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


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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2424) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle shared by thorpe429. Woohoo! The beer is a gorgeous, radiant, dark ruby color, like a gem. A thin pink head rests atop the beer, leaving sparse lacing on the tulip. The aroma is wild and funky, like a fruit lambic. Smells very sweet. Huge raspberry presence, similar to a framboise. Sweet and teeming with berry flavor, balanced by a bit of tartness and wild yeast character. A great candidate for sharing, as the sweetness is a bit much after a small serving. Overall, very tasty, albeit a bit too sweet for me personally. While not my favorite offering from Rodenbach, I enjoyed this. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11027) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle at home, from HJ Hansen, Odense. Clear, deep red colour with a small pink head. The aroma is filled with red berries, wood and cellar/dusty funk, along with a very unique note that feels like mint, but could very well be cranberries in combination with wood and funk. The flavour is dry and tart, but not as balsamic-sour as Grand Cru. Filled with red berries, even with some raspberry sweetness, with a spicy touch, and some tannic bitterness that may well be from the cranberries. A very unique flavour profile, and a very complex and flavourful beer. I can only imagine that this has amazing cellaring potential.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansjelaah (1282) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2012
Gedronken bij joes, rode kleur, schuim is roze. Ruikt zoet, fruitig, ranja, kersen, aardbei, cranberry. Smaakt zoals hij ruikt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 30, 2012
The pour is a lightly hazed ruby color with a pink head. Very nice nose of berries. Cranberry and raspberry are strong, but the cherries are not quite as pronounced. A mild sweetness, not all that vinegary. The flavor has a very strong raspberry note and a more subdued cherry and cranberry profile. Hint of red wine vinegar, a definite sweetness, light oak and must. Really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boFNjackson (4117) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle at a recent bottle share... This beer, this beer is amazing. Poured deep, dark reddish/ruby with a thin head. Sort of looked like tussin. Nose had medicinal cherries and sweetness that reminded me of simple syrup. This was nuts, just off the wall good. Sweet, fruity, fresh fruits and dessert like fruit pastries. Tart, not overly sour or acidic, sugary, fruit juice, cherries and other berry-like tones. Thick body, mellow mouthfeel. Just so balanced and the right amount of everything here. I would like another please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14074) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 30, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2014 bottle at ’t bruge beertje ... deep red pink ... thin pink lacing ... light sharp sourness ... sweet cherries ... light tart raspberry nose ... big full bodied fruit ... sharp tartness ... just like a tart raspberry ... quite an acetic bite in its finish

bottle at home .. may 2014c ... deep red ... thin tan lacing ... soft sweet fruits ... big cherry fruits nose... soft fruits ... light fruit ... light cherry ...light tart ... soft fruits ... light sharp raspberry ...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (10117) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2012
Bottle from Beer Planet, Brussels. Deep red/amber color with a small reddish head. Fruity aroma, cherries and cranberries, leather notes, sourish, vinous, vanilla notes, hay and some dry woody notes, berries, cherry seeds. Sour cherry flavor, raspberries, notes of cranberries, sourish, berries, leather, metal notes, citrus, acidic, hay notes, vinous. Wonderful beer, love the mix of fruits, and the balance between sour and sweet. Cranberry finish with radpberries, metal, hay and some sweeter fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (2993) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2012
(Bottle) Pours glowing clear red with a pale pink head. The aroma holds cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, peppermint, vinegar, a touch of malt and wood. The flavour is light sweet and medium acidic with notes of red berries, citrus, vinegar and balanced malt. Hints of wood. The mouthfeel is tart and juicy with a light to medium bodied. Red berry juice and vinegar on the finish. Near medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2612) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2012
750 ml bottle bought @ Être Gourmet. Pours hazy ruby red with a fizzy pinkish white head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is tiny sweet and sour with tart raspberries, lemon juice, cherry pits, raspberry cough drops, lemon zest, grass, wood, dark grapes, raspberry vinegar, wet leaves, cereal, peppermint oil, acetic acid and hints of gastric acid and cranberries. Taste is tiny sweet, sour and fruity with sweet dark bread, red wine vinegar, tart raspberries, cherry pits, cranberries, dark grapes, lemon juice, hay, resinous wood, burnt sugar and hints grapefruit juice and unripe plums. Mouthfeel is tart, dry, very fruit hand medium bodied. Finish is sour, tart and fruity with raspberries, sour cherries, grapefruit juice, lemon zest, hay, dry soil and hints of cranberries and wood. Bit one-dimensional but very nice, tart and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2012
Bottle @ BPW, Antwerp. Clear reddish coloured beer with a short pink head and practically no carbonation. Fruity almost cherry sour hinted aroma. Full light sour sprankling palate. Finish is light tart sweet fruity balanced, nicely hinted with cherry touches. Fruity tart ending. Very nice.

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