Rodenbach Caractère Rouge - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.85/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
03-04-2014 03:07:23 | More by ccrida
4.85/5 rDev +8.5%
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!
08-24-2013 18:38:10 | More by Evil_Pidde
4.84/5 rDev +8.3%
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!
10-24-2013 03:05:58 | More by sb3000
4.81/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
02-08-2013 06:02:41 | More by Jonada
4.8/5 rDev +7.4%
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
07-29-2013 20:43:17 | More by eduardolinhalis
4.76/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
01-24-2014 03:47:10 | More by nataku00
4.76/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
01-08-2014 23:30:19 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
99 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.