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Rodenbach Foederbier | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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3.98/5
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109 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium
rodenbach.be

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,508
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
109
pDev:
10.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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8
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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Het Waterhuis in Gent - 10/2008

I'll just start this review by stating that the Foederbier was amazing...

If you've had Rodenbach Grand Cru, you know exactly what this beer looks like. It is the familiar cherry wood color (perhaps a shade darker) with a thin tan head that dissipates to a wisp. Lots of oak, sour dark fruit and strong acetic acid in the nose.

Imagine the difference in degree of acetic sourness between Rodenbach and Rodenbach Grand Cru. Apply that same increase in intensity from the Grand Cru to this beer and you have an idea of what you get in the Foederbier. Sour and woody but after the initial shock to the tastebuds, refreshing and wickedly drinkable. Puckeringly sour but ultimately delicious. Long sour and tart fruit aftertaste. Lightly spicy, woody and a hint of vanilla.

Maybe the best beer I had during my whole trip to Belgium.

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Photo of WynnO
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of uturn
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of razorsdescent
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Filosoof
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
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 mynie
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of wonothesane42
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ccrida
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

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Photo of DrBier
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neenerzig
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got the last glass of this that killed the keg when I had this on-tap at Lizardville in Bedford. Served in a tulip glass, this beer draws a somewhat cloudy/hazy medium red/amber color with a bit of a copper hue. Has a white head that's initially an inch thick when first served to me that settles to a thick foam ring lining the inside of the glass along with some little swirls of foam on the beer's surface and just a little bit of lacing. Aromas of some yeasty, musty funk along with a sharp tartness. Has a nice sharp sour, tart flavor upfront that gives way to a nice barnyard musty funk that is provides a nice balance to the sour tartness. Also has just a slight red wine vinegar like flavor with just a touch of saltiness to round it out. Quite an enjoyable flavor profile all around. Has a fairly crisp, slightly prickly, yet smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a fairly dry aftertaste along with the sour vinegar salt hints that sit on the palate and hang out long after each sip. Quite an enjoyable beer all around.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unblended, young and full of bite. Tannins are heavy throughout, though not in a overpowering way. Notes of sour cherry and grape. You can taste how young the beer is, all of your traditional lambic/geurze flavors are more predominant and not blended like an aged example.

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Photo of grover37
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gotti311
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler. Consumed on 02/14/2016.

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Photo of Rnodea
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Azpittil57
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YalovaIA
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hendry
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Rodenbach Foederbier from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 109 ratings
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