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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,813
Reviews:
685
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
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86
Gots:
218
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured from a tiny bottle that says "75% fresh ale and 25% ale aged in oak" sounds good to me! Forms a nice one finger tan head over a uniquely hued brew that is red, brown, and purple depending on which angle you look at it from, and it's almost black when not held to the light. A quick swirl brings the head back to a finger and leaves lots of nice tan lace on the glass. After about five minutes, the head and lace disappear
and never return....even with vigorous swirling.

S - This is one of the most unique aromas I've ever smelled. I smell vinegar, grapes, turpentine, glue, sourdough bread, lemon butter, asparagus pee, fingernail polish remover...wow. There is a lot going on here. There seems to be two predominate aromas...vinous grape and sourdough bread, and a solvent-like chemical smell that actually smells pretty damn good. I smell fetta cheese and grape leaves too...reminds me of Greek food.

T - OK, well...it's assertive and unique. This actually startled me at first, and I made a sour face when I took the first sip. So, now that I know what to expect I'll sip again and re-evaluate. Strongly sour and tart with some musty elements. I taste vinegar, fetta cheese, salt water, sweet tart candy (minus the sweet, emphasis on the tart), and some sourdough bread in the finish (emphasis on the sour). The aftertaste is a pleasant mix of balsamic vinegar, fetta cheese, and grape leaves....very much like some good Greek food. This is a really unique flavor that I'm not sure if I really like, but I do respect it for it's complexity and uniqueness.

M - Pucker-tart and sour as hell, this wicks the moisture from your mouth and replaces it with battery acid tartness! Pretty much feels like drinking vinegar with some light carbonation.

D - Although I can respect where this is coming from, and I may actually buy it again for it's outstanding complexity and uniqeness, I would not care to drink this on a regular basis. Drinking more than one in a sitting is out of the question due to the tongue-scathing acidity.

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Photo of jpd026
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Cresant
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The semi-opaque body was a dull brown/red leather color. The modest head faded quickly, falling to a ring and island of foam. The beer cleared some and subsequent pours darkened some. The head was the color of old tanned newspaper.

Smell was vinegar up front. Complex and changing throughout the drink. Sweet grape kool-aid (citric acid?), fresh currants. More vinous toward the end of the bottle.

Taste was stone-fruits. Cherry, peaches. A pleasant tart bit and an acidic dry finish. Richer toward the end of the bottle. Refreshing and interesting. Flavors reflected the aroma.

Mouthfeel was very zesty at the beginning and smoothed way out toward the end as it warmed. Medium to light bodied. I would love to drink this one again in the future.

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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

750 split between 2 people. Served in a Tripel Karmaliet tulip

A - Pours a murky brown with a creamy tan head. Lacing is speckled.

S - Old fruit, pears, apples, currants, old barn funk, dusty yeast, very malty, caramel, burnt sugar, earthy minerals, acetic lemon, dank wet wood.

T - Malty upfront with various fruits layered in. Pears, apples, lemons. Old and funky. It has an overall green apple skin tartness. Loads of yeast present with faint banana note on the finish.

M - Medium body, thick luscious feel, dry.

Complex malts, somehow it's sugary without being sweet. Subtle tartness with more funk than I was expecting. This is a solid Flanders that focuses on malt and fruit more the tartness/sourness.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of mcrawford
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of bmur112
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, chocolate brown with a tight light brown head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of sour cherries and some spice.

Tastes of the tart fruit followed by some sweetness. Cherries and raspberries along with some lemon come through. Has a citrus tartness to it. A bit of brown sugar sweetness adds to the mix. Some oak notes can be found along with a touch of some earth tones.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

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

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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