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


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RATINGS: 554   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (1067) - 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 (3225) - 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 (3277) - 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 (1506) - 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 (525) - 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 (2209) - 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 (3148) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1977) - - SEP 29, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-21-13- 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cheap (4529) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Had this at the 2014 RB Pittsburgh Summer Gathering at Horny Devel’s place. Actually it was after the equinox at the beginning of fall, but DILLIGAF. Big thanks to James & Michelle for hosting such a nice spread of quality beers and for this particular beer a GIANT thanks goes out to estover. THANKS GENE! Has a friendly fruity smell fer sure. Look is clear darker black cherry red with a tad of brown. Good sizzle from the start. Augmented by cranberry I think. This stuff hides the alky SOOOOO WELLLLL. Has some of that perfumy stuff hitting the olfactory and palate at the same time, very appeasing. Good fruit impressions. Much better than any other average fruity beer and this is right there at the top. Soooooo enjoyable and yummy. A very lovely beer drinken experience. This beer ROCKS!

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