Rodenbach Caractère Rouge | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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 (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
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
1,325
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
18.47%
 
 
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Photo of gman1602
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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Photo of GentleKnight1
3.69/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Lekkerbier for 12 euros. Strong fruit nose, and strawberries in nose and taste. This highly ranked beer is good, but I just don't care for fruity beers. If you like them, this is one of the best.

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Photo of retry4z
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well-balanced with enough complexity and moderate tartness. Refreshing, but at 7% it's hard to drink a lot. Slight oakiness in the flavor and the aroma. A great beer to have with a cheese board.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding beer! The oak barrels perfectly complement the sour, tart, and funky fruit additions. Well worth the money if you're a sour fan and see this sitting around somewhere.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brown and very murky in appearance. There's fingernail of off white around half of the rim and half of the middle. Aroma is comprised of cherries, cranberries, and woodsy oak. I taste tart cherries, cranberries, and raspberries along with woody, dry oak. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry.

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Photo of Gerasimos
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste is much more complicated than its smell. Not incredibly tart; the oak tempers the fruitiness. Wasn't won over immediately, but as the beer warmed and opened up it became better and better.

Not too pricey, and definitely worth a re-buy.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer the smell is all about fresh raspberries and cherries. The taste is much more complex fruity tartness, light oak, grain, astringent from the cranberries, a bit sour but not much for the style. Balanced as hell this is drinkable as no other flander red ale. This beer goes beyond beer definition, it let you apprehend as far beer can go, and as they discribed it has the delicacy and power of a fresh Burgundy wine

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep red bodied beer with thin white head. Smells of berry medley and oak. Smells lightly sour. Taste is similar to the aroma. Nice jammy berries; each berry is distinguishable on its own yet they are well balanced without overpowering the flavor of the other berries. Mellow oak profile and a decent amount of sweet malts present as well. Brown Sugar and light cinnamon spice. Mild to moderate sourness. Medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Easy drinking sour beer; it wasn't as sour as i was hoping it would be, but that did not take away from the overall enjoyment of this beer. Well this is easily the best Flanders Red that I have ever drank. Glad to finally get the chance to drink this as its been on my wants list for far too long.

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Photo of yumbeer
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll start off by saying I expected a little more due to the hype I guess. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I thought I would have.

It wasn't as sour as I expected, but on the positive side the acidity was low and the lecto wasn't crazy high (could be good or bad depending on what you're looking for). In my mind, I expected a bit more funk from the bugs and because of that, my rating is a bit lower than some others.

Fruits were very nice, deep reddish/purple hue is nice and the finish is pretty clean.

Overall, a solid hot Florida day sour that will quench your thirst due to it being very crisp with a small funk to keep it interesting.

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Photo of justinp444
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter it has a white pink ring head and a hazy amber brown body. Smell of lots of fresh cherry, fresh raspberry, slight tart cranberry, light biscuit malt, and some peach. Taste is almost all cherry juice and raspberry juice with cranberry tartness at the end some apple, and a bit of peach. Mouth feel is full and rich with a full body and a light but refreshing carbonation. The best tasting fruit beer I've had to date in terms of fruit (not beer).

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy reddish brown color with almost no head to speak of

S: Amazing bursts of tart cherries, raspberries, and cranberries with a light acetic acid touch. Very light vinegar, leathery tannins, and some oak come through as well. Quite dominated by the fruit, however

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the tart cherries and cranberries and slowly works its way into the raspberries. The light acetic tartness underlies everything, along with some oak and tannins. The sweetness of the fruits rounds out the tartness quite a bit, although it is slightly puckering at first. Finishes with lingering tart notes and fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate, spritzy carbonation. Slightly drying

O: I'm surprised at how much this focuses on the fruit, but I'm not complaining one single bit because it's fucking great. The lactic notes aren't overwhelming in any sense, and still let the base and fruitiness shine through in full color. Well worth the coin

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Photo of RickyS
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Orange/brown beer with little head that vanished almost right away. The aroma is dominated by cherries, a sweet tea tartness with vanilla notes in the background. The taste is more lemony and acidic where all the flower notes dissipate, leaving room for a well balanced finish between sour and bitter. Pleasant carbonation. Incredibly refreshing, probably the most refreshing beer I've had so far! Very well made. Maybe I expected a bit more.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow-gorgeous ruby red color with a small white head that disapates quickly. Tons of raspberry, cranberry and cherries fill the nose. An amazing balance of sweet and tart fruit. Finishes dry with a lingering fruity flavor. An awesome sour. Pricey but so worth it. Will have again fr sure.

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Photo of wedge
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Glowing ruby color with a purple tinge and a small bubbly head that quickly fades away. Oak wood, cherries, cranberries, and raspberry vinaigrette aromas - caramel and acetic notes in the back. Juicy berry tartness, a much tamer woody spice, subtle vanilla, red wine, cherry pie, balsamic vinegar, light oxidation. Slick, creamy medium body with a sourness that adheres to the tongue and gums. Delicious.

