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

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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

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Reviews:
667
Ratings:
1,731
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
18.7%
 
 
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Photo of mikesgroove
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a very dark reddish brown, really clear into grandmas crystal chalice for Easter. Nice thin tan head did not hold up very long, but left a small amount of lace in its wake. Nice visible streams of carbonation present.

S - Smell is very strong and the sour feel just rolls right out. Lots of flavors of sours grapes, apples, and some plums. Very nice bitter wine like aroma. Very complex and robust.

M & T - Very smooth and and really nice carbonation gave it a light frothy feel. Very big taste, this one needed to be heard! Extremely sour profile and lots of fruity flavors. Apples. grapes, pears. Slighthint at bread like flavors.

D - Overall I would have to say this was not bad at all. My first taste of a sour ale was not really to my liking but this has intriqued me a bit more. This was much much better. I actually really enjoyed sipping on this while I was easting dinner and has opened me up to some more of the style. Definalty a sipper due to the strongness.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this with a dinner of firecracker shrimp and diver scallops enjoyed from a goblet chilled.

The color is ruddy caramel brown, slightly murky appearance with a head that comes and goes, the lace sticks ok and bead is fine. The smell is like a cross between cherry and vanilla with the wood providing a nice vanilla scent and yeast giving a nice tart cherry odor. There is some sourness, really more like tart tanginess from the yeast in the feel but the wood adds a nice level of dimension here too. The moderate carbonation is alright with a slight fruit tinged finish.

Rodenbach is tasty in many ways, it is tart which makes it almost refreshing based on the relatively low abv-5.2% and the slight yeasty smoothness in the flavor combined with vanilla oakiness which is fantastic alongside the subtle cherry tastes in the malt and yeast combination. The fruit elements are so dominant which says a lot for a beer that doesn't contain fruit. This was probably too much for the meal I paired it with -succotash and scallops with a chili rub, but I enjoyed how the fruit sour elements combined with my wife'c coconut curry basmati rice and firecracker shrimp. I could enjoy this red about any time it doesn't stand up to the high level of drinkability and flavor quotient of the Grand Cru, but hey for what it is Rodenbach is a decent all around beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a muddy brown color with very little to no head.

S: The nose is the classic Flanders Red ale. A pleasantly acidic and mildly acetic, sour cherries, and a bit of oak.

T: A lot of sour cherry flavor mixed with sweet malt. The acidity is pleasant and refreshing without too much vinegar character.

M: Medium in body with an initially high level of carbonation that seems to die down a fair amount throughout the pour.

D: A very refreshing and mildly acidic Flanders Red. While the appearance might not be the most appealing, this is still a nice beer.

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Photo of smcolw
2.92/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Starting with the summary: This is a very odd flavored beer--while I cannot put my finger on it, I can't say that I like it.

Reddish brown and clear; good head with nice lasting lace.

The smell is off for me--like pickles in a ham salad, really. ????

Sweet-sour flavors. Again, quite different from anything I've ever had, but not in a positive way. The body is the best part of the beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at ChurchKey.

Finally, a place that has this on tap so that I don't have to buy a bottle (I'm cheap). You rock, CK! It pours a seemingly clear, though rather dark, ruby topped by over a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises light vinegar, mandarin oranges, pineapple, maple syrup, sour grapes, and raspberries. The taste begins with some o' those sour grapes and vinegar notes, followed by some wheat, lightly roasted malts, and nutmeg. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall, a tasty Flemish offering, but not necessarily something I see myself drinking too often.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig Pub in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

A: The beer was a deep red/brown with a one finger tan head on top. Not much head retention and some spotty lacing that forms and is gone rather quickly.

S: Slightly tart dark fruit, some cherries, raspberries, and bruised apples. There is a bit of oak as well. Slightly acetic.

T: Nice sour cherry flavor, very nice level of acidity, with just a touch of vinegar. There is some sweet malt to balance things out. There is a bit of a nutty component as well.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very smooth and incredibly easy drinking.

O: A great beer, very nice flavor profile with a perfect level of tartness. Would have certainly ordered another if not for the price. Something I will probably grab some bottles of.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/05/11 notes. Had this on tap at St. Arnolds on Jefferson Place in Washington, DC last night. Poured into a Rodenbach tulip.

a - Pours a reddish brown color with one to two inches of ruby reddish white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, cherries, balsamic vinegar, and bready malts. Not insanely sour but it's there, and pretty nice.

t - Tastes a bit tannic, of bready malts, light sour cherries, vanilla, toasted malts. Not as sour as the nose as all (which wasn't overly sour to begin with), and not a fruity. A bit of a step down for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Easy to drink but a little more carbonation would have been nice.

o - Overall a pretty good, readily available flanders. Not too sour so could be good for someone looking to just get into sours. Would have it again.

