Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 904
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 30
Gots: 99 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

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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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 oberon
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Something I picked for me and the wife to enjoy today and I have to say I really impressed with this cherry infused beer.Poured into a small tulip glass a mauve maroon color with a large blooming pink head that clung nicely to the glass as it settled slowly.Wow the mix of sweet and tart is almost candy-like well like a sweet tart,neither overpowers the other.A dessert beer to behold but not wimpy afterall it is 8%alc. but the candied sweetness along with somewaht lactic tartness in the finish just makes you wanna drink more its almost addicting.Fruit infused beers when done right are awesome and this along with Founders Rubeus may be my two favorite,take it for what it is and you will thoroughly enjoy it.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brasserie V.

At first glance and aroma I am anticipating some kind of Rodenbach like experience but this beer has neither the body nor the high sugar content of a Rodenbach. On the other hand Kasteel Rouge doesn't have the acidity or level of tart/sour qualities that would be found most lambics. So what is it? I'm not sure but it is pretty good.

It comes to me a pinkish red body with plenty of sparkles and a fat pink head. Solid retention. It immediately begins attracting glances from all the women in the bar. This is one of those beers that once one person orders, everyone orders. It looks pretty and yet, I don't feel too silly drinking it as it is served in a big manly chalice.

The aroma is all sweet candied sugar fruits and tart cherries. There may be hints of a brown ale base but they are light at best.

The body strikes me as surprisingly light and bright. This is a refreshing beer and not as sugary as I expected. Still, the tart cherry notes do not go unbalanced. It's really quite nice with bountiful fruit flavor.

Drinkability is modest. Kasteel Rouge makes a fine desert beer and one chalice goes down nicely. Then again, I'm not sure I would want to drink too many of these.

Photo of punkindrublic50
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Available on tap and bottled at Capone's. Initially tried in a sampler set with some pretty heavy duty stouts and IPAs, in which setting it proved to be a quite tasty refreshing cherry beer. It wasn't until several days later when I was drinking the bottle I picked up that I realized what was wrong with it: while being good it more closely resembled carbonated cherry juice rather than of a beer. Very good cherry juice to say the least, nice sweet smell, never cloyed, slightly syrupy but with more than enough carbonation to compensate, but still... I would highly recommend this beer in small quantities as a quick refresher in between tasting some deep stouts or porters, but never in quantity and NEVER as a standalone bottle.

Photo of brownbeer
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2007

Pours deep red with a fizzy reddish-brown head. The overall color is a bit muddy though.

Aroma blasts forth with cherry. A little medicinal and laffy taffy-ish but good overall.

Flavor is like a cherry candy or bubblegum. Some alcohol comes through and there may be an off flavor due to the age, i'm not sure. Could be compared to cough syrup if one inclined but the mouthfeel isn't really syrupy.

Pretty tasty, probably better fresh.

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, bottled on 11/27/07 - cork dated 3/08. Pours a murky brownish red (almost plum) with a very small fizzy head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is subdued - sweet cherries and musty wood.

The flavor is sweet sugary cherries with some tart sourness in the finish. There's some woody malt balance, but the sweetness is a bit cloying. The mouthfeel is medium to full with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, a nice fruit beer. Reminds me a lot of a poor man's New Glarus Belgian Red. It's overly sweet and cloying and needs more balance. I remember liking this a little more on tap.

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stubby bottle pours a clear ruby body with a small and fleeting pink head. Speckles of lace cling to the sides of the goblet. Aroma is sweet black cherries and some earthy yeast. Light medium body has a restrained carbonation. Taste is sweet and tart cherry, almost candy-like. The cherry overwhelms the subdued malt and hops presence. The 8% abv is not noticed. If you like sweet and tart cherries you will enjoy this one.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short and stubby Belgian style bottle, pours rich reddish amber, cough syrup style. Pungent cherry nose, quickly departing red hued head and then leaving next to no lace. Sweet, sour, tart, pleasantly fruity, with notes of cherry, raspberry, cough syrup. Layers of dense, pungent and intense fruit. Nice stuff. Well worth a try. Would be nice with a chocolate and/or fruity dessert.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, burgundy, no head

