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Probably no other brewery specialises so much in barrel-aged sour beers in the Flemish Tradition. A national treasure!
Style Sour Beer
Country Belgian Beers
ABV 5.2%
Serving Temp 10 to 13°C
Bottle Size 250ml
Proudly declaring itself as the “most refreshing beer in the world,” Rodenbach’s deep ruby Flanders Red Ale isn’t kidding. Gorgeous aromas of cherry and plum are accentuated by a bold sourness while the flavours of berries, light oak, and a crescendoeing acidity follow suit. A thin body and moderate carbonation keep this boldly-flavoured beer an easy drink that is the perfect blend of sweet and tart.


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Proudly declaring itself as the “most refreshing beer in the world,” Rodenbach’s deep ruby Flanders Red Ale isn’t kidding. Gorgeous aromas of cherry and plum are accentuated by a bold sourness while the flavours of berries, light oak, and a crescendoeing acidity follow suit. A thin body and moderate carbonation keep this boldly-flavoured beer an easy drink that is the perfect blend of sweet and tart.
Probably no other brewery specialises so much in barrel-aged sour beers in the Flemish Tradition. A national treasure!
Style Sour Beer
Country Belgian Beers
ABV 5.2%
Serving Temp 10 to 13°C
Bottle Size 250ml

Product Reviews

Product Reviews

  • Not for me

    Review by Brendan

    Not a beer style that I would choose again, so sweet its sour and bitter and just not for me (Posted on 09/02/2018)

  • Fruity with a twist

    Review by arron

    Strong plum fruity flavours with an acidic sour twist. Surprisingly refreshing considering the body. (Posted on 06/02/2018)

  • Classic

    Review by Mike

    Tart and sweet at the same time. Quite fruity and easy to drink. (Posted on 28/01/2018)

  • A Classic

    Review by Stephen

    Like it says on the bottle, Classic. It tasted like I would have expected, a nice tart sourness to it, with plenty of dark fruit flavours. I even got my dad, a cheap larger drinker usually, and he enjoyed it too. Which surprised me. (Posted on 24/01/2018)

  • A bit too soiur

    Review by Wolsy

    A bit too sour for me to be honest, very cherry flavoured and just not my fave fruit beer, prefer fruli or leifmanns (Posted on 20/01/2018)

  • Nice surprise

    Review by Vikki

    My hubby bought this and didn't like it I thought it was nice and different, some fruit beers are sickly sweet, this has a nice sour tang to it (Posted on 13/01/2018)

  • Awful

    Review by Brad

    Too sour to be a nice experience of drinking it, sour and cherry flavoured for sure and this may be loved by some but turned in to drain cleaner in my hoiuse (Posted on 04/01/2018)

  • Not Sour enough!

    Review by RallyRay

    In my opinion this Belgium Red isn't sour enough! It's just too bland! There's no aftertaste, which is refreshing but the Rodenbach Classic Red is not one I'd buy again! (Posted on 25/12/2017)

  • Really nice beer

    Review by Mark

    Really enjoyable sour beer. More accessible taste profile than the Grand Cru, a great entry point into sour beers. (Posted on 24/12/2017)

  • Perfect!

    Review by DLR

    Sour, but not violently so! Fruity, but not in a sweet way. Cherries, plums I get and think of it as a raspberr which has that refreshing tartness rather than a sweet strawberry.

    This is my beer of choice, though not necessarily as a session drink as it would ruin me! (Posted on 24/12/2017)

  • Not for me

    Review by Thorin

    Not a beer I like, sour, sour , sour are the three words I can think of to describe it, (Posted on 21/12/2017)

  • Unsure

    Review by Benjamin

    Not horrible by any stretch. Also not a drink I'd rush to buy again. But it is very drinkable. Can't decide whether I like this or not! Different to anything else I've tried. (Posted on 12/12/2017)

  • sour and not greatly refreshing

    Review by Danielle and Mike

    This is quite a sour tasting beer and therefore isnt greatly refreshing. That being said it has a nice taste if you enjoy sour things. I wouldnt say its the most refreshing beer in the world but it is nice (Posted on 06/12/2017)

  • Perfectly pleasant!

