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


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RATINGS: 536   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarlacc83 (1171) - Portland, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ej (917) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (1025) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 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 ]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3195) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3217) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Muggus69 (1401) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
doublebock (521) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (2093) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (2939) - BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2014
Luxury product developed in collaboration with Michelin-starred chef Vicki Geunes; the original batch (2011) consisted of only 900 bottles and my rating is about one of those, though I suppose the later batches do not differ that much. This beer consist of a specific unblended Rodenbach Foederbier with sour cherries, raspberries and cranberries dissolved in it, after which the bottles are laid to rest for half a year before being put onto the market. Pale off-pinkish head, medium thick but stable, colour a deep dark copper with warm ochre hue and calm sparkling. Powerful, utterly fruity and estery aroma, in which the Rodenbach complexity is beautifully mingled with the typical aromas of the respective fruits; impressions of vanilla and tannins, old sherry, honey, passion fruit, mango, yoghurt, passion fruit, port wine, wine vinegar... Taste equally complex and fruity, soft sourish with velvety mouthfeel, vinous, sharpish carbo at first but calming down towards the finish, soft sweetness of raspberries, fruit tartness of the sour cherries and spicy sweetness of the cranberries all noticeable and cleverly positioned against each other, caramelly touch, oak, tart, lemony acid hint in the finish, dry, complex and long, thirst-quenching and with low bitterness as is typical for an oud bruin. This must be one of the best examples of this particular style I ever had and certainly the best Rodenbach. Exceptional.

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