starts out exactly as you'd hope leading up to this point. Malty oaked caramel with some dark cherries or raseberry flavors. These fruit flavors quickly turn sour after a moment or so making your palate sing.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Medium to full bodied. It's not extremely acidic for a sour which I find pleasent, but overall it's still fairly acidic.

Overall (4): This guy was pretty fun to try. I'm still experimenting with sours and look forward to trying more Flanders Red Ales in the future!

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Photo of TH28
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. BB date 3/18/16. Appearance: Murky brown with a dark ruby red tint and a light off white foam head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: Bready malt undertones with a musty, acetic acid, and strawberry aroma. Taste: Sweet bready maltiness, with dark fruit and berry notes, and a tart acetic sourness to balance. Mouthfeel: Medium body and a moderately high carbonation. Finish: Very dry. Lingering toasted, bready malt and a touch of acetic tartness. Overall: Classic Flanders red with distinct acetic tartness, dark fruit character, and a vinous character. Finishes like a semi dry red wine.

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Photo of Phurley2
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Hazy dark brown with little to no head.

Aroma is red grapes with slight vinegar note.

Taste is almost like a wine grape soda combo but in a good way. Like a dark rose.

Excellent classic beer.

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Photo of kvgomps
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of adodds
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a soft, medium-dark honey-amber color with just enough haunt of red to make you squint and ask, "Is that red I see?" Small head. If this beer had a personality I would guess that it is sleepy or mellow, based on first glance.

S - The expected acidic, fruity smell is actually quite muted. It is as if somebody tossed the scent on the ground and shoveled some brown sugar- or molasses-laced dirt on top. This is the kind of dirt that mushrooms grow in in dark forests.

T - Sour acidity and carbonation pierce the tongue at first, but this acid does not soar as high as one would expect from other sours. Sweet cherry and raisin dominate, sprinkled with a pinch of light brown sugar on top.

M - Although the carbonation does bite the tongue at first, it feels very soft and fuzzy. The beer seems to take its time as rolls around the mouth softly and sleepily.

O - This beer is a good choice for somebody just looking to get into sours. It does not scream loudly nor stab your tongue with thousands of tiny lances. Perhaps a bit sweet, even cloying for my tastes. I would consider it the equivalent of a dessert wine. If you like lively, vivacious sours then this beer probably is not for you.

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Photo of nwhittin
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A beautiful beer on the whole, sour mixed with a hint of balsalmic vinegar. Had in a 3-way tasting with Classic, Grand Cru, and Vintage. Having this beer in immediate comparison to its older brothers definitely points out benefit that aging gives this already excellent base beer.

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,815 ratings.
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