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
 
 
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323
Gots:
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Photo of aleigator
3.78/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rodenbach rouge '14 release

Pours a lighter, ruby-red color, with a white, fizzy head.

Has fruity aromas of cherries and raspberries, together with a lemon peel infusion, among a tart, essig foundation and older cheese. Its funky sourness seemingly evolves foremost from the fruits, with a noteable vinegary acidity.

Has a high carbonation with a refreshing, but thin body, hiding its 7 abv almost too well.

Tastes of a moldy malt foundation and a mix of acetic acid and vinous tartness, together with a gentle fruitiness of unripe cherries and riper raspberries. Its tartness has a dough mouthfeel to it, wrapped up by fresh fermented wine, still seemingly evoked by the fruits, as for the beer's sour aspect. Turns a bit maltier during the finish, with a rich fruitiness staying on the palate, while producing a gentle sweetness.

Offers a truly harmonious blend of red fruits and vinegar, young wine and a pleasant, fitting sweetness. Both, tartness and sweetness seem to evolve from the fruits, giving the beer a very natural and tasty characteristic. Its vinuous aspect doesnt define the beers overall taste, it is on par with the fruits and creates a pleasant complexity, which leaves the palate soon though.

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Photo of Delz
3.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As billed. Sweet and tart. Cherries, raspberries & a little funk.

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Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
3.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
3.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
3.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 5x03-04. Nice fruity nose, without tartness. Fruity taste too, with sourness typical of its fruits. Wouldnt repeat however.

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Photo of Farnswurth
3.82/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexFields
3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pletser
3.86/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of M_chav
3.87/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is probably much better than my rating suggests. Lots of deep fruits, I normally really like the Flanders Red style, but I just can't get over the children's medicine smell/flavor. Reminds me of bad times haha

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At Eb's
Pour a dark reddish brown color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of tart cherries, funk, yeast, a bit of vinegar, some sweet fruits, some tart fruit. The flavor is pretty tart up front with some fruity tartness and a bit of acid. The fruit comes in midway to provide some sweet balance before a bit of funk, vinegar, and tannic oak step in. Medium body with a sharp level of carbonation that provides for a prickly mouthfeel. I rather enjoyed this one, its good now, but almost feels like a few years would do wonders to help meld the flavors a bit.

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Photo of Etan
3.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip.

A: Pours a very dark ruby body with a nice slightly pink head.

S: Very fruity aroma. Wafting notes of cherry, light brett and acetic acidity, raspberry, a bit lactic, some juicy and vinous tannins.

T: Sweet cherry flesh, light acetic tartness, a bit more nebulous red fruitiness, drying oak, slight vanilla, lactic and cherry sweetness in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Definitely drinkable and complex, but at this point the cherry sweetness is a bit out of proportion. Maybe with some age the fruit will fade and the bugs will do a little more work.

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Photo of kevb08
3.94/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papat444
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aroma is spot on, can almost taste the cranberries and overripe raspberries. The flavor is similar but way more mellow than expected. The oak presence is negligible and overall lacks tartness. I still enjoyed it as the flavors are consistent with the aroma. Glad to have tried it but I think I prefer the Grand Cru.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was far far fruitier than I was expecting but my expectations might have been off, or rather were considerably off. Still a decent beer overall.

Beer is ruby red, clear with a thin head, small bubbles, no lacing, low carbonation. Really bright red.

Aroma is all fruit all the time, very sweet, cherry almost too much cherry, some other stuff sneaks through.

Beer is medium in body and sweet, lots of cherries, lots of fruit, lots of fruit, seriously this is a cherry bomb. Other flavors fight to get through but ultimately fail. I liked this beer but it would have been better if it wasn't just a one note beer. Not as sweet as the redbach thankfully.

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Photo of SoPeL
3.97/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kevanb
3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, European bottle with the hanging tag, poured into a Rodenbach Alexander snifter glass.


The beer pours a burgundy color, hazy and cloudy with light garnet and ruby hues with a thick finger of off-white head sitting atop the beer, good retention yielding a few spots of lace. The aroma is nice, tart cranberry, stone fruits, funk, oak, hearty grain and some really sharp sweetness here, like candi sugar overload. The flavors are nice, plenty of fruit, raspberry jam, tart cherry and cranberry, certainly sweet, but as aggressive as in the aroma, stone fruits, funk, chewy oak and dark grains, decently balanced though again, still quite sweet for me. The mouthfeel is very nice, lively but gentle carbonation, very smooth and soft, coats the mouth exceptionally well, light pucker at the finish that is mildly dry, spot on for the style.

Verdict: A nice Flanders Red Ale from Rodenbach, perhaps a bit too sweet for my palette, but the fruit flavors are very enjoyable, delicate and balanced. Another example of why Rodenbach is easily the best producer of Flander's beers in the world.

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Photo of julielynndubee
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zack_B
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tafyob41
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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