Rodenbach Fruitage
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Rodenbach FruitageRodenbach Fruitage
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Style:
Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #34
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,052
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 7.64%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
128
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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
 
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Wants
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Gots
  17
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Rodenbach FruitageRodenbach Fruitage
Notes: Flanders Red Ale- a blend of 3/4 young beer and 1/4 aged beer matured for 2 years in oak foeders, with added juice of cherries and elderberries.
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a tawny amber color with a two finger orange-tinted head; good retention and streaky lacing

Smell: Sweet and slightly tart jammy plum and cherry tones with a hint of elderberry and oak

Taste: Moderately sweet fruit tones, up front, with plum, cherry and elderberry; a bit of tartness through the middle is a prelude to a somewhat dry finish that is brought on by the oak

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Much more approachable than the other Rodenbach beers but I prefer the depth of flavors in the others

Jun 25, 2021
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

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

8.5oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $2.50. Best By 02/28/2023. There's a code on the bottom of the can CDR0 11710L, but I don't know what it means and it probably doesn't matter much for this type of beer.

Look: Pours a deep reddish brown, almost mohagany color with near clarity. I wouldn't call it hazy but not so easy to call it clear either. It's perfectly translucent, that's for sure. There was a one and half finger tan head upon the pour that slowly reduced to a very thin layer on the sides of the glass. Very nice lacing on the glass. Looks pretty overall.

Smell: This has a very bright, fruity aroma. Reminds me a bit of cherry lifesavers or cherry Luden's cough drops. I also get the elderberry aroma too (I know this well because my wife's family drinks elderberry extract to ward off colds). Not much else to the nose than that - maybe a bit of woody notes / mustiness from the aged beer as a secondary note. Smells simple yet nice.

Taste: Very crushable and delicious. The addition of the red fruit gives this beer such a nice brightness that it almost doesn't feel like I am drinking a beer. Up front, it's very fruity and a bit sweet. On the back end, there is a nice finishing note of juicy cherries along with some mild tannins and a long lingering acidity and tartness. For a 4.2% ABV fruited flanders ale, it's hard to find someone else do something like this better.

Feel: The mouthfeel is medium - not thin at all. Very full for a 4.2% ABV beer. The addition of the fruit and the aged beer give it a nice complexity and weight.

Overall: This is a very nice, refreshing beer. I would really enjoy drinking this on a very hot day. Like I said about Ommegang Solera, I would totally recommend this type of beer to someone who enjoys wine but doesn't think that he/she cares much for beer (Duchesse De Bourgogne is another good recommendation). This beer would pair very well with so many foods - breads, cheeses, chocolate, desserts, etc.

Mar 09, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still branded as "new" even though this has clearly been sold since 2016 or before :). This is a small can, but packs giant flavor. The smell is a bit muted, though it reminds me of a generic sour with a bit of a wild yeast note. The first sip is very surprisingly light, malty, sparkling carbonation that supports a semi-dry finish alongside tannic notes but not overly bitter in anyway. The cherry flavor feels very natural and fresh and the blended aged beer alongside 1/3 fresh gives an interesting perspective that is very deep in its overall character. For a 8.5fl oz can and it only being priced $6 for four I believe this is a hell of a beer for its value. Very well made and highly enjoyable.

Feb 27, 2021
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josanguapo from Spain

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

De Labirratorium. En copa Teku. En almuerzo, con pastas rana + acedias + pescadilla/pijotas. Sobresaliente si buscas una cerveza de frutas. La acidez está muy contenida y el perfil es más maltoso y afrutado que ácido. A pesar de su bajo abv se nota con mucho cuerpo. El sabor de la cereza es marcado y natural

Oct 11, 2020
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scott451 from Canada (ON)

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A dirty, cloudy ruby with a thin tan head. Some clingy lacing.

Fruity cherry smells.

Taste is very fruit forward. Lots of cherry. Very slightly sour.

Medium body and carbonation.

Very smooth. An entry level Flemish Red.

Feb 27, 2020
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Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Burnt red colour with a pink head. Smell is of cherry/berry. The taste is very fruity. I usually don’t like Flanders ales and this doesn’t taste like one. This could be a dangerous beer on a summer patio
March 8 2020

Jan 26, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange/red with moderate head. Smells faintly of cherry. Light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Tastes like cherry and other berries, not too sour. Excellent fruity taste.

Oct 16, 2019
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright red, surprisingly hazy though it could be chill haze. Fluffy foam with a pinkish purple color, rising over the rim slightly convex and looking like a macaroon. Lasting coverage and a ton of chunky lacing around the edges.

Aroma of tart red fruit, cherry and berry, sweet and not really acidic.

Tart taste, cherry and oxidized malt, menthol cherry cough drop, finish is semi-dry but there’s a sugary sweet note upfront that gets a little cumbersome the more you drink it. It tastes and feels more like some kind of cocktail spritzer than a Flanders Red. Seems to have befallen the same fate as sweetened lambic.