    Review by Tay and Jenny

    Very yummy. Rich cherry flavours. Very suited to the festive season. (Posted on 04/12/2017)

  • eeewww

    Review by Sugar

    Too sour, not refreshing really if its sour!, couldn't finish it at all and turned in to drain cleaner (Posted on 29/11/2017)

  • Too sour

    Review by Kez

    Too sour for me, not refreshing and not enjoyable, just not for me though I suppose (Posted on 23/11/2017)

  • Almost like a wine

    Review by James

    Sweet and strong, almost like drinking a glass of red wine but still with a beery taste. Not sure if I'd call it refreshing but it's definitely enjoyable! (Posted on 31/07/2017)

  • Distinctive

    Review by Jon

    Sour and reminiscent of red wine at times but none the less very drinkable. A very interesting combination of flavours although it may potentially be an acquired test. (Posted on 31/07/2017)

  • Rodenbach

    Review by Gary

    Nicely balanced fruity beer (Posted on 26/07/2017)

  • Sour and slightly sweet

    Review by Sauron

    Nice enough but not really what I was expecting, a bit sour and not that sweet although a little sickly, nice but not refreshing at all sometimes a bit of a chore (Posted on 25/07/2017)

  • Cherry hit!!

    Review by shunt

    A sweet and sour with heavy cherry flavours. Not my favorite tipple but I can appreciate that this is a fine example of this style, (Posted on 08/07/2017)

  • Classic

    Review by Lee

    A classic for a reason, sweet, sour, vinous with acidic balsamic notes (Posted on 01/07/2017)

  • Acidic

    Review by Tommy

    Very acidic flavour, too tangy for my liking, needs a tad more sweetness to it (Posted on 28/06/2017)

  • Refreshing

    Review by Dslowikowski

    Very different tasting beer, nice tartness, almost cidery/bordering on vinegary if you're not used to it. Make sure to serve cold. (Posted on 22/06/2017)

  • Not for me

    Review by Wellington

    Not my fave, not really refreshing at all, more a sour, tastes a bit like a cross between a refresher and a cherry drop but more tart (Posted on 15/06/2017)

  • Pleasant

    Review by Good Head

    Very dark reddish colour and poured with a relatively small head. Very full bodied with a good level of sour and some nice fruity flavours. (Posted on 11/06/2017)

  • Very refreshing

    Review by Versette

    In the description it says the most refreshing beer in the world, I am not sure about that but very very nice indeed (Posted on 11/06/2017)

  • buy it!!!

    Review by dazzler

    this gets better every bottle i open, first one down on order list. (Posted on 30/05/2017)

  • Sweet and sour

    Review by Obiwan

    a nice fruity kick, sweet at first and sharp with a sourness that kicks even harder, lovely (Posted on 25/05/2017)

  • value for money

    Review by dazzler

    excellent value sour cherry beer, no more than a couple a session for me as the taste lingers, always on my to get list though (Posted on 20/05/2017)

  • Superb beer

    Review by Old Coppertop

    If you like sour beers this is a great value one. Refreshing but couldn't do a session of it, the sourness would be too mu h. (Posted on 19/05/2017)

  • It's this , no it's that

    Review by Snapey

    This beer varies throughout, on the nose it has a bitter tart smell a bit like a fruity bonfire toffee, first taste was that of a sour cherry kriek beer, after a few more mouthfuls the flavour changed to a bitter red wine flavour reminiscent of Wild Beer's Modus Operandi but not as strong or as bitter. (Posted on 17/05/2017)

  • Weird but works

    Review by Chris

    Very odd mixture, not a true fruit beer but not normal. Very unique and seems like it should be served chilled but works better at cellar temperature. Grows on you and very quaffable. (Posted on 10/04/2017)

  • Approaching perfection

    Review by Moorland Boy

    Superb beer. One of the best I've had. (Posted on 01/04/2017)

  • Sour red....

    Review by Beebo

    Appearance: dark amber, beige head, quite good lacing Aroma: sour, red fruits (cherries?) and wood, Taste: sour middle - high at the beginning, then one feels it less, hint of red fruits/cherries, aftertaste: sweet boiled candy like (Posted on 24/03/2017)

  • When it says sour it means sour.

    Review by JP

    This beer is sour, it's not slightly and it's not hint of sour, it's refreshing and nice if you like sour beers. Obviously don't expect face frowning sour heads kinds of sour either. It was an interesting experience for sour beer novice, would like to try more. (Posted on 19/03/2017)

  • Different beer.

