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Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Reviews: 376
Hads: 942
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 25.53%
Wants: 33
Gots: 118 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml, squat stubbie bottle - wow, another brew from this outfit that contains Stevia sweetener.

This beer pours a clear, dark magenta-brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy pink-tinged white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying, ebbing lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of strong cherry cough drops/syrup, a further free-range sugary sweetness, subtle caramel malt, a bit of other muddled black orchard fruit, and a hint of metallic warming alcohol. The taste is bready caramel malt, somewhat tart candied cherry, suggestions of more dark fleshy fruit, a masked earthy mustiness, some faintly spicy yeast, and a very subtle leafy, weedy bitterness.

The bubbles are pretty testy in their far-reaching fizzy and frothy overtones, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, but in an over-sugared crystal fruit drink manner - a little gritty and pithy. It finishes sweet, but not egregiously so - the tartness and an indistinct bitterness keeping things from going totally off the rails.

Yeah, there's a certain off-putting artificial flavour permeating this offering, which hinders the cherry syrup character, and almost obliterates the subtleties of the Quadrupel base. Not too hard to drink, I suppose, but I'm starting to get more and more wary, for some reason, come bottoms up.

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Photo of drmeto
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-dominated by cherry flavour
-fairly big currant note
-good hoppy note
-nice malt backbone
-well carbonated
-cherry,mildly hoppy finish

A little too sweet,otherwise a very good beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Pours reddish brown under a 1” foam collar. Spicy cherry aromas with some dark malt. Has a Belgian brown ale backbone supporting a hefty dose of tart cherries. The tartness from the cherries balances the brown ale sweetness. Not as tart as a Lambic or Flanders brown or red, but very refresing and drinkable.

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Photo of HipCzech
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Included in the tasting menu at Qui (Austin, TX) alongside semifreddo desert, poured into a desert wine glass. Clear, dark ruby red. Relatively dry, fruity and medicinal. Taste and aroma of cherry Sucrets - in a good way.

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Photo of Trooper92292
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My girlfriend rates this in her top ten. I'm amazed by the natural cherry taste presented in this beer. The two year aging helped the final taste. It's something I want to get again and have. 2-3 years and this beer is at it's peak.

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Photo of justinp444
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dated 2013/11/28, (almost 2 years old), pours a off-white rosy head that quickly dissipates. Smell of cherry (maraschino), lemon, citrus, floral, and a small notes of sweet malt. Taste is much the same with tons of cherry, and sweet malt aftertaste. It wasn't as syrupy or sweet as expected of a fresh bottle and definetly balanced with age. Full mouthfeel, smooth rich body and a nice small crisp ending.

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Photo of brap
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting VERY sweet blend given how tart the Kasteel Triple was I was kind of surprised at how sweet this was. That said it, is tasty if you're in the mood for a kind of shaved ice cherry bomb of a beer. If you're not it's going to be a fruit bomb that will probably disappoint. It happened to suit my particular mood that moment so I loved it. My girlfriend who only likes lambics and really fruity beers also loved it.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells floral initially, like the hand soap in a cheap restroom. Cherry tartness saves it.

Flavor is very sweet, with definite liqueur presence throughout. The cherry character counters nicely with tartness. That aroma is tough to get past. Definitely a guilty pleasure, flavor-wise. Too sweet for a full glass.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours a very dark red with an off white head of foam. ..good lacing.

Smells of wild cherries, much like the cough drops.

Tastes a bit on the sweet side but has that mild sour character to offset that. Even has a bitter side to it.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Goodish brew that, Umm, I don't quite understand why it has to be 8% abv.

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Photo of farmhaus
2.56/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Look: A deep plum color, with some red in the carbonation.
Nose: Cherries. Strong. Luden's cough drops.
Taste: Cloyingly sweet. Syrupy amounts of cherry, berries, and other light, stone fruits.
Feel: Minor body that finishes quite dry.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rouge pours a dark amber color with a small lacing head. There is a huge cherry aroma. The taste has a real cherry taste, dry and bitter aftertaste. Good body good flavors. Overall its very big on the cherry flavors, not too sweet.

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Photo of Liranmov
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks - a deep ruby colored beer with strong redish foam that lasts a while.
Smell - smell of berries and most noticible cherry comes from the beer, which adds to the taste.
Taste - it got a strong cherry flavor mix with some bitter "alcohol" taste due to the high alcohol content.

overall its a good beer but the high alcohol content is very noticible in the taste so avoid if your sensetive to that.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of KJHB
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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.


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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.66/5  rDev +23.9%
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!

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Photo of BDB_Brewing
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of SIRSOG
3/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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

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Photo of carp3tshark
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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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Photo of interzen
5/5  rDev +33%

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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Photo of Phantompbs
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.