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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

663 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 663
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 177
Gots: 183 | FT: 28
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 TruePerception
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rodenbach's Caractère Rouge, Flanders Red Ale aged with cranberries, raspberries, and sour cherries in oak vats. 7% ABV.

Huge pop!

A: Nice plum red, with some slight showing of sediment. A finger of slightly rosy head. Slightly dull yellow in the dimple, which shows of a steady stream of tiny bubbles. Lacing forms, but does not hold. Barely any sheeting.

S: Fruits coming through very well on the nose. Cranberry is more subdued, but definitely there, and blends well with the raspberry. Sour cherry stands out slightly from the others. Nice acidity, as is to be expected.

T/MF: Oh, yeah! Just a touch of sweetness. Some cranberry dryness. Raspberry seed, raspberry. Morello cherry. Plenty of acidity, but it shows more as crispness than tartness. It also seems to affect a slight chill on the tongue. Nicely balanced carbonation; not too heavy, but not at all flat.

Very nice. Sort of a cross breed between a Flanders Red and a Lambic. Just a great beer!

TruePerception, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Rochefort10nh, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of mendonza
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

mendonza, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of GPHarris
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a tulip glass that left good lacing throughout. the body was a bright reddish-brown color.
s - all three fruits come through but cranberries dominate. a woodiness also pokes through.
t - big cranberry, raspberry and cherry flavors. so pleasantly tart, my mouth is watering just thinking about this beer. the oak is well done.
m - dry finish.
o - just stupendous. so complex and flavorful.

GPHarris, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
5/5  rDev +11.9%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of CaseyGroh
5/5  rDev +11.9%

CaseyGroh, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of greg4579
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

greg4579, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of TomTown
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

TomTown, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Twal
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Twal, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

BeahDrinkah, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of notchucknorris
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crimson tinted apple cider color with a good amount of haze. A nice one finger tightly bubbled cream colored head tops it.

S: From a distance, all you smell is some spicy oak. But as you get closer, huge amounts of ripe and jammy fruit notes pull you in. Overripe raspberry and tart cranberry notes lead the way, with just a touch of vinegar and some sweet syrup soaked cherry notes in the background. Vanilla and just a touch of spicy oak in the background. Amazing.

T: Opens on a sweet cranberry note with just a tug of tartness, slowly fading into pure raspberry jam. Ripe blueberry, cherry skin tannins and some silky smooth malt notes in the back. Finish is a touch dry with some oak and lingering dried cranberry and black cherry skin notes. There's a lot of sweetness here, but it's held in check perfectly by some on point carbonation and the nice drying finish. Could easily be the best Flanders red I've had.

notchucknorris, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Stinger80OH
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Stinger80OH, Feb 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

sherm1016, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Axnjxn
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Axnjxn, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

dvmin98, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of MrNate
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

MrNate, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of draheim
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear reddish amber w/ a thin beige head, minimal lacing.

Aroma is big sour oaky tartness, berries, and fruit. Smells great.

Taste is likewise tart and oaky, super dry, and fruity without being sweet. Great balance of elements.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, dry, almost vinous. Really nice.

Overall a truly outstanding, world-class barrel-aged beer. Thirst-quenching, delicious.

draheim, Feb 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

VonZipper, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, blank with the tag. Generously sent over as a wedding gift from Eduardo in Switzerland. Thanks a lot man! Poured into Cantillon degustation glasses and shared with my wife today, 2/6/2014 as a week-early Valentine's day drink.

Review #434.

App- Dark pink-red body, light pink head, good retention, nice lacing

Smell- Sweet raspberries, tart cherry, oak, a nice bit of rubbery funk, a lot of vinegar mixed in with a bit of brown malt sweetness. Very interesting nose indeed.

Flavour- Delicious. Oak tannins, tart cherries, rubbery funk, vinegar making this a 5/10 sour, some sweet brown malts, and faint raspberry fruitiness. Not overly sweet, but quite dry and tart. Complex and interesting.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, well carbonated, good body and easily drinkable despite the acidity. I am sure my teeth are still there after this one.

Overall- Very interesting and delicious Belgian sour. After finishing the bottle, I saw that this is a Flanders Red on BA and that really threw me off. This tastes more like a fruit lambic in a lot of ways, although the brown malts do come across more than say, Rosé de Gambrinus. My wife and I certainly enjoyed trying this one! Thank you Eduardo, for the lovely wedding gift.

Stevedore, Feb 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

vonnegut21, Feb 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Krafty34, Feb 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Skunkyluvmuffin, Feb 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

tectactoe, Feb 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

itsthepleats, Feb 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Skunkdrool, Feb 05, 2014
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
99 out of 100 based on 663 ratings.