Rodenbach Caractère Rouge
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge is a Flanders Red Ale aged with cranberries, raspberries and sour cherries in oak vats for 2 years, then re-fermented in the bottle. The beer pours with a pretty brownish pink color. I’m getting sweet raspberry jam and some tart cherry on the nose. This is a really wonderful tasting beer, delicate but complex. All three fruits are tasted individually yet also blend into a beautiful fruit flavor as well. A bit of wood from the barrel and hint of tart lime on the finish. Not a true sour, no vinegar or funk to be found, but the cranberries and sour cherries bring a natural tartness that is fantastic. An excellent beer to bridge the gap from super sweet Lambics to more sour Sour Ales. I really love this beer, it’s nearly perfect.