Rodenbach Caractère Rouge | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

BA SCORE
98
world-class
1,431 Ratings
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:
Flanders Red Ale-vinous with a very complex, fruity nose of raspberry and cherry combined 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
Ratings:
1,431
Reviews:
211
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
6.98%
 
 
Wants:
320
Gots:
366
For Trade:
45
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,431 |  Reviews: 211
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 Patches826
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Philcassella
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of swgwilt
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

 543 characters

Photo of WantonFaun
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kash2112
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Purp1eOne
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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!

 594 characters

Photo of DucksFan16
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, 01/08/2017.

19 characters

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

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.

 904 characters

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

Incredible balance. Incredible fruit. Incredible beer.

54 characters

Photo of TheSeeker
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zazzi82
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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.

 483 characters

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

Photo of ellswrth
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.44 out of 5 based on 1,431 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.