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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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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

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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4.38/5  rDev -2.2%

Had this on 2013-11-24 in Columbia, PA

A - Mahogany/amber with a short-lived, tan head and moderate lacing.

S - Characteristic Rodenbach Grand Cru aroma but with added raspberry and cranberry. I always get oak, cherry and hard apple cider out of the normal Grand Cru. Very pleasant enhancements.

T - Tart cranberry with some cherry and a little raspberry, light malt, hard cider, oak. Moderately sour with a typical Grand Cru finish but with some added lingering cranberry. Perhaps a bit less tart than normal Grand Cru with more of an emphasis on the fruit in this one. Very, very nice.

M - High carbonation and a light body. Dries quickly.

O - A well-done step up from the already-great Grand Cru. Too bad it is so expensive.

Tucquan, Nov 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

chadwicktorres, Today at 06:50 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

sammyg832, Today at 12:39 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

JonnyBeers, Yesterday at 03:28 AM
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4.76/5  rDev +6.2%

MikeMirage, Yesterday at 10:06 PM
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4.48/5  rDev 0%

Beautiful reddish/pink/brown ale, with a light, pink creme head. Retention is poor (expected for the style). Brew is pulpy and translucent.

Absolutely delectable aroma, featuring Rodenbach's yeasty funk; significant oak, tartness, and vanilla; and a ton of tart fruits. Raspberries and cranberries stand out, with a hint of tart cherry behind. A floral bouquet appears as it warms. The sourness of this beer is neither hidden nor overpowering.

Flavor is much more fruit-forward than the aroma implies, but otherwise hits on everything you might expect. Funk and oak up front; immediately followed by fruit and tannins; and washed over on the back-end by a tumultuous mixture of cherries, raspberries, cranberries, vanilla, and apples. Very sweet, and less subtle than other Rodenbach beers, but no less complex. Quite sour, but with plenty of balancing sweetness from the fruit. Divine.

Tart and puckering, with a sticky, lively mouthfeel. Long finish; you'll be smacking your lips and gums long after the brew has been swallowed.

Another fantastic, fantastic Flanders by Rodenbach, and finally a fruit-forward version. This easily can step up and compete with the best fruit lambics of the rest of Belgium, and of New Glarus.

Roguer, Yesterday at 08:15 PM
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

BeerTruck, Yesterday at 07:44 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

jbaker67, Yesterday at 12:04 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Massbmx, Sunday at 12:05 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

jnich2424, Saturday at 11:19 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

vermilcj, Saturday at 11:08 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

parintele, Saturday at 12:39 PM
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4.6/5  rDev +2.7%

nabit, Friday at 10:48 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Basoos1, Friday at 08:13 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Geoff413, Thursday at 01:33 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

papajohn56, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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

alexsergio, Sep 06, 2014
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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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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Srkolodn, Sep 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

hornsup, Sep 02, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

wonothesane42, Sep 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

ethanmc12, Sep 01, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +2.7%

beerforpresident, Sep 01, 2014
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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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