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


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RATINGS: 405   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (11092) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle @ TFODRBSG, Ulfborg. Hazy deep red wiath a small white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, raspberries and tart. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 180812

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle, 75cl, at TFODRBSG 2012. A red one, almost clear, and topped by a pink head of moderate size. The cranberries are quite evident in the aroma, pushing the cherries and raspberries to the back. Lightly sourish. Lots of berries in the flavor, not as obviously cranberry focused as the aroma. Full-bodied, tart and quite pleasant. Not much carbonation, but at an appropriate level. A fine brew indeed, although lacking a bit on the complexity I think. 120818

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harbert (98) - leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2012
clear red pour. the aroma is mainly raspberries, but the taste is a lot more complex than the smell. wood, vanilla, balsamic and lots of fresh red fruits in a beautiful sweet-sour balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4576) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle @ Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig. The pour’s deep hazy red with a small white head. The nose is light vibrant cherry and raspberry, sugar. The taste is very jammy, big cherry fruits. A heaping portion of balsamic and woody berries. Great. Light body, soft. Very drinkable. Overall, pretty excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2105) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle at Chris O’s pre-GBBF shindig 2012. Deep red pour with a white head. Sour cherry and raspberry nose. Raspberry, sour cherry and oak flavour. Dry, sweet and sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20302) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2012
Bottled@chriso pre-gbbf shindig 2012. Rosé colour, small white head. Aroma is floral, raspberries, strawberries, cherries and some mild cherry stones along with some tart wooden notes. Flavour is fruity, raspberries, strawberries and cherry in a quite nice mix. Mild dry wooden notes as well. Somehow this one didn’t impress me that much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7982) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2012
bottle-conditioned 750ml. rich, clear raspberry red body with a small pink head. strong cherry and oak nose: pulp, pit, wood tannin, a small bit of raspberry pulp / seed, a bit of Grenadine, some simple syrup / sugar, and moderately harsh lactic acid. sweet up front, the fruit is sugary and comes across more as artificial flavoring than it does true pulp and flesh. cranberries wouldn’t be guessed, though maybe I could be suggested them given the tannins present, but that seems more oak-driven than from fruit skin. medium-light body dissolving quickly across the tongue with a rush of coarse carbonation and stinging acids. lingering fruit syrup sugary finish leaves an astringent wood oil coating. fun beer, fruit-focused, but lacks depth - it’s fairly basic: lactic acid, fruit, oak; none of these meld well or develop any great complexity on their own, which seems pretty typical of this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle thanks to RasmusOtt. Pours a gorgeous deep ominous red woth a dissipating pinkish light head. Aroma is full of berries, especially the raspberries come through - sweet raspberry jam to be exact. Also smells like winegums. I have a hard time finding other oak and brett characteristics when it's this young. A bit of acetic notes. Taste is also sweet and berry forward - still dominated by raspberries, not much cherry influence. A bit of acetic sourness lile the regular Grand Cru, but even less so than its older brother. A hint of woody dryness in the finish along with cranberry notes. Not very complex, but very tasty. Elegant and classy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2012
From Norm. Pours almost crystal clear ruby red and pink head. Aroma of raspberries, cherries. Taste is sweet, sour, and fruity. Nice tart finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scopey (6726) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s 2012 Pre-GBBF tasting. It pours clear bright red, with a thin white head. The nose is raspberry, sour cherry, strawberry, retrained tartness, light wood and fruit gums. The taste is raspberry, cherry, red fruit, pleasant tartness, lemon, juicy fruit, fruit gum, hint of white vinegar and some wood, with a lightly tart finish. Brilliant sweet-sour balance. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Not particularly complex, but utterly drinkable.

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