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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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4.44
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Rodenbach Caractère RougeRodenbach Caractère Rouge
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The brewer allow the beer to macerate with fresh cherries, raspberries and cranberries. After this maceration in oak, the beer re-ferments in the bottle. The result is RODENBACH Caractère Rouge, an exceptional RODENBACH with fruit maceration and a 7% alcohol volume. The brew is more than unique and extremely exclusive, as only 900 75-cl bottles were produced (first batch). Geunes serves this wilful beer as part of his other unique range of beer varieties in his restaurant, ’t Zilte, at the Antwerp MAS museum.

Added by Jason on 11-02-2011

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Photo of Wobbly
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To my mind, one of the most remarkable beers in the world and probably the best example of a Flemish Red that I have tried. While I have enjoyed numerous varieties (the classic red, the grand cru, the barrel aged vintage varieties) from this brewery, this has been the most consistently satisfying. If I had to choose one beer to drink the rest of my life, this would be it (as of now). That is why this is the only beer I give a perfect 5.

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Photo of Refloosh
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Depth, balance, flavours out of this world. Just a phenomenal beer that is worth whatever you have to pay for it. Had this side by side the Rodenbach Vintage and it just didn't compare. Both amazing but this was just wow

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Photo of Reggae4203
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Red with a a tint of beige, mild lacing no head

S: Heavenly, a sour funk but, balence with fruity over-tone

T: Cherry and Berries with Wild Ale finish

M: Like dry wine, but not over powering

O: One of the best Flander Red that I have had; the rating by is correct and does this beer justice...

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Photo of Budinetz
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Purchased in a bottle at Monk's cafe in Philadelphia, Pa. Poured by Eddy the bartender. Great guy! Make sure you ask for him if you're there. Very knoledgeable.

Pours a ruby red color with a 1/2 inch head that dissipates rather quickly. No lacing present at as I imbibe.

Smells of tart raspberry, sweet cherries, and sugary goodness.

Tastes of amazing raspberry notes with subtle cherries and a tartness that is not too overwhelming.

Overall an awesome beer that I was lucky to
Come across thanks to Eddy the bartender. Would definitely seek this out again!

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Photo of hotsudge
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - a beautiful deep amber colour with ruby undertones. A medium sized dark head that fades at a medium rate.

S - Malty, sweet, sour (a hint of vinegar), hints of citrus. Warm yet fresh and inviting

T - complex, sweet with acidity. The best of its class by far.

M - smooth with that slight hint of acidity.

O - an exceptional beer!

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Photo of stumac
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Chuk at Central Market for the last bottle in Austin. Pours up a beautiful ruby, smells of insane amounts of the red fruits as labeled, flavors of the same fruits, very intense, nice and tart, very smooth carbo, medium bodied, slight sweet finish, I think I'm about to mate with Amanda after this beaute.

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Photo of GJ40
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at the Carrboro Bottle Shop.

A - A vibrant red with a hazy finish and a small white head.

S - A rich, complex mix of sweet and tart berries. Wow!!! So many layers.

T - A moderate tartness with rich, complex berry flavors. The raspberries seem to stand out the most with the cherries second and the cranberries last. Perfect and satisfying.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation with a huge pucker factor.

O - Pricey but well worth it. This is one of the best sours I've had.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best before 2016.
Pours clear ruby red, tiny foamy head at first, rapidly faded to a thin not very sticky lacing.
You can smell the sour cherries right after popping the cork, along with balsamic vinegar. Very very strong. Lots of forest berries also, some lime zest, green barnyard funk. Very intense and perfumey.
Wow, ok.. Taking the first sip you get a short extremely sour flash, just for a second, quickly balanced by a nice fruity sweetness afterwards. Really complex. At first lime zest, sour cherries and sour acidic forest berries, like cranberry and aronia berry, followed by sweeter raspberry and wild strawberry. Not a lot of vinegar tartness, red fruit overwhelm it all. A nice funky feel from the live yeasts and the oak barrels, bringing the green hay, floorboard, barnyard funk, some hints of vanilla and some floral-herbal notes, like ribwort and wild thyme. Hard to say if hops are strongly present, but there's a little extra dryness (aside from the sourness' aftermath and the dry white wine feel) and bitter note that point to some nice green leafiness.
Very clean mouthfeel, rather fizzy/prickly, but it works. Dry in the finish, but the aftertaste is as complex as this whole beer. I read on the label that it has corn, and expected a bit of syrupy malts, but it was all perfectly hidden under the fruitiness.
The mother of all Flemish beers, incredible chemistry, a must try for any beer lover. Best sour i've ever had!

