Rodenbach Caractère Rouge | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Rodenbach Caractère RougeRodenbach Caractère Rouge
BA SCORE
4.47/5
1,447 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- 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:
#162
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
1,447
pDev:
6.94%
Bros Score:
4.59
 
 
Wants:
323
Gots:
368
Trade:
43
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Photo of Jeffo
3.71/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle in trade with Dennoman and then subsequently shared with Dennoman at his sleazy, half-star hotel after the Borefts festival. This is livin' it up.

From a 750ml into a Borefts tasting glass.
Batch 2

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, loose, linen-white head with lousy retention. Maroon red body with almost no carbonation evident. Head fades to almost nothing and leaves no lacing down the glass. Looks half decent at best.

SMELL: Cherries, raspberries and some light funky notes on the nose. Bold enough with some nice citrus and lemon notes over the cranberries, cherries and nice raspberry aromas. Very fruity with a solid, tart-sour base.

TASTE: Some light funky notes with lots of raspberries, cherries and cranberries on the nose. Some light lemon citrus notes and floral bitterness through the middle into the swallow. A bolder and lingering finish of citrus flavors, lots of tart raspberries and cherries, as well as some light floral bitterness. Good stuff.

PALATE: A thinner and lighter body, and slightly airy on the palate. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky on the palate.

OVERALL: A good beer that we thoroughly enjoyed, especially in a hotel room after a 12 hr. beer festival. Lots of good fruit aroma and flavor on this one, though the look and feel could use some re-thinking. An enjoyable brew I'd love to have again. Trade me more so I can open it with you Dennoman. Cheers!

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3.71/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed reddish-brownish color with a rather thick and billowy pink tinted head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading and leaving some nice levels of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of sweeter red fruit smells, with lots of raspberry, cherry and cranberry. While some of the aroma is sweet, there is also a good level of funk, oak, a bit of grass, and a rather potent sour vinegar smell creating a nice fruity tart smell for the brew.

Taste – While there is a sweetness in the nose, there is not so much in the taste. There is a little bit upfront with some lightly sweetened blackberry, cranberry, raspberry and cherry flavors. While a little sweet is there, the flavor is largely of a quite tart cranberry flavor. A rather funky and lightly yeasty flavor is present as well along with a rather apple cider vinegar taste. As the flavor advances the sweeter flavors fade while some oak and a bit of vanilla join the tongue. The tart flavors get even stronger more toward the end with the tart cranberry fruit flavor really taking control of the fruit flavors. In the end, with all the tart cranberry coming to the tongue and a bit of a woody and grassy taste joining the flavor, a dry, funky, somewhat unbalanced, and quite tart cranberry flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner and lighter side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. The lighter body and higher carbonation were quite appropriate for the style, helping keep the sour and fruity flavors of the brew from becoming too overwhelming and keeping it overall more drinkable.

Overall – It was OK, but I wasn't too fond of this one actually (at least in comparison the original Rodenbach). This was just a little too on the sour red fruit side for me. An interesting try, and if you are looking for a rather sour cranberry flavored beer then this is definitely one to go too.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Bottle dated 23 02 18 with 03-15 on cork.

3.75 A: Ruddy plum color. Less than a 1/2 finger of head forms with an aggressive pour. No real lacing is left.

3.75 S: Sweet and fruity. Not a whole lot of funk or acid. Cherries and cranberries stand out brightest. The raspberry is a bit more subdued underneath. Tons of vanilla and oak. Biscuity malts with some breadiness and a hint of graininess.

3.75 T: Like the nose, the fruits are the focus. The raspberry joins the cherry and cranberry in strength. Tart, but more so from the fruits than from the bacteria. It's definitely not puckering. Just a touch of woody funkiness. Again there lots of vanilla and oak, with just a hint of tannic astringency. Malts are mostly neutral with bready aftertaste.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation that gives it a pleasant fluffiness. Lightly creamy and super smooth with a woody finish.

3.75 D: Definitely a solid beer, but I don't know that I understand the hype. Great fruity taste, but not overly impressive in the funk column.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 1,447 ratings
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