Rodenbach Caractère Rouge | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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Rodenbach Caractère RougeRodenbach Caractère Rouge

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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.

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Photo of Michaelbell
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reddish color with a very pleasant aroma of fruit. No hint of alcohol. CertInly carbonated which became more pleasant to the taste Fter it had sat for a few minutes. Wonderful fruit flavor that got better with each taste.

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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 devilmakesthree
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Anyone who has had a few drinks with me knows that I adore Flanders Red Ales, and Rodenbach in particular. I buy at least one bottle of their Vintage every year, and the Grand Cru is my go to sour beer. But my God! I have never had a beer this delightful before! Thank you, Zack Emery!
L: Deep ruby in color, slight head dissaptes quickly.
S: Sour cherries and raspberries with a slight earthy funk.
T: Same as the nose, but definite cranberry flavor comes through with a pleasant, slightly bracing tartness.
F: More dry than I anticipated, compliments the flavor.
O: Absolutely fantastic. 5/5!

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Photo of mynie
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottles still somewhat easy to find in New England/Mid-Atlantic liquor stores. 20 bucks for 750 ml.

Pours the color of genuine fruit, very similiar looking to New Glarus' Serendipity but perhaps a bit less fizzy. Fruit leather dull red with hues of bright pink poking through when it's held up to light.

Smells delicate and very smooth. Fruit has greatly dulled the bacterial sharpness and left behind a juicy melange that's more sweet than sour. Cherry juice and light cranberry tartness weave their way against the mature, yeasty lambic.

Tastes almost the same as it smells: just as delicate but somehow more intense? The flavor is more assertive but never really all that assertive, and the beer's genius is found in its otherworldly complexity. Lightly tart up front, moving into mixture of ripe and sweet red fruit and ending just a wee bit bitter, tart, and yeasty. Pretty much flawless.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Lovely dark ruby-mahogany color, with a large initial head that fades fairly quickly:
S: Fruity, cherry scent, with musty tartness.
T: Delicious balance of tartness and fruitiness like you almost only get with Rodenbach. Faint oak flavor, not heavy at all. I can't pick up the cranberry flavor, but the raspberry and cherry is apparent.
M: A little heavy, I guess from the higher alcohol, but pretty drinkable.
O: Rodenbach almost never goes wrong. A thoroughly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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Photo of Sabtos
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark red, trying to lean towards brown, with a fluffy off-white blanket that recedes to a ring.

Smell is buttered baked apple, grape, and raspberry.

Taste is smooth cherry, with slightly bitter grape or blueberry skin, and sweet blackberry. Light oak is present, and it's not quite acetic, just lightly tart, soft, smooth and super drinkable.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid offering. Fruit forward (nice mix of cranberry, raspberry and sour cherry), but a slight medicinal flavor and smell that knocked it down in the rating for me. Not a great looking beer. All that said. I like this quite a bit and would definitely hit it again

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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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