Rodenbach Caractère Rouge | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Rodenbach Caractère RougeRodenbach Caractère Rouge
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Rodenbach Caractère RougeRodenbach Caractère Rouge

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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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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A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep reddish brown topped by a finger of light tan head that fades quickly with minimal lacing
S: Smells of cherries and raspberries with some nice sourness and a hit of oak. I just want to keep smelling this beer.
T: Taste is tart cherry up front with raspberries, cranberries and a little oak. Slight funk but decent tartness throughout. The fruits do provide some sweetness to counter it though. Swallow is slight cherry cough syrup with lingering raspberries and oak.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium in mouthfeel with slightly prickly carbonation and a semi dry finish.
O: This is everything I love about the standard offering from Rodenbach with additional layers of flavor and complexity. This is absolutely phenomenal and one to get your hands on if you can. It's expensive but it's worth it.

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It's a little more specialized than just a Flander's Red, but for what it is, here goes:
Pours a nice reddish brown with decent carbonation.
Rich Flander's style aroma with a good cherry/cranberry scent to it.
Taste starts as a standard Flander's sour, but then cherries hit immediately and switch to cranberries effortlessly to finish with a tart cranberry style flavor. Still a Flander's Red, but the fruit melds in seamlessly.
Mouthfeel is spot on with perfect body and carbonation.
Overall just a great beer and one that will be well received by those who like the sour fruit beers. Worth it.

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