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Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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86
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875 Ratings
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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KarlHungus on 09-25-2007

Kasteel Rouge is a blend of Kasteel Donker and cherry liquor. The mix of these two excellent products creates an exceptional soft beer with references to the dark mother beer.
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Ratings: 875 | Reviews: 369
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep ruby color with a one finger head of a pinkish hue. The head has a lighter level of retention, fading rather quickly to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is potent of cherries, mixed with some other dark fruit smells of plum and raisin. Along with these aromas comes some more Belgian like smells with a nice hit of a yeasty and biscuit malt smell as well as some aromas of grass and a bit of spice of coriander.

Taste – The taste begins with a big and sweet dark cherry flavor mixed with a little bit of a biscuit malt flavor. As taste advances some other, lighter in nature, dark fruit flavors of plum and raisin come to the tongue. While these other dark flavors come to the tongue, the cherry transitions more from a sweet nature to more still sweet, but slightly sour nature, which overall ends up lessening the sweetness of the brew ever so slightly. All the while other flavors of some yeast and a little bit of spice of clove develop on the tongue. In the end with a little bit of an earthy and grassy flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a rather dark fruited sweet, but not obnoxiously so, rich Belgian flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side for a brew of 8 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. For the style the feel is rather nice as it is thinner and refreshing all while nicely matching the mix of dark fruit flavors with that of the Belgian nature.

Overall- A nice and tasty brew that has a great level of darker fruit flavor all while not being obnoxious in sweetness. This is a rather pleasant drinker and a well crafted fruit beer overall.

Photo of KJHB
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle - bottled-on date of 2014/04/23, so at time of review aged for just under 11 months. Served at 43 F (as recommended on the bottle) into a goblet.

Appearance is beautiful - deep clear garnet with brilliant ruby highlights when held up to light, 1.5 fingers of rosy off-white head which dissipates quickly but remains a 1/8 inch film on top of the beer. This is a sexy lookin' brew!

Smell is complex - best described as a combination of maraschino cherry, dark sweet cherry, and a complex spicy, earthy, floral component that makes me think of some sort of incense. Slightly off-putting, but interesting enough where I want to find out what's making that smell...

Taste is hugely fruity, sweet cherry in the front, tart cherry in the middle, dry finish with a slight earthy/yeasty character. If they were to make a dark cherry soda for adults, this is what it would taste like!

Mouth-feel is interesting, highly carbonated on the tongue which creates a prickly sensation adding to the tartness of the cherry flavor, but this gives way to a slick and smooth sensation - like a reward for making it through the prickles. Low to medium bodied throughout it all.

Overall, a very interesting brew. The flavor and carbonation combo is knockout! Like a ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb! That being said, there's not a whole lot that makes me think "beer" when I drink this apart from the yeasty aftertaste, but I'm somehow still very entranced by the flavor and aroma qualities. A great choice for when you want a beer, but don't want a beer at the same time - if that makes sense. In a nutshell - Fun and uncomplicated.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kasteel Rouge has a thin, crackly, pink head, a semi-clear, dark red appearance, and not a lot of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of beer with strong cherries in it. Taste is the same, and the cherry note is acidic and seemingly natural. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Kasteel Rouge finishes semi-wet and highly drinkable for an 8% abv ale.

RJT

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.66/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark red with lots of carbonation and one finger bubbly head.
Smell- Cherries! Belgian ale smell as well.
T- I'm not big on the fruit beers, but this is awesome! It manages to blend the cherries and beer to a great balance.
Feel- Not too tart.
O- Right there with New Glarus fruit beers, and that is saying something!

Photo of Jared_Alexander
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet, but not overpoweringly so, like commonly available kriek beers in the US. A bit pricey, but a treat good for an occasional shake up.

Photo of Wasupmx
2/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Super sweet, didn't taste like beer really, tasted more or less like grenadine

Photo of BDB_Brewing
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Tried this one tonight. According to the description that is found on the beer menu, it was definitely described correctly. Deep ruby in color but mouthfeel was lacking body. Cherry taste was most evident and pleasurable. Decent lacing in the flight glass. It was lacking in some areas but I was pleased in others. Great dessert beer all around.

