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Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 16.62%

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 Boto


4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Sharpedge Creekhouse: Served in a great Kasteel Chalice. This one pours a dark ruby tinged brown color. There was a wisp of a tan head that left some lacing. It has a nice nose. Some cherries, and some sweet caramel malts. Some other fruits hiding down in there. The flavor is very nice. Cherries on top. A hint of tingling on the tongue. Good malt body, with some sweetness. A touch of chocolate also. I wouldn’t sit down and drink a lot of these, but I would definitely have it again!

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 13:30:44 | More by Boto
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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 19:32:26 | More by bsp77
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3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
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. . .

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 23:05:34 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Having on draft at Jimmy the Greeks in OOB, ME.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger pink head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a crimson/mahogany color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Cherry and bready malts

Taste: Super strong cherry flavor, tart, and maltiness. Some bready notes too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a bit chewy.

Overall: Nice sweet and tart notes. Some sour notes and oak flavors too.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 01:58:17 | More by Flounder57
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4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This fine beverage has a look that is not altogether inspiring. Upon reflection, its color seems closest to menstrual blood.

However, chilled to the right temperature and guzzled on a hot day, it is a massive restorative. It is a mind-stretching pick-me-up. You will see the world through new eyes, or rather, ruby-tinted lenses.

This sweet beer (?) is a true discovery. It tastes nothing like you'd expect. Its main theme is that of sour cherries. For those who despise sweet beers -- since sweetness to them represents something emasculated, feminine, and pathetic -- this will surely fall victim to their prejudice. But for those who don't mind sweetness per se, there is a breathtaking transparency to its sweetness: it is not sickly or cloying. With the sour cherries it is bracing and utterly unique.

One overlooked aspect to this drink is that it is a MASSIVE HIT WITH THE LADIES. Again, this might disqualify it from consideration for beer graybeards-in-training. But if you want to rock your girl with a deceptive alcohol content and give her a drink that she will crave, and keep asking for more, then look no further than Kasteel Rouge. How well it masks the taste of rufies I don't know yet. But there is a significant chance that with Kasteel Rouge you won't need them at all.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 05:46:22 | More by amendt
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Draft House. Served in a chalice.

A - dark amber with a thin layer of brownish head

S - warm with a hint of alcohol, strong black cherries, some faint malt, just a hint of medicinal syrup

T - sweet cherries, a bit tart, faint medicinal notes, a hint of yeast, some dark malts, alcohol as the beer warms

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a pretty decent fruit beer. The malt provides a nice balance to the tart, sweet cherries. All of the flavors mesh quite well. The alcohol is noticeable, but adds warmth and body and doesn't take away from the flavor. The slight medicinal note is really the only off-putting part of this one and even then it's faint and almost negligible. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2012 07:59:46 | More by tdm168
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cheeky Monk in Denver. Pours dark amber with a short-lived white head and much lacing. Strong aroma is of cherries. Body is full and smooth. Taste is mostly sour cherry, caramel malt and candy sugar. Finish is long and sweet. This brew is too sweet for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 14:56:25 | More by mikeg67
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a dark ruby red with a two finger slight pink head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, fruit, and cherry cough syrup. The flavor was of sweet malt, big cherry, subtle cream, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The cherry coming off of this one in both the aroma and flavor were rather intense. On the aroma it seriously reminded of cherry cough syrup that I had when I was feeling bad as a child. However, this did taste MUCH better. There was a nice cream note going on to help balance out the cherry sweetness, but it was a case of too little too late. A very sweet finish to my day, but I could see this one opening up quite a few people to this style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 15:15:06 | More by thagr81us
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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great beer. pours deep dark mahogany in color with a lasting quarter inch bubbly tan head into one of the coolest beer specific glasses ive ever seen. smells like cherry jolly ranchers, a bit artificial on the fruit front, very sugary, with plenty of red and caramel malts in there as well. flavor is also very jolly rancher-like, tart and sweet, tons of cherries. more of a jellied or candied cherry flavor than a fresh cherry, but it works well in this beer. the belgian yeast compliments it very nicely. mouthfeel is pretty solid, lots of carbonation and a somewhat bigger than medium body. not sure id drink these all night, but it was a nice beer to try once, especially on tap. the cherry in this is unlike the cherry in any other beer ive had. definitely check this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 15:27:57 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Fountainhead in Chicago. I dig the glass it comes in with the little castle at the base of the stem! Beautiful deep red with a weak head but a nice burnt sugar/cherry nose. The taste is really well balanced--you can appreciate the bitter brown ale beneath, but the sweet cherry holds center stage. Slightly sugary mouthfeel but well-carbonated, and I found that it got a wee bit medicinal as I neared the end of the glass.

