Beer Profile: Rodenbach Classic (Red)

Profiled for the Professor by Maria Devan

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Pours what looks at first glance to be a murky brown. Rather nondescript with a finger and a half of loose bubbles that popped like soap bubbles pretty quickly and left a ring. Soapy lace as it drinks.

Nose is half hearted. There is a light twang of vinegar that dissipates quickly, plenty of wood and earth and some very light cherry. Funky and has a scent deep in the nose that that smells like “sour.” That vinegar twang comes back only lightly as it warms.

The taste is also very light. It has a tartness but it’s not terrific. It has cherry but it’s too light and not deeply sweet. There is some acidity but it’s not lively and it doesn’t create tension with a bright acidity. The sour and funk give it a bit of depth and there is a light cracker taste from the malt.

It becomes more interesting as it warms and drinks easily with nothing to frighten anyone who is shy of sour beers. As you drink it achieves a wine like sweetness in the middle that is quite nice.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and light without a malt presence except as a blank canvas. I was a little disappointed in this one but it’s not a bad beer. It lacks complexity. Serving type: bottle.

Rated at a 4.

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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Maria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is frequent reviewer of beer and a beer lover deluxe.