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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

590 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 172
Gots: 156 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

11-30-2013 02:29:02 | More by CoolEthan
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leitmotif

Romania

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

11-29-2013 19:24:21 | More by leitmotif
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WTKeene

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

11-29-2013 00:12:08 | More by WTKeene
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dvmky

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-28-2013 23:17:44 | More by dvmky
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

11-28-2013 20:34:45 | More by Ciocanelu
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bobv

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-27-2013 05:15:21 | More by bobv
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

A Flanders Red Ale, eh? I'm always down for that, but of course there just aren't enough of them being put out to try.

Great even tone to this one. Raspberries are definitely there. Cherries are also there bringing some sour fruit character also. After that, it's kind of hard to tell if I pick up cranberries here with all the typical stuff that comes with the style and my lack of experience with the fruit in beer. Anyways. This beer is awesome. Find me a keg of it, or a river, if you please.

11-26-2013 02:53:38 | More by RblWthACoz
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bcm75

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-25-2013 23:49:43 | More by bcm75
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-24-2013 02:00:07 | More by Stigs
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beercanman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

11-23-2013 23:14:19 | More by beercanman
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-22-2013 18:28:54 | More by CypherEnigma
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

11-22-2013 06:37:01 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.59/5  rDev +2.7%

With the personal feeling that Rodenbach's beers have always been undermined as a Sour Ale, they've put themselves back on the sour map with Caractere Rouge!

Starting with the same ruby-mauve hue that sparkles in the glass; its dark red hue is largely clear until the yeast cake in the bottle rises in suspension. As a dainty semi-fizzy creme swirls from the calderon beneath, its head character is soon compromised by the beer's acidity and dry body. A quick swirl brings the head back to life to share its high aromatics and then folds back into the glass with minimal lacing power.

Sweetness, tartness, and ooh-so savory aromas align in the nose with a sense of brightness and vibrancy. The fruity threads that pull the beer together are plump and just verbose enough to distinguish its cherry, raspberry and cranberry notes from each other. An overcast of malt is candied with mild confectioner's sweetness and then tempered with balsamic-type acidity. Toasted grain brings out a taste of toast and meek chocolate in order to reinforce its beery-scent.

Crisp, refreshing and savory at the onset, the beer's sweetness and sourness align on the early palate much like "Sweetheart" candy. Its fruit-forward flavor further reinforce that attitude until the middle of vinous red wine, slim balsamic and drier fruit notes bring about the natural earthiness in the beer. Light brine, musty wine soaked wood, dried limes and crab-apples hark to Lambic- but the fruit and light sweetness that accompanies it really bring out those Roeselare characteristics.

Though light bodied but not abhorrently dry, there's ample sweetness and and carbonation to give the early palate sensations a creamy fruit texture. But that's all short-lived as the carbonation bounces off the tongue and carries away with it the fruit and malt sweetness. What's left is vinous acidity that pangs sharply on the mouth in order to refresh it and finish pleasantly dry and warm.

Caractere Rouge is a less vinegary example of Flanders Red Ales but is slightly more fruit forward. I love it that the fruits are sweet enough to discern them from another and not so dry that they all begin to taste alike. That sweet-sour-savory medley shows a balance that's rarely found in Sour Ales.

11-21-2013 16:52:02 | More by BEERchitect
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-21-2013 04:42:50 | More by ColForbinBC
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-20-2013 14:38:39 | More by ShemRahBoo
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-18-2013 13:17:24 | More by cnbrown313
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NorthCoastPranqster

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-18-2013 03:00:24 | More by NorthCoastPranqster
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krome

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-17-2013 20:48:11 | More by krome
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a74gent

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -10.5%

11-17-2013 18:52:44 | More by a74gent
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

11-17-2013 17:23:56 | More by Krakpoff
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-16-2013 17:09:27 | More by MacQ32
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random846

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

11-16-2013 02:11:56 | More by random846
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sfr26

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

11-13-2013 02:44:46 | More by sfr26
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sweemzander

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

11-11-2013 19:05:26 | More by sweemzander
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

11-10-2013 23:06:25 | More by BigTrubble
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
99 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.