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Rodenbach Foederbier - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 49
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 21.92%
Wants: 11
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2006

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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 49
Reviews by jdense:
Photo of jdense
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at De Heeren van Liederkercke, expertly poured by Joost into Rodenbach tumbler, 11/2/2013, first beer of an epic night of beer tasting.

One finger thin off-white head, quick dissipation leading to a thin broken head over dark ruby red body, minimal carbonation ala cask. The nose is fairly sweet, cherries balanced by a slight vinegar aroma and pronounced oak tannins present. Taste is on the sweet side, an attack on the senses, not what I've come to expect from Rodenbach, big oak notes, even more than Grand Cru, really not that sour, more on the tart side. Mouthfeel fairly light, no effervescence to speak of, just as this cask beer should be. Wow, what a special treat this was, right up there with Alexander and Vin de Cereale, rarer than hell, and absolutely worth the effort to try and find. Not as acetic as many other examples of the style. Divine.

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Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is 2 years old and directly from a single foeder according to the brewmaster. It has more in common with Oud Bruin, but employs the mixed fermentation of a Flanders Red (inoculated with bugs), and does not use ale yeast exclusively as an Oud Bruin does.

Draft at the Binnys LP tasting room, special event with Rudi Ghequire.
Unblended and still, the color is a murky brownish orange with few bubbles and no foam.

Aroma of musty wet wood and tangy dried fruit.
Similar taste with a fruity dried berry sweet tartness, and firm lingering tannins that last into the aftertaste. The wood has a damp musty quality. Sweetness is minimal, though some exists to contrast the tannin and tartness.

Little to no carbonation, still like wine or an unblended lambic. It's compelling and not especially acetic which was surprising. It's used primarily for blending, 2/3 for Grand Cru and 1/3 in Rodenbach.

Interesting opportunity to try this in the states, with the brewmaster no less. Thanks Adam for putting the event together.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Churchkey 10 oz. into a full tulip glass.

Rusted brown body, slightly red but with some orange highlights and some degree of carbonation but fairly opaque. Head is light tan, kind of fluffy at one finger and disappearing to a creamy collar shortly.

Classic Rodenbach nose, mild tart like cherry and raspberry notes, small caramel that gets into a little bit of a toasty angle, but also quite small for a two year aged foeder. Light hints of tannic wood but also very small and subtle, seems to smell more like regular Rodenbach.

Palate is pretty much no surprises but gets better as it warms. Slightly wet feel for an aged brew, a bit watery slightly but flavors still transpire. Light oak and some good classic soft tannins moving to red fruit skin to wood. Light caramel sweetness washes over, and more fruit really opens up and becomes evident as the beer warms.

A decent brew and tastes great, but doesn't really taste that much different from the regular offerings. Glad to have tried it.

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3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sourdog
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of simoen
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Filosoof
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rodenbach Foeder beer stays something special. First of all, because you cannot find it in many bars. Second, because of the special quality the bar tenders seems to must have, to get this beer right in the glass. It took the specialist of 't Antwaerps Bierhuiske more than a minute to fix it!

A: bit cloudy, old red couloured, tiny top;
S: I love it; bit sourness, very malty;
T: quite sour ofcourse, but so well balanced, malty;
M: great drinkability, alcohol could be a bit higher to make everything complete;
O: top of the bill.

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Photo of Highbury09
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Jordan_B
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DrBier
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at cafe de zalm. Amber in color, cloudy, poured in tall rocks type Rodenbach glass. Aroma, musty, damp, intense funk, rotted green apple. Very acidic in taste, almost a burning sensation upon swallow... vinegay, easy finish actually.  Rare, unique, intense experience. 

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Photo of dukeufo
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Beer museum in Bruges.

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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the De Heeren 20th Anniversary party during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a mini snifter.

Pours a light caramel color with a very small head that receded quickly. No lacing.

The nose immediately brought quite a bit of vinegar. Some light cherry and oak, but mostly vinegar. Super strong and along the lines of Vin de Cereal but without the cookie dough-type sweetness. Flavor was straight sourness, though not completely overpowering like some of the more out there American wilds that I've had.

Light body and thin carbonation with a heavy sourness.

Not fantastic but certainly not bad either. An interesting experience.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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2/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of grover37
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Rodenbach Foederbier from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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