Rodenbach Caractère Rouge - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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5/5 rDev +11.9%
A: Red with a a tint of beige, mild lacing no head
S: Heavenly, a sour funk but, balence with fruity over-tone
T: Cherry and Berries with Wild Ale finish
M: Like dry wine, but not over powering
O: One of the best Flander Red that I have had; the rating by is correct and does this beer justice...
06-07-2013 04:47:10 | More by Reggae4203
5/5 rDev +11.9%
A - a beautiful deep amber colour with ruby undertones. A medium sized dark head that fades at a medium rate.
S - Malty, sweet, sour (a hint of vinegar), hints of citrus. Warm yet fresh and inviting
T - complex, sweet with acidity. The best of its class by far.
M - smooth with that slight hint of acidity.
O - an exceptional beer!
06-03-2012 14:45:26 | More by hotsudge
4.91/5 rDev +9.8%
Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at the Carrboro Bottle Shop.
A - A vibrant red with a hazy finish and a small white head.
S - A rich, complex mix of sweet and tart berries. Wow!!! So many layers.
T - A moderate tartness with rich, complex berry flavors. The raspberries seem to stand out the most with the cherries second and the cranberries last. Perfect and satisfying.
M - A moderate consistency and carbonation with a huge pucker factor.
O - Pricey but well worth it. This is one of the best sours I've had.
12-13-2013 17:46:24 | More by GJ40
4.91/5 rDev +9.8%
Best before 2016.
Pours clear ruby red, tiny foamy head at first, rapidly faded to a thin not very sticky lacing.
You can smell the sour cherries right after popping the cork, along with balsamic vinegar. Very very strong. Lots of forest berries also, some lime zest, green barnyard funk. Very intense and perfumey.
Wow, ok.. Taking the first sip you get a short extremely sour flash, just for a second, quickly balanced by a nice fruity sweetness afterwards. Really complex. At first lime zest, sour cherries and sour acidic forest berries, like cranberry and aronia berry, followed by sweeter raspberry and wild strawberry. Not a lot of vinegar tartness, red fruit overwhelm it all. A nice funky feel from the live yeasts and the oak barrels, bringing the green hay, floorboard, barnyard funk, some hints of vanilla and some floral-herbal notes, like ribwort and wild thyme. Hard to say if hops are strongly present, but there's a little extra dryness (aside from the sourness' aftermath and the dry white wine feel) and bitter note that point to some nice green leafiness.
Very clean mouthfeel, rather fizzy/prickly, but it works. Dry in the finish, but the aftertaste is as complex as this whole beer. I read on the label that it has corn, and expected a bit of syrupy malts, but it was all perfectly hidden under the fruitiness.
The mother of all Flemish beers, incredible chemistry, a must try for any beer lover. Best sour i've ever had!
04-03-2014 19:50:43 | More by dcmchew
4.85/5 rDev +8.5%
Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Caractère Rouge is ruddy pinkish brown with a small foamy off-white head.
Smell is lightly sweet malt, a little woody, spritzy acidity tinges the nose. Brightness.
Taste is amazing. Soft acidity, cherries and lime, a little sweet-tarts, cider vinegar. More depth then the nose, complex, yet integrated, and outright delicious.
Mouthfeel is acidic, dry, light bodied.
Drinkability is excellent. Extremely delicious, and impressively elegant. Lots of flavor, but neither the sour, the sugar, or the fruit are exaggerated or out of balance. Outstanding beer, one of the best.
03-04-2014 03:07:23 | More by ccrida
4.85/5 rDev +8.5%
A: Pours lovely red - looks almost like cherries... The tall thick head is kind of beige/pink. Only some lacings.
S: Sour, yeasty, spicey, oaky, fruity - of course, that's what you could expect, but here's also a nice sweetness and red forest berries - mostly raspberries, but also some cranberries and lingonberries. Cherries.
T: The exact same thing as in the smell, but the sourness is way heavier, and lovelier. The balance is awesome!
M: Long sour aftertaste with a raspberry-twist - I guess it still gonna be there tomorrow when I wake up. Body is full and carbonation very mild. This is so very smooth!
O: The strong red berries really made the difference. I love this one!
08-24-2013 18:38:10 | More by Evil_Pidde
4.84/5 rDev +8.3%
Wow...where to start...
Nice cork and cage that is typical of Rodenbach.
Pours with a reddish hue and one finger of slightly off-white head that dissipates quickly. Very nice lacing.
Aroma of berries and grapes, almost wine-like. A tartness is present that almost says, hey...check this out!
Mouthfeel is thin but spot on for a Flanders red. Very enjoyable. Dry and puckering.
Taste is slightly dry and fruity. Very wine-like. Slightly sweet but predominantly sour. Every sip is enjoyable. Some faint oak notes but maybe because of the mention in the label.
Final thoughts...another home run for Rodenbach. A perfect marriage of sour cherries, cranberries, raspberries and bacteria. The Lacto is present, but there is most certainly a malt presence on the back of the tongu. Nose is perfumy and enjoyable. I will definitely buy a few more bottles. One of my favorite beers to date!
10-24-2013 03:05:58 | More by sb3000
4.81/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
02-08-2013 06:02:41 | More by Jonada
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
99 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.