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

Reddish brown color with a small head fizzing away in a second. Aroma has a lot of fruits like cherries, grapes, red apples and berries. Doesn't have the vinegar like character of the Grand Cru. Taste is also just slightly tart, letting the fruity character shine along with the slightly caramelized malts. Very easy to drink but complex at the same time.

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

Pours a dark ruby hued brown that has no head. Nose is a pretty smooth mix of wood and fruit. Flavor has that sour tone to it and definite fruit and wood as well. Smooth feel with a low but biting carbonation. Nice to drink, but you'd have to be able to appreciate the style to really enjoy this one.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.83/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

25 cL bottle poured into a snifter. Totally irresponsible rate. Best by date is 84, 85, or 86.

Appearance - Flat deep reddish brown. No bubbles.

Smell - Cardboard. Caramel. Cream sherry aroma.

Taste - Some tartness reminiscent of fresher Rodenbach. Faint cherry. Lots of caramel. And equal quantities of cardboard in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Medium body.

Overall - Way too old. I'll have to re-review this when I have it fresher.

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Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split with friends. I decided to do a side by side tasting and open this along with the grand cru and also the caractere rogue to analyze the differences in each. Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears an amber with ruby clarity through the middle. A tan finger of head forms atop and slowly fades leaving patchy lace sticking to the glass.

The smell includes mild notes of vinegar and dark fruits like cherry mixed almost with a kiss of something like dark belgian candy sugar. It gives a hint of sweetness to the nose like caramel/vanilla. More dark fruity apple and cherry quality emerge as the glass is swirled.

The taste includes some of the previously described caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar and vanilla. Tart cherry and soft hints of apple cidar vinegar. A very mild tartness brings out fruit that increases in focus as it warms. This is a pleasant integration of caramelized sugar, barrel presence and soft tartness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is very drinkable that is light and refreshing. It would be a very mild and approachable offering for someone who might have had anything similar to this style before. A classic, I couldnt help but think anout the endless array of foods this could be paired with. I'll be picking this up again.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep brownish red color with a massive fluffy beige head that impairs my ability to pour a full glass. Smells of cider and vinegar as soon as I pop the cork. Sweet fruity tartness fills my nostrils; cherries, vanilla, and hints of oak round out the nose. Luckily the vinegar is not as present as when I first opened her up. Taste is more fruity than tart. Slightly tart cherries strained over a sweet malty base. Bits of oak and acetic acid in there, really not what I was expecting. Lots of bubbles, medium to thin body, chalky sugary fruity mouthfeel. Decent easy to drink beer but a lot sweeter than I was expecting. Maybe I've totally wrecked my palette with American sour ales, but I thought this beer is a bit too subtle.

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark caramel with a thick head that descends to a thin, lasting head. Some vanishing lace sticks to glass.

The smell is sour and fruity.

The taste is sour, tart passion fruitiness. Oak, and a touch of iron come through. The sour is sharp at first, but becomes mellow and smooth in the finish.

The body is medium, but with a touch of thinness.

This is a beer that is put together pretty well. It's worth having for its unique character, and fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brownish amber with ruby edges; big cap of thick, soft, off white, brownish head that fades to a thin lacing

S - tart cherries, a bit sour, some lactic aromas

T - tart, fruity, a lactic creaminess, some caramel malt

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated, a bit dry

This is a decent beer. It has all of the hallmarks of what I expect a Flanders Red Ale to be. It's highly drinkable and refreshing while being a bit tart. I prefer the Grand Cru to this, but this is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a snifter at ChurchKey DC.

A nice light brown head, gives way to a nice simple collar. Body is a reddish brown slightly opaque body. Real sticky pock marked lacing on the glass.

Smell is an apple cider crisp and malt chew, with tart orange and marmalade. Bretty sour and mild sort of... wine crushed grapes dregs or something, it smells almost like a winery.

Taste has a great apple chewyness and faint cider quality. Very light bodied it seems with dank must on the finish with just a hint of baked apple and bread.

