FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 isnít 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 rosť-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.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this beer at Het Waterhuis in Gent - 10/2008
Iíll just start this review by stating that the Foederbier was amazing...
If youíve 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.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 Iíve ever tried. I wish I had brought some pH paper with me.
harrisoni (12088) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at DHVL. Copper colour, thin beige. Cereal sour aroma. Pretty drinkable in the mouth, some slight strawberry fruit, some sourness. Itís 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 itís a decent beer.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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, Iím glad that I finally got to try it.
DSG (4714) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2010 [9/6/09] Draught sample during a festival at De Heeren van Liedekercke in Denderleeuw. Clear amber-copper color. Aroma of oak, malt, caramel and some fruits. Sour woody flavor with some sweetness and fruits. Medium-bodied.
fonefan (31813) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught @ De Zalm, Roeselare, Belgium.
[ As my Ratebeer rating #9000 ]. Light light unclear medium red orange color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, berry, woody sour, caramel notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and acetic with a long long duration, and a sour vinegar and dry finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. This is a very very nice beer why can i only get it at this places ? But it is lovely so I will be back next time in Belgium ;o)) 
daniele (4501) - ITALY - MAY 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
ambrata non molta schiuma discreta persistenza note acide legnose un tocco vinosa in bocca aspra legno aciditŗ secchezza
joergen (18930) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at De Zalm, Roeselare.
Cloudy orange coloured with a lasting off white head.
Fruity aroma of glue, red wine and dried fruits.
Fruity flavour of glue, red wine and dried fruits with notes of brett.
Tart finish of red wine.
yespr (28711) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From tap at de Zalm, Roeselare. Pours almost clear and deep golden amber to light brown with a small and dense off white head. Dry malty and slight acetone aroma. Wineous ad slight wooden. Dry and acidic with a distinct sourness and subdued barnyard note. Extremely red wine brett like base flavour with a nice dryness following. Subdued acetone like finish. Lovely, especially in the early Spring sun.