Rodenbach Caractère Rouge | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Caractère RougeRodenbach Caractère Rouge
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:
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
Ratings:
1,422
Reviews:
208
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
6.98%
 
 
Wants:
320
Gots:
369
For Trade:
45
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Ratings: 1,422 |  Reviews: 208
Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/19/2018. Pours clear ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with solid retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart cherry, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, light cider vinegar, caramel, toast, hay, straw, grass, oak, light pepper, light musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, berries, dark malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, light cider vinegar, caramel, toast, hay, straw, grass, oak, light pepper, light musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of fruit tartness and light yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry, apple, red grape, caramel, toast, oak, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, berries, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; with an awesome sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/acidic mouthfeel that is amazing. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a world class fruited Flanders red ale. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, berries, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to drink with the low amount of acidity. An insanely amazing offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Served in a Rodenbach goblet. Pours a fairly-bright cherry-red color. Short pink-hued head that dissipats quickly. Heavy cherry with mild raspberry and cherry. More cranberry in flavor. Super fruity. Moderately tart. High carbonation and super dry. Too fruity at this point, though hopefully that calms down and brings out the base a bit more. Also didn’t have that nice yeast-driven acidity of most Rodenbach yet. Could also use a bit more body.

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Photo of mothman
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby Amber in color. Lots of fruit flavors. Raspberries, blackberries, and cherries. Light sour. Light acidic. Light tartness. Easy drinking but ends kind of bland. Some brown sugar and spice flavors.

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Photo of Boone757
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Been sitting on this for a while, dug out of the back of the fridge.

Pours a mild fizzy pinkish smaller head that fades at a med to quicker pace, crystal clear ruby dark cherry red color.

Nose is nice, starting with lots of fruit, berry , various berries like black berry raspberry boisenberry thing, plenty of sour cherry as well and a bit of cherry cough syrup, nice sour funk little lacto pedio blend thing going on, some vanilla barrel notes, faint cranberry as well., a bit sweet and jammy.

taste comes on with tons more fruit again, fairly tart, and pretty sour, some lacto flemmy creamy sour, pedio funk sourness as well, fair acidity with acetic maybe also lactic acid. Plenty of fruit, sour cherry all over, mixed with more of that hodge podge berry but more of a dominant blackberry/raspberry combo, and even a touch of tart cranberry on the back end, a fleshy dry cranberry and not juice I mean like really chewing on the berry itself. Touch of vanilla oak barrel notes, with a sticky sweet candy malt character, jammy fruit and candy syrup like a nice tart fruit preserve. Finish is sticky and flemmy, a bit drier and a big cranberry flavor and dryness washing over, with a little sour cherry, and mild acidity.

Mouth is med bod, nice effervescent carbonation, little sticky, flemmy and sour.

Overall quite nice, great souring aspects, nice base sweet candy malt, tons of great jammy tart fruit, good acidity levels, very tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of chinchill
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Rodenbach flute on tap at the Hop Alley (GA) brewpub.

Beautiful presentation (the appropriate glassware helps here), with a pinkish white head over a hazy red-copper colored body. The color does suggest fresh pressed red cherries.

The rich aroma is tart and fruity with a pronounced cherry note and hints of ripe berries..
Flavor: tart and fruity with lots of sour cherry and hints of berries and ripe, pitted fruits. A brief bit of sweetness up front.
Mouthfeel: medium-full body with soft, medium-light carbonation. Refined.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/3/2016 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep ruby red color, with a thin pink head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains tart raspberries and cranberries, light caramelized malts and light Belgian yeast.

