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


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RATINGS: 541   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1588) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2014
750 mL bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC (best before April 29, 2017 according to the bottom of the bottle). Pours deep red with a quick light pink head. Aroma of red berries with notes of apple and oak. The taste is at first shockingly sour but finishes very smooth. For me, the cranberry is the dominant fruit flavor providing plenty of tartness and keeping the beer more sour than fruity. A bit expensive but a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SSSteve (3916) - - SEP 11, 2014
bottle. hazy, glowing golden red hued beer with a small, loud, light pink head. lots of berry fruits from aroma including strawberries, cherries, raspberry,etc., and some oak with mild sourness and hints of butter/caramel/vanilla. oak and sweet berry flavors dominate. moderate sour intensity. the berry sweetness really helps cut the acidity. moderate/high carbonation that is very fine bubbled and it creates more a creaminess on the palate than an annoying prickly mouthfull. this beer is perfect!....just the right amount of a acidity, sweetness, oak character, carbonation. a fast drinker at 7%...i downed the whole 750 all by my gluttonous self. didn’t even fire up my heartburn!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andriesradu (563) - ROMANIA - SEP 10, 2014
Pours deep red with no head. Heavy fruity, cherries, strawberries, sweet, sour. Flavor is moderate sour with a long duration quite strong notes of cherries, winy. Ends dry

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wolfbass (953) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 10, 2014
E’ proprio vero che le cose più buone sono quelle inaspettate, perchè mi è capitata fra le mani per caso questa meraviglia. Qualcosa di fantastico, direi sublime. Qua siamo decisamente ad un passo dall’olimpo. Già il suo colore sembra dipinto, poi al naso il sentore aceticolegnoso, che si sposa magnificamente con aromi fruttati delicati, dolci quasi trasognanti. In bocca è da godere, alternando la sua asprezza, con la parte ciliegioamarenosa. Nulla da aggiungere, solo da bere...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nickel (566) - - SEP 8, 2014
Dark red color. Little bit hazy. Fruity aroma. Really wine-like. Medium carbonated body. Taste of grape, cherries, hints of malt. Sour aftertaste

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Timvim (114) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle @ home 20140905. Pours a beautiful deep clear red with a huge pink head. Good head retention. Aroma of raspberries, cherries, artificial candy. Taste of raspberries, cherry pits, cherries, very mild yet pleasant acidity. Some tannins in the end. Wow!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rbrazell (1699) - Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle from CBX. Deep red pour with a pink tinge with a bubbly white head. Big sour cherry and raspberry aroma, cranberries, strawberry purée with oak and funky yeast. Flavor is similar with a mild tartness and a fructose sweetness. Medium bodied, nicely balanced a well put together. Very solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bontus (675) - Flanders, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2014
75 cl bottle, shared. Pours dirty pink/rust coloured. Sharp cherry acetic nose. "Poepegaatjes" / candyshop. Great fruit aroma’s, all kinds of berries. Sour taste, citric almost. Very long lasting, taste as well as aroma’s. Palate never puckering, but very astringent. Had a Rodenbach Grand Cru after this, the contrast proves the quality of this great Caractère Rouge

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (741) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 23, 2014
2014 vintage into a tulip. Pours a hazy raspberry red with a fizzy pink stained head. Nose is sweet overipened berries and lacto. Faint paint thinner/Hawaiian punch thing going on. Taste is puckering berries, sour cherries, cinnamon, light acid, and finishes with smooth oak. Has some of the characteristic flanders traits, but is brighter and juicier. Very delicious, but not overly complex. A nice change of pace over Grand Cru but that price tag is steep.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMMillsy (1655) - Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle from the Dogz place near Pittsburgh. Pricey. Pours dark red with some brownish hues and a bit of light showing through, along with a nice two finger off white head with some pink tones to it. Awesome aroma of cherries and raspberries, lots if sweet fruit here, light tartness, a bit of oak. Flavor is plenty of sourness but not overbearing acidity on the tongue, some oak here but dominated by fruit, sweet raspberries, lots of cherries, and I assume the cranberries add a bit of the tart tones here. Medium bodied with nearly spritzy carbonation that mingles perfectly with the sourness to balance out all the sweet berries here. World class brew.

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