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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

724 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 724
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 185
Gots: 200 | FT: 30
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 Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Zaphog, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. Three weeks of travel, sickness and holidays has left me review-less; I am looking forward to returning to the fold with this brew.

Appearance: nice amber-orange hue with a light haze and moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy ivory foam with great retention. Quite good.

Smell: the rich fruitiness and tart Flanders element bring me straight to a holiday meal. Cranberry sauce aside, there's almost a vinous quality here that really works well. This is a fruit beer that cannot be denied.

Taste: very much like the aroma. There's a tartness here which is alluring but not overdone, as well as a grape, cranberry and cherry fruitiness which combine together flawlessly. A really great beer.

Mouthfeel: lightish body with a good level of carbonation. I think it might be a bit overattenuated to be truly creamy, but it is nice.

Overall: I could drink tons of this stuff. Wonderful!

flagmantho, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of wolf_switzer
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

wolf_switzer, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of WhittierIceCream
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

WhittierIceCream, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of muskiesman
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

muskiesman, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Abbbp
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Abbbp, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Quackus
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Quackus, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

bmmortale, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

KevinGordon, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of mportnoy
5/5  rDev +11.9%

mportnoy, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of snaotheus
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked/caged bottle split between two big goblets. If there's a best by, bottled on, or batch number on the bottle, I can't find it. The bottle doesn't look like the photo in this listing. The bottle has clear, plasticky, printed sticker labels.

Pours coppery golden, surprisingly clear, lots of carbonation which clings to the side of the glass but doesn't build into much of a head. Smell is delicious and rich and power, easily detectable at arm's length while pouring the glasses. Sour, sweet-tarty, fruit, just a hint of smokiness.

Taste is sour but not quite jaw clenching, has exactly the sweet-tarty character that I love in a Flanders Red (see Rodenbach Grand Cru). Without doing a side by side, I couldn't compare this with Grand Cru, but it seems like a beer of comparable quality. I think this beer is very fruity. I don't get much from the oak vats mentioned on the label, though. I think primarily I get sour cherry flavor, and lots of fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, slightly oily. Overall, this beer is excellent.

snaotheus, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

chippo33, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Devman171, Dec 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

corby112, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

beerwolf77, Dec 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

SkiBum22, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hard to see through red body. Not much of an slightly pink tinged white head sits around well for a sour beer. The Duvel glass is probably helping.

The sour cherries are popping out here in the nose. Lots of big red fruitiness. Some sweetness with vanilla and caramel. Slight musty funk. It is kind of red wine like.

Nice complimentary levels of sour and sweet. Cherry, raspberry and cranberry all pop in the flavor. Some oakiness to it. Not as acetic as some Flanders reds come off as. Very fruit forward.

Body seems a tad thin but overall it feels good on the tongue. Finishes dry.

Such a good idea by these guys to throw some fruit in this beer.

MattSweatshirt, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Hefewiseman, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Kirk, Dec 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

cbgoods, Dec 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Luk13, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

jrallen34, Dec 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

BeersAndBears, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Danny1217
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a large wine glass.
Nice presentation. Pours dark red with a white head that displays surprisingly good retention considering the acidity.
Smells musty, brett funk, fresh berries, cranberry, raspberry, and cherry dominate. Some dark fruit notes; plums and red grapes. A touch of oak. A nice, clean lactic aroma with a touch of vinegar. Much more funk than the other Rodenbachs I have had.
Taste follows similarly. Musty, earthy, juicy berry character. Lots of fruitiness and a touch of sweetness. Medium sourness that is mostly lactic, but with that touch of acetic acid that gives the signature Flemish flavor. Really enjoy the funk that is present here. Body is not quite as dry as a lambic, for example, and the residual sugars create a nice balance between sweet and sour.

Fantastic beer. I would rank it among the world class fruited lambics I have had. This is a top-tier sour and perhaps the greatest achievement of the Flemish Red style.

Danny1217, Dec 22, 2013
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
99 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.