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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Ratings: 656
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 178
Gots: 182 | FT: 28
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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4/5  rDev -10.5%

tom10101, May 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

largadeer, May 10, 2013
Photo of hannydawg
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

hannydawg, May 05, 2013
Photo of stealth
5/5  rDev +11.9%

stealth, May 04, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Gonzoillini, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks seblp for offering up 2 bottles of this

The beer pours a dark, slightly dull rusty brown that shines crimson in the light and provides a fizzling pink head. Although the head fades quickly with minimal lacing, it leaves a thin blanketing/halo throughout drinking. The nose is potently fruity with prominent notes of strawberry and cherry (and celery?) followed by a very refined oak acetone. The taste is Flanders red to the max with huge amounts of description-promised strawb/cherry fruitiness, a touch of caramel and wood. Its medium bodied, effervescent, modestly dry and acidic, fruity, bold, and downright drinkable as hell. I highly recommend this brew for those that enjoy a good Flanders and have had the Rodenbach predecessors. It's an excellent beer, one of the best I've had in a long time actually.

ThePorterSorter, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of danbar
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

danbar, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Noyt
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Noyt, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of yankeefan287
5/5  rDev +11.9%

yankeefan287, Mar 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

thegoon55, Mar 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

alysmith4, Mar 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

dctriman, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC as part of the bottle share. Much thanks to jacewg for the bottle, been wanting this for ages. From notes.

A nice faint pink body, slightly clear, and makes a fizzy head picking up the red body color with a pink and tan sort of hue. Some bit of fizz sound when pouring just a "tad".

Oh that nose.. That bouquet is just magic. Wonderful sense of rushing cherry and red fruit bliss with a controlled warming sweet penny candy. It smells like humbugs candy in a glass, exactly like humbugs. Warming tartness but with great yeasty almost champagne/sparkling effervescence which creates a great minty menthol airy aroma. Truly a shove it up your nose brew.

It seems like after that it would be hard to get better. In a way it does, but it is by no means all downhill on first sip. An interesting light almost milky texture, but with classic Rodenbach fruity mid palate and explosive taste. Good sour and tart mix with a nice acidic edge. Carbonation is a bit fizzy but luckily doesn't distract.

Overall, just a pure joy to drink. The irony was I was going to buy a bottle of this overseas and pay for the nose, but thought after I had it I wouldn't have to. Now that I've already done it, I want the dam thing even more, and just may buy it just so I can have it again. Can't stop thinking about it, it's truly a winner.

smakawhat, Mar 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

jacewg, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

nzerbe, Mar 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Jspriest, Feb 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

KevSal, Feb 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

ShanePB, Feb 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Mbrown44, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Jonada
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Ruby red color. A finger and a half of a light pinkish head which dissipated to a thin collar. Slight haze.

Smell: Lots of red berries. Cranberry, raspberry, cherry, vinegar, green apple skin.

Taste: Tart cranberries, oak, some vinegar acidity, hints of vanilla and funk. Finish is tart and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Crisp. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Medium/high carbonation. Zero alcohol presence whatsoever. Incredibly refreshing

Overall: I had high expectations going into this beer and wasn't disappointed. The elements of the fruit and base beer work perfectly together without one overshadowing the other. I had to force myself to sip this, as I easily could have killed the whole bottle in no time. I will definitely be seeking out more.

Jonada, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

claaark13, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Etan
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip.

A: Pours a very dark ruby body with a nice slightly pink head.

S: Very fruity aroma. Wafting notes of cherry, light brett and acetic acidity, raspberry, a bit lactic, some juicy and vinous tannins.

T: Sweet cherry flesh, light acetic tartness, a bit more nebulous red fruitiness, drying oak, slight vanilla, lactic and cherry sweetness in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Definitely drinkable and complex, but at this point the cherry sweetness is a bit out of proportion. Maybe with some age the fruit will fade and the bugs will do a little more work.

Etan, Jan 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

TurdFurgison, Jan 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
99 out of 100 based on 656 ratings.