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


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RATINGS: 533   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (8100) - 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 (4402) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Ratebeer Gallery event bottle share (thank you!): Brown with cherry red edges and gorgeous beige frothy head. Vibrant berry aroma. There’s red fruit and berries on the nose with red-licorice candy and some plums puctuated by lactic sourness and some funk.Plush medium-bodied mouthfeel leans out toward a prolonged finish of jamminess. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3817) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
750 ml. bottle at the Ratebeer gallery event. It pours a really lovely deep ruby red color with a pinkish head. The aroma is all about the fruit. Big time tart cherry, raspberry and cranberry. Some sweet jamminess to it as well. Very mild funk and wood. The flavor is the same. Amazing fruit blend with the tartness really jumping out at you before settling in to a nice sweet fruity, funky finish. One of the standouts of the night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (7183) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
From bottle share at Ratebeer Gallery event. Pours reddish brown with a modest pinkish brown head and a sour fruit aroma. There is a sweet cherry flavor (Schaerbeekse?) that turns a bit sour at the finish. This is a great tasting brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2013
Pours a clear ruby-shaded mahogny body. Tall pink-hued blond top. Initial aroma of a gently rounded acetic and lactic adcids. Then the berries kicks inn. Freshly crushed raspberries, tart sappy cherries, some floral notes, and a nice touch of peppermint. Delicious! Full body and complex, with armloads of inviting flavors. Berry-o-rama! Fresh and tart, sour and sweet. Nice subtle malt backbone. What a treat! [Shared bottle at Haandbryggeriet tasting session, thanks to Gustav J for sharing]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JStax (3430) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep red with a pink head and lacing. Aroma is big fruit and sourness. I get a lot of cherry and raspberry. Tastes of bright, fresh, sour fruit juice. So good! Side note, I had this following New Glarus Serendipity. The ideas behind the beers are very similar and it showed in the end products. This beer is very much like a sour version of Serendipity. It really takes it to a whole new level.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (8407) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
750mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a deep dark amber / mahogany with a medium off-white head. Aroma is extremely potent berries, especially raspberries, with some moderate wild yeast, and a touch of sweetness. Flavour brings out intense raspberries and cherries, a light tartness and more fruitiness as mentioned. Intensely complex, featuring both aforementioned fruits. So highly drinkable and intensely fruity. Awesome - as good as Alexander.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2635) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle. Hazy reddish liquid with small light pink head. Aroma of lemons, cherries, raspberries, apples, barnyard, grain, bread and wood. Taste is dry to light sweet and medium sour with notes of lemons, raspberries, cherries, wood and apples. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice stuff, lots of berries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (5034) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAY 28, 2013
Finally the long search and wait are over. Here it is, guessing this is the latest batch, so I might have tasted it to young, but luckily got some cellared. I do have the feeling it was a bit young but here we go anyways: A 75cl bottle served in both a Chouffe glass and an old Belle-Vue Gueuze glass just for me. :) Medium to smaller sized, lively and quickly changing vanilla pink ish colored foamy head. Leaves some bubbles/very small islands on top of a light hazy amber red colored beer. Aroma has loads of red fruit, strawberry, cherries, raspberry, cranberry, oak, hint of yeast, light vinous, crispy, hints of grainy malts and corn. Flavours of first very red fruity, than yeasty and than more sour: yeast, caramel, oak, brown sugars, cherry, cranberry, bitter, more sour, wood hints of grains, light spiced and malts. Aftertaste has a yeasty wood ish undertone with some fruit tones, sourness, malts and citric herbs. Crisp and clean sourness. Low carbo, sprinkly first than right away a creamy mouthfeel, medium to lightly fuller body and a creamy texture. I think as I mentioned before that this beer is still a bit young, but after letting it breath for about an hour the beer becomes more balanced but still not optimal. A stronger sour touch which start fruity and ends sour that it seems to make the body a bit unbalanced and not thin but a bit thinner... It’s a decent beer and am curious to taste another one in about 2 years to see what it has lead up to.

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