Rodenbach Foederbier
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Brewed by Brouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roeselare, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Foederbier is unfiltered and unpasteurised... drawn from the wooden pipes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (9998) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 7, 2011
Dezent säuerlicher, sehr frischer Antrunk mit ebenfalls säuerlichen Eichennoten, die überaus passend sind. Die Säuerlichkeit bkeibt in seiner Intensität weitestgehend konstant und wirkt immer erfirschender, die Komplexität des Anfang, wo auch Kirsch- und Traubennuancen wirken, schwindet allerdings. Sie gefällt nun zwar, ist zum Ende aber weniger aromatisch. Im Abgang noch einmal passend holzig, etwas nach Zitrusfrucht, trocken. Sehr erfrischend! /12/12/10//11

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (12759) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2011
Draught at ZBF 2011. CLoudy red/brown - offwhite head. Vinegar, sharpness, acid, wooden, tartness, rubber, nutty, sourness, grape fruity, berries. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2011
06/03/2011 - on tap @ Zythos Beer Festival (2011-98)

Cloudy reddish to brown amber beer, almost no head. Aroma: vinegar, lemon, apple skin. MF: little carbon, medium body. Taste: sour but also cheesy and dairy coming through. Some vinegar touches. Aftertaste: less sour than you would expect, even little fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (9651) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2011
Draught @ ZBF 2011: Brownish coloured. Light brown dense head. ARoma of sourness, berries, subtle sweetness and some grape. Flavour of berries, sourness, grape and spice. Medium to full bodied. Has a sour berryish end. NIce

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (1952) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2011
On tap at Zythos ’11.

Reddish brown, somewhat murky. Huge acetic aroma. Almost vinegar. But pleasantly balanced with a sweetness that is lingering in there. Sour fruit comes through as well. Tastes pretty much like it smells. The tartness is almost overwhelming, and very reminiscent of vinegar. A slight woody-ness comes through under all the other tastes/aromas.

Overall it is a very good version of this beer. And one I wish I could get and age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Sampled on tap at De Zalm, Roeselare; July 2010
The beer arrives with a hazy, amber / copper hue and is topped by a tan, pale colored head that is about one-finger thick, but disappears pretty quickly. The aroma is quite tart smelling; a mix of lactic and acetic notes make up the tartness. There is a slight buttery note to the nose as well as some cider vinegar like aromas.

The beer feels quite flat as it first hits my tongue; this was a bit surprising given that this had a decent head, but isn’t surprising given that this is supposed to be fresh from the foeder. The beer is very dry tasting and has an acetic, spicy finish that manages to burn the throat just a bit. Some cider vinegar flavors are found here, though not quite as much as was noticeable in the nose and perhaps leaning more towards a rosé-wine vinegar. This is quite refreshing, especially given how sweltering the bar room we are in is; it is light bodied and easy drinking. The acetic flavors bring out some fruit character that is almost suggestive of sweetness. The caramel-influenced malt character contributes to the body as well as some toasted, caramelized flavors towards the finish.

This is definitely a bit Burgundian, though it is definitely approaching the vinegar side of the spectrum. This is a tasty beer to be sure, but as with most Rodenbach beers these days, it could use a bit more complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2010
On tap at De Zalm on 9/4/09: Pours a cloudy amber copper with an airy froth of off-white head that leaves spotty lacing behind as it subsides. Aroma of light toasty caramel sweetness with lots of fresh oaky cherry tartness. Starts with an oily texture with faint carbonation revealing a nice tartness and light underlying caramel sweetness with a big puckeringly sour finish that I really felt in my throat. Has good oaky complexity and light fruity notes throughout. This is definitely the sourest beer I’ve ever tried. I wish I had brought some pH paper with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (12674) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2009
On tap at DHVL. Copper colour, thin beige. Cereal sour aroma. Pretty drinkable in the mouth, some slight strawberry fruit, some sourness. It’s ok, but nothing special. I do like the finish which made me keep going back to it, but the body/middle was definitely lacking something. Even still it’s a decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Draft, at de Zalm, Roselare, Belgium. Pours orange-brown, topped with a medium-sized off-white head. Beautiful, quite acetic aroma, with notes of sour cherry, oak, some earthy character, and caramel. Flavor is fairly tart, again with acetic acid, sour cherry, and plenty of oak. Minimum carbonation; this is very very drinkable. This is a beautiful beer, I’m glad that I finally got to try it.

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