    Review by Slack Babbath

    Interesting sour beer, taste very refreshing and fresh. Not sure i could drink more than a couple at once as the sourness could get sickly. Would definitely drink again though. (Posted on 15/03/2017)

  • Unusual

    Review by FR

    Bought this not knowing what to expect but found it an interesting and refreshing (Posted on 17/02/2017)

  • unusual kick

    Review by dazzler

    well bought this to try knowing i don,t like ruby beers that much, have to say that this was a revelation, the bold fruit overtones burst through and the sour taste comes and goes almost straight away with all that fruity loveliness, deffo on order list again (Posted on 12/02/2017)

  • Sour red....

    Review by MH

    Dark ruby red, subdued sourness, some sweetness, dark cherries. Refreshing. Light sour, dry finish. (Posted on 11/02/2017)

  • Classic sour

    Review by Woody

    Go to sour beer, classic. Yet to try the grand cru (Posted on 04/02/2017)

  • Light & sour

    Review by MH

    Clear reddish-brown, dark amber, small off-white head. Fruity aroma, vinegar, sour fruit, dusty. Winelike sourness, grapes, wine barrel. Light bod soft to medium carbonation, lasting finish, sweet, toasty, barrel. An interesting light beer. (Posted on 08/01/2017)

  • Sour

    Review by MH

    Good example of a classic sour... try the grand cru! (Posted on 06/01/2017)

  • good sour

    Review by christof

    I prefer the Grand Cru, but this is a good sour and popular with my wife too. Strong cherry and dark fruits, exactly as expected, good pricing, always re-order (Posted on 04/01/2017)

  • Pretty Good

    Review by shunt

    Refreshing, fizzy and sour with a strong cherry aroma. Quite a dry finish.
    Would buy again to enjoy ice cold, on a hot summers day. (Posted on 14/12/2016)

  • Sour Red

    Review by MH

    Pours a clear red amber colour, small off white head. Fruity sour cherry aroma. Sour cherry and tart apple flavour, dry finish. (Posted on 05/12/2016)

  • Decent enough

    Review by Uncruliar

    I thought that this was a decent enough sour fruit beer. There was a clear flavour of tart cherries but overall it didn't excite me. Having read the description I was expecting more red in the colour and a little more sweetness. (Posted on 13/11/2016)

  • well balanced

    Review by doomlord

    well balanced sour which makes it very drinkable. in a drink off I'd go for the Grand Cru version which is more mature and refined (Posted on 12/11/2016)

  • Sour

    Review by Mintymoo87

    Rather sour, if you can get over that then it's a delight. (Posted on 28/10/2016)

  • Interesting

    Review by Leedj1

    First try of a sour beer, smells of dark fruits, wasn't sure on first sip but grew on me as several flavours came through, main flavour for me was a deep blackcurrant.

    Definitely one I'd try again, chilled next time. (Posted on 12/08/2016)

  • Lovely beer

    Review by ghbradshaw

    I was blown away when I first tried this beer several years ago - you get the red fruit flavour, and tartness, with slight flavour of balsamic vinegar. Whilst I still enjoy this beer, it's hard to return to it after trying it's incredible big brother, the Grand Cru version. Start here though and then try RGC if you like it! (Posted on 09/08/2016)

  • Strange brew

    Review by Nath

    Tasted like cherry but very sour and strange, i couldn't decide if its ok or didn't like it (Posted on 04/08/2016)

  • Amazing

    Review by LoveBeers

    This is one of my favourite beers. I don't really go for sour beers, but this one hits all the right notes. Shame about the small bottle though. (Posted on 03/08/2016)

  • An aquired taste

    Review by Hoos

    A highly distinctive ruby that is bound to split opinion. I chilled this beer down to near 2C which caps the strong flavours and increases the refreshing hit from this Flanders Red Ale. Not a session drink for me, one 25cl bottle was just the right amount. For those that like their rubies I'm sure the Rodenbach would be a delightful option. (Posted on 06/07/2016)

  • Starter for 10. Well, 8.

