Rodenbach Foederbier
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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From:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
 
Belgium
Style:
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #46
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,278
Avg:
4 | pDev: 10%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
89
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 06, 2021
Added:
Mar 17, 2006
Wants:
  15
Gots:
  7
SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: None
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Rated: 4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 06, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
If the British has their "cask" culture, then this is the Belgian equivalent. Unfiltered and unblended, the most rustic, raw and regal taste of the Flemish region is on vivid display in this undisturbed state.

Light burgundy, mauve and bronze in its oaken bleached hues, a scant rise of bubble speaks to the beer's refined cask character. A strikingly sour scent is laced with cherry, green apple, red wine, nutty oak, leather, balsamic and a general attic-like dusty aroma. As the flavors embark upon the tongue, its low lying sweetness is of hard candy, fruit juice and and pie crust.

An explosion of fruit acidity swiftly dominates the middle palate while the sweetness retreats and the more wine-like tendencies of the beer begin to appear. The boldness of bordeaux wine meets rosé along with those strikingly dry, emboldened balsamic nuances reinforce the cherry additions, the acetic sourness and the vinous bite. Cider, light toast and cashew can all be found lurking in the recesses of taste before a light and oaken bitterness introduces a fine peppery woodsiness to close out the taste.

Light in body, the beer finishes powder-fine with a light tannic presence. Its shy carbonation allows for the sourness to seep into the tastebuds without hinderance. Spicy, warming and smooth, the beer's medium quick aftertaste is highlighted by cherry skin and a hint of amaretto.
Jul 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.65 by Azheng4 from Illinois

Sep 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.6 by jstern from California

Sep 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.07 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Dec 15, 2018
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Great Flemish red beer with a solid aftertaste. The aging in oak barrels defiantly adds character to this brew. This beer has more sourness compared so some of the other the other Rodenbach offerings.
Aug 31, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by smithj4 from New York

Aug 12, 2018
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On-tap at The Answer Brewpub, Richmond, VA

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with just a minuscule ring of white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sour cherries are present in the nose along with hints of vinegar.
T: The taste is very sour and has strong notes of vinegar along with hints of cherries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very sour and tart and is not something for the faint of heart—particularly if you are not accustomed to very sour beers. However, it is one that is interesting to try because you can really see what a Flanders Red Ale tastes like before it taken out of the foeder and aged in oak barrels and/or blended with other batches.

Serving type: on-tap
Aug 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4.03 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Aug 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by HopsForBrains from North Carolina

Apr 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.95 by desint from Belgium

Mar 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Dec 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from Washington

Oct 15, 2017
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Reviewed by ccrida from Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On draught at Beer Temple (Amsterdam), appearance is clear ruddy brown with a loose off-white head.

Smell is sweet and spicy and funky, classic.

Taste is sour grape and iodine, mildly sweet, much less so than regular Rodenbach, more sour as well. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is light, slippery.

Drinakability is high, delicious and a world classic for a reason!
Sep 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by Warren2621 from Indiana

Jul 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.08 by SFNC from North Carolina

Jul 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by Mantooth from North Carolina

Jun 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.33 by RoaneLoc from Georgia

May 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.82 by Deltoro from Florida

Apr 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by MTKATL from Georgia

Apr 25, 2017
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Rated by mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On nitro. Very sour for rodenbach.
Jan 03, 2017
 
Rated: 2.77 by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

Jan 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4.05 by mdfb79 from New York

Dec 31, 2016
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Reviewed by SomethingClever from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
4 oz pour on tap

A: Murky brownish red bidy with very little head.

S: Vinegar, sour apple, wine like.

T: Slightly sour nice vinegar, sour grape, apple

M: Thick lower carbonation makes it drink a tad harsher.

O: Not a bad flanders red but I can't tell the difference between this and the Grand Cru.
Nov 28, 2016
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Really dark brown color, almost black, tan head. Aroma has bitter cherries, chocolate and some caramel. Taste starts sour upfront, slightly acidic, continues with toffee and caramel, very balanced on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. This is very interesting flanders style ale, quite different from the other Rodenbach beers. Much more chocolate and toffee.
Oct 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.03 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Oct 22, 2016
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Rated by Marius from Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Hazy brownish red with a tan head. Light vinegar, apple cider, macerated fruit, all of this diluted in intensity.
Oct 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.52 by StoutSnob40 from California

Sep 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.35 by cmoore32 from Nebraska

Sep 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.9 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Aug 29, 2016
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Thick pour, the color of a fruit leather.

Very nice, smooth, vibrant aroma. Tart cherries and raspberries against light hints of caramel.

Tastes like it smells, remarkbly both very tart and very smooth. Big cherries are tart to start, moving into smother fruit near the middle, finishing with malt and a little lingering sour. The flavor isn't as complex as their heavenly Grand Cru, but still fantastic.
Aug 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.08 by Bubbawilly88 from California

Aug 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by ryancl from Minnesota

Jul 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Hendry from Vermont

Jul 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3.43 by AlexFields from Tennessee

Jul 06, 2016
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Reviewed by Rnodea from Tennessee

4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Draft poured into snifter and pint glasses. Appearance: red/brown off white head about two fingers.

Nose:spicy, acidic.

Taste: Acidic and spicy. Fermented vegetal. Dijon mustard. I want this beer with sausage.
Jun 30, 2016
 
Rated: 3.65 by BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

Jun 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Jun 15, 2016
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
25cl pour, on tap at Cafe Hollander in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a Rodenbach tulip glass.

Body is a darker reddish brown body, lighter reddish-orange hue, one finger white head. The head is moderately effervescent, with somewhat short retention. Lacing is wispy and overall short-lived. Smells of crisp red apple, mild caramel malt sweetness, moderate vinegar acidity, oak, touch of funk. Flavour follows the nose, but with a better balance of tart and sweet; apple tartness, vinegar, caramel, a bit of musty funk, mild tannic oak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, crisp and tartly dry, nice on a warm day sitting out on the balcony.
Jun 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jun 11, 2016
Rodenbach Foederbier from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 118 ratings