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

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium | website

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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4.01
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Photo of sfoley333
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 250ml bottle from PP bottle shop into a new belgium snifter. Poured a brownish red color with a thin head that faded like a soda pop head. Smell is a faint sour cherry smellwith hints of wild yeast sourness. Taste is a little more foward but still not very powerful with cherry, raspberries, a slight oak vanilla flavor, and of course a slight tartness. The mouthfeel is medium body with a moderate carbonation. This is a very drinkable sour red ale which makes it a classic but with some many extreme and well crafted sour reds out their I would say just above average and not the very best of the style.

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

Another one bites the tart...an heir to the Flemish king, Grand Cru. Cola stripped of its sugar; replaced with dry lemon peel and yogurt zest. The sour squeeze is irresistable, never overstepping its boundaries. Kiwi burn and Cabernet alliance to create one of the most grandly mysterious, and overly erotic ales to bless the human race. Rodenbach sets a standard as well as an example to follow. Bravo!

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into tulip, best buy 2010.

A - poured a murky brown, some orange/ruby highlights. Slight off white head that disappeared, leaving now lacing. The head remained as an ever present ring that left short lived lacing as I tipped my glass, helping the appearance greatly as after all these years it's still looks alive.

S - intense fruity aroma, dominated by raisin. Beyond the raisin is a nice sour character and a pleasant mild malt aroma.

T - taste is very mild but sweet. Candi sugar and caramel malt character with notes of fruit, specifically raisin and other dark fruits. Although the taste is mild, it is complex. There is a nice sour bite at the end that balances out the sweet taste. I cannot discern hop character in either the flavoring or bittering aspects.

M - medium with a slight syrupy viscosity. Ample carbonation keeps this balanced. Very drinkable.

O - Very delicious for the age and low abv. It strikes a great balance between very mild taste that is still very complex. I will certainly add more of these to my cellar, it is a great beer to just enjoy and not be overpowered with in your face sour.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 of Rodenbach poured into one of my trust snifters. I poured mind just a touch under cellar temperature, and I enjoyed it as it warmed in the glass.

The beer poured a lightly hazed deep red-brown. The head started out about an inch in height, but it dissipated pretty quickly like a glass of soda but left some spotty, wildly patterned fine lacing around the inside of the glass. The nose is complex and intensely - dare I say it - almost intimdating at first: fairly heavy oak tones with numerous fruits with a fairly heavy dose of a tart quality to it. The flavor itself initially is a subdued oaked-woodiness that is followed by the substantial lactic/sourness and pocedes to multiple layers of oakiness as the flavor itself feels like it spreads outward from the direct center of the tongue. The mouthfeel is full, but it's dangerously drinkable and enjoyable. I am quite surprised that something of this quality if fairly easy to come across here in town; although, don't allow my surprise to be anything to prevent someone from trying this. I will probably return soon enough.

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

Served from a bottle into a Snifter

A: Pours a deep dark chestnut color with not visibility from one side of the glass through to the other. A slightly brownish white head sits on top of the beer, but dissipates to some swirling cloudy bubbles on top.
S: Flavors of acidity and vinegar touch the nose on the first sniff. Deeper whiffs yield some cherry and oak flavors with some more funk.
T: A fruity tang of funk rolls across your tongue on each sip, with a slight lactic finish once the last drop reaches your throat. After a few sips the cherries and oak become very prevalent while my mouth puckers less and less.
M: The mouth on this beer starts out very thin but with a nice sharp carbonation. Otherwise the body on this beer is very thin, but in no way does that detract from the overall experience of the beer.
D: This is a very drinkable beer for someone who is interested in trying out a "sour". The experience was not overwhelming for a novice to the category such as myself. I could see drinking two or three of these, but definitely taking my time, sipping and enjoying the flavors. If you like a really sour beer, this one maybe a little too tame for you.

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Photo of redneckchugger
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown bordering on auburn. Fizzy head.
Weaker nose than i expected. I get some balsamic, and a bit of fruit. not much else , but its nice, i like the subtly.
The palate is a bit less, its thin in flavor. Very one dimensional, i get the balsamic and a bit of cheery, but not in any kind of nuanced or developed way. Very disappointing.

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

Rodenbach poured a very dark reddish amber color. Not much head. The smell was of super sour cherries. Tart and crisp. Taste matched the smell, tart and sour cherries. Enough to make my lips pucker. Mouthfeel was ok, a bit sticky at time. Drinkability was good. Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot. I am really enjoying this style of beer as well. Hope to try more.

