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


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RATINGS: 816   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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MrW (746) - Mechelen, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2012
75 cl bottle.
Red, vinous, no head.
Aroma of cherries, cranberries and other red fruits. A touch of wood.
Starts sour with huge taste of cherries and fruits. Turns into sweet with an enormous cranberry finish.

gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2012
750 ml bottle - pours a cloudy cherry kinf of red with fine bublly pikish white head. Aroma of raspberry, violet flower, cassis, cherry vinegar and almond and almond paste/frangipane (when warmed up). Light to medium body with a fresh sour sweetness, taste is cherries. Ideal drinking temperature is cellar temperature. Nice beer, but I dsoubt that all fruit is natural; there is a tad sweetness that is akward. But overall a very nice beer

darkguardian (733) - 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.

hopscotch (11305) - 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!

dantheman278 (1365) - SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2012
Bottle at Denis’. Vivid reddish brown, thin white head. Barley, hint of that Rodenbah balsanic vinegar thing, rich tart fruits, funky cherry skin, tart raspberry, vinous sourness on the nose. Soft supple sourness, light tartness in the linger. Awesome!

MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2012
Bouteille de 750 ml, merci beaucoup à Dany et Marie-France. Arômes intenses de fruits rouges, on distingue particulièrement les cerises et les framboises. Belle présence vineuse. Robe rousse et limpide, effervescence assez active mais peu de mousse. En bouche, on retrouve le caractère classique de la Rodenbach, avec une présence de caramel et un côté vineux et vinaigré. Les fruits sont très intenses et on identifie vraiment la contribution des trois variétés utilisées. Finale plutôt sucrée et acide. Une belle bière, plutôt originale.

suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Ruby red color. Small off-white, pink tinged head that quickly falls and leaves no lacing behind. A very nice mixture of tea, cherries and a sour funk in the nose. A slight hint of raspberry. Very sour cherry flavor with a nice peppery presence. A tart finish with a big hint of fruit. Very good.

BoBoChamp (5878) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2013 75cl (3rd Batch), new exclusive brew Anno 2011, with cherries, raspberries and cranberries, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex sour fruit brew, fruity/sour and slightly woody/vinous, balanced, clear, nearly no head, very good brew, yet expensive

Caytinator (1005) - Waco, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 20cL taste. Balanced for a "Flanders Red", (as hopscotch point out), pleasant. I usually hate this type of beer, but this one is different enough from other Rodenbachs that I’ve tried that I like it a lot. I’m not sure that I’m a sour/wild ale guy, though.

77ships (11300) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2012
15 cl. tasting glass @ Bierpassie Weekend XIII // definitely a beer that I have been interested in for quite a while // ever since it was announced way back probably // this is presumably the 2nd batch of 10.000 bottles // not a bad business strategy for a company like this, small limited edition pricy limited edition for months followed by a relatively big release so that everyone will jump at the bottles & still can adore it for the “rare” // either way … this sounds quite delicious // bright crimson bordeaux with a small pink head // smell is cherries, fruity cherries pureed with raspberries, berries, tart, picking up raspberries the most, touch underneath wood & acid // taste is quite fruity upfront, natural sweetness from the fruits, firstly & mainly I am getting raspberries here, maybe I can pick up some cherries as well, fruitiness & natural fruit sweetness begin to intertwine with the sharp contours of a sourness going towards acidity, not a full on sour blast of sourness like a real Oud Bruin but sharp contour of an acidity surrounding the fruitiness, elegant like of wood, berry acidity, any berries, not specifically cranberries but those could be mentioned even if they are not as acidic as the fruit itself, more like cranberry juice, the fruits have evened the raw wood & sour malts of the base beer into something more elegant // nice thinner but not thin body, medium to touch softer carb. // bit weirded out about people going on that this tastes like candy, definitely sweeter than you would maybe think but still some sourness to this puppy // more elegant & for the sophisticated masses of which I do not consider myself part as opposed to for instance “Foederbeer” // the ads are calling this complex over & over, Vintage, Foeder, Grand Cru,… are all more complex than this, more fruits doesn’t necessary mean more complexity to me // official tasting notes include “caramel, violets, leather & light tobacco” // unfortunately I am not getting any of that, maybe my pallet is broken // no kriek either, this is cherry // I am however getting raspberry & touches of wood // not sure whether age will elevate this // still undecided on my prognosis for that // good, nice additional but not the highpoint they make it out to be & I secretly was hoping for // cheers

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