Supper drinkable and a great feeling tasting beer. I am not a cider fan but this is almost a cider persons beer for someone who prefers beer more than cider, bringing in all the good qualities of cider into a beer right here, with just a touch of Saison brett and goodness.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, plummy red color, poured into my Duvel glass, with a brief, perfunctory white head, soon gone.
Aroma is in a realm of it's own, bold sour cherries, slight suggestion of cocoa and nuts, a brown ale emboldened with brazen fruit, and atingle with spices.
floods the mouth with flavor, brisk, fruity, distinctive, tangy, just a touch sour, with a trickle of sweet. Very tasty, very lively on the tongue.
Medium to full in body, brimming with great taste, medium length, slightly sour/slightly sweet fruity finish.
Excellent. Utterly delectable.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Ruby milk chocolate. Zero head to speak of.

S - Sherry character. Light vanilla. Touch of bourbon.

T - Oak, sherry and sour cherries. Tart, slightly-unripe plums. Some cranberry. Tough of pear deep in the backend.

M - Pleasantly dry finish. Nice effervesces, and a tart finish.

D - A slow and savory drink. Not something you're going to throw back.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia.

A - Dark deep ruby red body with an off-white head. Looked great with the candle behind it illuminating it.

S - Smelled sweet, tangy and dry. Some fruit nose here.

T - Delicious on the palate with plenty of tart and tangy notes. Sweet/tangy fruit is present and some subtle wood. Love the dry cherry undertones. Finishes crisp and dry.

M - Nicely carbonated and smooth. This beer is very well balanced and crisply concocted. A very happy palate and a smooth ride down the throat.

D - I could drink this one like water. Its very flavorful and refreshing.

Notes - Im a fan of the sour/tangy/dry beers and this one is right there. Great taste, easy to drink. Well done.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.94/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

WHAAAATTTT!! Surprise Surprise Surprise….a Belgium that is pretty dog gone good. Cloudy Brown, big cider/vinegar smell, but the taste is very light and refreshing…..crazy! I would not go crazy and would shy away from doing a session…just too sweet and tart.

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

A nice find on tap at the soon to be no more Blind Tiger ale house. This little lovely poured cloudy reddish amber, with a tiny bubble slight head, leaving fine, wispy lacing. Nose of semi sour cherries. Flavorful, complex brew with notes of sour fruit, moderate but not overpowering in intensity. More drinkable then other "reds" I've tried. Tasty, fruity, intense. A fine experience in drinking.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never had this on tap before. Beer is dark red and mostly clear with no head, no lacing and minimal carbonation. Looks fine.

Aroma is a little sweet and mildly acetic. I was hoping for more acid but its the young one so I guess I don't get that.

Beer is light in body and mildly acetic, sweet on the front end and slightly tart on the back. Its highly drinkable and really nice. The other is considerably more sour but this is a perfectly serviceable beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/21/08- Purchased at Draeger's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Poured into my Duchesse goblet. No freshness date noted.

Appearance- Pretty murky pureed raspberry color. Light lace sheeting upon finish with a off white 1/4 inch quickly fading head.

Smell- Smell like a very vinous cherry laden zinfandel....gone the bit of the sour way that is. Definite cherries in the nose and definitely tart.

Taste- Tart, but was exprecting a bit more of a sour bite. Cherries are predominant with a mild malty backing. Really a one flavor brew.

Mouthfeel- Very mild, but somewhat sharp prickly carbonation. Very clean and short lasting aftertaste. Quenching.

Drinkability- Very to be brutally honest. Tart, but doesn't pucker your mouth. Leaves you wanting more with a short lived aftertatse and has a nice low abv for drinkability...plus the added fact that it's to the point with it's cherry flavor.

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Photo of stevoj
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice tangy, lingering palate on this Belgian ale. Pours reddish/brown with thin beige silky head. Aroma is wine, fruit and candy. Has a wine-like taste with elements of cherries, cough syrup, apple cider. Sour taste lingers on the palate.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark murky brown with pale yellow highlights but with a thin head and it left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: vinegar oakiness pop out first on the nose with some slight acidic citrus notes and faint apple aromas. it also had a little leather like notes to it as well.

T: on the taste it was also vinegar acidic notes, slight citrus, and oak accents that brought out the flavor but had mild tart character. on the back end I was able to detect slight booze and apple notes.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, tart, acidic, and dry finish.

D: it drank quite well and was a little dissapointed on the overall tart bite it had. Don't get me wrong, it was still a pretty tasty beer. I think i'm just spoiled after having their alexander.

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the BXL Cafe in NYC.

Funk, yet refined this was a great beer to try. Not overwhelming like a few lambics I've tried, but still nothing a great example of the style. The wood character was evident along with very tart cherries, grapes and apples. Flavor was subdued at first until the beer warmed up. Reminds me of La Folie with a bit more fruit but not as rich in flavor.

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