Smell: cherries, sweet and sour, some currents

Taste: very cherry

Mouthfeel: a sour start, then it gets sweeter with a sour lingering finish. very crisp, medium body

Drinkability: For a fruit beer, this is awesome. While it tastes cherry, it still feels like beer. I will certainly seek this one out again.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-purple color with a small white head. The aroma is unmistakable. I get a ton of cherries with nothing else. While the aroma is one dimensional, the cherries are well done. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of sweet cherries and maybe a little bit of some caramel or toffee malt. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. If you like cherries, you may like this beer. If you don't like them, this is not the beer for you.

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Kasteel chalet.

Appearance: Dark ruby red with nice light pink head.

Smell: Cherries, cherries, cherries. More maraschino-like than expected. Some light spiciness.

Taste: Once again, this is about the cherries. Very sweet and maraschino at first, along with some malt depth, but the cherries have a slight tart cast at the finish. Some light spiciness at the finish as well.

Feel: Full, sticky body with low carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and tart despite the mostly sweet taste.

Overall: It delivers what was promised. Liquid dessert.

Photo of khillje
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Beautiful deep red colour. Hardly any retention and just a slight bit of lacing. Light pink colour to the head.

Nose - Smells of black cherries and apple cider. Sweet and possibly slightly sour.

Taste - Quite sweet. Tastes like a cherry champagne with malty after notes. Not very sour and doesn't taste much like a beer.

Mouth Feel - Very sharp carbonation that steals some maltiness. The taste lingers into a slightly cherry-like alkaline finish.

Overall - Very drinkable but unfortunately doesn't taste very beer-like. This isn't a negative, just different than anticipated. Tasted a little 'fake' but still enjoyable if you want to try something different. Would be a great champagne replacement if you want to keep some manly dignity at a celebration.

It's not going to drink itself! Try it!!


Photo of jcdiflorio
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz stubby brown fire plug looking bottle poured into a Chimay chalice,poured a mirky reddish color with a creme colored hue,a 1" creamy white head with a pinkish tint to it. The head fell a bit quick leaving a bit of creamy lace lots of tiny bubbles quickly rising with no stringing. Sort of soda looking.

Smells like cherry ice creme about the best way i could describe it. Has some yeasty doughyness also. Sweet candy-like,yet pleasing enough.

A big strong sour tart cherry taste,very desert-like. Doesn't remind me of beer,yet not offensive,i kind of like it. Sweet sugary upfront with the sour tart cherry taste midway and through the finish with a sweet tart taste lingering. Not syrupy like a lot of fruit beers,has a slight doughy yeasty taste to it, has a bit of a champagne like mouthfeel.Goes down easily the alcohol is pretty well hidden with a very slight touch of heat. Not a beer i could drink more than a couple of,but does go down quite easily. More like a desert beer. If you like cherrie this is the beer for you. Lots of cherry to this beer,yet not to overpowering.

Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Deep, ruby red with a thin pink head. Dots of lacing down the glass.

Bursting, vibrant aroma of authentic, sweet, plump cherries. Lovely.

Flavor is more of the same. The cherry flavor is both sweet and tart, but either way it's reminiscent of fresh, plump cherries.

Crisp, medium body, finishes dry. Quite lovely. Incredibly drinkable.

A delicious cherry beer.

Photo of boatshoes
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the BBF and remembered being impressed with it at the time of drinking. However, thought I better give it another shot out of the bottle given my slight inebriation during the first experience. Picked up a bottle at the New Beer Distributors in NYC.

Appearance- Pours a very dark cherry red with about a finger of fizzy pink head sitting on top. You can see the cherries in this one from the shade of the color if that makes any sense. Nice looking and would have scored even higher, except that the fizziness of the head almost makes it look like soda-pop.

Smell- Smells intensely of cherries. Not particularly an artificial smell like you might come across in St. Louis or Lindemans but not really the completely authentic cherry smell you get out of a New Glarus Wis. Belgian Red either. So, comes across pretty good on the whole. Apart from the cherries, there is also a very noticeable sweet malt background peeking through.

