EugeneStraver (119) - Nootdorp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Home 20121231 (37.5 cl bottle with cork; from 2004; bottle no: 005680): A copper coloured, clear beer without any foam. Some yeast on the bottom. The arome is very slightly malty/caramel sweet, sour (vinegar-like) with fruit (appel, raisins, peer). Also some wood smell with vanille. The taste is a little sweet, caramel-like. But a sour tast is coming up for a long period. This is compensate by other niche flavours in the taste: green appel, peer, wood, vanille. The carbonation is low and you will have aa feeling like the tannine in wine. Even a slightly sticky after a while. But very good.
tquest (93) - BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of the best Rodenbach products available. Although pretty high in ABV I really like the immense complexity of this beer. This is a combination of whine, beer and whiskey. Tasting the oak barrels very good.
You can drink this one at Aba-Jour in Ghent.
pompelmoes (89) - BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden-yellow in colour with fine white head. Aroma is citrus like with a slight green-sour vegetallness about it. Taste is nicely nervous and tart with a good refreshing twang. nice dry finale with a fine bittering in the end.
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden-orange color, small white head and crisp accidic nose. Aroma of rubarbe, unripe green apple, some lactic sourness, malts and crumble. A very tastefull beer with lots of complex sour accents that goes well with the sour malty caracter of the beer. Hgh alcohol is very well hidden. A great beer worth ageing.
wacho (52) - Izegem, BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2008 Het koperkleurig foederbier heeft een fruitig aroma waarin de houtsmaak een bijzonder streling op de tong veroorzaakt. De smaak is behoorlijk zoet-zuur en vooral van hetzware alcoholgehalte is weinig merkbaar. Een waar genot voor de echte bierproever
Trappistenbier (48) - BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Available at local Bruges’ beer pub ’t Brugs Beertje , and this for a stunning € 7.50 !
This is a strong version of the normal foederbier from Rodenbach !
The normal foederbier can be tasted from handpump at De Zalm in Roesalere, ’t Vosken in Ghent (yes!), and Vijgeblad in Beringen. And there’s probably more addresses. Let’s hope.
Matured for 3 years on foeder nr. 132.
There are only 20.000 bottles. 10.000 for Belgium on 37,5cl., and the other 10.000 for export.
It is 10 vol% strong !!!!
Poured out, we notice a crystal clear, amber colored beer. Practically without any carbonation.
Yes, this beer is very flat, equal to some fine wine.
Again some proof that "Oud Bruin" is amber colored from origin. Caramel coloring into brown, and blending new beer with foederbier, gives the normal Rodenbach. An old ancient traditional technique.
The 37.5 cl. bottles are corked. Corks with a nice stamp on them. Again, wine alike.
Some small carbonation is noticed. We notice some subtile CO2 bubbles hanging on the glass side.
But that’s all really. Gently twisting the glass will remove the bubbles and some flat beer - without any foam - will be the result.
Attention, this doesn’t mean that the beer has some inferior qualities.
On the contrary, this beer is magnificent !!!!
The typical Rodenbach barrel (=foeder) taste is noticed in the nose and mouth.
294 of those hand-made "foeders" are present. Some of them are more than 150 years old !!
The "Vin de Céréale" has been matured for three years inside "foeder" n° 132.
Really amazing ! Flowery too (esters).
Mellow lacto-acid, leaning towards sweet. Quite similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru, which is slightly sweetened.
No question here: we face a filtered beer (pasteurized?), which is slightly sweetened into acceptable sour tolerances for many beer lovers. Gives a crystal clear fluid. Beautiful for the eyes, no doubt.
All bottles are wrapped inside white paper.
Every wrap (bottle) has its own number. The one I tasted carried the number 010339.
Quite expensive luxury beer for end-of-year festivity periods.
BUT !!!! Why this sweetening, why this filtering, why this € 7.50 ?
How did they achieve the 10 vol% ?????????
BonVoeux (40) - Beveren-Leie, BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
from 37,5 cl bottle. (saterday 22 march @ beerfest WBF)
Golden orange colour and almost no head.
Grainy, cereal, woods aroma .
Medium bodied. Tastes like woods, good sourness, alcohol is well hidden.
jannek (40) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ml, vintage 2004, foudre 132, shared by Mirjukka. Amber, almost no carbonation. Aroma of honey, sour mead. Taste has gentle sourness that balances and somewhat hides the sweetness of malt. Full body, sour finish. Overall, a beautifully sour beer.
Flocci (35) - BELGIUM - APR 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have caught a double-agent. The owner of "d’Afspraak" in Mechelen told me it was hiding in his cellar. Un-be-liev-able it hadn’t yet been discovered there.
It’s a wine pretending to be a beer, and a beer posing as a wine. It is neither and yet both.
It doesn’t don the expected white hat, nor does it wear the classic frivolous lace. No-nonsense attire, and a nice tan to boot.
Suspicious already, I wanted to sniff it out. And oh, this Rodenbach was good at its job; it confused me even more. Cider, oak, chocolate, grass, malt: it was all there. An eau de toilette that could conceal anything and everything.
Now that I had my teeth into it, I was determined to reveal it as a fraud, but it threw everything it had at me.
Sweet and alluring, sourly contradicting my accusations, flirting and warm, such a smooth operator. Nearly had me calling it honey.
I may have caught it, but I have to admit it seduced me - like you might expect of the goodlooking spies in a James Bond movie. And I don’t regret it one bit, nor will I ever turn it in. There are few of them left in the world, and less every day - you’ll be lucky if you ever get to see one, let alone catch it.
Wanderer (33) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutly amazing sour ale. Really takes all the best qualities of the grand cru. Thin pour with slight amber look. almost no fizz . no head lactose taste, hints of sherry and oak. quite dry