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

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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
halfwayhouse (13) - - DEC 6, 2013
Words can’t really describe this beer. Incredible aroma, incredible flavor--you taste cranberries and cherries, and just the right amount of sour.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
falco242 (217) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2014 Remarkable. This beer is just too close to perfect. Tangy sour aroma and taste is full of cherry and oak. Lots of fruit in the taste too. Incredibly well balanced. I can?t praise this enough. My first perfect 5.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 Bottle (Batch 1)... This beer rocks!… Cloudy caramel-colored ale with orange highlights and a small fizzy, off-white head that never fully dissipates. The bouquet is crazy fruity; providing cherries, loads of acidity, caramel, vanilla, raspberry and red currants with a light splash of pinot noir vinegar. Medium to full bodied and super creamy with prickly carbonation. The flavor is every bit as fantastic as Alexander, but so much more fruity. Both acidic and acetic, this brew presents notes of caramel, raspberry and cherry, accompanied by a dainty splash of red wine vinegar. Sour, fruity, puckering finish. Mathieu87 provided this world class bottle of beer!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Xenon (72) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2013
This is only the 3rd sour or so I’ve had, but this could be the one to get me into them. Medium clear cranberry color with a very thin head that remains. Does not taste Like a beer but feels like one to drink. Each of the cranberry, cherry, and raspberry flavors are easily found and very prominent. The motufeel is dominated by the tannins from the oak barrels which gives it that stinging and tart feel. Almost sweet like a soda for a second with all the fruit flavors then the sour takes over with the sting. I can’t really yell the hops and malts because I am not really familiar wiith sours. This was really enjoyable like a good wine.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
knightstalker (5) - Florianopolis, BRAZIL - MAR 4, 2014 does not count
750ml bottle on tumbler glass. Pours into a reddish copper colour and a very soft, pink, quick to disappear head. Behind the sour aroma, you can feel a soothing hint of red berries. Tastes of red berries, very light hints of oak and has an acidic feel, with it dominating the sour berry aftertaste. It’s a shame they only made 900 bottles, but I guess for a beer so good you must use virgin blood and they ran out of it.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2012
An absolutely astonishing and suprising beer. Not at all what I expected from the Rodenbach name. This beer has elements of Rodenbach but also is very much like a fruit lambic. Nose is strong with the typical Rodenbach character and a touch of cherry and cranberry. It isn’t until you taste the beer that its full power becomes apparent. Quite acidic but extremely well balanced. More like an american sour than the typical flemish red it has far less of the vinegar notes in a typical rodenbach. Instead the back half the the beer is dominated by huge notes of cranberry, cherry and raspberry. Moderately sweet but sour enough to achieve near perfect balance, this beer is really only lacking in the nose, and note because the nose is bad in any ways, but just because it simply doesn’t match the incredible flavor. Probably the best Rodenbach I have ever had, and I’ve had them all at this point. Huge thanks to hopscotch for sharing this.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boFNjackson (4027) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HenrikO (27) - London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Close to perfect. Lovely, lively berry notes with raspberry dominating, vinous, tart, refreshing, great colour and mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jerohen (1963) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 8, 2013
Bottled from Biernavigatie.nl. Ruby colored, beautiful mostly lasting head. Extremely fruity nose, cherries, raspberries, marzipan, a little bit of "Haribo" candy, but that disappears as soon as the beer warms up. Very sour flavor, but enough other flavors to back it up, fruity sweetness, malts, the Flemish Sour character clearly shines though. Full mouthfeel. Pretty extreme, but still wonderfully balanced. Absolutely fantastic brew.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Peter_L (475) - SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2014 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.


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