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Photo of 0110x011
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a murky red-brown from a 750ml corked & caged bottle, with a bubbly one finger head and minimal lace. Nose is cherries & raspberries, with a healthy dose of malt sweetness. Tart cherries predominate on the tongue, with a nice malt sweetness to back of up, and a nice sour punch. Not terribly complex. Almost soda-like carbonation, medium body, and a crisp dry finish.

This is my first experience with the style, and I have to say I like it very much. This would make a great alternative session beer, but its pretty one-dimentional, and lacks the complexity I normally look for.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
1.98/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I should have read the label more carefully. This is a Flemish SOUR ale. I like to try new things and I never drank sour ale before but I did not anticipate how sour, sour could be. To me it tasted like vinegar. I spent half an hour trying to drink the blasted stuff hoping that I would "develope a taste" for it. But that never happened.It tasted like vineagar from the first sip to the last. The bottle cost me $7 (750ml) and I consider it money well spent since I now know that sour ale is NOT for me. There are many good reveiws of this ale, apparently there are those who like sour tasting beer, but it is not for everybody. When I drink Belgian, I will stick to the classic Belgium Stong Ales frm now on.

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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 PhiloPsych
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is dark red and medium brown in the glass. Little aroma, but plenty of sour, sweet, lightly malty taste. No hops bitter to speak of—that’s not the style. This is brown malt and fruity, sour, sweet fruit on top and a touch of earthiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and rather light with some prickly carbonation and bright acidity. This isn’t the most sour sour beer; it isn’t the fruitiest fruity beer; it isn’t the maltiest brown beer. But it is a very nicely balanced sour, fruity, red-brown beer.

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Photo of CPeterson
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -- A murky, brownish crimson pours into a substantial head that settles very slowly.

S -- Not quite as pungent as most in the style, but there is still an odor of acid and sour berries.

T -- Again, not as explosive in the flavor department as most, more subdued. Mildly sour in the front, funk and sour cherry in the middle and an essence of dark fruit, oak and earth on the end.

M -- Well carbonated, a little sticky.

D -- Very nice, being as how this isn't as acidic as most of the Flanders I've had in the past, I can see where this might make a more palatable beer for some people.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into Allagash chalice.

A: Pours a completely opaque brown with faint orange highlights. 2-finger head settles into a 1/2 finger cap, leaving no lacing on the glass.

S: Apple cider vinegar up front, with prominent cherry and stone fruit. Oak and caramel in the background.

T: Very "soft" and "round," if that makes any sense. Cherries are strong, with quite a bit of grape in there too. Nice, sweet malts that don't even come close to being "too much." This tastes much less offensive than it smells.

M: Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect for the beer it backs up. Nicely chewy without being thick. Carbonation is as light as a feather.

O: While I still prefer the Grand Cru, Rodenbach Classic is a phenomenal beer that I would never turn down if offered, and will surely purchase again in the future.

Classic for a reason.

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Photo of fsvan
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Pours a dark, murky copper with a hint of maroon. Big 3 fingers of thick, sticky reddish head which seems to have a life of its own.

S- Sour cherries up front with a bit of vinegar and oak notes following. A little funkiness. No bitter notes. No alcohol presence. Complex, yet nice and clean.

T- Nice tartness. Sour, but not incredibly so. A sour cherry note is first and foremost. As with the smell, a little oak on the end. Some pretty nice earthy yeast notes linger behind alongside a vinegar-like sourness.

M- Lightish. Well carbonated. With the yeast and oak notes, a little thicker (not much) would be to my liking, I think.

O- I've only had a a handful of Flanders reds, so my points of comparison are somewhat limited, but this is a pretty good beer. Would be a nice introductory sour for a wine lover, for sure.

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Photo of RandomExile
2.82/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: full thin head, spotty but persistent lacing. 70's brown.
S: sour apple
T: sour, musty, sweeter finish than first taste
M: thin, surprisingly insubstantial for a darkish beer, dry finish
O: Watery sour apple. Not unpleasant, per se, but not particularly laudable.

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Photo of unklesyd
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last in the line of Rodenbach tastings. After Redbach, this is a welcome back to beer territory.

Nice, tart flavor, slight hint of past-prime strawberries. Sourness is present, but not overly twangy. Blend of tart and sweet is nice, without making the beer undrinkably sour or sweet. No hint of "funk". Very clean, with a dry mouthfeel and slightly "savory" aftertaste.

Big downfall is appearance, which is a murky, not very attrative brown. However, it does pour with a nice head which maintains as a purplish ring throughout. A good aperitif.

