I first heard of the existance of the Rodenbach Caractère Rouge reading an article in our national paper “De Gazet van Antwerpen”.
The Antwerp (high-end) restaurant ‘t Zilte, which is on top floor of Antwerp’s Museum Aan de Stroom (MAS) and run by Master-Chef Viki Geunes, commisioned Brewery Rodenbach to brew a beer to have it served in his Restaurant.
Brewery Rodenbach came up with the Caractère Rouge, a Flemish ale macerated for 6 months in oak-wooden vats with 3 different dark-fruits; cherries, raspberries and cranberries).
Rodenbach really excelled this time, it let’s me think of the Rodenbach Alexander back in the 80ies, and the Rodenbach Vin de Ceréal from 2003.
All are epic brews from my favorite beer-style.
At first there was talk of a small batch of 700 bottles being made only for this restaurant, but the brewery decided to make some more and make it a one-time release instead.
I went to the brewery a couple of weeks back and there was a limit of 3 bottles per person :(.
I was actually the 1st customer buying the beer on it’s first day of it’s release at the brewery!
I really had a hard time explaining I wanted more of the stuff at which point one of the sales people told me a Belgian supermarket was chosen to distribute the Caractère Rouge…
Now finally I was allowed to buy a decent amount of this beauty and I hope to keep some of it to put away for a couple of years.
This “Burgundy wine” of Belgian beers is going to come out the cellar as a delicacy for years to come !!
Checkout Rodenbach Caractère Rouge now at Belgiuminabox.com !
Ps : tip from an insider : try to stock up this beer while you can.