Rodenbach Caractère Rouge - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.03/5 rDev -9.8%
Big thanks goes out to cmrillo for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured a deep ruby red-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, sour, tart, wood, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, tart cherry, wood, subtle funk, and sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. In typical Rodenbach fashion, they knocked this one out of the park. Really complex, tart, and sour all while be refreshing at the same time. While there wasn’t a huge amount of complexity going on here, it was just the right about in my opinion for the style. This made it quite easy to drink and extremely enjoyable. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance, you won’t regret it!
11-21-2012 11:44:03 | More by thagr81us
4.05/5 rDev -9.4%
750ml bottle split with friends. I decided to do a side by side tasting and open this along with the classic red and the grand cru to analyze the differences in each. Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears pink to a ruby clear color. It displays a polished clarity with orangeish tints around the edges. A finger of pink head sits atop composrf of big bubnly effervescence. A light swirl revives a finger that is quick to dissolve that leaves spots of lace on the glass.
The smell opens big with a fruit quality immediately reminescent of cranberry. Other fruity scents mingle forming a scent that is mildly medicinal and goes right back to fruit especially cranberry with some earth. The aromatics are bright fruits that fills the nose with something almost citrus-like and mixed with orange. A bit of vanilla essence and barrel aging is an afterthought.
The taste is tart with a solid fruit inclusion. Raspberry comes to mind when focusing on the tartness and mild citrus conponents. Lots of funky earth, wet wood/cork keep the fruit in check. A little bit of medicinal quality carries over with acidity. The aftertaselte has more citrus almost like lemon.
This is a medium bodied and modestly carbonated offering. The alcohol is well hidden but the hints of medicinal aspect keeps it from being stellar. I am really taken back by how fruity this is and how much it has altered the base beer. Straight from the pour, it looks fruited and it captures a fruity aromatic quality that filled the room we were sitting in while enjoying this. It was nice to try it and say I had it, but i think i give the nod to the gramd cru as being what I would rather spend my money on. Maybe with some age, as the fruit mellows out my opinion might change but as-is this is a fruity medicinal bugger.
08-21-2012 19:51:35 | More by stakem
4.06/5 rDev -9.2%
The beer pours a dark reddish amber color with a half finger of off white head that has a pink hue. The head faded away quickly until there was none remaining. The smell was fruity up front with some vinegar notes. I thought the fruity notes were very jam like. The taste followed the smell closely. There was some disagreement about what fruit was in this beer. I thought I was getting raspberries. The beer was tart but it was a smooth tartness. There was a slight sweetness in the finish which was also very dry. The carbonation level was aggressive. Overall I thought this was a very good sour beer, but I could have sworn it was a fruit lambic.
The reveal: Rodenbach Caractère Rouge
07-10-2013 23:37:07 | More by oline73
4.08/5 rDev -8.7%
A: pours a bright ruby red in color with a very thin head and left virtually no lacing sticking to the glass.
S: A variety of berries were noticeable upfront in the nose such as cherries, blackberries and cranberries but with vinegary character, a little oakiness some acidic notes but honestly has a lot of juice qualities.
T: again plenty of berries like the nose suggest consisting more of cherries and cranberries but once again is more of juice quality more so than real fruit. It did have good oaky character, a little vinegar alongside hints of must.
M: the brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, juicy, slightly oaky, vinegary and tart finish.
O: it was just a decent flanders. I honestly would prefer alexander better and have real fruit flavor than juice type taste.
11-13-2012 04:26:35 | More by Gobzilla
4.1/5 rDev -8.3%
Pours a super clear, deep ruby-hued color with a small rapidly dissipating, effervescent light pink head.
The aromas begin quite fruit forward with ample amounts of dark cherry, various berries and the largest amount of cranberries. The acidic vinegar, leather and earthy oak notes emerge more as it warms.
The tastes begin super fruit forward as well with a crap ton of cranberry and blackberry flavors, really reminds me of cran-raspberry juice to be honest. Intermingled amongst the sour cranberry fruits are some tart vinegar and acetone that lends to some woody oak and some caramel maltiness but it is all super overwhelmed by the cranberry tart flavors.