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Photo of Dzu
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark amber with a no foam head.
S: Smells raspberry.
T: Sweet-soar, raspberry, cherry, cranberry.
F: Hoppy, not as smooth as wanted.
O: Not kind of my ale, but very good.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from the Beer Temple in Chicago, and openned the day before Easter in 2016. This beer has a deep, burnt red hue with decent head that slowly fades out. In some aspects it reminds me of New Glarus's Raspberry Tart or Belgian Red with the sweetness dialed back significantly and paired with a counterbalance of sourness. Definitely a lot going on in the flavor profile levels with incoming waves of smooth sweet, then sour, followed by bitter. I don't know if I would go searching for another bottle but it was very interesting and worth a try if you have not before.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought September 4, 2015 at Systembolaget Sweden and has been resting in my beercellar for seven months.

The beer pours beautifully in the glass with a dark red-brown "oak" - color. Hazy with a thin head.

Nose: Soft, sweet, tart nose of cherry, ripe apple, prune, oak, vanilla, raspberry and earthy yeast. I’m in love!
Taste: Ooooohh! So good! Raspberry, cherry, green apple, lemon, red berries, vinegar, oak and cranberry. Fantastic!
Mouth-feel: Full body. High but smooth carbonation. Sour, tart mouth with a great dry ending. Complex structure.

Conclusion: This is a beer of a lifetime! Totally blow my mind! So complex, tart, funky, smooth, sour, sweet.... well it’s LIFE!
Happiness and love in a bottle!

In this totally rush of life itself have to put down this review... It’s not easy but somebody has to do it...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rich cherry notes with plenty of oak notes and some tart notes with some light residual sugar notes. Taste is a perfect mix of fresh cherry notes with some tart notes and oak with some residual sugar notes. Body is full with great carbonation.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle was probably at least a few years old at this point. Lots of head and lacing. Smell and taste are both wonderfully integrated fruit with the cherries coming out stronger than the rest but it's pretty much the perfect amount of fruit (not overpowering) on top of a great base Flanders. Probably the best Flanders I've ever had.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rich ruby red, very little head with the thinnest of lacing. Lots of sparkling carbonation. Aroma has lots of tart cherry & raspberry along with distant oak & earthy yeast. Undertones of grape must and strawberry. Tart upfront, but not a lactic / vinegar sourness, but prickly fruit tartness. Notes are primarily tart cherry with some of the other fruit notes lingering as well. Oak is very present as well, but it helps undercut some of the tartness which in turn compliments some of the earthier notes. Overall it is one of the best sour fruit beers you can find, bursting with interlacing flavors, and finishes clean & delicately.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

0.75l corked bottle.
Poured into tulip.
Pours hazy ruby beer with fizzy beige 1-finger head, moderate to low retention
Smell is utterly intense - cherry, raspberries, cranberries, vinegar, wood, relatevily sweet (you may have not foreseen).
Taste - red berries, bilberry, balsamic vinegar, slightly astringent and dry in the finish.
Medium body and carbonation.
Absolute champion in the style.

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Photo of cherche
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: ruby red, minor head but solid retention around the edges, some lacing
S: tart cherries and cranberries
T: on par with the smell, taste is a bit more sour and a bit lighter than the smell might imply, very cranberry finish
M: on point for a sour beer, strong carbonation
O: amazing beer. Definitely one of the best Flemish red sour beers I have had if not the best.

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Photo of charlzm
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on February 9th, 2016 from an undated corked and caged bottle that was at least a couple of years old. Poured into a tulip.

Beer is a thick and murky brown at first pour. A nice one-finger head rises up quickly and fades away nearly as fast, leaving nothing behind, not even a modest ring. Eventually, the beer cleared up in the glass and was a deep translucent shade of red-violet.

Aroma is tart and funky with berry notes and red wine vinegar base.

Flavor is sweeter and more subtle than nose, thank goodness! Delicious berry bouquet caresses the palate, mingling with restrained acidic sourness. Wood character floats in the background, providing a subtle touch of earthiness and bitterness. Just fantastic.

Mouthfeel is a but still and could have really benefited from higher levels of carbonation. Medium bodied and unremarkable otherwise.

This is a great beer and I love it, but a whole 750ml bottle to oneself is a monumental task.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - A reddish purplish pink type color. Amazing looking in the glass
Smell - Fruity, berries, slight vinegar kick, cherries
Taste - Cherries, cranberries, raspberries, red wine type vinegar twang to it.

Overall - This beer blew my mind. Tastes like the fruit juice I give my kids just with a sour twist to it. An absolutely amazing beer.

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Photo of MrDell
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

26.01.2016
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge
Flanders Red Ale – 7% - 750ml bottle – Best Before 09.09.17


Appearance: Red, oak colored, white head covering top of beer. Served in stemmed Rodenbach grand cru glass. Small, champagne style bubbles.


Aroma: Strawberry bon-bons, sherbert, just a hint of balsamic vinegar - faint compared to the grand cru. Also slightly acidic smell but mostly the red berries coming through in the aroma.


Taste: Sweets, red fruit and sherbert up front, funky in the middle and slightly sour - not as much as I would have thought, with a very long, dry finish. Absolutely wonderful. The three stages I describe above are very distinct and individual.


Mouth feel: The label says about the triangle of sweet, sour and dry, and that is exactly what you get here. Very interesting to feel it evolve from one phase to the next on the palate.


Overall: I love this! Not a beer that I could drink all the time but one that when you do fancy one, nothing else would do. Love the sherberty fruit mixed with sour funk and dry finish. A very unique example of a unique style. Looks very nice in the stemmed Rodenbach glass. 9.5 / 10.

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