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Rodenbach Brewery

Rodenbach Brewery
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge Ale

Category: Fruit Beer

Date Tasted:
Country: Belgium
Alcohol: 7.0%
97 Points
Platinum Medal
Superlative
Cellar Selection

Rodenbach Brewery
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge Ale

Category: Fruit Beer

Date Tasted:
Country: Belgium
Alcohol: 7.0%
Dull burnt sienna color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of dried sour cherries and toasted honeyed cranberry bread with a round, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, layered, very long cherry balsamic vinaigrette on lettuces, reduced lemon, and lime spritzed green apple finish. A fantastically flavorful, mouthwatering and appetizing cherry fruit beer that will triumph at the table.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty, Rich & Heavy, Sour & Tart & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: dried sour cherries and toasted honeyed cranberry bread
Taste Flavor: cherry balsamic vinaigrette on lettuces, reduced lemon, and lime spritzed green apple
Bitterness Bitterness: None
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Duck Confit, Duck Reuben Sandwich, Mascarpone
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fantastically flavorful, mouthwatering and appetizing cherry fruit beer that will triumph at the table.

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Fruit Beer

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Serve in a Shaker Pint Glass
Fruit beers are ales or lagers to which fruit has been added in order to impart flavor or color. The degree of overall flavor and aroma will vary in these beers in relation to not only the fruit utilized, but also to when and where fruit was added during the brewing process. These beers are highly individualistic, and allow brewers great creativity in their formulations. While the more common fruits used by brewers include cherries, strawberries and blueberries, many examples of fruit beer are readily available including coconut and kiwi to name a couple. Given the variation possible in this category, there are no established standards for appearance, aroma or flavor. Instead, beers in this category are defined by pleasing combination of the beer’s elements, overall drinkability and balance of fruit and base beer flavors and aromas. Noteworthy examples of this style include: New Glarus Belgian Red Wisconsin Cherry Beer, Samuel Smiths Organic Apricot Ale, Unibroue Quelque Chose and Stevens Point Whole Hog Raspberry Saison.