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 harrymel
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes at bier baron in dc.

A: dark red, excellent clarity. Rim of beige foam spotty lacing.

S: wood, grapes, tartness, cherries. Not very strong or complex.

T: it's a standard Flanders red. A bit too sweet for my preferences. Wood. Cherry. Slightly tart.

M: medium bodied with low carb. A really nice creamy feel to this which matches the beer, not the style IMO. Nice though.

O: not a great Flanders red at all for me. Pretty standard and a little too sweet.

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Photo of cproioi
3.17/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark red body with an off white head that leaves a little lacing. The aroma and taste go hand in hand with a sharp sour fruit notes that are quite pleasant. The carbonation dances on the touch with a slight cheek puckering sour tartness. The beer is a pleasure to drink and very refreshing.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dull, rusty brown color. Ruby red when held to light. Tan-ish, eggshell colored head. Few splashes of lace left by a swirly skim retention that looks to be in the shape of a Fibonaccie series nautilus shell. 75% new ale and 25% old ale. A combination of something old and something new - like folk metal.

Tart aroma with a metallic twang. Autumn leaf earthiness.

Taste is again metallic tartness but with a slightly sweet maraschino cherry balance. Dark, German wheat bread.

Rodenbach Grand Cru it ain't.

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Photo of taez555
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark reddish body with off-white/tan head.

Nose has a sharp fruit smell. Dark cherries, plums or other tart fruits come to mind. Some mild woody tones as well.

Taste is light to medium bodied. Very watery and light to the tongue yet tart and very sour. Tart cherries, some raisin, plums and raspberries. There this mild touch of powdered cocoa in the back blending well with the tart fruit. The carbonation in this beer is very strange. It starts large, overwhelming in an almost foamy carbonation and yet as it continues it almost disappears into the weak taste. It ends with a mild yet still tooth rotting sour and tart taste.

Maybe I've been ruined since the the flanders red's I've had the most are la folie and rodenbach grand cru, but I'm not overly crazy about this. 3/4 lambic, 1/16 belgian strong ale and the rest water, well.... I can understand it, I'm just not a big fan.

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Photo of hardy008
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown with ruby highlights and a two finger foamy tan head with good retention and spotty lacing. Smells like sour and sweet cherries, vinegar, oak, and vanilla.

The taste for some reason is not as strong as the aroma. Tastes like sweet and sour cherries, oak, and vanilla, but it seems somewhat weaker than the aroma suggested. Still has a decent flavor, but it isn't tart enough.

Light bodied with modest carbonation. Almost watery. This is not as good as the Grand Cru, in fact it isn't even close. That's not to say that this is a bad beer, but it pales in comparison to the Grand Cru.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled 750mL into a glass. Purchased at Monument in Concord for $9.

A: Pours a murky amber-ruby blend with a couple of fingers of lightly-red-tinted, creamy head. Retention is short, resulting in a donut that leaves the occasional trail of lacing down the glass.

S: Vinegar, oak, tart dark cherries, and a hint of green apple.

T: Follows the nose well. It's fairly acetic with strong cherry tartness. Some pepper and tannins in the finish, and a slightly sour green apple pucker to it. It seems like a competent flavor, if slightly too acetic for my tastes -- but I've had better Flanders Reds.

M: The flavor builds up significantly. Carbonation isn't high enough to cleanse the palate, and the beer starts to wear on me partway through the bottle, with at least a full pour left. Needs to tone down the vinegar as well.

D: Not excited by this one. I've heard better things about the Grand Cru, so I guess that's what I'll pick up next time.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a 750ml bottle consumed from a plain tulip glass.

Appearance: deep garnet, Merlot, no head

Smell: under ripe cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, red wine

Taste/Mouthfeel: tart cherries, sour raspberries, under ripe fruit, plums, very dry and more like a wine than a beer. I think it is the style though.

From the start I knew I wouldn't like this one very much. It was way too much like a wine than a beer. The thing that turned me off the most was how tart this beer was. I'm used to the more sweet and complex abbey ales so this was a real shock.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear, dark brown beer - beer poured with a 'hiss' in the glass and had a nice head that quickly dissipated
S: sour nose but somewhat offensive because it wasn't lactic but acetic in qualities, oakiness does come through a bit more as it warms up
T: that was nothing like nose, A LOT sweeter than I expected and actually too sweet for style, starts off sweet but not overly with a watery mid-tasted and final slight acidic bite that was very subdued, disappointing
M: decent enough but thin, watery and sweet
D: OK but thin and watery, not decent aftertaste, you have a sip and 30 seconds later there's no taste in your mouth, where's the Flanders red ale?, where's the oak?