Taste- Tastes very heavy of a slightly artificial cherry with even more of the sweet malt backbone coming through as well. Almost tastes like a chocolate covered cherry as a result. Interesting, more so than many beers of this variety, but very very sweet after even half a glass.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Didn't like the mouthfeel too much on this one. Slick but at the same time prickly with carbonation. Made it kinda bite into the tongue. Drinkability not too great either given the mouthfeel and the aforementioned sweetness.

Overall, didn't like this one that much the second time though. Scores okay marks for being better than a Lindemans with a more interesting and complex flavor but very much too sweet in the end.

Photo of Libationguy
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red with amber hues. Pink 1-finger head to medium- retention.

Cherry cough drops, kirsch, bubblegum, medicinal feel to the nose. Aromatics are very aggressive.

Tart cherry, cough drops, sweet tarts, candied and medicinal. Funky and disjointed in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied, synthetic candied mouthfeel. A little cloying on the finish.

Photo of Soonami
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy Cherries. This is a very fruity beer with strong cherry flavor, and ample cherry taste. I have had this beer both on tap and in an aged bottle and I think the beer in a bottle is better. The cherry sweetness subsides a bit over time, which marries better with the beer over time and allows for some complexity to come through without being overwhelming. It's good to have a small pour, but anything more than 8 or 10 ounces would be too much.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty cool ruby red and light brown appearance. The type that makes diet beer drinkers think you are drinking something wussy, even though it is about twice as strong as what they have. Almost no head though on this red liquid.

Aroma is very, very sweet cherries.

Taste just hits you over the head with cherry flavor, its very sweet, hardly, if not at all tart. Brown sugar. Hides the alcohol pretty well. Really hard to describe anything being of any malt or hop descriptor.

This one is more of a dessert beer than something you can drink a few of at the game. If you don't like cherries, this one is going to piss you off. Seriously, if the idea of a cherry lifesaver roll, melted down with 8% abv sounds gross, stay away from this beer. Me, I'm kinda in the middle, its a neat beer, but a little tiresome beyond 4oz.

On tap at Cheeky Monk, Denver, CO

Review #2300. Kind of like how when you were 18, you thought you'd be dead by the time you were 30. . .

Photo of OStrungT
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a ruby red color with a thin reddish head. The head fades fast, leaving a small amount of lace.

This beer has a black cherry aroma. It smells very nice and sweet. It has a slight tart aroma. The fruit aroma dominates.

This beer tastes very much like it smells. Black cherries mostly. It smells slightly tart, and sweet. Really nothing else.

This beer leaves a black cherry aftertaste. It is low on carbonation.

This beer would probably make a decent session beer. The flavor, while different, is not bad, or overwhelming. The ABV might be a little high.

Overall: I love this beer. What more can I say?

Photo of jeonseh
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has this on tap at FFF Brewpub because when I went they didn't have any FFF beers I have never had. Served in the Kasteel Goblet; Also did not notice this at the time but this is y 50th review! whoo!

A - just the color I'd expect from a cheery beer. It was a dark, black cherry color with a clear sheen to it. No cloudiness at all to this; actually a bit reflective. Very attractive looking. A small head that reminded me of the color of the foam of grape soda or maybe even Jones black cherry soda.

S - lots of tart cherries coming off; smells of the fresh cherries that one would get from the grocery store. Also reminds me a bit of the smell of the cherry syrup that one would put into a Coke or something. That syrupy aspect takes away abit from the tart cherry aspect. Not too fragrant either.

T a sharp, tart cherry taste is the main taste profile. Really the taste one would expect from a cherry beer. Has a bit of a sweet and wheat undertones as well that adds a bit of complexity to the beer. Reminds me a bit of bitting into a fresh cherry. The tartness is rather pronounced as it almost makes your mouth pucker and there is also a hit of a lemony citrus in there as well.

MF- this is the aspect of the beer that really makes me feel like I'm drinking a soda more than my beer. A very light, watery mouthfeel and very highly carbonated as well. the carbonation does seem to go well with the tartness but the light body is almost too light but does this turn this beer into one that you can just suck down because it does not really feel like you are drinking anything.