    Review by Llamaman

    A nice little refreshing palate-cleanser to get you started. Not as interesting as the Grand Cru, though. (Posted on 19/06/2016)

  • Sour grapes

    Review by Fyfie

    Smells like soy sauce and not lip puckering sour. Flat Coke with some acidic grapes thrown in comes to mind with a dash of balsamic. (Posted on 21/05/2016)

  • Very drinkable

    Review by HeyBeer

    I've tried a few sour beers and most were too sour for my taste. This one is amazing though, I really love it. (Posted on 09/05/2016)

  • My favorite beer!

    Review by Chris H

    I can't get enough of this. My second delivery tasted even better than the first. Every sip reveals different and complex flavours and leaves you wanting more. (Posted on 22/04/2016)

  • Average

    Review by Jo

    Sour cherry aroma and taste, nothing special. Maybe the Grand Cru would be better. (Posted on 16/04/2016)

  • Love it!

    Review by Chris H

    This is one of my favourite beers and will try to always have a few of these in my fridge. Very refreshing. If you haven't tried sour beers yet, this is a great introduction. (Posted on 12/04/2016)

  • Small bottle, big taste

    Review by Llamaman

    If you like sour beers, you'll like this.
    Not as complex as the Grand Cru, but still very nice. Bottle is small, but if anything that works well as it's not a beer you drink a lot of. Would make an excellent aperitif as it's refreshing and a palate cleanser. (Posted on 08/04/2016)

  • Interesting....

    Review by Paul S

    Still fairly new to sour beers but having sampled this I find this to have a cidery aftertaste - which isn't a bad thing. Interesting taste, small amount of sourness and definitely wouldn't want to drink more than one at a sitting. (Posted on 24/03/2016)

  • Worth the money

    Review by Carlos

    Worth the money, but nothing to write home about (Posted on 24/03/2016)

  • Sweet

    Review by Andywilks

    Dark sweet ale nice in small doses (Posted on 08/03/2016)

  • As good as it was in Bruges

    Review by Krang of Dimension X

    Recognised this from the beer museum bar in Bruges, as good as it was then. A fine ruby, and terrific value for money. Handy for rounding up an order to get free delivery if nothing else! (Posted on 02/03/2016)

  • Balsamic goodness

    Review by Jamsmatalans

    Lovely balsamic. Not as great as Grand Cru but still tasty. (Posted on 08/02/2016)

  • Good starter

    Review by Ben

    This is a good beer for the price and a nice introduction for those wary of string tasting beers. (Posted on 20/01/2016)

  • Outstanding

    Review by SE10

    Smooth front, fruit tart middle, cheek explosion end. SUPERB (Posted on 19/01/2016)

  • Sublime

    Review by Danamic

    A fine example of the Flanders Red Ale style. The only downside, that you\'ll want to dig deeper into your pockets to go for the Grand Cru.

    Very easy to drink. (Posted on 17/12/2015)

  • Great Value

    Review by Simon

    Whilst this isn't my favourite sour beer, it's definitely worth grabbing at this price. (Posted on 09/12/2015)

  • Great for the price

    Review by Oli

    A little bit strong in flavour, however still by no means not enjoyable. Would recommend at this price. (Posted on 07/11/2015)

  • Ok Drink

    Review by DMW

    Nice intro into sour beers, but the Grand Cru version is much better. (Posted on 25/10/2015)

  • Not Bad

    Review by wardywolf

    I'm just getting into sour beers and this is not a bad start. I have since had lambic and geuze beers and this is not up to those types. (Posted on 22/10/2015)

  • Grand Cru\'s little brother

    Review by Llamaman

    I discovered Rodenbach Grand Cru first, and it quickly became one of my favourite beers, so I thought I should give it\'s younger sibling a try.
    If you know Grand Cru, it\'s very similar, just with the dials turned down to 6 or 7. The lower ABV takes away some of the vinous feel and the sourness is less pronounced.
    Unlike the Grand Cru, I feel I could drink several of these in a session - the sourness makes it a refreshing brew.
    But ultimately the Grand Cru is a far more satisifying and complex drink.. so try both! (Posted on 13/10/2015)

  • Rodenbach

    Review by PJH

    By far my favorite sour. Similar to the Grand Cru but a little more reasonable in the alcohol %. (Posted on 05/10/2015)

  • Slightly Odd Brew

    Review by Ay Pee Horne

    A decent first foray in to sour beer, but it\\\'s nothing special. Quite vinous, it\\\'s a fair old departure from your regular run of the mill lagers and ales. Okay for a change, but not a beer I could have more than one of. (Posted on 11/09/2015)

