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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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731 Ratings

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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 185
Gots: 201 | FT: 30
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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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

beercanman, Nov 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

CypherEnigma, Nov 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

ArchEnemyBrew, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BEERchitect, Nov 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

ColForbinBC, Nov 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

ShemRahBoo, Nov 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

cnbrown313, Nov 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

NorthCoastPranqster, Nov 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

krome, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

a74gent, Nov 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Krakpoff, Nov 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

MacQ32, Nov 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

random846, Nov 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

sfr26, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

sweemzander, Nov 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

BigTrubble, Nov 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

mdaschaf, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer is a pinkish-red colour, with a moderately sized off-white head, also with a pinkish hue. Fair retention.

Nose is a nice mix of the fruits involved. The cranberry sticks out most strongly for me, but the raspberry and cherry are also evident. Some oak, and a little bit of a vinegary scent that suggests some tartness.

The beer is surprisingly subdued in terms of tartness. Slightly sour, not strongly so. The fruit flavours are very nice. Cranberry, raspberry and some cherry all taste very real and juicy, and blended very well together. The oak is present but, like the tartness, fairly mild, comes out more strongly in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation level. Quite refreshing. Slightly astringent.

Overall, really good. Surprising, as the focus is more fruit and less tart, but it works tremendously.

jrenihan, Nov 03, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a flute

A- A clear ruby red with a two finger pink head.

S- Sweet and sour, a lot of cranberries, cherries, some raspberries, oak.

T- Great balance between sweet and sour, cranberries have a nice sweetness up front and the cherries bring a great sour punch, some vinager, touch of lactic acid, some oak. Very well balance, wish I got more of the raspberry flavors.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body, dry.

O- A very well done sour worth try and the $25 price tag. Definitely will pick this up again!

larryi86, Nov 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

dfhhead25, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

ManforallSaisons, Nov 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

ADTaber, Nov 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Gmr75, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in copper reddish brown color.

The aroma has huge sweet fruits of cherry, raspberry along with a vinegary sourness.

the flavor follows with that sourness in the front of apple cider vinegar. The sourness is quite strong, but well balanced this a cherry, cranberry sweetness that pops out. The end finishes with some oak.

Not as exciting as some new age sours, but wonderfully fruity and balanced.

dar482, Oct 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

BMart, Oct 27, 2013
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
99 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.