The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with ample fizzy carbonation. The berries hang around well into the finish with a moderate dose of sourness.
Overall I was slighlty underwhelmed by the offering to be honest. I was super pumped for it but the sour profile and high effervescence made this seem like a carbonated fruit juice than a Flanders Red Ale. Base beer is really mitigated by the sweet fruity berry flavors with lower tartness than I was expecting/hoping for. Maybe with time this could develop into something but right now it is merely good and not elite as I was expecting.
10-15-2012 19:40:03 | More by claspada
4.1/5 rDev -8.3%
The pour is a lightly hazed ruby color with a pink head. Very nice nose of berries. Cranberry and raspberry are strong, but the cherries are not quite as pronounced. A mild sweetness, not all that vinegary. The flavor has a very strong raspberry note and a more subdued cherry and cranberry profile. Hint of red wine vinegar, a definite sweetness, light oak and must. Really nice.
08-07-2012 18:17:27 | More by womencantsail
4.1/5 rDev -8.3%
I drank this at Matt's birthday tasting last night. Thanks for sharing this, Matt! Add this to the list of beers I never thought I'd drink this soon.
Reddish pink, crystal clear with no head, this looks nice (despite the lack of head). The nose is super fruity, with ripe red cherries along with the sour Rodenbach base. There is a little bit of acetone, but it does complement the rest of the nose. The cherries are super bright, reminding me in some ways of the Cable Car Kriek.
The palate opens clean and sour with a big, bright cherry character, super bright and refreshing. A little bit of a raspberry-like character is present too. There is a little bit of acetone, but it works on the palate too. Medium light in body, medium high in carbonation, this beer is just fantastic.
08-27-2012 00:16:11 | More by DefenCorps
4.1/5 rDev -8.3%
A-Beautiful. A slightly hazed, pinkish hue. Like cranberry juice mixed with seltzer water. A big, bubbly, pink-tainted head grows and instead of fading off, it retains a rather creamy consistency and tall stature. Patchy lace.
S-A very inviting nose. A trifecta of earthy, tart and sweet. The berries are both tart and sweet at the same time. There is a genuine earthen note along with some light barrel influence. The cranberries, raspberries and cherries are all relevant in their on separate way.
T-The flavor is another pleasant mixture of tart and sweet. The berries just control and dominate the flavor. Would enjoy a bit more barrel-induced flavor here. The beer has more of a straightforward (albeit natural and complex) fruit flavor as opposed to a wacky funkiness that pairs with the fruit.
M-Full bodied in terms of the style; a full, round feel. Tickling bubbles Lingering sweetness and tartness. No booze.
O/D-Very tasty. It just stampedes with tasty berry flavor with a genuine mix of sweet and sour. A pricey 750 but in my opinion, well worth a try at least once.
12-06-2013 03:01:19 | More by VelvetExtract
4.1/5 rDev -8.3%
75 cl bottle, batch 2, poured into a tulip glass.
A: Visually stunning. A sea of deep ruby red that gets darker as you go up into the glass. Semi-clear. A true work of art when light refracts through it. Absolutely beautiful.
S: The dominant aroma is freshly picked berries. Raspberry tartness, light sweetness and distinctive cranberry bitterness. This aroma is carried by the classic Rodenbach aroma: refreshing acidity with a touch of creaminess.
T: Beautiful raspberry tartness and puckering cranberry that clings to your tongue. Aftertaste is lactic acid, lingering long on the palate after the swallow. Sweetness goes away completely, making for a strangely sadomasochistic experience that has you yearning for more.
M: Relatively high carbonation, but this is necessary to neutralize the otherwise overly acidic quality of the berries. Though it is very light, it isn't anywhere close to watery and fits the style perfectly.
O: Although I usually don't go for this style, this was an absolute joy. Bags of flavor that keep delivering with every sip, and I would swear something new pops up every time you put this near your nose and lips. Exciting to the senses and perfectly balanced. Everything that's good about summer in a glass.
08-18-2012 20:37:35 | More by Dennoman
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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