Rodenbach Caractère Rouge | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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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
Ratings:
1,443
Reviews:
214
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
6.98%
 
 
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Photo of dleigh
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of boogerisu
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Narkee
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JStampler
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
3.79/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radcpa
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 after it had sat for a few minutes. Wonderful fruit flavor that got better with each taste.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of sbrock22
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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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!

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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.

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

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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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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.44 out of 5 based on 1,443 ratings.
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