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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Caractère RougeRodenbach Caractère Rouge

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

533 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 6.94%
Wants: 164
Gots: 135 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-02-2011)
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ThatsThatDude

New York

3/5  rDev -32.9%

04-18-2014 12:44:08 | More by ThatsThatDude
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Lochnessmonster

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

05-15-2014 03:48:09 | More by Lochnessmonster
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allenson21

New York

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

04-05-2014 18:47:26 | More by allenson21
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Roze

New York

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

06-19-2014 19:13:36 | More by Roze
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

12-18-2013 03:04:12 | More by pmarlowe
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed reddish-brownish color with a rather thick and billowy pink tinted head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading and leaving some nice levels of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of sweeter red fruit smells, with lots of raspberry, cherry and cranberry. While some of the aroma is sweet, there is also a good level of funk, oak, a bit of grass, and a rather potent sour vinegar smell creating a nice fruity tart smell for the brew.

Taste – While there is a sweetness in the nose, there is not so much in the taste. There is a little bit upfront with some lightly sweetened blackberry, cranberry, raspberry and cherry flavors. While a little sweet is there, the flavor is largely of a quite tart cranberry flavor. A rather funky and lightly yeasty flavor is present as well along with a rather apple cider vinegar taste. As the flavor advances the sweeter flavors fade while some oak and a bit of vanilla join the tongue. The tart flavors get even stronger more toward the end with the tart cranberry fruit flavor really taking control of the fruit flavors. In the end, with all the tart cranberry coming to the tongue and a bit of a woody and grassy taste joining the flavor, a dry, funky, somewhat unbalanced, and quite tart cranberry flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner and lighter side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. The lighter body and higher carbonation were quite appropriate for the style, helping keep the sour and fruity flavors of the brew from becoming too overwhelming and keeping it overall more drinkable.

Overall – It was OK, but I wasn't too fond of this one actually (at least in comparison the original Rodenbach). This was just a little too on the sour red fruit side for me. An interesting try, and if you are looking for a rather sour cranberry flavored beer then this is definitely one to go too.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 00:13:25 | More by Darkmagus82
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.73/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle in trade with Dennoman and then subsequently shared with Dennoman at his sleazy, half-star hotel after the Borefts festival. This is livin' it up.

From a 750ml into a Borefts tasting glass.
Batch 2

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, loose, linen-white head with lousy retention. Maroon red body with almost no carbonation evident. Head fades to almost nothing and leaves no lacing down the glass. Looks half decent at best.

SMELL: Cherries, raspberries and some light funky notes on the nose. Bold enough with some nice citrus and lemon notes over the cranberries, cherries and nice raspberry aromas. Very fruity with a solid, tart-sour base.

TASTE: Some light funky notes with lots of raspberries, cherries and cranberries on the nose. Some light lemon citrus notes and floral bitterness through the middle into the swallow. A bolder and lingering finish of citrus flavors, lots of tart raspberries and cherries, as well as some light floral bitterness. Good stuff.

PALATE: A thinner and lighter body, and slightly airy on the palate. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky on the palate.

OVERALL: A good beer that we thoroughly enjoyed, especially in a hotel room after a 12 hr. beer festival. Lots of good fruit aroma and flavor on this one, though the look and feel could use some re-thinking. An enjoyable brew I'd love to have again. Trade me more so I can open it with you Dennoman. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 21:04:30 | More by Jeffo
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Dano420

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

07-07-2014 00:09:37 | More by Dano420
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jtladner

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

12-15-2013 04:37:51 | More by jtladner
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

03-06-2014 14:36:39 | More by GRG1313
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farnold

New York

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

07-14-2014 20:43:22 | More by farnold
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Anatole

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

03-06-2014 08:28:14 | More by Anatole
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Jdotswizz

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

05-31-2014 00:48:16 | More by Jdotswizz
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pmoney

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

09-27-2013 18:19:17 | More by pmoney
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

04-09-2014 23:24:44 | More by mltobin
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the-gobbler

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

07-28-2014 16:16:19 | More by the-gobbler
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gory4d

New York

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

10-17-2013 14:01:17 | More by gory4d
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drew74

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

07-26-2014 00:30:48 | More by drew74
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Pete27lax

New York

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

04-25-2014 01:25:05 | More by Pete27lax
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

12-25-2013 18:31:23 | More by jrallen34
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip.

A: Pours a very dark ruby body with a nice slightly pink head.

S: Very fruity aroma. Wafting notes of cherry, light brett and acetic acidity, raspberry, a bit lactic, some juicy and vinous tannins.

T: Sweet cherry flesh, light acetic tartness, a bit more nebulous red fruitiness, drying oak, slight vanilla, lactic and cherry sweetness in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Definitely drinkable and complex, but at this point the cherry sweetness is a bit out of proportion. Maybe with some age the fruit will fade and the bugs will do a little more work.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 22:36:14 | More by Etan
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At Eb's
Pour a dark reddish brown color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of tart cherries, funk, yeast, a bit of vinegar, some sweet fruits, some tart fruit. The flavor is pretty tart up front with some fruity tartness and a bit of acid. The fruit comes in midway to provide some sweet balance before a bit of funk, vinegar, and tannic oak step in. Medium body with a sharp level of carbonation that provides for a prickly mouthfeel. I rather enjoyed this one, its good now, but almost feels like a few years would do wonders to help meld the flavors a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 01:26:48 | More by johnnnniee
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was far far fruitier than I was expecting but my expectations might have been off, or rather were considerably off. Still a decent beer overall.

Beer is ruby red, clear with a thin head, small bubbles, no lacing, low carbonation. Really bright red.

Aroma is all fruit all the time, very sweet, cherry almost too much cherry, some other stuff sneaks through.

Beer is medium in body and sweet, lots of cherries, lots of fruit, lots of fruit, seriously this is a cherry bomb. Other flavors fight to get through but ultimately fail. I liked this beer but it would have been better if it wasn't just a one note beer. Not as sweet as the redbach thankfully.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 20:04:20 | More by drabmuh
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simoen

Belgium

4/5  rDev -10.5%

08-27-2013 13:03:32 | More by simoen
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.5%

02-03-2014 00:20:29 | More by acurtis
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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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