Rodenbach Fruitage | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 109
Photo of octortus
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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,

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Photo of johnnnniee
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.

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Photo of woemad
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.

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Photo of Ahonky
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

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Photo of rudzud
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

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Photo of VoodooBear
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.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
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.

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Photo of Lucular
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.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
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.

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Photo of Holderness
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


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Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
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

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
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.

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Photo of REVZEB
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

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

Poured into a snifter.

A-A deep ruby with a nice head and lacing.
A-Aroma has hints of cherry, cranberry and raspberry.
T-Taste follows the nose but is very soft and smooth with wonderful fruit accents.
M-A light bodied refreshing beer with generous carbonation.
O-Very well made beer, I am kind of surprised they retiered it, as it is very refreshing and very well done.

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Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 8.5 oz. can. Has a pinkinsh/violet color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of cherries. Taste is cherries, very wine like,light berries, a touch of tartness, dry at the finish. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth trying.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep ruby with a small head. The aroma features sweet ripe cherry, cranberry, raspberry, fruit leather, and hint of vinegar. The flavor is softer and less intense than the smell, with a solid hit of vinegar sourness upfront, and cranberry and raspberry notes. The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied with broad bubbly carbonation. Overall this is nice - it is light and fruity, but manages a level of complexity kettle sours never reach. Really great concept.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 8.5 fluid ounce can into glass. Bottom of can is stamped 'C5KW 11001L'.
Reddish brown colored body, ruby red when presented to light. Pinkish head settles to thicker ring. Many scattered spots of lacing.
Intense aroma of cherry and elderberry.
Taste is sweet cherry, but slightly more sour elderberry follows. No bitterness.
Clean, refreshing, and dry mouth feel.
NEIPA's may be called a total juice bomb, but this beer IS a total juice bomb. Very refreshing aroma and flavors. Sweet and tart make for a very enjoyable session. Amazing that beer can taste like this. So much in wine territory.

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Photo of hman43
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours light burgundy with a reddish pink head. Head retention is moderate and clarity is a bit hazy.

Smell: It has aromas of sour cherries and cranberries. There are also some vinous qualities in the aroma as well.

Taste: It has a wine like character with moderately light sourness. It is quite fruity which is highlighted by the cherries and cranberries. The raspberries are very low as a background note.

Feel: It is moderately light with a vinous, bubbly, and slightly tart finish.

Overall, this is a good tasting fruity beer which has solid wine like qualities.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the reputation of premiere flanders red ale producers precede it, the Rodenbach brewers and blenders release a youthful ale with the roundness of cherry ad elderberry for an accented sour, tannic and winey taste.

Fruitage pours from an energy drink looking can, small in its stature but swirling confidently in the glass with a reddish mauve and a pink haze. As its creamy and spritzy froth emerges, the nose is caught with a peppery sour twinge, overt fruit and a decidedly vinous and balsamic scent. Candied fruit, light soda and red wine give up a sweet maltiness and that also circulates around cherry cobbler and pastries.

As the ale develops across the tongue, its sweetness relaxes and its tartness trends highly balsamic-like and with the tartness of cabernet wines. Oak, marzipan, and a soft toastiness gives the middle palate a savory taste to complement the lingering sweetness while a cidery hit comes to the finish along with tart red cherries and the piquant tartness and spiciness of elderberry.

The medium bodied sour ale shows a slight bitterness in finish that plays on the late palate like vinous spice and light oak astringency. A medium aftertaste of fruit, wine and cherry candy continues to back away from the tastebuds and ensures a crisp, refreshing and highly drinkable session overall.

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

Red with a nice pink head. The aroma is fairly vinous with elements of fermented red fruit. A very nice balance between sweetness and acidity with some mild bitterness. This is a very easy to drink and refreshing beer.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tiny can into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip glass.

Rich and lathery off khaki colored head with a touch of berry pink and a three finger lot of big staying power. Classic ruby red and clear bodied color for the body, even touches of dark orange when held to the light. Minimal carbonation present.

Aroma is a bit of small cherry, but also of some sweet menthol and candy flavors. Flirts a little with cough drop but none of the harsh edge. Faint touch of acidic sourness but very tiny.

Palate is classic Rodenbach, but with a thicker feel, and even radler like poundability. Juicy rich cherry, and hints of penny candy in the mid palate. Sweet with a hair of tartness and cotton candy softness and flavor. Aftertaste is slightly minty and sweet, but with a very light and creamy character that goes down real easy.

I wish this can was bigger, I can see myself drinking a lot of this in a setting.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 8.5 ounce cans into tulip glass; no can dating, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky light pink head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart/sour cherry, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, plum, red grape, red/green apple, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with light notes of hay, straw, funk, vanilla, oak, red wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/light funky yeast, fruit, dark/bready malt, and light oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart/sour cherry, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, plum, red grape, red/green apple, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with light notes of hay, straw, funk, vanilla, oak, red wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour cherry, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, plum, red grape, red/green apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light funky yeast, fruit, dark/bready malt, and light oak flavors; with a nice malt/tartness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing tart/tangy dryness. Medium-high carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly acidic, and slightly slick/syrupy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is an incredible fruited Flanders red ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light funky yeast, fruit, dark/bready malt, and light oak flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mildly tart/tangy finish. Very flavorful for the low ABV. Insanely jammy on fruit with balanced sweet malts; and decent amounts of sour/wild ale complexity and oak presence. Absolutely spot on for the style, you can taste the Rodenbach under all the cherries/berries. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jkblr
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.5oz can poured into a 250 mL tulip glass at fridge temp 4.2% ABV. No obvious date code but newly released. The beer pours a reddish brown with head that could be purple, pink or tan depending on your perspective. A 3 inch head calms down to a cap and leaves significant lacing. Smells like cherry juice. Taste is fruity and tart with possibly some smoothness and vanilla from the foeder aging. There is no appreciable bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, gently carbonated and dry. Overall, very good. I would recommend to anyone wanting to tick this style with an aversion to extreme sour. I am pleasantly surprised to be enjoying this beer.

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