Rodenbach Caractère Rouge | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium
rodenbach.be

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flanders Red Ale- two-year ale matured in oak foeders, that is aged for an additional six months with cherries, raspberries and cranberries. Vinous and very complex with notes of wood and caramel.

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 (first batch). 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.

Added by Jason on 11-02-2011

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#166
Reviews:
231
Ratings:
1,511
pDev:
6.94%
Bros Score:
4.59
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle 3 of 4. Finally getting down to reviewing this legendary brew. Cork and cage 750 ml bottle and cost was a mere $8.70 CDN. Probably should've picked up another half dozen of these. A fine way to conclude Canada Day! Served cold into a chalice.

Appearance - Light pink or red in color. Capped with a tiny off white head. Good clarity. Looks the way its expected too.

Smell - Tart... very tart with raspberry and cheery and of course some balsamic vinegar, but this is a more robust fruitiness than Grand Cru. Very inviting.

Taste - First sip was loads of tart raspberries, second was all cranberry. Followed up with plenty of cherries. Wondrous. Tart yet sweet, significantly more so than Grand Cru. Booze is an afterthought yet its packing 7% in there an its completely invisible. Oak shows up after a touch of warming and just adds to the complexity.

Mouthfeel - Dry, juicy, tart, crisp, effervescent, smooth. Each sip seems a little different and a little more magical. Hard to pin down but excellent. Tingly sensation on by tongue has me singing for joy. What gets me is how deliciously easy this is to drink. after every single sip, I just want more.

Overall - Simply put one of the best best beers on the planet, although it might not even be favorite (or second favorite- Grand Cru and 2013 Vintage ales were sublime too.) by the kings of the Flanders Ale. Somehow this is impossible given that I've just scored it in my top top 5 beers of all time at the moment. Just a wonderful array of cherries, raspberries and cranberries with plenty of tartness, sourness to boot. Happy Canada Day to me indeed!

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4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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750ml bottle corked and caged poured into a speigelau ipa Glass

A: Small slightly off white Soapy head that quickly settles to a film. Body is a burnished copper, brown leaning toward amber with fairly good clarity.

S: Lots of berry flavors strike you raspberry and strawberry and a lesser extent of cherry.

T: Nice berry explosion of strawberry raspberry and just the lightest hint of tartness with just a light bit of apple skin and vinegar and then sweetness.

M: medium bodied lower carbonation.

O: This is fantastic, the only draw back to it is I wish it were a little more tart with a touch less sweetness.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
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4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I waffled about this bottle on many, many occasions - that $25 price tag is hard for me to justify when I know that I'll likely be drinking the bottle along. Please, Rodenbach! 500ml bottles! or 12 oz bottles!

Obviously I bought it anyway. And with that out of the way...

Poured in to a 10oz flute - Caractere Rouge takes a bit of time to warm and open up. As it does so, the oak notes become more and more prominent, as does the tartness of the berries. And? It just gets more and more awesome. It has a delicious fruity taste and mouth feel, much like a traditional framboise, with the addition of cranberries and cherries. This is nothing like those cherry fruited beers that take on that awful cough syrup taste and aroma. It's incredibly complex, with those dry barrel notes and tremendous juice and berry flavors. It's not mouth-puckeringly sour, but it's certainly quite tart.

Would I buy a bottle again? Absolutely. Would I drink a bottle alone again? Well. Probably not. But I wouldn't say no!

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4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is it - the ultimate sour beer I've ever tasted. So dangerously drinkable - the sourness and the fruitiness is in perfect balance and harmony. I put this beer down so fast that I did not stop to admire all the nuances of the beer. This beer is great for those moments of introspection and quiet reflection - if you can rein in your urges, which I sadly was unable to do.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
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4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

(corked 750 ml 2013 bottle, split between two tulip glasses)

L: reddish-tawny liquid, slight haze; active foam erupts on pour, falls away to stillness, bubbles rise up around glass

S: gummy candy, berry jam, bit of a vinegary note... softly fruity-perfumy, pleasant intensity

T: moderate sweetness that could be mind trick via the fruit flavors, notably dry finish; dense, tangible fruit - gummy fruit slice?, sour jelly bean? - someone in the room suggested black cherry Warhead... was hoping for a little more bite to its sour/tart element, but its balance with the other flavors does end up winning me over

F: mild oily residual viscosity, greasy-plush body... dry finish, but not as sharp as it could be - though there's some sizzle on the sides of the palate and a tiny firework burst at the back, its nectar prevails... it flattens out a little toward the end

O: fantastic flavors, no-brainer to buy again, though it'll probably be another impulse purchase due to its boku price tag

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4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
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5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Is Rodenbach the world's best brewery, Belgian style at least? This is simply sensational. I drank this out of my handy Garre glass from a 750 ml bottle I kept outside in the low 50's. The beautiful red color bubbles to a quickly vanishing light fizz emitting an earthy, fruity aroma my 4yr old child described as "rotten fruit candy". The taste is fresh fruit (but kinda Faygo Rockin' Rye!) followed by oakiness and that delicious Flanders red base. An Earthy tart dry finish. This is showing off just how sophisticated "beer" can be. Sublime, complex, wow.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 1,511 ratings