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


on tap

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RATINGS: 777   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1912) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2017
Clear, medium amber to red body with an off-white head that sticks to the glass. Strong aroma of raspberries, strawberries and other sweet red berries, and a perfect amount of caramel. Strong flavour of cherries, raspberries and caramel, with some marzipan and almonds in the back. There is a close to perfect balance between berries on one side and yeast and malt on the other, I often find beers with fruits to be completely dominated by adjunct. The taste is moderate to light sweet and light acidic. Mid-bodied, smooth texture and moderate carbonation. A lovely brew!
[sample from 75 cl bottle shared with Doblougløkkas ølsmakerforsamling]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill (4829) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2017
Served in a Rodenbach flute on tap at the Hop Alley (GA) brewpub. Beautiful presentation (the appropriate glassware helps here), with a pinkish white head over a hazy red-copper colored body. The color does suggest fresh pressed red cherries. The rich aroma is tart and fruity with a pronounced cherry note and hints of ripe berries.. Flavor: tart and fruity with lots of sour cherry and hints of berries and ripe, pitted fruits. A brief bit of sweetness up front. Mouthfeel: medium-full body with soft, medium-light carbonation. Refined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ANZUShophunter (410) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2017
2013 vintage on tap at Brewski. Cherry in hue, aroma, and taste with hints of plum. Very little head but decent CO2. More tart than the Alexander (sampled both side-by-side) thanks to the cranberries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlazerT (1052) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - JAN 24, 2017
Bottle 0,75 CL. Reddish/brownish, medium hazy, moderate head. Strong notes of raspberries and on second place cherries both in aroma and flavor, other berries as well. There are also moderate red wine notes - sweet, fruity and tart. Moderate oaky notes. Maltiness greatly fits into the rest of aromas and flavors. Lightly acidic. In overall the sourness here is not so potent, the ABV is very well hidden, no acetone, neither vinegar - great. In general great beer esp. for those who want to start their beer adventure with this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (14520) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2017
750 ml bottle poured a clear garnet with a small lingering pink head. Aromas of caramel, cranberry, raspberry and light cherry. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of cranberry, raspberry, cherry and light oak with a crisp dry tart lingering berry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sharkydodson (1495) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - JAN 2, 2017
the aroma of fresh cherry, raspberries and sour plum with hints of apple vinegar, sour citrus and red wine... the taste is fruity and spicy with notes of cherry, raspberry, some other forest berries, red sparkling wine and sour citrus... the aftertaste is sour and dry with woody tartness...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (2160) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Sampled on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours hazy red, with a medium, foamy, tan head. The nose is black cherries and cranberry sauce, with some vanilla, caramel, and oak. Sweet and fruity, with a smooth but assertive sour flavor. Light to medium body, with an acidic, creamy mouthfeel. This is a delicious and well done sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leini (1931) - SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2016
750ml bottle. Muddy reddish body with a pretty much non existing head. Berries in the aroma, especially raspberries. Flavor is juicy, where raspberries also dominates, followed by citrus and sweet cherry notes. Tart, but not at all as their beers usually are. Kind of easy to drink and juicy, but I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rikstar (2563) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2016
0.75l fles gedeeld met Jeroen en Lion. donker rood met een bescheiden creme kraag. Geur en smaak worden vooral overheerst door cassis en kersen daarnaast subtiele hout tonen. Smaak houdt het midden tussen zoet en zuur, klein beetje ziltig in de afdronk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (1900) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 27, 2016
75 cl bottle from Alcostock? € 14.99. BB... nope. Edit: oh, there it is, on the bottom: 18.05.2017. Pours kinda maple syrupy purplish-brownish red. Head off-white, not too big, retains around the edge. Aroma of indistinct berries, cherry most recognisable, with a strong hit of the tiny yellow vitamin C pills that I used to take, woody too. Tastes sourish sweet with an acidic/vinegary tanninic twist. Cherries mixed with cranberries, perhaps, indeed. Later on it’s like licking oak. No leather or tobacco as said on the label. Rather active carbonation, body medium, finish woody dry and somewhat sticky. Pretty good but kinda confusing considering its average score is above 4, and it being no 5 in the Sour Red/Brown category.

BTW. Is it really necessary to add corn, sugar, fructose, vitamin C and E405 in a beer? Has it always been like this? If not, when did they start doing that?

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