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Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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749 Ratings
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Ratings: 749
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 17
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

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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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-02-2012 23:15:59 | More by JessyCF
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

12-09-2007 22:40:46 | More by oberon
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

03-25-2008 20:00:23 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of punkindrublic50

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

06-18-2008 04:53:50 | More by punkindrublic50
Photo of brownbeer


4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

12-27-2009 18:02:59 | More by brownbeer
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

07-11-2014 03:14:18 | More by Tiernan
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1/5  rDev -73.6%

12-24-2011 22:50:50 | More by Marc33
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

08-15-2012 05:23:34 | More by danthehopslamman
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

09-09-2012 04:32:04 | More by heddar33
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

10-08-2012 01:29:27 | More by DWolf
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

02-24-2010 06:13:20 | More by Beaver13
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Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

08-14-2014 15:25:15 | More by Doomcifer
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

12-14-2007 18:14:05 | More by merlin48
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5%

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.

10-26-2008 00:59:24 | More by Billolick
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-10-2012 01:37:31 | More by Guinnsslvr
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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

03-27-2009 14:57:50 | More by tigg924
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-22-2013 01:19:18 | More by aquazr1
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

07-21-2011 01:48:29 | More by Mora2000
Photo of bsp77


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

04-05-2013 19:32:26 | More by bsp77
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-28-2013 16:51:32 | More by ant1
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

06-25-2014 03:39:12 | More by Flightsfull
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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

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!!


02-02-2010 21:06:13 | More by khillje
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West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

10-02-2008 03:04:12 | More by jcdiflorio
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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%


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.

09-26-2011 18:57:23 | More by ehammond1
Photo of boatshoes


3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

11-03-2009 23:26:36 | More by boatshoes
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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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