T: The taste likewise starts out with strong tart flavors of raspberries and cranberries. The tartness leans toward the sweeter side. The malt character is thin but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is very tart.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very hazy dark garnet red in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate purplish/wine + amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy foamy beige head that reduces to a couple of small patches of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tart cherries, cranberries, and tart raspberries with moderate aromas of oak + vanilla. Light notes of vinegar-like acidity.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to slightly stronger flavor of fruit - cranberries, raspberries, and cherries which are moderately tart with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of oak + vanilla from the barrel aging and a moderate amount of tartness/sourness. Hints of vinegar-like acidity.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Very enjoyable with a nice amount of complexity to the flavor and aroma - slightly more fruit forward than others in the style and the barrel flavors really come through. Definitely one to grab and I'm glad I got to try this one. Alcohol is very well hidden and the flavors are quite approachable.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Blind BIF Beer #1

Cascadeish smell and taste with some excellent blueberry strawberry taste/smell.

Smooth mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Simple yet very pleasant tart taste. Mild funk.

Guess some Upland rare beer like Blackberry Lambic. I had had most of the bottled Cascades recently and didn't think it could be any of those.

Very surprised by the reveal.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best before 2016.
Pours clear ruby red, tiny foamy head at first, rapidly faded to a thin not very sticky lacing.
You can smell the sour cherries right after popping the cork, along with balsamic vinegar. Very very strong. Lots of forest berries also, some lime zest, green barnyard funk. Very intense and perfumey.
Wow, ok.. Taking the first sip you get a short extremely sour flash, just for a second, quickly balanced by a nice fruity sweetness afterwards. Really complex. At first lime zest, sour cherries and sour acidic forest berries, like cranberry and aronia berry, followed by sweeter raspberry and wild strawberry. Not a lot of vinegar tartness, red fruit overwhelm it all. A nice funky feel from the live yeasts and the oak barrels, bringing the green hay, floorboard, barnyard funk, some hints of vanilla and some floral-herbal notes, like ribwort and wild thyme. Hard to say if hops are strongly present, but there's a little extra dryness (aside from the sourness' aftermath and the dry white wine feel) and bitter note that point to some nice green leafiness.
Very clean mouthfeel, rather fizzy/prickly, but it works. Dry in the finish, but the aftertaste is as complex as this whole beer. I read on the label that it has corn, and expected a bit of syrupy malts, but it was all perfectly hidden under the fruitiness.
The mother of all Flemish beers, incredible chemistry, a must try for any beer lover. Best sour i've ever had!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a ruddy tone, a little hazed, a little murky with a thin, off-white, pink-tinged head.

Smell: A tangy-scented, sweet-n-sour aroma with an earthy, slightly woody undercurrent. You get your raspberries and cherries, thankfully without that occasional medicinal vibe you encounter.

Taste: A nice, inviting, juicy berry melange stirred up with a goodly splash of lemonade with a thin vein of twangy balsamic vinegar and very subtle oak accents. Tart, semi-dry, cranberry cocktail finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Easily approachable, refreshing fare.

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Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of russpowell
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Opens with a gentle pop & much effervescence with an orange/pink color had a finger of cream colored head that falls off rapidly; Zero head retention & lacing, murks up a bit as the bottle drains. Stays effervescent throughout, nice viscious look to this

S: Sourness, berries & cherries, Balsamic vinegar, dates

T: A little sweet up front, cherries & raspberry, plus faint dryness up front. Tartness picks up as this warms, some acidity as well, plenty of lovely cherry & raspberry. Finishes tart, acidic, with cherry juice, raspberry, & leather dryness

MF: Medium bodied, a little dryness & delicate carbonation that firms up a bit once warm, a swear I can feel the enamel getting stripped off my teeth!

Super variation on the style, this was pricey but worth it, as good or better than the flagship beer

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Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Jason
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beertender at 't Brugs Beertje recommended it, 40 Euro for the bottle? Only around 900 bottles for sale from the batch.

Beautiful lacing, dark amber glow.

Perfume like fruit, some raspberry & cherry but the tartness of the cranberries and the house character come out more in the nose.

Tart pucker, soft malt, hint of caramel, bread, wood, bubble gum, cranberry tartness, faint raspberry & cherry, mint, pull of wood which leads to dryness.

Worth the try and the extremely higher price tag, by far one of the most interesting beers I have tasted this year. From the use of different fruits and the wood aging ... epic.

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Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.44 out of 5 based on 1,422 ratings.
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