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Rodenbach Caractère Rouge

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Brewed by Brouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roeselare, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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. 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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgentgesdo (673) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Pours cloudy red/brown with a small white head that vanishes without trace. Nose is crazy complex. Sour cherries, raspberry, and cranberries, with raspberry first, cherry second, cranberry third. There is a sharp oak woodsy note at the very first. There are complicated bitter/astringent flavors from fruit peels. Flavor is sweetish/sour. This reminds me of a fruit lambic more than a sour. There is a little numbing sensation on the tongue. Mouthfeel is rounded at the beginning, trending towards a water finish. Clean. A little astringent. Really good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarlacc83 (806) - Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle. This was a long time want; I’m glad it got distributed to the US. A: Red bordering on brown. Cloudy. Off-white head. Some lacing. N: Raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, vinegar, cherry, grapefruit, lemon rind, wine grape, sugary grape. T: Sweet and sour. Some sweet-tart elements, but the overall flavors are nicely divided. M: Prickly, filling carb. Medium body. Alcohol is well hiddden. O: A superlative beer. Amply fruity, and I would dare say it’s reminiscent of Rodenbach Alexander.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ej (745) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Pours a amber coppery color with a small light pinkish head. Complex aroma with vinegar, wood, cherries, raspberries and almonds. Hints of leather and paint thinner. Taste is moderately acidic. Loads of fruityness from the berries. Sour and tart. Dry finish. Body is close to medium, mouthfeel is thin to oily with lively carbonation.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
750ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass. A: Pours a cloudy amber color with some notes of pink. Forms a aired, big bubbled and fluffy pinkish head. Medium to low retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass S: Very fruity, as expected. Strong notes of red fruits: cherries, raspberries and cranberries (as described in its label). Notes of sweet grains. Tart with a slightly metallic end T: Mild sweet upfront. Again, very fruity. A juicy of red fruits: Cherries, raspberries and cranberries. Mild tartness. Smooth and extremely balanced: Not too sweet and not too tart either. Some notes of sweet malts. A little bit metallic sensation in the end. No alcohol notes M: Light and smooth body. Good carbonation. Fruity with some tart notes in the aftertaste O: Perfect drinkability. Very fruity, even for a Flanders Red. Extremely balanced and pleasant. Another masterpiece from Rodenbach [ BA Review @ 7/29/2013 ]

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3015) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2014
750 ml bottle
A generous person opened this at a tasting. While expensive I would certainly not hesitate to pick up another if I had the room in the cellar. A different take on Grand Cru and other Rodenbach releases, this accessible special release fits any special occasion.

Aroma / Appearance - A bright red base with vibrant head looks blood red with a thick light absorbing presence. Musty cherries, hay, straw, and cranberries give this a texture which is part Rodenbach Grand Cru and part earthy saison. How it works I don’t know but I could savor it for a long time.

Flavor / Palate - Cherries and bright fruits shine from the first sip. A sweet transition is akin to Grand Cru but with more fruitiness and complexity. The cranberry finish brings to mind some of New Glarus’ offerings if they were transported to Europe. Thanks to the person who generously shared this world class release.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3019) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Olive bottle, 75 cl, best before 16-04-16, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on October 10 2014; eye: mahogany with a caramel hue, hazy, tiny ring of off-white head, no lacing; nose: acidity, light woody, cherry, balsamic vinegar, light malt, rose; mouth: acidity, light woody, acridness, cherry, balsamic vinegar, malt, rose, finale in cherry with presence pd acridness from small berries, medium body, mildly sweet, lightly vinous texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille olive, 75 cl, 7,0 %, meilleure avant 16-04-16, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 10 octobre 2014; œil : brun sale avec une teinte acajou avec une teinte caramel, trouble, petit anneau de mousse blanc cassé, pas de dentelle; nez : acidité, léger boisé, cerise, vinaigre balsamique, léger malt, rose; bouche : acidité, léger boisé, aigreur, cerise, vinaigre balsamique, malt, rose, finale en cerise avec présence d’aigreur de petits fruits, corps moyen, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement vineuse; en résumé : bien

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Muggus69 (1226) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2014
750mL Corked Champagne bottle BB 14/04/16 Had the pleasure of sharing this with a few good friends to celebrate our 30th birthdays. The night prior we indulged in a couple of rather good (and expensive!) bottles of wine; so the standard was set high. Presents a hazy, amber body, stained red with a small, slightly pink tinged head. Wow, this smells amazing! Red berries explode from the glass - ripe raspberry, sour cherry, some vinous almost Pinot-like character about it bolstered by a kiss of toasty oak, burnt caramel, some musty old wood and that ubiquitous browned pineapple Brett funk character. It’s a smooth ride on the palate, at least at first - a generous body to it, silky, leading with an unsurpassed elegance into a sourness that’s somewhere between sour cherry & a fine aged Balsamic. Sensory overload of red fruits on the palate - concentrated, luscious, fresh yet stewed yet not, and drizzled in a sticky balsamic reduction, with a bit of woody, barnyard funk. Sits on the palate, lingering, brooding, begging - its so easy to drink! Phenomenal stuff! Something really special, worthy of a great occasion.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
doublebock (506) - California, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Appearance. Amber with thin white head Aroma Tons of sour fruit Taste: Very sweet complex malt profile with a monster sour finish of cherry and grape Overview: Rodenbach on sweet and sour steroids. And much more memorable

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1038) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle. Dark red pour. Aromas of sour cherries, raspberries, and cranberries. All three shine through, very nicely balanced in that way. Flavor is just slightly acidic but balanced with fruit sweetness. This beer is delicious. Not the most sour but wonderfully pleasant to drink. Very well-balanced. A little but pricey, but I felt it was worth it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
artmcd8 (1653) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Eugene. Pours a clear purplish red with a light pink head. Big cranberry, cherry, and raspberry aroma. All three fruits shine in this one. Taste is definitely sweet with a tart finish. Medium thick mouthfeel. Reminiscent of a NG beer.


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