Caractère Rouge

Caractère Rouge
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
83
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

RODENBACH Caractère Rouge was developed in 2011 in collaboration with top chef Viki Geunes (2 Michelin stars). This exclusive beer is created by adding an extra six months’ fermenting maceration with cherries, raspberries and cranberries to beer that has already undergone two years’ maturation in oak casks. The result is an exceptional RODENBACH with a 7% alcohol by volume. RODENBACH Caractère Rouge is vinous with a very complex, fruity nose of raspberry and cherry combined with notes of wood and caramel. The undertone consists of an aroma of violets, leather and a hint of tobacco. The taste is rather sour but exceptionally pure. With its long, clean aftertaste and its unique combination of delicacy and strength, RODENBACH Caractère Rouge is reminiscent of a crisp Burgundy wine. This noble beer is unique and exclusive. In his restaurant ’t Zilte, Viki Geunes combines this willful beer with his sophisticated gastronomic creations.

Profile

ABV: 
7%
Judges Review 
Jim Koebel's picture
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Fruity aromas and flavors abound in this Flanders Red Ale, otherwise known as the Burgundy of Belgium or beer's equivalent to red wine. The aroma contains cherry, raspberry, strawberry, light citrus and raw sweetness. A low oak character lingers in the background. At serving temperature, this combination comes off like cough syrup, which thankfully dissipates and gives way to a light acidity and pepperiness. This beer pours a hazy amber color with a tall, loose, off-white head that collapses quickly without a trace. Like the aroma, this beer's flavor is berry-heavy and sweet. A peppery phenol and tannic finish add dryness. At first, any sourness is blanketed by mouth-coating (never cloying) sweetness, but low acidity is always apparent and tartness is eventually perceptible. The tartness is complementary at most, and hallmark acetic flavors are absent. This example's high carbonation serves it well, lightening the body. As it warms, oak flavor and tannins become more prominent and enjoyable, adding welcome complexity. This beer is more of a novelty than a by-the-book Flanders Red; in many ways it bears closer resemblance to Faro than red wine. Still, this beer deserves credit for its drinkability and enjoyable, subtle complexity.