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


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RATINGS: 687   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
darkguardian (729) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rumproasts (4800) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Tap. Deep reddish amber with small head. Huge tart berry, like a fruit explosion. Light oak. Really great stuff, but I’d still give the nod to vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (3087) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2016
Tap at De Paas. Slight hazy red with light brown hue and creamy pink head. Looks amazing. Overripe red fruit, typical Rodenbach oxidized sherry with light glue, fresh respberries, cherry juice, some berry pits, dead leaves, hay, white grape skins. Medium sour and sweet. Medium bodied with slick feel and soft prickly champagne like carbonation. Lovely beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricksta_p (3145) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2016
From tap at In De Wildeman, Amsterdam. Aroma is loads of tart cherries and berries, mild oak, sourish red fruits. Flavour is tart and mild sour with a nice little sweetness. Body is medium. Lovely sweet/sour flavour and lots of tart red fruits, great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (4634) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2016
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika October 2014. Red color, good foam. High aroma intensity; cherries, raspberries, some notes of stable and good fruitiness. Medium body & complexity. Good sourness, balances well. Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
visionthing (4570) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2016
75cl bottle shared by Arve_Christian - thanks a lot! Pours hazy caramel brown, some reddish notes and a fairly small, off-white head. Delicious aroma of sour berries with some wooden and slightly earthy notes, hints of dried fruits and malt. Sour, fruity and complex with lovely flavour of raspberries and cherries and a nicely sour finish. Delicious stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SeniorZozo (1037) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 13, 2016
Sour red cherry, musty yeast, and straw aroma. Cloudy ruby red with minimal head. Sweet-tart cherry, malt, yeast , and mildly bitter straw flavor. Nice body. Pretty sweet for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjogro (2189) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2016
Tap at Cafe de Koffer. Clear red copper with thin offwhite head. Cherries, cherry stones, strawberry, woodglue, cinnamon, cork. Very sweet base with vinegar sour softly leaning in, quite a sour sting eventually. Medium body, low to no carbonation. Lactic response. Quite dry, with a cinnamon soft finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nazbion (274) - Tübingen, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2016
On tap at Delirium Brussels. Pours hazy red with thin light pink head. Aroma of raspberries, strawberries, red vinegar. Taste is sweet berries with sour finish, light tart. Medium body, soft carbonation, alcohol well inserted. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mutz (834) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2016
Tap@ de Klep. ABT bier van de maand.. Rode kleur, schuim verdwijnt tot een laagje op het bier. Aroma van cassisranja . Smaakt zoetzuur, kersen, stoffig, niet echt complex. Viel me tegen gezien de hoge score op ratebeer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rami_pl (1553) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUN 5, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2016 butelka, warka... no wlasnie, ktos wie, jak sprawdzic warke tego? no niewazne, butla z kartka jak na zdjeciu ;) wyglad wrazenia nie robi - brazowawo-czerwonawe piwo z kiepsciutka piana... aromat zaczyna juz robic wrazenie - sporo owocow ciemnych, glownie wisni, do tego nieco beczki, ciut funku, sporo winnych klimatow. ale dopiero w ustach... wow! nie pilem dotad chyba zadnego kwasnego piwa, ktory by tak fajnie sie zmienialo, i to z lyku na lyk ale i w trakcie lyku. zurawina i winna kwaskowatosc na dziendobry. pozniej nagle pojawia sie... spora calkiem slodycz. pozniej to co w aromatach takie zrownowazone, nieco tanin i wytrawnosc w posmaku, wtedy tez pojawiaja sie cytrynowe klimaty. robi to kolosalne wrazenie i kazdy lyk ma troche inna rownowage - bardzo lubie takie piwa, ktorym smak sie zmienia. srednie wysycenie. jakis slad alko w smaku. praktycznie brak goryczki. bardzo wysoko "owocowosc". generalnie: jestem pod wrazeniem. i jestem praktycznie pewien, ze mozg mnie ne oszukal, i odbior nie ma zwiazku z ograniczona nieco dostepnoscia czy limitowana edycja :)
po wygladzie przywieszki ostatecznie wychodzi, ze to 2014 - zdziwko, myslalem ze duzo mlodszy, bo wszak spora slodycz sie przewija, malo zas breto/lacto/co-tam-jeszcze-w-redenbachowych-beczka ;)

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