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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: 345   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10345) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 14, 2014
750 c&c from Knightly in Orlando, FL. Pours quite "raspberry/cherry" color. Slight beige head that might be pinkish. Aroma is delicious cherry. Med body or nearly. Flavor is slightly tart/sour mix of cherries and raspberries. Makes my mouth clench up and twist a bit. Extremely delicious. Finishes like it starts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (2553) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2014
Beer 2400. Poured medium reddish brown with a frothy pink head. Aroma of lively raspberry, cremola foam. Medium body, the flavour is sweet raspberry but with a very bitter, tart finish with some hints of wood. Not bad at all, but I don’t quite get the hype.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (546) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Second batch - the one that recently hit the US. Aroma has a ton of fruit character, mostly cranberry and sour cherry but also some lighter raspberry notes. Light perfume ester character. Light oak notes and medium light acidity; mostly lactic and slightly acetic. Really it is mostly tons of fruit. Pours a cloudy, reddish color with a bit of copper colors and a moderately thick, medium sized, slightly pink head with average retention that steadily recedes to the edges. Faint lacing and medium sized legs. Flavor has a medium light acidity with some moderate sweetness. Light oak notes help provide a bit of a drying character. Tons of fruit character, very juicy and jammy. Lots of sour cherry, cranberry and more raspberry than in the flavor. Hints of alcohol notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall a fairly enjoyable beer with a ton of juicy fruit character and light tartness. I would like a bit more acidity, but the beer is still really nice. A definitely fruit bomb.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heiskellj (7) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 5, 2014 does not count
Nice. Really reminded me of a nice sparkling rose. Tons of oak and raspberries on the nose. Really really fruity. Would pair nice with strawberry rhubarb crisp. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MmmcKay (1049) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Tasted along side Rodenbach, Rodenbach Grand Cru, and Rodenbach Vintage 2011. Crazy interesting beer that changed dramatically over the course of several hours as it warmed and opened up. The beer started very fruity in both aroma and flavor. The beer had very dominating notes of sweet cranberry and to a lesser extent raspberry. At first this was disappointing as the tartness was mild and overwhelmed by the sweet fruit. It was easily the least interesting beer beteween it, Grand Cru, and Vintage. However, as time went on, Rouge changed greatly. The fruit integrated with more cleanly into the beer. Sweetness mellowed. Tart sour fruit notes emerged. Wood and spice and even some fun earth notes presented themselves. All it a tight sliky package. Most impressive. Would recommend letting this breath or age for a few years.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
knightstalker (5) - Florianopolis, BRAZIL - MAR 4, 2014 does not count
750ml bottle on tumbler glass. Pours into a reddish copper colour and a very soft, pink, quick to disappear head. Behind the sour aroma, you can feel a soothing hint of red berries. Tastes of red berries, very light hints of oak and has an acidic feel, with it dominating the sour berry aftertaste. It’s a shame they only made 900 bottles, but I guess for a beer so good you must use virgin blood and they ran out of it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (156) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle from saveur-biere.com. Beautiful wine like, dark red glowing, slightly hazy body, with small, light pink, creamy head. Delicious, fresh, complex aroma of cherry, raspberry, orange, must, tea, some grains. Taste is fresh, sour, with about the same aromas, also some bready and herb notes. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, with a lively carbonation and it finishes sour, slightly dry, with lots of berry notes again and some earthy notes. Amazing! Propably the best fruit associated beer I’ve had so far, perfectly balanced between sweet and sour, very complex and refreshing!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (1858) - NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle shared at Øltorget, february 22nd 2014. Clear red body, small pink-ish head. Aroma of sweet cherries, raspberries, orange. Taste of pretty much same berries with a light tartness, licorice, acidic berry finish. Very good balanced taste, a refreshing sour.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zvikar (2835) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle sample at a sour tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks DSG, Pours red wine like with orange taints and a medium head, aroma of plums, cherries, acidity, vanilla, wood, lots of fruits, raspberries, flavor is sour and refreshing, forest fruits, raspberries, sour plums, medium bodied, great

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nathan121 (6) - brugge, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2014 does not count
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