Case in point, this is Rodenbach trying to compete with Liefmans candy beer on ice. Can’t say I prefer this over regular Rodenbach, and for a better cherry Flanders try Barbe Ruby. If you miss Four Loko, try this...

Flanders Red #68

Oct 12, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber red color with a thin slightly pinkish head.
Aroma with notes of raspberries, cherries and grapes.
Flavor with notes of raspberries, cherries, grapes and a mild tartness from Rodenbach beer. Dry aftertaste with a friendly tart finish.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Refreshing and easy to drink fruity red ale. Traditional Rodenbach notes are only on the background here.

Oct 09, 2019
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8.5 fl oz can
Served in a goblet
2017

This beer pours a reddish tea color. It is topped with a fleeting beige head that disappears quickly.

The smell is sweet cherries with a little funk. It has a cherry cobbler smell.

The taste is sweet with cherry flavor. The is light tartness.

Lighter bodied with a juicy mouthfeel

The label does not lie when it says refreshing. I could crush 16oz cans of this.

Aug 24, 2019
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octortus from Canada (ON)

3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

251 mL Can. ABV 4.2%.
Appearance: Veiled raspberry red, Half a finger of beige head, Good retention, Thin cap remains.
Aroma: Intense strawberry/raspberry candy, Vinous, Tart cherry.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Crisp, Dry, Somewhat cloying sweetness.
Flavour: Candied fruit, Tart cherries, Vinous, Field berries.
Overall: Very fruit-forward. In my opinion, it's just way too sweet and isn't quite in the same realm as the rest of Rodenbach's arsenal.

Review: 47

Jul 03, 2019
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small can from Gary's, Thanks Todd
Deep brick red with a hint of haze and a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. Fruity aroma and taste with just a hint of tart earth and balsamic deep underneath. More wine cooler than beer but it was tasty.

May 01, 2019
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woemad from Washington

4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8oz mini-can purchased at Total Wine in Spokane Valley, Washington. No obvious freshness date,

Murky, brownish red color, with a very short-lived, thin, pinkish white head. Said head dropped at a deeply impressive speed, leaving spare, spotty lace.

Cherryish, fruity nose, with whisps of vinegary sourness.

Sourness is more closely matched in the taste than in the nose. This is good, because the initial taste is pure, sweet red fruits juice, so the sourness immediately keeps it from getting too cloying, and adds a nice dryness to the proceedings, especially at the finish.

Fairly light bodied, which is no surprise, given the low abv. Never having had a low abv Flanders Red/fruit juice hybrid like this before, I suppose the carbonation level was alright.

Surprisingly very drinkable. Although there's a fair amount of sweetness to this, the light body, low abv and the small serving size could all combine to help convince me to have two or three in a session. Still, I don't think this would command my attention better than a Rodenbach Grand Cru, if one were available. Perhaps this could work as a gateway Flanders Red for a newbie.

Apr 27, 2019
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Ahonky from New York

4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Passed over this one for a year or so, with the small can business and some doubt, despite my love for this brand of brews. Decided to pull the trigger on a 7 dollar 4-pack, and man am I glad I did.

Pink purple whatever, with pretty darn good head retention for a fruited beer. Looks great.

Smell bursting with red fruit, as described on pack, with tones of cherry, raspberry being most apparent to my untrained nose, and other qualities I don't have the words to describe

Juicy, delicious with plenty of beer traits to know that this is more than just a low-brow swill to appeal to wussies.

Great great stuff here. Will buy more on my next store visit

Apr 17, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a can of this at Julio's close to a year ago. No clue how old it is as when I bought it it was covered in grime. Tiny 8.5oz can.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark hazy garnet hue with a good half finger off white head that fades to leave light lacing and a creamy halo along with a good thin blanket. Quite nice.

S - Aromas of bright cherry juice and red fruits. Incredibly juicy and fruit forward, a firm swirl though makes things MUCH more malty and almost a little musty basement.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Loads of bright cherry and fruit fruit juice. Flashes of an almost metallic twang, light malt sweetness. The finish is a bit on the cloy side. Lingerly flemminess on the finish with some decent acidity. Really fruit forward.

M - Mouthfeel is very, very lightly carbonated and thin bodied. It makes the finish worse than it even is.

O - Overall this beer had all sorts of potential. The fruit elements are just excellent, however, there are some elements in this flanders that I just wasn't a fan of. Would love to give this a whirl 'fresh' to see if maybe the can had something to do with it.

Serving Type: Can

Mar 14, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: 8.5 oz can with no dates, served in a Rastal Harmony glass.

Appearance: It's a murky, dark brownish red color. The pink, two finger head stays around for a long time and leaves a thin foam layer and a lot of lacing in big patches and lines.

