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


on tap

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RATINGS: 674   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a deep ruddy red with a thin beige head. Lots of pie cherry in the nose with sour and tannic cranberry, cherry pit and almond, and a touch of phenolic acidity. Bright berry notes in the flavor with cherry predominant and cranberry on the back. Nice acidity/tartness upfront with a touch of marker/phenolic. Medium light bodied and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Antonio369 (108) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2016 75 cl bottle, served in a wine glass. Poured a cloudy red with a two finger off white, pinkish head. Delicious aromas of cherries, cranberries, raspberries, oak, tart, caramel, flowers. Taste: OH WOW! cranberries, cherries, raspberries, tart, very vinous, caramel, vanilla, very oaky, woody dryness, vinegar, granny smith apples. Very complex tastes of sweet, sour and dry. The sour is not overwhelming at all. A medium body with a long dry and fruity tart finish. Rodenbach really outdid themselves with this fruit nectar. Absolutely heavenly!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brnandersen (3085) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 15, 2016
75 cl bottle poured in to a Snifter. Dark red colour with an amber tint. Thin, off-white head. Lovely colour. Tart, fruity aroma with sour cherries, raspberries, cranberries, oak, sweeter fruits, caramel malts. Leather and tobacco. Nice wooden nuances. Taste is lightly sour. Medium body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes lasting dry and tart fruity. Superb Flanders Red.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1112) - Texas, USA - APR 10, 2016
Pours deep mahogany with small fizz. Smells tart and strongly of berries. Taste is sour, fruity, and subtle oakiness. Medium-bodied with a sharp texture and prickly mouth-carbonation, Rodenbach Caractère Rouge finishes with a lingering fruity tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirstyrabbit (1680) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 10, 2016
750 ml bottle. Pale burgundy body, medium head. Aroma has sour berries and light vinegar. Sweet lightly tart taste with mostly cranberries. Too much sweet cranberries, making it a bit soda-like. Not as enjoyable as the regular Rodenbachs which I love. I expected this to be a 4+ beer but it’s really too much like a cranberry lemonade. A bit of a disappointment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (6696) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2016
Hazy copper/Amber with a thin rocky white cap. Amazing raspberry and cherry fruity aroma with a light sour tart. Smooth and tart ruby red cherry and raspberry flavors, fruity and sweet and almost candy like but also slightly tart and razzy. Delicious and eclectic with lots of tart and sweet fleshy red fruit. Reeeealy tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros (2611) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2016
Pours red with a quickly fading head. Nose shows red fruit and berries, soft funk and little else. Flavours include more berries, very light funk and a soft balsamic note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
karpik (466) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAR 29, 2016
Cherries, raspberries, cranberries, some vanilla in aroma. Pours red with pink head. Taste is slightly sour, very fruity, some acidic, bit sweet. No bitterness. Overall taste is not as good as nose, too one-dimensional and bit boring.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeersweden (530) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
Bought September 4, 2015 at Systembolaget Sweden and has been resting in my beercellar for seven months.

The beer pours beautifully in the glass with a dark red-brown "oak" - color. Hazy with a thin head.

Nose: Soft, sweet, tart nose of cherry, ripe apple, prune, oak, vanilla, raspberry and earthy yeast. I’m in love!
Taste: Ooooohh! So good! Raspberry, cherry, green apple, lemon, red berries, vinegar, oak and cranberry. Fantastic!
Mouth-feel: Full body. High but smooth carbonation. Sour, tart mouth with a great dry ending. Complex structure.

Conclusion: This is a beer of a lifetime! Totally blow my mind! So complex, tart, funky, smooth, sour, sweet.... well it’s LIFE!
Happiness and love in a bottle!

In this totally rush of life itself have to put down this review... It’s not easy but somebody has to do it...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
phfyysik (450) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 26, 2016
Pours clear dark red with pink head. Aroma is rich with fruit notes, cherry, sweetness, vanilla, berries, old wood etc. Almost impossible to take nose out. Taste is quite same, some sourness and well balanced. Fills your mouth with complex taste. Very very excellent!

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