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Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 18
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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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Photo of tomordonez
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell: lots of cherries dark, licorice, a hint of wood.

Tastes: Sweet but not as sweet as lambic, medium carbonation, tart finish, medium density not too watery not too sticky.

Looks: dark red with spots of brown, head becomes a thin layer

Personality: refreshing, you cannot tell the 8%. It’s a sneaky bastard. Get up and you will feel drunk.

Pour: Start pouring low, tilted glass. Finish pouring high to get a reasonable head, about 2 inches. Although the head becomes a thin layer on top and a little clings on the sides. It tastes better at the recommended serving temperature about 40F

Food pair: Drink as a dessert with vanilla ice cream or drink as aperitif. Drinking it will make you hungry.

tomordonez, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Brad007
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Dark ruby red color with reddish one-finger head.

Aroma: Strong and tart, reminiscent of ripe sour cherries. Dominates the overall aroma. I like.

Taste: Sweet and tart at the same time. Strong and delicious. Not overly cloying though. Smooth. Similar to Lindemans Kriek except that it's stronger.

Mouthfeel: A great combination of sweet and tart. Lingers on the mouth.

Verdict: I'd be lying if I didn't say that I loved this beer. It would definitely make a good dessert beer, depending on the dessert entree. I've never rated anything in the category it's in that high but I have to give this high marks for what it is. Feel free to disagree.

Brad007, Feb 22, 2008
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rating #1000 at Ratebeer... wow, this is wonderful stuff... delightfully fruity and clean, with loads of cherries!! .. light purple-red colour .. good lacing .. one of the nicest most enjoyable beers in existence!! .. bottle was Kasteel Rouge, same as Kasteel Kriek...

Onslow, Aug 23, 2008
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Photo of curiamagna
4.95/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am lucky enough to live near a beer bar that has this on tap all the time. The manager told me it's a Belgian brown ale aged with cherries and cherry liqueur (the liquid in those chocolate-covered cherries).

To say that the cherry aroma and taste is "pronounced" would be an understatement - it's in-your-face. If you look hard enough, however, you will find the sour Belgian brown flavor and scent hiding underneath. This and the carbonation prevents it from being cloying and makes Kasteel Rouge a one-of-a-kind experience.

If you know someone who won't drink any beer, find Kasteel Rouge on tap and make them try it and see what happens. If you are a double IPA/RIS fan, give it a try. It may become your guilty pleasure, like it has become mine.

No idea what this like in a bottle. I have one waiting for the right moment.

curiamagna, Aug 10, 2010
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4.93/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the strong cherry nose, I was concerned this was going to be a complete bust of a beer. It ended up being a beer I probably won't purchase again, but I do appreciate it's craftsmanship and character. It could have come across like cherry cough syrup, but instead was more like a sour cherry soda with touches of beer. Be careful though...the higher alcohol is not that noticeable most of the time you are drinking it, so a few minutes after you finish the alcohol sneaks up and says hello!

funkyaudio, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of surlyseth
4.93/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Blue Nile.
A: Deep Purple color. dirty-light-reddish head.
S: Overwhelming black cherries, but not too sweet! Lovely!
T: Delicious! Sweet up front and a little tart on the sides and in the back to keep you coming back for more. Are you sure there's alcohol in this?!?
M: Reminiscient of a black cherry soda. Like a Clearly Canadian or something. Highly carbonated, but very pleasant. Not too syrupy either.
D: I can't wait to get back in there for another.

One of my all-time favorite beers on tap.

Note: Not nearly as good from a bottle!

surlyseth, Dec 02, 2007
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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 789 ratings.