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Photo of laintringulis
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a wide mouth goblet from Eulogy's in Philadelphia. Pours a dark cranberry color with thick foamy head that thins out quickly but laces nicely. Light body, medium carbonation.

Smells strongly of apple cider, with a sweet caramel smell and some spiciness.

Has an initial sour/tart apple taste with a pleasant dryness that turns more sweet with a caramel maltiness in the middle. It finished with a tart cherry like back taste and moderate dryness.

Very crisp and refreshing. For a light bodied beer this has an exceptional fullness to the mouthfeel without being oily or filmy. Easily sessionable. I could drink this stuff all day long. It has a really nice tie between the mouthfeel, complexity of tastes, and drinkability.

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Photo of jakon
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250ml. bottle purchased for $2.39 on 7-1-7 at Tanasbourne Haggen.

Pours a reddish brown with an adequate off-white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma reminds me of champagne and green apples. Cider vinegar. A little sour candy in there too. Very interesting brew. The taste is pleasantly sour, and contains hints of all the previously mentioned aromas along with the background malt. Slightly watery. Overall, it's good, but just doesn't quite flip my pancake.

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

I'm a fan of this style, and this might be the best example I've had. It has a nice amber-cherry color and that classic aroma with a hint of barnyard (yes, that's a good thing) and some sourness. The initial flavor is sour cherry and some orange peel, with some floral qualities and a clean tartness that sparkles on the tongue. What pluses this for me is the finish, which had a faintly bitter crispness. Both complex and refreshing

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got a 750mL bottle and shared with some friends. Deep red in color, small head that rapidly dissipated. Aroma was tart and sweet at the same time. Serious cherry notes in the aroma and taste. The sour start to the beer put me off a little at the start, but near the end of my half (shared the bottle) I was warming to it. I guess it was also literally warming so maybe that was part of it.

Overall a pretty good beer. I'm not very familiar with the style but I would say this lives up to the expectations from what I had read.

I might drink this again, but it is unlikely I will buy it again.

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Photo of AxesandAnchors
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very little head, maybe a half a fingers worth (dissipated almost immediately). Very murky looking. More of a brow with a red hue, than a typical red. Lets hope this tastes better than it looks.

S: Smells slightly skunky...this is starting to worry me. Raspberries, cherries, a touch of wood, apple cider, plum, zest, candy sugar, a bit tart.

T: Nice first wave of a mellow tartness. Definitely a raspberry/cherry mix. Hey, with a bit of malt. A really faint oak flavor in the background. The funkiness that was in the nose is much better in the taste.

M: Smooth and dry on the tongue. Just the right amount of carbonation.

O: I was a little worried in the beginning, but where this beer lacks in first impressions it more than makes up for in the end. Not all that complex but it is a solid brew none the less.

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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 micahgoldfus
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to try this beer at a tasting with a Duvel representative, so I got a taste of both the beer and the history. The beer itself was like nothing I've had before. A crisp dark red color with a red-tinted, creamy head. The smell was sour and fruity, letting you know that you're in for something different. Hated it at first taste. Got used to it by the second. Loved it by the third. A unique, pwoerful sour, acidic taste, with cherries and grapes as the dominant taste that goes with the malt. It was almost more like a wine than a beer. Full, delicious, and unique. As far as the making of the beer, I learned that: 75% of each bottle is freshly made, while 25% is front a pervious batch; there are 20 types of yeast in the beer; it is aged 2-3 years in oak barrels. Not your typical "beery" kind of a beer, but definately worth adding to your repertoire.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle poured in to Palm glass.

Incredibly dark and murky amber color. Very muddy hue. Very limited tan head that settled out very quickly.

Looks aside, the beer had an awesome nose. Apple, tart cherry and oak. A light funk and apple-cider vinegar twang at the end.

Sour and a little oaky. Green apple and a bit of yeast. Nice sweet backbone that nose it's role and isn't overly sweet. A bit of a musty and funky finish that finishes very clean.

Medium bodied with a mild carbonation. Dry and tannic, but is kind of slick and oily in the finish.

Plenty of flavors to keep you busy. Very well balance and incredibly drinkable. I'll definitely be having this one more in the future.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having not explored this style too much I am not sure how confident I can speak upon this beer. The sour and sweetness of this beer seem well balanced and with the low abv I would call this a session beer. The more I drink this beer the more I like it. Great entryway beer for this style.
Cheers!

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Rodenbach Classic (Red) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.
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