  • Slightly Odd Brew

    Review by Ay Pee Horne

    A decent first foray in to sour beer, but it\'s nothing special. Quite vinous, it\'s a fair old departure from your regular run of the mill lagers and ales. Okay for a change, but not a beer I could have more than one of. (Posted on 11/09/2015)

  • Sour Notes

    Review by 101proof

    A surprisingly refreshing beer. Sour with hints of balsamic vinegar. Lovely with a barbeque. (Posted on 13/07/2015)

  • great for the money

    Review by aaron_biffy

    A fantastic budget flanders red. Sweet & Fruity with a crisp, mild amount of tartness. Well balanced & complex for the money. A great summer beer (Posted on 11/05/2015)

  • Marmite

    Review by BigBadBeer

    Not really my thing at all, though I could imagine with the right food it might make a good accompaniment (Posted on 21/04/2015)

  • Balanced

    Review by Beer Novice

    Decent - not as sour as others so is probably a good starter if you're new to those types. (Posted on 20/04/2015)

  • You'll either love it or hate it

    Review by Beerhawk Laura

    I wasn't sure what this beer would be like and its definietly not one for me. Very different tasting but would certainly recommend anyone to try it. You might love it just I didnt. (Posted on 26/03/2015)

  • A wonderful surprise

    Review by Timmark

    Tried this beer on a recommendation from a friend and was extremely surprised. I was expecting more sour tones but found it fruity, refreshing and incredibly moreish. (Posted on 03/03/2015)

  • Delicious

    Review by Ash251

    If you're looking for something different, then definitely give Rodenbach a try. It's lovely, woody and fruity, almost wine-like at times. (Posted on 25/02/2015)

  • Excellent

    Review by TelBoy

    A lovely sour beer with undertones of dark cherry. Fizzy on the palate with the sour flavour hitting almost as an after thought. Didn't think I would like it but loved it. (Posted on 30/01/2015)

  • Love it or loath it...

    Review by AdyG

    You either like sour beers or you don't. It's as simple as that. If you're a fan of the taste then don't let all the negative reviews put you off as it's an acquired taste. This is a refreshing beer especially when teamed with the right food... (Posted on 12/01/2015)

  • curry curatorial splendour

    Review by Twitchywu

    Had only a few sour beers before and found them to be a bit challenging, however, this time I matched this beer with a curry and what a difference! Enough bite to cut through the spices with distinct citrus shades. Worth a go with strong foods for sure! (Posted on 28/09/2014)

  • What ive been looking for

    Review by Matt

    I have a local bar called 6 degrees north specialising in craft beers and one night had a beer very like this but could not remember its name. Glad to have found something similar. Seems these flavours are not for everyone but definitely up my alley. Only downside is the bottle needs to be bigger. (Posted on 19/09/2014)

  • Tried in Ghent, awesome

    Review by Mickeyziggyk

    If you like marmite (although rodenbach tastes nothing like this) and strange flavours (polish zurek soup for instance) you may love this beer. I ordered it with lunch in Belgium as pot luck (I was the driver and I wanted something small and fairly low in alcohol). I was with mixed company of English, Scottish, Russians and Americans and they all ordered rodenbach on their second round (I had mineral water).

    Basically I think it is quite inspired, and a happy pot luck discovery. (Posted on 19/01/2014)

  • not for me

    Review by Andy

    Simply put, it's not an enjoyable drink. The only beerhawk beer I ended up putting down the sink
    (Posted on 28/12/2013)

  • Odd

    Review by Glass half full

    Like the others this has a strange taste, sourish definitely but , to me, it has the feel of a fruit beer but without the fruit. Even at this very good price I don't think I will try it again. (Posted on 03/11/2012)

  • A bit 'marmite'?

    Review by Dave S

    I suspect this one is going to divide opinion, but I don’t think it’s for me. Having said that, it isn't too expensive, and it’s an interesting one to try. I also found it very interesting to compare this to the Rodenbach Grand Cru (which is also quite unusual, but much more refined). (Posted on 11/09/2012)

  • Wonderful or weird?

    Review by Jon Bob

    Cant really explain this one. Give it a try. On first sip i didnt like it. Then I thought I did. I shall reserve ultimate judgement for the next bottle. (Posted on 06/09/2012)

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