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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: 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.


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4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
darkguardian (725) - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rbrazell (1639) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle from CBX. Deep red pour with a pink tinge with a bubbly white head. Big sour cherry and raspberry aroma, cranberries, strawberry purée with oak and funky yeast. Flavor is similar with a mild tartness and a fructose sweetness. Medium bodied, nicely balanced a well put together. Very solid.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bontus (630) - Flanders, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2014
75 cl bottle, shared. Pours dirty pink/rust coloured. Sharp cherry acetic nose. "Poepegaatjes" / candyshop. Great fruit aroma’s, all kinds of berries. Sour taste, citric almost. Very long lasting, taste as well as aroma’s. Palate never puckering, but very astringent. Had a Rodenbach Grand Cru after this, the contrast proves the quality of this great Caractère Rouge

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (685) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 23, 2014
2014 vintage into a tulip. Pours a hazy raspberry red with a fizzy pink stained head. Nose is sweet overipened berries and lacto. Faint paint thinner/Hawaiian punch thing going on. Taste is puckering berries, sour cherries, cinnamon, light acid, and finishes with smooth oak. Has some of the characteristic flanders traits, but is brighter and juicier. Very delicious, but not overly complex. A nice change of pace over Grand Cru but that price tag is steep.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMMillsy (1334) - Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle from the Dogz place near Pittsburgh. Pricey. Pours dark red with some brownish hues and a bit of light showing through, along with a nice two finger off white head with some pink tones to it. Awesome aroma of cherries and raspberries, lots if sweet fruit here, light tartness, a bit of oak. Flavor is plenty of sourness but not overbearing acidity on the tongue, some oak here but dominated by fruit, sweet raspberries, lots of cherries, and I assume the cranberries add a bit of the tart tones here. Medium bodied with nearly spritzy carbonation that mingles perfectly with the sourness to balance out all the sweet berries here. World class brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (2397) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2014
Flaske delt på brygga med Willy og Steve: Mørkerød, som rødvin, og et meget kortvarig hvitt skum. Aroma av rødvin og sure kirsebær. En usedvanlig øl på mange måter, fantastisk kompleks og intens uten å være påtrengende. Stor smaksdybde, og balansen mellom surheten fra kirsebærene og fatlagringen er i særklasse. Stor takk til Willy som hadde tatt hjem denne helt unike brygget. En i sannhet minneverdig engangsopplevelse..

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cimbasso (68) - - AUG 17, 2014
A dark red colour with very little carbonation and a sour cherry aroma. There was a white head which quickly dispersed. This is a beer of great depth and complex flavours, with an excellent balance between red fruit and a pleasing dryness. Lots of depth to the taste, and a good alcohol content. So much better than many of the fruit beers that I have sampled. A very special brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dfroms (235) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle, batch 2 I believe. Pours beautiful garnet-tinged amber. Aroma: wow. Seedy raspberry, sour apple, kriek lambic, very light balsamic, pleasant tartness, musk. So complex. Taste is sweet and tart cherry fading into sour complexity and sweet malts mingled with sweet and sour jammy raspberry. Soft mouthfeel. Delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (809) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 16, 2014
One of the best smelling beers, sour or not, I’ve had in a loooooong time. You can pick out each fruit in there (raspberry, cranberry, cherry) and the oak and acidity is present enough to get your attention, but not so much it’s a distraction. Right in the middle. Medium sour, nice feel...refreshing and super complex at the same time. I could have killed the 750 by myself in record time..."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inbreak (2072) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
Old rating rerated 14.08.2014, 0,75l bottle sampled @ Café Sara:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet sour-ish fruity, red berries, mild vinegar, grass, sour-ish candypowder, caramel malts. Taste is slightly sour-ish dry fruity, sorrel, mild vinegar, oak, soda powder, sour red berries, grass, caramel malts. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
codfishh (59) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
Poured from a 750ml bottle at home. Aroma is some sweet malt balanced by an acidic cherry aroma. Deep reddish brown, thin head that disappears quickly. Sweet caramel malt that fades quickly into a shard acidic fruitiness, cherry and raspberry come through in the finish. Medium body low carbonation, creamy texture with a dry tart finish. Awesome beer!


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