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out like a dark red wine. Not much carbonation here. The beer didn't leave much in way of lacing either. The smell of the beer was pungent on the nose giving it the sour aroma. The taste of the beer was tart and had a light sour cherry flavor to it. The mouthfeel was on the flatter side and not overly exciting. Overall it's a decent beer in my opinion. I'd like to give the Grand Cru a try sometime.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice at Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

This beer is half the man of the Grand Cru, if you can find either don't waste your time on this inferior red.

It pours dark red with a light tan head.

It smells and tastes sour, but way to sour.

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Photo of scoots511
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: This beer rating has been transcribed from my previous tasting notes at a sour and wild beer tasting session. I will update this upon my next tasting.

Flemish Red Oak Barrel Aged Sour Beer: 75% fresh, 25% aged.

Slight toffee, bready, malty, sweet.

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Photo of Paincane
3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Opaque mahogany hued body with a thin tan head that is short-lived.
S: Sweet malt and sour yeasty aromas.
T: Begins sweet at the outset and progresses to a sour finish. Quite flavorful.
M: Well-blended and smooth. A good Flemish Red-Brown ale.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Server in a pint glass.

Appearance: ridiculously dark amber, very light bubbles on the body. Off white head maybe 1/10", I'm not crazy over the way it looks but it's still attractive.

Smell: strong woody taste, you can inhale the malts and cellaring.

Taste: This taste is not for everybody, strong sourness to it that makes the rest of the beer very hard to enjoy. Wood, almost cedar like...but a notch sweet. I don't hate it but keep my words in mind before sipping and judging.

Mouth: an easy medium to full, strong after taste of rye sticks to you like black to the night.

Overall: good beer but the hype it definitely does not live up to. Honestly this is probably my first flander's red ale, and I want to try more before I put them on the "beware" list. Salud!

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - dark reddish brown body with a tan head which is quickly a thin layer. whats there does leave a good etch on the glass on the way down.

S - big sour notes with a red wine backdrop. sour cherry, apple and grape. candied sugar vinegar are in there as well supported by a passive maltiness.

T - sour grape and cherry and sugary sweetness hit first. quickly dies off in the middle leaving a gap before the malts and some light hops show themselves. not enough punch on this one everything is a little too watery for me

M - light to medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation on this. some puckering from the tartness here but after a sip or two its not overwhelming.

O - meh. its a good beer but there are definitely better flanders reds out there in my opinion.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from 750

A: hazy chestnut brown color with minimal light tan head.

S: mild sour aroma, some funk, farmhouse.

T: nutty malt with hints of tartness. Some cherry and currants, but really not much doin.

M: light-medium body, high carb. Very drinkable.

O: very muted and dark compared to grand cru. Not that impressed.

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Photo of thepeter
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Murky brown with a hint of red, nice creamy head that thins but remains a film and leaves nice lacing.

S - Wood, lactic funk cherries and some metal

T - Tart Cherry, lots of wood and some metallic sourness

M - Very nice and smooth, medium bodied with a fine carbonation.

D - Enjoyed this but there are many others of the style I would rather have.

Not sure how much having this from a can made a difference. I drank from my Duvel Tulip but am curious and will try the bottle version before I drink the other can I bought.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 08/12 hmmm...only just

First of style that I can recall.

Pours a murky brown - light film, no head. Spotty lace.

Aromas of lemons, vinegar.

Taste is at once sour, and acidic. Sour cherries start to appear. Sherbert lemon aftertaste with a vinegar finish.

Lightly carbed, medium weight.

Jury out on this one for me overall

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Photo of umtox
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Murky, like black cherry juice.

S: Sour cherry, tart, and a lot of malt.

T: Heavy malt, sour cherry, molasses, and a bit of vinegar in the aftertaste.

M: Viscous, slow to move across the palate

D: To enjoyed in small amounts, potent, would have guessed the ABV to be more than 5%.

I think this beer would nicely cut through a fruit laden cheesecake or any high fat dessert that also has fruit. I've never had anything like this beer before.

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Photo of RunawayJim
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I apologize for the 2 quick reviews, but I had these laying around. I had the bottle after draft, but put them in in opposite order.

Poured into a small snifter-like glass at the bar. Poured a reddish brown with an average tan head. Looked like lots of carbonation. Smells of cherry and perhaps tart apple in there.