Photo of Zac9876
2.31/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

Nice for other people not my type of beer

Photo of SIRSOG
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I really dislike a strong, sweet, cherry flavor, hence the lower flavor score(I grabbed this by mistake), but it had a great mouth feel. Great color. All in all I'd drink it again, but I wouldnt buy again. Just not my cup of brew.

Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 330 ml. bottle dated 2013/10/09. Sampled on December 23, 2014.

I like the way it looks with its mainly mahogany color and lots of reddish hues glittering in the light. Modest tan head.

Such an aroma. Yes, the cherries are pretty vibrant but there is still a distant undercurrent of toasted biscuit that reminds me this is a beer. 8% ABV is hardly noticed.

Medium body and mouthfeel.

The cherry (cranberry?) juice takes things over in the flavor but there is still a hint of toasted biscuit malts to balance that tart fruitiness out. Tart finish. Has a wine-like feel. This has to be one of the better fruit beers I have tried. It is fruity, yes, but it still acts like a beer.

Photo of SHODriver
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: poured into a tulip to a deep brown that's a little red around the edges with a two finger head that fades quickly to a small collar and leaves minimal lacing
S: smell is pretty much straight cherries and it has a somewhat artificial smelling quality to it that's reminiscent of cough syrup
T: taste is slightly tart cherry, faint caramel sweetness and honestly not much else. swallow is more cherry and some phenols with a hint of dark fruits
M: medium in the mouth with firm carbonation that's a little prickly and a slightly dry finish
O: It isn't nearly as bad as cherry wheat. Very one not with not a lot of complexity. Cherry flavor is better than it smells but it does get cloying after awhile

Photo of carp3tshark
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

I'd give it a 5 if it was up against any other cherry beer; it's best in it's class. This is a beer I can use as a gateway drug for wine drinkers. While other beers in the fruit/lambic arena are more akin to wine coolers, this has some of the deep richness of a sweet deep red wine. the cherry flavor mixing with the donker makes for an excellently, drinkable, enjoyable beer. The fact that I can drink more than one of these in a row , unlike many lambics or perrys where my palate needs a break, is a testimony to it's good balance and flavor. It is a great balance of the tart with the sweet. The malt and deep flavors of the beer seem to yield to the natural, great tasting flavor of dark red cherries.

Photo of interzen
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Got two bottles of this as part of a mixed case and both disappeared in fairly short order.

I'll be honest - I'm a sucker for anything cherry flavoured, and put a good kriek (eg. Lindemanns, Timmermanns) in front of me and I'll drink it until my brain dissolves. Kasteel Rouge is a totally different animal - the smell of slightly tart cherries is utterly divine and, unlike a lot of beers, it tastes as good as it smells. Given that the Rouge weighs in at 8% ABV this may or may not be a bad thing.

The flavour seems to be a bit divisive - you either love it or loathe it. Me? I love it, and if you like cherry beers then you owe it to yourself to at least try this.

Photo of Phantompbs
4/5  rDev +5%

Not a beer that you slam but one you sip. Cherry notes are prominent and the sweetness is not overbearing. Excellent special occasion beer. Happy I was able to partake.

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like cola, dark yet clear, loose large bubble form a one inch head and quickly subside. The scent is of dark fruits, cherry, raisin and prune-like, very sweet and like the presence, reminiscent of cola.
Taste is near sour citrus up front that quickly subsides to a beautiful black cherry lingering finish. Near impossible to detect the 8% alcohol unless you wait patiently before sipping again and you will feel a little heat. This is masterfully balanced with a carbonation just lively enough to carry the fruit flavors over the palette. It's truly like a soft drink, maybe a dark alternative to a summertime beer.
I believe this is a bit underrated previously and would certainly recommend to anyone with a sweet tooth for their beers and very welcome surprise.

