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:
#167
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
1,502
pDev:
6.94%
Bros Score:
4.59
 
 
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Photo of Huffs
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nwhittin
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of deereless
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacMalt
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this ale on draught at a pub so it was served colder than I would drink it at home. The color is a very attractive reddish-purple with a thin, milk-white head and minimal lacing. I think there would have been a better head if it were poured from a bottle at a warmer temperature. It is very aromatic with cherries, cranberries, and vanilla. The taste starts out very sweet with abundant cherry, cranberry, and oaky vanilla but suddenly turns quite sour and acidic. It's two distinct tastes but they blend really well. This ale is medium-bodied and quite well carbonated. At 7% ABV, it is very easy to drink. Overall, it is a very tasty and enjoyable ale. It is very-well crafted and has a unique taste.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jpoole18
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SveNss0N
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a reddish plum. The head is modest at a bout a centimeter which quickly reduces to thin ring with no lacing.
S-The smell is full of the sour cherries and a hint of cranberries.
T- Taste is very prominently lacto and sour cherries. The hint of cranberries comes in at the very end. This beer finishes very dry leaving you craving another sip. The tartness is strong, but not overpowering. Certainly not a gateway beer on that front.
F-the mouthfeel is fairly light. The carbonation is medium which along with the dry finish makes it a really nice brew.
O-A really enjoyable sour ale. Not a gateway to sours but one that can really be appreciated by those who are fans of the style. Well done Rodenbach.

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Photo of Eman17
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PaleAleWalt
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
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 metter98
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy reddish purple in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving lots of wispy lacing on the surface and a tight collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cherries, cranberries, and oaky vanilla are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, starting off with a mix of flavors of cherries and raspberries and subtle bits of sweetness and vanilla from the oak barrel aging, but these are contrasted by a little bit of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The sourness lends some tartness, but the oak barrels also round out the mouthfeel, making it also seem somewhat smooth.
O: I really enjoyed this Flanders Red Ale. It seemed to be fruitier and have more vanilla compared to some of the other beers I've had in the style,

Serving type; bottle

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of mychalg9
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer gave me a humongous wower. Multiple fruit flavors. Many goodnesses. Also many happys.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! The fruit really shines in this beer. The nose invites you in and the taste does not disappoint. All the flavors come through in perfect harmony. The color is a brownish red and the mouthfeel is medium.

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Photo of smi69
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattGrimley
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmhurdle
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect carbonation with a beautiful maroon color. Nice clean white head with fizzy carb that dissipates quickly. Tons of fruity notes with cherries and berries with mild tartness. Drinks a lot like a sour version of a New Glarus fruit.

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Photo of PassMeAZima
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billy_Bars
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sordyl
4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AleHunter805
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StArnoldFan
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 1,502 ratings