Taste wasn't overly strong, again that cherry and apple taste with a mix of sweet and tart, but neither overpowering the other.

The beer seemed overly carbonated and felt that way. It was almost like drinking a less sweet cherry cola. I wasn't overly impressed, but it wasn't bad. It was easy drinking, but mainly because there weren't any overpowering flavors.

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Photo of Illinick
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep reddish brown with a medium sized off white, thick head that dissipates and sticks around as a thin layer. Decent lacing.
S: Tart, sour fruit-mainly cherry, some oaky and earthy scents as well. Sour cherry oak about sums it up.
T: You know one would think I would expect some sour notes but upon first sip I was hit in the face with some intense sour and over the top tart cherry and fruit flavors. It's like a sour patch kid beer. Once you recover from the sour shock you can pick up some earthy and oaked fruit flavors as well as some slight hoppiness.
MF: Light and finishes tart, almost tannic.
Overall: Definitely an interesting brew. Huge sour and tart notes, so expect over the top. Worth a shot if for nothing but curiousity's sake.

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Photo of kaips1
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is a 120z bottle into a brandy snifter, its dated 10-06-2010

this isnt the first time with a flanders so i was kinda hoping it would have that cost efficient sour taste im looking for, it wasnt to far off. this poured a solid murky dark red brown, with little head if there was one its just a ring of little bubbles now. the nose on this came off with some vinegar but not overpowering and then led into a solid sour fruit wave. the taste is similar to the nose except not as strong and the flavors had a slight apple juice taste to it and definitely has a cherry ending, not overly fruity but its all you taste. the feel of this beer is good though, lots of jumpy carbonation in it and a very nice dry finish. overall its a decent beer, if it had more sour fruit and a little less vinegar i think i would score it hire.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

215th Review
25cl bottle shared at Akkurat with a great crew
Poured in a stemmed glass
Enjoyed on 9 May 2012

Vintage: 1992 (I hadn't reached double-digits in age yet when this was brewed/bottled)
Best before: 20-08-94

A: Deep brown. Single (frothy white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Currants, toasted almond, apple, and cherry. Smells nice for a 20 year old brew!

T: Leathery, dull, and boring. Dried dark fruit and soft vinegar, but that's about it. This has seen better days.

M: Medium/full body with soft carbonation.

O: Age got the best of this with regards to taste, but the smell is still holding up quite well. Either way, it was a fun beer to try and the oldest I've enjoyed to-date.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this 750 ml bottle from Michael's Deli in King of Prussia, Pa.
Appearance: Deep read body, edging on brown. A dark tan head that was large, having good retention but not leaving any lacing. I didn't notice much in the way of carbonation up front, but toward the end it really started bubbling. Is that normal?
Smell: When I popped the cork, the aroma was all of fermented grapes, but as time passed, everything mellowed and other sour fruit aromas came out.
Taste: I didn't get much in the way of the original grape flavoring, but I did get some green apples and cherries. Sour and tart but not as much as I wanted.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth, leaving you wondering if the carbonation was just an illusion.
Drinkabilty: Not awesome, but still rather tasty.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of haazer
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Flanders red, poured into a tulip.

A- The brew pours a lively cola looking head, very bubbly and dissipates pretty quickly. Lively carbonation is evident in the brown, maroonish looking brew. Pretty opaque, with a slight red hue.

S- Smells just like wine. Some grape, cherry, sour notes, and some oak. Just like a red wine.

T- Very much like a red wine, but the carbonation and feel make it beer. Grapes, sour cherry, a sweet Belgian yeast strain, some oak and a tart finish.

M- I'm bumping up the mouthfeel quite a bit because this is so drinkable. The carbonation is lively, yet the beer itself is so smooth and easy drinking. Light in body as well.

O- I don't know what to think about this. Personally I don't like wine, but this combination is interesting. I could see myself getting into the style. Once the beer sits for a bit this feels more like that.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky brown and red color with a thin, soapy lace of murky brown fizz.

Aroma is heavily acetic with strong vinegar notes. Slight oak and sour cherry notes. Very robust aroma for this ale's strength.

Flavor is intensely sour with a strong oak presence as well as slight oxidation notes. Grape-like, wine flavor with a lot of vinegar.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for such a robust and oaky flavor. Carbonation is gentle, adding just a fizz. Drinkability is about what you would expect. I wouldn't want more than a few ounces.

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,792 ratings.
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