Photo of Vet
2/5  rDev -47.5%

Well, that is yuck!

Photo of mactrail
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This seems to be a beer you either love, or don't. I think it's an outstanding fruit beer and a great example of the softer side of Belgian brewing. On tap at The Public House in La Jolla.

This has the most delicious cherry flavor with a heavenly scent of cherries. It's so much better than the Lindeman's fruit beers. Bad cherry extract is such a wretched thing, that you should taste this so see how good cherry can taste in a beverage.

This is so deeply fruity with a nice touch of sweetness, but balanced by the tart finish. Rich but light bodied. Attractive red amber color with a fine-grained and long-lasting foam. Zingy on the tongue with just a nice acidity, like real fruit.

Photo of KFBR392
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%

Bottled 10/17/2012

Appearance: Pours with a finger of large bubbly head which dissipated quickly to the edges of the glass. Active carbonation is very low. Dark ruby red color.

Smell: Robust cherry syrup sweetness blitz on the front. There is some caramel malt notes with a touch of toffee underneath the cherries but it is very subtle. There are touches of some cherry tartness but overall this aroma has a sweet profile.

Taste: More of a authentic sweetness with lingering tartness on the front of the cherry profile. Syrupy notes being to set in on the body. Some brown ale notes open up on the back end of the body as well with accents of caramel, roasted nuts, and sticky malts. Cherries linger into the finish with some slight medicinal flavors.

Mouthfeel: Rich, syrupy, light tartness, and minimal carbonation bring plenty for the palate to deal with.

Overall: Plenty of cherries but enough of everything else to keep the drinker occupied. The light tartness really adds some authentic flavors which keep this from being overly sweet.

Photo of BonzoBall
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Flavour not to my liking.

Photo of HeightsEats
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Wasn't expecting that much but was pleasantly surprised. Aroma is a biscuit and cherries. The flavor is full-bodied with a nice cherry sour element. Extremely well-balanced with the 8% ABV thoroughly hidden. The beer flavor is subtle but definitely present with a faint hop element in the aftertaste. You have to enjoy cherries to appreciate this beer, but it's outstanding if that's what you're looking for.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%

Bottle from World of Beer as a carryout. Pours dark, deep red colored with a finger of pink head that recedes quickly. Cherry boquet off the top of this one , slightly tart but mostly black sweet ones, a bit of cranberry note, very fruity and not much else going on, though it's nice if you're a fan of cherries. Flavor is a big punch of black cherries, not much in the way of hops or malt or yeast or sourness here. Basically black cherry juice with some carbonation. Nevertheless, this isn't extremely overly sweet and is somewhat pleasant as a dessert beer. Medium bodied with plus carbonation that keeps things from being super syrupy. Overall worth having if in the mood for cherries. The thing that sticks out to me here is that it comes with huge black cherry flavor, but without the medicinal cough syrup notes that can often be associated with that.

Photo of cambabeer
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%

No... not really for me. The huge raspberry flavor in the aroma and taste really come across as more "cough syrup" like than anything. Not very drinkable, had to sip slowly. There's not a whole lot to this beer other than that fruity flavor that overpowers everything else. A little alcohol bitterness and some metallic aftertaste.

Photo of gtermi
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%

The beer pours a dark reddish brown body, has a delicious cherry smell and the flavor is of strong cherry syrup. Very solid beer, but hard to drink a lot of this at once.

Photo of Trillessa
4.74/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am new at reviewing beers, so I am not the most familiar with all the standard categories, but I loved this beer. It was the perfect blend of tart and sweetness for my tastes. It makes me think of IBC Black Cherry soda, which I love!!
If you like fruity beers and are not in to hoppy beers, you might find this very yummy.

Photo of pweis909
2.92/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The best thing I can say is that ounce for ounce, it is cheaper than cherry cough medicine. The cherry is cloyingly sweet. There is a light tartness that is insufficient for balancing sweetness. There is a bitter medicinal aftertaste. Is this sweetness artificial? Is that where the bitterness is coming from? Disappointing

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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.