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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

614 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.14%
Wants: 173
Gots: 161 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of mendvicdog
4.48/5  rDev 0%

Blind BIF Beer #1

Cascadeish smell and taste with some excellent blueberry strawberry taste/smell.

Smooth mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Simple yet very pleasant tart taste. Mild funk.

Guess some Upland rare beer like Blackberry Lambic. I had had most of the bottled Cascades recently and didn't think it could be any of those.

Very surprised by the reveal.

mendvicdog, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Rochefort10nh, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -10.7%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
Photo of beernads
4.75/5  rDev +6%

beernads, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.75/5  rDev +6%

corby112, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -10.7%

orangesol, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%

750ml bottle split with friends. I decided to do a side by side tasting and open this along with the classic red and the grand cru to analyze the differences in each. Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears pink to a ruby clear color. It displays a polished clarity with orangeish tints around the edges. A finger of pink head sits atop composrf of big bubnly effervescence. A light swirl revives a finger that is quick to dissolve that leaves spots of lace on the glass.

The smell opens big with a fruit quality immediately reminescent of cranberry. Other fruity scents mingle forming a scent that is mildly medicinal and goes right back to fruit especially cranberry with some earth. The aromatics are bright fruits that fills the nose with something almost citrus-like and mixed with orange. A bit of vanilla essence and barrel aging is an afterthought.

The taste is tart with a solid fruit inclusion. Raspberry comes to mind when focusing on the tartness and mild citrus conponents. Lots of funky earth, wet wood/cork keep the fruit in check. A little bit of medicinal quality carries over with acidity. The aftertaselte has more citrus almost like lemon.

This is a medium bodied and modestly carbonated offering. The alcohol is well hidden but the hints of medicinal aspect keeps it from being stellar. I am really taken back by how fruity this is and how much it has altered the base beer. Straight from the pour, it looks fruited and it captures a fruity aromatic quality that filled the room we were sitting in while enjoying this. It was nice to try it and say I had it, but i think i give the nod to the gramd cru as being what I would rather spend my money on. Maybe with some age, as the fruit mellows out my opinion might change but as-is this is a fruity medicinal bugger.

stakem, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%

Damn near perfect, and I think an improvement over the other Rodenbachs (which I love). This one has the same sharp bite, slightly softened and made more complex by pronounced, but elegant wood, and a winter spice note, probably from the oak and the older beer that plays up a slight sweet note that contrasts beautifully with the red fruit in the sourness and the vinous notes. I absolutely loved this version of a classic. Great!

Georgiabeer, May 06, 2014
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

drewone, Aug 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

duceswild, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

BARFLYB, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev 0%

Bottle shared by thorpe429. Woohoo!

The beer is a gorgeous, radiant, dark ruby color, like a gem. A thin pink head rests atop the beer, leaving sparse lacing on the tulip. The aroma is wild and funky, like a fruit lambic. Smells very sweet. Huge raspberry presence, similar to a framboise. Sweet and teeming with berry flavor, balanced by a bit of tartness and wild yeast character. A great candidate for sharing, as the sweetness is a bit much after a small serving. Overall, very tasty, albeit a bit too sweet for me personally. While not my absolute favorite offering from Rodenbach, I enjoyed this. Recommended.

Huhzubendah, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a light red color with a short lived white head that recedes to a lace. Active carbonation rises up the edges of the glass.

The aroma is complexly fruity with big berry notes sticking out. Just a bit of wheat and wine elements come out in the aroma which is exceptional.

In the taste, tart fruits, dry cranberry, slight sourness, raspberry and cherry come through more in the finish with plenty of fruit and sour to go around. Finishes dry, with a slight bitter edge to the fruit.

Full bodied, yet quite dry and well carbonated ale. Overall, an exceptional fruited Belgian sour. Worthy of much praise and discussion. For special occasions.

Stinkypuss, Sep 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Gonzoillini, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

mdaschaf, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC as part of the bottle share. Much thanks to jacewg for the bottle, been wanting this for ages. From notes.

A nice faint pink body, slightly clear, and makes a fizzy head picking up the red body color with a pink and tan sort of hue. Some bit of fizz sound when pouring just a "tad".

Oh that nose.. That bouquet is just magic. Wonderful sense of rushing cherry and red fruit bliss with a controlled warming sweet penny candy. It smells like humbugs candy in a glass, exactly like humbugs. Warming tartness but with great yeasty almost champagne/sparkling effervescence which creates a great minty menthol airy aroma. Truly a shove it up your nose brew.

It seems like after that it would be hard to get better. In a way it does, but it is by no means all downhill on first sip. An interesting light almost milky texture, but with classic Rodenbach fruity mid palate and explosive taste. Good sour and tart mix with a nice acidic edge. Carbonation is a bit fizzy but luckily doesn't distract.

Overall, just a pure joy to drink. The irony was I was going to buy a bottle of this overseas and pay for the nose, but thought after I had it I wouldn't have to. Now that I've already done it, I want the dam thing even more, and just may buy it just so I can have it again. Can't stop thinking about it, it's truly a winner.

smakawhat, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Kelp, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
5/5  rDev +11.6%

sendbeer, Apr 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Zaphog, Dec 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

PEIhop, May 27, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%

10/06/2012

Bottle shared by Tim a couple weeks ago and again tonight by Cameron. Thanks!

A: Deep maroon with a big pinkish white head that lingers for some time.

S: A ridiculous amount of fruit. There's a really strong cranberry presence (skin and flesh) with some raspberry and a little cherry. Nice vanilla aroma with notes of cherry pie, crust and all. Restrained leather profile with a light mustiness and some oak. Smells like Ocean Spray. Lots of brown sugar. Moderately lactic with some vinegar.

T: A fruit explosion: lots of cranberry with an even blend of cherry and raspberry. Lower moderate acetic acidity with restrained vinegar flavor. Light vanilla with brown sugar and a little oak. The beer is quite sweet with a low level of tartness and a firm lactic presence. The beer finishes with a mild acetic burn

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. Sticky, dry, and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice fruited Flanders-style beer. Too sweet for me to drink a lot of but there isn't a lot to drink so I guess that's not a problem. Reminds me a lot of Ocean Spray or Cran-apple Cider.

HopHead84, Oct 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

ShanePB, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

HuskyinPDX, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

johnnnniee, Aug 26, 2012
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
99 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.