D - hmm overall I like the flavor of this beer but the tartness is just becoming too much. I drink this without any food and I think that on the whole that this is a beer that should only be drank with food. It would also make a good reduction sauce since it is rather flavorful. I think it would go well with a duck or a pork on the whole. Def on that needs paired though and would not really want to drink one alone again.

Photo of glid02
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a cloudy ruby color with a one-finger pink head. The head sticks around for a while then recedes into a thin pancake on top with decent lacing.

Smells like a Sweetart - tons of sweet and sour cherry overpower everything else.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The sweetness is too much for me - it reminds me of something Smirnoff or Mike's would put out to attract women.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and active carbonation and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is not good - at least for me. It's just too sweet and stretches the definition of beer for me.

Overall I think people might enjoy this if they're a big fan of fruit beers, but again, I can't handle it. Caveat Emptor.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass
bottles 2011/10/27
A- This beer pours a dark dense brown beer that glows a deep red at the base of the glass. There is a thin red hued thick ring of foam that soon fades.

S- The full aroma of cherry lozengers is bright and juicy but a bit like cola syrup. I can't pull out any malt, or hop qualities

T- The full bright cherry syrup is sweet and in your face but no cloying. The sweet cherry juicy flavor lingers after each sip.

M- Medium mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The cherry flavor is big and sweet and there are no other flavors to cut it down. There isn't any depth and it is a bit like drinking liquid candy. It was pretty hard to get through the bottle.

Photo of dac
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Sierra Madre.

Dark red with a frothy pink tinged head. Good lace

Fruity Belgian aromas, slight cherry cough syrup aroma.

Malt and sugar flaovrs with esters from Belgian yeast strain. Cherry flavors are noticable and stick on the tounge. Not sour like a kriek, and in my opinion could use some sourness to balance all of the sugar and fruit. Almost comes off as a strong Belgian ale with Robitussin.

Full bodied, syrupy. Beomes a bit cloying like too much candy towards the end of the glass. Needs sour sourness or a bigger alcohol kick to make it worthwhile.

I usually enjoy big full bodied malty sweet beers. This one has some good qualities but just doesn't quite hit the spot for me.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kasteel Rouge

A- Deep purply red with a small non lacing head.
S- Sweet sugary grapes with a sour raspberry cherry nose.
T- Huge sweet plum and berry (raspberry) with an even more, sour cherry and red wine grape body and finish.
M- Very sweet and fruity. Much like a red wine. Big dry tart grapes. Slight tart vinegary feel as well.

Overall- Too fruity, too much like red wine.

Photo of bsoakley
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the first time i tried this beer, it was not a pleasant experience. i had had their donker and when someone handed this to me and said it was kasteel i just took a big gulp and...uggg! but uggg in a way when you are biting into a peanutbutter sandwich and you expect that creamy sweetness and you suddenly realize that you have the wrong sandwich, that you in fact have a liverwurst sandwich. so lets not take kasteel as uggg, but rather understand that was my first reaction whilest anticipating a total different sensation. now that i have sat down with this beer a few times and have known what to expect i will admit that its grown on me considerably.

serve on tap into a snifter. color is a nice amber red with a lite pink froth on top. lacing around the glass is nice. the smell is of rich cherries with (i hate to say this) a hawaiin punch familiarity(which i like). the taste is sweet, again with cherries but you also get this crazy mouth feel of sugar, coating your teeth, drilling cavaties. rich in taste but lite in weight. you could certainly drink several of these if you can get past the sweetness which i feel once that you get half way thru the glass you are so use to it that you just are anxious to get to the next or perhaps i am just showing symptoms of early diabetes.

i also have enjoyed doing a black and tan of sorts with this beer. mixing it with old rasputin imperial stout, floating it. its not an easy task. i call it THE AMBER SPIDER. its amazing like eating a chocolate covered cherry. the combination of the two beers also creates a really nice head on the rasputin. makes it a bit more creamy. i had two last night!

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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 904 ratings.