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.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2007
A Mes rate: Draught at ’t Vosken.77ships (9638) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 27, 2011
The lady warned me as I ordered this that it was ’very sour’. I told her that this was why I had come to t’ Vosken. She seemed rather unimpressed but poured Diz and I a glass each. Incredible red brown colour filled with rich brown bubbles of every shade possible when swilled. Amazing aroma. Beautiful sweetness, lactic, heavy caramel and incredible fruity notes. Flavour is equally stunning. Everything a Rodenbach should be. Tart, effortlessly sweet and sour, heavy fruit and more caramel. Very red tasting. Incredible fizzy and amazingly clean mouth feel. A quite unbelievable palate. Yet it is virtually flat. How the hell? Very dry on the finish which oges down really sour and warms and almost burns all the way down to the pit of the stomach. Stunning vanilla, balsamic vinegar, earth and everything else I love about the regular Rodenbach in abundance. Really, really good. Also managed to get me a really strange drunk (in a very good way), this is some mad stuff. Best £1.80 I have ever spent.
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2012 draft@Bierpassion Weekend 2011: dark brown with a red hue, very small eggwhite head, smell is very sour with lots of vinegar going almost acidic & lots of very sour grapes, taste follows smell with a very sharp acidic touch to the aftertaste that really hits you & a malt body to go along with it, least vinous of the different versions I have tried, rawest one, amazing stuff, pretty much completely flat, hint of spice & acid almost rotting wood, yep great stuff Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2008
On Cask at the Engelbewaarder cafe in Amsterdam. Pours a still ruby hazy amber with a thin film on top that dissipates. Aroma is cherry pit, almond, moderate to high acetic acid, typical rodenbach character like the grand cru but not quite as vinously sharp and more smoothed out- with more woodiness as well. Tons of acedic acid in the flavor but not overwhelming- tastes like my flemish red after 3 years or so. cherry pit and wine like tannins with some old woodiness and earth, hhints of vanilla, and almond/cherry pit, a bit of sherry and some red wine and apple cider vinegar. Nice acidity on the tongue, and is nicely sour all the way through. This is great stuff. They should sell this at more bars around europe. berntholer (1615) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2013
small beige initial head that disappears quickly, no lacing. slightly hazy red-brown body. great aroma complex of lactic acid sourness, wood, wine and rodenbach grand cru-like. just a delicious rodenbach like taste, perhaps a bit more sour than the grand cru. complex finish with tones of wood and wine. really great stuff! tried at ZBF 2013 on tap on 27/04/2013
hopscotch (11049) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 Draft... This beer rocks!... Hazy, copper ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. The nose is of lemon, cheddar, oak and malt vinegar. A whisper of toffee... which is quickly engulfed in a wonderful sea of acidity. The flavor is tart as hell. Not sweetened in any way to appease the U.S. audience. Medium-bodied and oily with soft carbonation. Finishes extremely sour and dry. The very definition of the style. World class beer! KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2007
Draught at the Palm brewery tap.
This beer really kicks!
Unfiltered, strong, sour beer. Oak, citrus, acid. Served chilled for the yeast not to run wild.
An extreme beer - just the thing for my rating number 1000.
This is for small glasses, not pints! 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. sebletitje (10067) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2012
Cask @ ZBF’12.
Orangée brumeuse, col épais blanc/beige.
Arôme est pure vinaigre restant somme tout modéré avec pas mal de note terreuse, malté et balsamique, tout cela sur un bouquet boisé de foudre de chêne.
En bouche, profile vinaigre couvre le tout laissant un côté balsamique se faufiler. Le tout débute sur un palais malté/grains voire avec une pointe sucrée, la gorgée se suit pas un vinaigre venant recouvrir la fin de bouche qui persiste.Le tout sur ce côté boisé, chêne moyennement épicé.
Sans être trop agressive au palais, la bière est déjà une belle étape dans le style des rouges flamandes. Dommage que le verre se termine si vite.
Que dire? grandiose, et on en redemande.
Silvan7 (1242) - Samarate, ITALY - NOV 7, 2016
From Tap (sort of) @ Beertemple Amsterdam. Ambrato carico, quasi ramato, riflessi rubino. quasi nessuna schiuma, solo lievi bolle grossolane beige. Aroma complesso molto intenso, aceto di vino rosso, legno, vaniglia, succo di limone, frutta a bacca rossa. vaniglia, legno e leggero caramello. Gusto acido, estremamente pungente, acetico, caramellato, spigolosissima, estrema, quasi nessun corpo e nessuna carbonatazione. astringente. non equilibrata, ma (devo scriverlo) chissenefrega! è fantastica così com’è.