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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 185
Gots: 202 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

wethorseblanket, Oct 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Extremely cranberry-forward. Would be a perfect Thanksgiving beer.

helios7, Oct 28, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev -2.7%

straightlambic, Oct 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

tjmackie, Oct 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

teddyarrowhead, Oct 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

jaken0ss, Oct 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

ItsMe, Oct 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

williamjbauer, Oct 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

barflybastard, Oct 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

kellyej, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My third time having this. Shared with "The Crew" for Scott's birthday.

Nice deep red color with a small pinkish white head.

Great fruit flavors all around. Cranberries especially coming through really nicely and maybe are the most prevalent, followed by raspberry and sour cherries. Craisins come to mind. It has slight tartness but far from the sourness and vinegar expected in a flanders red, intense fruit flavors definitely takeover here. Slightly funky Belgian yeast, bready dessert malts, caramel and oak make for a nice base. The body is light, highly carbonated, gets more tart as it warms, and finishes nice and dry. Drinks very easy.

This is basically New Glarus-quality fruit beer with an easygoing Belgian Flanders base, which is very nice. The fruit is allowed to shine through excellently, especially enjoyed the cranberry aspect. Easy-going, complex and excellent.

Chico1985, Oct 27, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +9.6%

DerrickW, Oct 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Cath, Oct 26, 2014
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Mantooth, Oct 25, 2014
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Toxichaven, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

SVD, Oct 22, 2014
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JoeMans, Oct 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

HollyHops, Oct 21, 2014
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jarrgal, Oct 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

jayneo74, Oct 21, 2014
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GatorLCA, Oct 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

eric5bellies, Oct 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

jeremiahoden, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

just amazing, unique, incredibly special beer as good as any i can recall. i dont usually get too into the flanders red type, it always seems more vinegar and acidity than yeast character, and i find it off putting that its usually so sweet as well as sour, a textural and flavor contrast that doesnt often jive with me. this one though, is entirely different. the sour cherries, cranberries, and raspberries are huge contributors right from first splash into my glass. its almost neon red pink, clearish and heady, delicate looking, but really intensely colored. the nose presents the tartness of the fruit, cranberries leading the way, but all three are easy to pick out. there is less body and sweetness than i remember in the grand cru, and i like that a lot. there is a swedish fish aroma, mouthwatering and candy-like, but not all that sweet. the fruit is super authentic, and the beer seems very mature. there is a bit of oak on it too, but not heavy and sweet, and really now showing the usual vanilla much because of the intensity of the fruit. the fruit is right there up front in the taste, but i think i get more cherry first, more raspberry later, the best of both kriek and framboise here, but the finish is what makes this special i think. it has that malt vinegar flavor of the typical flemish red, but its more refined, its really sour, but it carries on forever without being shocking. the finish is the longest ever, super puckery, and not the least bit sweet, with the fruit tartness continuing to come in waves for ages after the swallow. this is one of the best fruit beers ever made in my opinion, extremely memorable and different, and a model for others to strive for in terms of quality. maybe one of my favorite beers ive ever had, which is crazy to me because as good as grand cru is, it wasnt a personal favorite at all. as good as it gets! huge thanks to my brother for sharing this!

StonedTrippin, Oct 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

mobius387, Oct 19, 2014
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
99 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.