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Rodenbach Classic (Red) by Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Flanders Red Ale
5.00 % ABV


 
Review by spointon on 02/05/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 9 18 4 9 2011
I poured this one from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a rather murky brownish red color with a thin 1/2" light tan head. The head retained very well and left a lot of lacy stickage down my glass.

S= Smelled like oak and pie cherry sourness. Lots of fruit also, including cherry and raspberry. Light alcohol way in the back of each sniff.

T= Started off with a fruity acidic bite reminiscent of red wine, with notes of raspberry and cherry. The tart sourness came next, but was far from overpowering (pretty restrained actually) and was balanced by a fair bit of sweetness. It finished with a flash of oakiness that led into a bone dry aftertaste.

MF= Thin bodied with a crisp acidic carbonation bite. Pretty wonderful actually.

D= This is a great beer and its wonderfully refreshing. The drinkability is extremely high as neither the sourness nor the sweetness get out of hand. Highly recommended.

Served In: Tulip

Review by k3n on 12/13/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 7 18 4 8 2009
750ml bottle, corked/caged.

Pours a ruddy brown with an impressive 3-finger head of lightly tan-colored bubbles. The head dies down pretty quickly, leaving spotty lacing. Reddish highlights on the edges when held to the light.

The nose isn't that much. Even into the 2nd glass, it's fairly one-dimensional, just tartness (fruity and vinegar).

Taste is tart, sour cherries and light vinegar, with a background of raisin-y sweetness to balance. Carbonation is good, and keeps the beer feeling very light in the mouth. VERY drinkable, you could just keep tossing this one back. The finish has good length, with faint wine-like viscosity.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Oxymoron on 09/25/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 17 4 9 2009
Some how I told you so just isn't enough. Pours a somewhat clear ruby brown color with red highlights through out. Great soft head and limited retention and limited lacing.

The nose is complex with a nice blend of malts, sweeter fruits and a light tart finish. To start the malt is complex with come rich toffee and caramel notes. A nice cherry fruity notes that is blended nicely. Minor prunes and wine/grape notes as well. The finish has a tart that hints of sourness but blended well.

The taste is just as complex. The fruity notes come out a bit more but are still balance well. There is a nice cherry meets apple flavor to start. Some malt flavors come out with a mixture of caramel sweetness and tart plum and cherry mix. The finish leaves a tart almost sour taste with a almost woody, almost earth finish. Some lighter yeast notes but very clean throughout.

The body is moderate, a bit fuller than what I'm looking for but still good. Carbonation is present but not over powering. Overall a great beer for sure.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 0
Review from 01/15/07

A - Murky brown body sort of the color of iced tea. Head started out small and ended up being only a thin layer on the surface.

S - Huge sour and tart notes. Fruity and acidic. The oakiness is nice and subdued due to being blended in at only 25%.

T - Intensly acidic tart taste is my initial impression. After adjusting and a bit of warming it was much less so. Sour apple and lemon are nicely worked in without making you have to pucker.

M - Light and crisp. Carbonation is made of fine bubbles and is good.

D - This is a nice sour and goes down easy. Nice change of pace beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/01/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 8 15 3 7 0
Color is reddish brown. Dark, not much light coming through. Slightly sour cherry and wood smell. Kinda thin smell though. Taste is cherry sour at first, but not overwhelming. Finish is sour and slightly bitter, but for me could use some more sour.

Not nearly as sour as some Russian River bottles I like so much. Someone noted it wasn't as sour as the Duchesse, but I found it more balanced which was nice. Doubt I'd drink this often, but liked it while I did.

Good sour, but I suppose I'm used to the RRBC sours. And those are definitely sours in the strict sense of the word. This one was more balanced, and worked just fine. Date on the bottom said 9-16-06 and I was about two weeks past that. Not sure if that mattered.

Served In: Pint Glass

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