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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#161
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
1,471
pDev:
6.94%
Bros Score:
4.59
 
 
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4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Red/amber/lite brown pour; quick thin white cap, but lace sheets the glass to the last drop; medium thick legs on swirl. Intense sour cherries, red wine nose. Tart juicy cherries with acidic bite; red wine, plum, currant fruit flavors with lite toast malt backbone. Medium body, acidic tingle on tongue, lite and crisp; dry tannins-like wine feel. Overall, World Class; sweet fruit finish notwithstanding sour cherries/fruit flavors; smooth complex fruit and red wine notes; no bitterness or vinager flavors; simply awesome.

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4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Holderness
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy New Year! Aged for four years

Easily one of the best fruited sours I’ve had. The aromas explode with cherry, raspberry, and cranberry, with a nice musky earthiness rounding it out. There is a prevalent raspberry/cranberry tartness in the flavor, but it is not nearly as overwhelming as most American wilds. The four years of aging in the bottle have mellowed out the gently sweet malts and alcohol presence wonderfully, and the result is an immensely smooth, silky, bright palate. Complex, fruity, estery yeast character. A very special ale, as it should be at ~$25/bottle.

93/100

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

Appearance - The beer poured a beautiful ruby red color with an off-white head. Carbonation was visible.

Smell - The nose was a bomb of fresh raspberries.

Taste - A lot of raspberry came to the front. The initial impression was followed by cherry, vanilla, and oak. The cherry and raspberry intertwine to become indistinguishable. The aftertaste is slightly soured, but overall well-balanced. Sweet and sour linger.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation allows for a drt aftertaste. Still, itwas smooth loke juice.

Overall - I don’t hand out many perfect scores, so this is good.

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4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional vessel of deliciousness, mouthfeel is a champ and the leathery tobacco notes were there along with exruptions of fruit. This is fine craftsmanship to the Nth degree. This bottle was cellared for 2-3 years and I think that may have dried it out just a bit. Devine Devine.

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4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to find the 2013 locally on close out. $5.00 a 750 ml bottle! I bought 2-6 packs. Delicious fruit forward sour. Had some with a little dark chocolate, very nice.

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4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. "Rodenbach Caractère Rouge"
750 ml brown glass bottle, corked and caged, and coded 23 02 18"
$22.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Not much of a pop upon opening, and then not much of a head whilst pouring. I guess that secondary fermentation in the bottle just didn't happen. It's a cloudy, almost brown color with just a thin collar of white. The aroma is fruity with notes of raspberry and cherry, and a little bit of Graham Cracker, and that carries over into the flavor. There's some oak as well but it's limited, at least in comparison to the fruit, and there's a touch of golden to medium caramel and a subtle note of chocolate as well. It's not tart but there's a light acidity to it, giving it a slightly metallic edge, and the softer carbonation works really well - perhaps it's intended to be like that. The very fine bubbles gently bristle the tongue, and the acidity lends it a hand, but at the same time it remains very soft and easy to drink. I'm a little bit torn in that it's not more intense, but at the same time so refined and sophisticated that it's hard to argue against. It's obviously a world classic, the question is where does it fall in the line-up. Well worth seeking out.

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4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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