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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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611 Ratings

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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.14%
Wants: 173
Gots: 160 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

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. 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.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-02-2011)
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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Jones153, Jul 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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...

Reggae4203, Jun 07, 2013
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brother_kenneth, Jul 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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!

hotsudge, Jun 03, 2012
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Wobbly, Aug 22, 2014
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4.91/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

GJ40, Dec 13, 2013
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4.91/5  rDev +9.6%

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!

dcmchew, Apr 03, 2014
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
99 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.