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Photo of enrique_m
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

phenomenal sour beer, looks okay, its amber and no head and no lacing. the smell is of cherries, berries, molasses, brown sugar, Mexican piloncio, and strawberry preserves. the taste is a perfect balance of sweetness and sourness. you get taste of cherries and a nice sour/tartness that is more of a wine or liquor taste and similar to an aged 3 philosophers with the kriekness. overall this is an A+ sour... best ive had so far...

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Photo of sb3000
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow...where to start...

Nice cork and cage that is typical of Rodenbach.

Pours with a reddish hue and one finger of slightly off-white head that dissipates quickly. Very nice lacing.

Aroma of berries and grapes, almost wine-like. A tartness is present that almost says, hey...check this out!

Mouthfeel is thin but spot on for a Flanders red. Very enjoyable. Dry and puckering.

Taste is slightly dry and fruity. Very wine-like. Slightly sweet but predominantly sour. Every sip is enjoyable. Some faint oak notes but maybe because of the mention in the label.

Final thoughts...another home run for Rodenbach. A perfect marriage of sour cherries, cranberries, raspberries and bacteria. The Lacto is present, but there is most certainly a malt presence on the back of the tongu. Nose is perfumy and enjoyable. I will definitely buy a few more bottles. One of my favorite beers to date!

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Photo of ccrida
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Caractère Rouge is ruddy pinkish brown with a small foamy off-white head.

Smell is lightly sweet malt, a little woody, spritzy acidity tinges the nose. Brightness.

Taste is amazing. Soft acidity, cherries and lime, a little sweet-tarts, cider vinegar. More depth then the nose, complex, yet integrated, and outright delicious.

Mouthfeel is acidic, dry, light bodied.

Drinkability is excellent. Extremely delicious, and impressively elegant. Lots of flavor, but neither the sour, the sugar, or the fruit are exaggerated or out of balance. Outstanding beer, one of the best.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours lovely red - looks almost like cherries... The tall thick head is kind of beige/pink. Only some lacings.

S: Sour, yeasty, spicey, oaky, fruity - of course, that's what you could expect, but here's also a nice sweetness and red forest berries - mostly raspberries, but also some cranberries and lingonberries. Cherries.

T: The exact same thing as in the smell, but the sourness is way heavier, and lovelier. The balance is awesome!

M: Long sour aftertaste with a raspberry-twist - I guess it still gonna be there tomorrow when I wake up. Body is full and carbonation very mild. This is so very smooth!

O: The strong red berries really made the difference. I love this one!

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Photo of Jonada
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Ruby red color. A finger and a half of a light pinkish head which dissipated to a thin collar. Slight haze.

Smell: Lots of red berries. Cranberry, raspberry, cherry, vinegar, green apple skin.

Taste: Tart cranberries, oak, some vinegar acidity, hints of vanilla and funk. Finish is tart and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Crisp. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Medium/high carbonation. Zero alcohol presence whatsoever. Incredibly refreshing

Overall: I had high expectations going into this beer and wasn't disappointed. The elements of the fruit and base beer work perfectly together without one overshadowing the other. I had to force myself to sip this, as I easily could have killed the whole bottle in no time. I will definitely be seeking out more.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow-gorgeous ruby red color with a small white head that disapates quickly. Tons of raspberry, cranberry and cherries fill the nose. An amazing balance of sweet and tart fruit. Finishes dry with a lingering fruity flavor. An awesome sour. Pricey but so worth it. Will have again fr sure.

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Photo of justinp444
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter it has a white pink ring head and a hazy amber brown body. Smell of lots of fresh cherry, fresh raspberry, slight tart cranberry, light biscuit malt, and some peach. Taste is almost all cherry juice and raspberry juice with cranberry tartness at the end some apple, and a bit of peach. Mouth feel is full and rich with a full body and a light but refreshing carbonation. The best tasting fruit beer I've had to date in terms of fruit (not beer).

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Photo of Dentist666
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

0.75l corked bottle.
Poured into tulip.
Pours hazy ruby beer with fizzy beige 1-finger head, moderate to low retention
Smell is utterly intense - cherry, raspberries, cranberries, vinegar, wood, relatevily sweet (you may have not foreseen).
Taste - red berries, bilberry, balsamic vinegar, slightly astringent and dry in the finish.
Medium body and carbonation.
Absolute champion in the style.

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Photo of nataku00
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a light brown with a scarlet red tinge, hazy, with finger and a half of tan color head. Head dissipates quickly but leaves a decent amount of lacing when swirled.

