Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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85
very good

833 Ratings
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Ratings: 833
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 21
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: KarlHungus on 09-25-2007)
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Photo of BDB_Brewing
4.36/5  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
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

Nice for other people not my type of beer

Photo of SIRSOG
2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
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
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
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
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
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 hakaiya
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.16/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.12/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of carp3tshark
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

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3.6/5  rDev -5%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

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1.68/5  rDev -55.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of interzen
5/5  rDev +31.9%

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.

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4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 833 ratings.