Smell: It's a sweet and musty smell. The main aromas are of cherry, oak and malt.

Taste: It's sour and fruity with some cherry, raspberries, plums, grapes and more earthy notes of malt, yeast and wood.

Mouthfeel: It's medium bodied, slightly creamy and quite cloying with medium low carbonation.

Overall: A complex, yet easy to drink beer. It's just approachable enough for new drinkers but interesting and tasty enough for more seasoned palates as well.

Mar 06, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - 1/2 finger pink head atop a translucent maroon body.

S - red wine, grape juice, brown sugar.

T - sweet cherries mixed with tart raspberries. The specific fruit is hard to pick out. Only mildly sour. No bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium-light body with average carb.

O - a tad too sweet, but great value for the price.

Feb 02, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tastes slightly watery at 4.5% abv. There is a good amount of cherry flavor with some character from the oak foeders but overall this beer is slightly lacking.

Nov 26, 2018
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

250 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Cost was $2.50 CDN per can.

Appearance - Pours a clear dark red colored brew that looks like cranberry juice. Capped with a finger plus of elegant and fluffy pinkish white head. Excellent staying power and minimal lacing.

Smell - Mostly cherry and raspberry aromas, some cranberry mixed in. I get some pear as well. Nothing other than those delicious fruity aromas.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose with alternating flavors of tart raspberry and sweet cherry. Some cranberry mixed in and again pear flavors seem to help bring them all together. Basically like fruit juice.

Mouthfeel - Light and with a dry finish, carbonation is modest and just a kiss of tartness at the end.

Overall - While Fruitage is not quite up to the standards of other Rodenbach products, for a light fruity beer with a flavor kick it es excellent and certainly worth trying for any fans of this heralded brewery or fruit beer lovers in general.

Nov 03, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a slightly hazed nectarine-hued body with a finger of off-white head produced with moderate pour. Some retention and good lacing
S -- Raspberry, apple, white grape, red cherry, pear, hint of herbal medicinals. Kinda straddles the line between fruit juice and medicine
T -- Cherry pie filling, currant, strawberry, lemon peel, raspberry leaf, honey-like sweetness. Alcohol is completely indiscernible, this drinks like a fruit spritzer
F -- Light mouthfeel, medium carb. Really easy drinking
O -- This would make a great summer refresher or, even better, a tasty mixer. Good price

81/100

Oct 23, 2018
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

8oz(?) can into Night Shift stemware. Shared by schen9303.

Excellent color but no head retention. Nose is exceedingly sweet. Hints of raspberry and cherry jam, raspberry seed and sweet cream. Beer opens soft. Hints of raspberry and cherry with a lightly bittersweet seediness. Almost cake-like with a sweet red fruit glaze. Very light, fruity tartness. Sugary at the finish with no aftertaste. This is decent but nothing really stands out. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly on the palate and goes down sparkling with little to no aftertaste.

This isn't bad but I expect more from Rodenbach. The flavor is unoffensive but nothing stands out. Worth trying but don't expect much past a standard fruit beer.

Oct 12, 2018
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(8.5 oz can, poured into a tulip)

L: mostly-clear, raspberry juice red colored liquid, lots of speckled sediment floating; dull pinkish, spritzy foam which dies off quick, leaving thick, sudsy collar... actually some long splotchy bands of lace

S: richly redolent fruitiness, mild-moderate hint of fruit shrub-like acidity; malt presence somewhat thick underneath... make no mistake, the fruit aromas are dominant

T: a touch drier than expected... jam-like fruit and mild-moderate citrusy tartness lingers on after finish... certainly a mild sugary flavor, but tough to tell if it's malt or fruit-derived... yeast character definitely present, but a bit more woven into overall taste, blended in with fruit flavor... subtle hint of bubblegum

F: bit of a silky texture at its core; lightly sharp on the sides of palate, soft acidic zing at the back... alcohol barely discernible... overall relatively light and super easy-drinking

O: more on par with a 'hard lemonade' type of malt beverage... rather refreshing - full-flavored, but light enough in body and booze to have a few

Jul 01, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tiny can, it pours a lovely darker reddish color with a modest head. A bit of cherry in the nose. The mouth gets a pleasant, a bit sweet-sour overall. Interesting.

Jul 01, 2018
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garymuchow from Minnesota

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

Attractive color with pink head. Fruity aroma and taste, esp sweet cherry. The tart and sour really gets subdued, as does the oak. A little more oak in the aroma but faint. It is there, just very much in the background.
Pleasing and refreshing. Nice for dessert or a refreshing break on a hot day.

Jun 09, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The gateway beer for the flanders red ale. Smells strongly of cherry, elderberry and oak sour notes. The taste is like fruit punch, with a nice balance between the berries and the rest of the beer. Not as sour or tart on finish, not viscous in body, but very pleasant

May 26, 2018
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 128 ratings