Nose is so fruity, raspberry, cherry and cranberry for sure, sweet and tart, with a touch of acetic vinegar, brown sugar, and oak. Very fragrant even when cold right out of the fridge.

Taste is sweet raspberry and cherry before tart cherry and cranberry flavors along with a balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar. A touch of old oak on the finish, with lingering berry skin astringency and sweet fruit.

Lighter side of medium with some nice refreshing carbonation that lightly pricks at your tongue before scrubbing it dry. Very easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a beautiful crimson, ruby red with 1/2 finger of fizzy white head. Sexy.

Smell: Tart cherry, that sour cranberry dankness, and sweet raspberry tartness to offset the cherries; it's all there. This is REALLY potent smelling, like freshly juiced berries. Amazing.

Taste: Tart cherry sweetness up-front, with a more bold cranberry sourness in the middle that gives way to a clean and dry, right on the money, sour raspberry finish. It's pretty sour, but not in the realm of Tart Of Darkness sour. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Ample carbonation, with a light feel that lends to drinkin' easy.

Overall: Had high hopes for this one, and I wasn't disappointed. I don't like to bring up other beers in my reviews too much, but this reminds me of a certain "intense" beer, but improves upon it everywhere that I'd have liked to see it. I guess that when a company does something for 200 years, they do it better than most.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with some notes of pink. Forms a aired, big bubbled and fluffy pinkish head. Medium to low retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Very fruity, as expected. Strong notes of red fruits: cherries, raspberries and cranberries (as described in its label). Notes of sweet grains. Tart with a slightly metallic end

T: Mild sweet upfront. Again, very fruity. A juicy of red fruits: Cherries, raspberries and cranberries. Mild tartness. Smooth and extremely balanced: Not too sweet and not too tart either. Some notes of sweet malts. A little bit metallic sensation in the end. No alcohol notes

M: Light and smooth body. Good carbonation. Fruity with some tart notes in the aftertaste

O: Perfect drinkability. Very fruity, even for a Flanders Red. Extremely balanced and pleasant. Another masterpiece from Rodenbach

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Photo of Marius
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favourite sour beers, I keep going back to it over and over again - tons of tart fruit and sourness. Definitely the best Flemish sours I have tried.

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Photo of roblowther
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml, corked and caged. And my night is looking up. It pours reddish brown with a light pink dense, almost creamy if it weren't so active, head. Smell. Wow! Cherries, wood, grass, lemons, and something almost cinnamon. The taste is woody, with a cherry aftertaste. Somewhere along the way sugared oranges show up, but it's not sweet, if that makes any sense at all. It's not sour at all, but just delightfully dry. It has some vanilla in the mix and just is really interesting. Every time I try to get a hand on it, something else wells up. Mouthfeel is terrific, slick and slightly tingly. Overall, this is one hell of a beer! I'm not sure what to make of it, but it doesn't care, it has far too much going on to care about my opinion.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Speechless. Walked by this stuff many times. Price was always a turnoff. Went to a tasting recently..tried a random sour (not this) and was sold. This one in particular came up in the conversation. Needless to say everyone said, u find u buy. I will clean the isles out next time it's out.

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Photo of sullyb
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Im in love with the rodenbach grand cru and when i saw this i had to try even though it was more than twice the price ($27). i don't really do beer reviews but this is was too amazing not to.

looks crimson red in the glass, smells funky fruity. tastes a little bit sour at first then i get strawberry hints and finishes with raspberries. feels light and fizzy (for a lack of a better term, like champagne)

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought September 4, 2015 at Systembolaget Sweden and has been resting in my beercellar for seven months.

The beer pours beautifully in the glass with a dark red-brown "oak" - color. Hazy with a thin head.

Nose: Soft, sweet, tart nose of cherry, ripe apple, prune, oak, vanilla, raspberry and earthy yeast. I’m in love!
Taste: Ooooohh! So good! Raspberry, cherry, green apple, lemon, red berries, vinegar, oak and cranberry. Fantastic!
Mouth-feel: Full body. High but smooth carbonation. Sour, tart mouth with a great dry ending. Complex structure.

Conclusion: This is a beer of a lifetime! Totally blow my mind! So complex, tart, funky, smooth, sour, sweet.... well it’s LIFE!
Happiness and love in a bottle!

In this totally rush of life itself have to put down this review... It’s not easy but somebody has to do it...

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Photo of gtermi
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is glorious! This beer is very sweet and fruity in the smell. The cherries and cranberries are the most dominant in the flavor with a bit of raspberries in the taste. There is a nice bit of tartness with a dry mouthfeel.

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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
98 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.