wrecktem (37) - USA - APR 24, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rodenbach Classic is more a wine than a beer, although they maintain that no fruits are used in the brewing process. One of the finest, and most unique-tasting, of all beers I have ever enjoyed. Acidic, fruity, and sweet, it’s a beer full of surprises and is truly in a league of its own. Drink a bottle of this, and then immediately sneak a swig of some dumb ned’s Budweiser.....the resulting epiphany is not unlike that which many people reserve for listening to classical symphonies or tasting freshly baked bread.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Abbaye. Cloudy brown ale. Sour fruity aroma. Delicious sour cherry flavor. Dry and clean finish. Awesome example of the style.
egajdzis (5622) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a reddish, light brown color with a medium sized, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, barnyard, cherries and leather. Taste of cherries, caramel, funky yeast, and finished sour. Perhaps this new recipe is better, this was really nice.
leaparsons (8916) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red’n’brown with quite a small off-white head. Aromas are sour, musty and metallic in a pleasant way. Good sparkle. Flavours are smooth chocolate malts with sour fruitiness - it works in this beer’s case. Soft and sharp - its a beer of complementing contradictions. A good example of the style.
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice red-brown color with slight colored foam. taste is deep and refreshing, very wine like. The sour-malty aroma also has hints of some herbs. Taste is very refreshing and has a nice round mouthfeel. It is a little woody and has a great balans.
Sammy (9685) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
A masterpiece, red and brown appearance, with the rich smell of a good wine and cherry. Sour cherry and sweet fruit simultaneously. A tad of other spice and is it the oak that brings this all together? A full mouth experience. Sure liked it a lot more than their Grand Cru.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally I try the classsic. This is right below the grand cru as far as flavor,yet,.is still a very nice sour ale with a definite oak flavor and finish .
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Passage Cafe, Brugge, Belgium. Red with a tan head. Tart sour cherry flavor. An excellent tart and sweet, but not sugary, flavor. Yum.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent orange copper with ruby tints and a thinly lacing off-white head. Aroma is rusty and metallic with hints of cherries, oak and some phenols. Body starts semi-sweet with more sourness quick to follow. Not too acidic, which is a plus for its drinkabiliity. Not much complexity here though, and could have some more body.
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled) Clear, deep, dark red color with almost no head. Very sour, dry cherry aroma. Quite sour flavor with lingonberry and cherry, and some sugar in the finish. Light to medium-bodied, dry and sour, wineous, quite refreshing palate. A very decent, quite sour and berryish brew.