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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Peter_L (1051) - SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2015 Flaska @ Systembolaget. Brunröd vätska med ett skum som avtar snabbt. Intensiva dofter av körsbär, hallon och med en avrundning av stall. Fruktigt, bärigt i smaken. Tranbären dyker genast upp och balanserar med sin syrlighet. Slutligen avrundas smaken med torra inslag vilka påminner om hö eller läder. Komplex på ett bra vis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (11278) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2013
Bttle. Frothy White good mostly lasting head. Red colour. Moderate malty and light hopy nice sour aroma. Week kriek notes. Light sweet and moderate bitter nice sour/kriek flavor. Long wonderfull finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nische (1115) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2013
Red color with just a small pink head. Very sour, fruity aroma with raspberry, cherry along with some sweet red candy. Lovely taste of red berries with some cherry, raspberry and strawberry notes. Somewhat sweet, but very nice to sip on a beautiful summer night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5605) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2013
750 ml "champagne" bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7%. Red colour, large pink head. Strong sourish-fruity aroma of ripe red berries (= cherries, raspberries and cranberries), also notes of oak and farmhouse. Lovely clean sour & fruity flavour with a strong presence of said berries, some sweetness but not too much. Refined and interesting, but still refreshing and easy drinking for its strength and age.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Cherries, red cranberries and raspberries take on flowers and bubblegum in this delightfully tart and bubbly brew.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the cloudy red.
-A spiciness is also present, redolent of cinnamon and cardamom at times. Must be the sour cherries’ doing.
-The aroma is truly compelling.
-The fruitiness is exuberant but never boring.
-All flavors are well rendered and polished.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaxxDaddy (413) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle at home with Jess. Pours deep dark red with quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is piercing raspberries up front and some of the classic acetic Rodenbach character comes through as well. Taste is similar, immediate raspberry flavor followed by a more pronounced flemish red profile. Get some oakiness as the beer lingers on my tongue. Palate is average, somewhat nondescript. Finish brings more intense acetic sourness and a little caramel to support that. It’s not often these days that I drink Flemish red/brown ales as several American examples of the style have been monster aceto-bombs that are a disgrace to beer (looking at you Dark Horse Lambeak Wants Blood Orange). Really enjoyed this relatively new offering; the fruit works very well here. Would love to have more regular access to this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (4163) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle from Belgium in a Box; dark ruby pour with big fluffy pink head, big tart aroma of raspberries and cherries, the fruit action really come through in the taste raspberries, cherries backed up with beautifully balanced sourness, absolutely delightful beer. Hope to have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeatyPete (481) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2013
Red amber color with light pink foam. Aroma of red berries. Taste of cherry, raspberry but also the slightly bitter dry towing of the cranberries. Sour vinegar-like aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (8172) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle from Dranken Geers, about a year ago consumed at home in company of Traci & Casey 7.07.13 Pours wondeful cherry or vimto red with a ligh pinkish head. Great zappy fruity aroma, plenty of sour berries. This is marvellous on the mouth, incredibly not as sour as I expected, wonderful balsamic touches, some cherry, not sure that I get the cranberries however they clearly change the characteristics of this beer. I really like this, I like Rodenbach but it isn’t always a beer that I would drink one after the other of, this bucks the trend its a moreish beer, I like it! A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov17 4.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (4469) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle 75cl, an amber red beer with a medium pink head. Nose is very intense on red fruits, seems sweet like ! Aroma is dry quite acid, body is less complex as expected with lot of red fruit notes, light lambic touch, monodimensional on my point of view, moshroom note.

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