I think I would give a slight edge to New Belgium's Frambozen taste-wise because that's more tart, while this is more sweet, but this is still one of my favorite beer styles and I would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 17:54:34 | More by lstokes
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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This almost doesn't look like a beer at first glance...dark red, good carbonation but very little/no head. Honestly reminds me of what cherry Juicy Juice looks like, only with carbonation. Very acceptable appearance for the style, though I would have liked to see a bit more head retention/lacing. Aroma is a bit boozy with a strong cherry smell. Taste is slightly bitter, but not overly so. Cherries really come through; I prefer to drink this brew chilled as I feel the booze/cherry/tartness is more balanced...once warm I've found this beer to have too much tartness to it in taste. It's never unpleasant, but again, in my experience it is best served chilled.

Not a particularly thick or thin beer, and it can really be dangerously drinkable at times. For my female friends who "hate beer"...this is always the beer I recommend. The fruitiness is certainly enjoyable...it's hard to remember that this is actually a brown ale (with cherry juice added)!

Overall, this is an enjoyable brew that I will likely imbibe in time and time again. I've been known to tailgate with it...using the proper glassware.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 19:31:32 | More by MsRif
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Kasteel glass was actually pretty cool, but on to the beer.

Beer had no lacing and no head to speak of. Was a translucent dark pink, like the color of cherry juice.

The smell was very sweet, like sweetened cherry juice. Maybe some sherry.

The taste was the most impressive aspect. It tastes as sweet as it smells, but not in a bad way. That sweetened cherry juice is definitely there, but its offset by a boozy characteristic as it warms.

Very light body, and the sweet fruit really disappears as fast as juice flavor does.

Thats really it. Kind of a one dimensional beer, but in a decent way.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 19:27:36 | More by VncentLIFE
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3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown with red hues. thin head.

S: Candy, cherry and raspberry (mostly dark fruit)

T: Mostly sour cherry with a sweet sugary finish. Typical fruit beer without the complexity I was looking for.

M: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: You have to appreciate the style to appreciate the beer. Russian River obviously have done well in this genre and therefore I tend to compare my Fruit beers to them. This one was good, not too offensive.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 02:12:39 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of MoustacheHero


4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft, in a Kasteel Chalice.

A: Blood red with a frothy pink head. A real eye catcher.

S: Pure cherry juice aroma.

T: CHERRY! I was surprised how it was a pure cherry flavor without being overly sugary or sour.

M: A thick, juicy and fresh mouthfeel. The polar opposite of dry.

O: A real delight overall. You can keep the cherry pie, I'll just drink this for desert.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 00:18:04 | More by MoustacheHero
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3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from one of Papago’s many taps, poured into a tulip.

Deep maroon. Some clarity and cranberry highlights emerge when held to a light. The frothy one-finger head recedes to a silky thin top layer as I wait for it to warm a bit, leaving behind thick arches of lace.

Cherry jolly ranchers! The fruit smells a little artificial, but I still like it. Sweet maraschino mixed with the tartness of raspberry and hints of vinegar. Smooth and sweet and packed with cherries.

Cherry jolly ranchers again in the flavor. This beer brings me back! Starts with a sweet/tart blend of cherry and raspberry before a background of dark, bready malt. Some unexpected bitterness moves in after the swallow. The flavor seems like it will deliver a tart, flavorful blast, but it never really materializes.

Moderately fizzy carbonation amidst a soft medium body. Bubbles spring from the beer in small amounts as I move it around. Not too tart, but toeing the edge of being too sweet.

Decently flavored, though I would bet the fruit in here is artificial. Fake cherries are fake tasting. Not that I’m complaining too much — I always did like the cherry JRs the most.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 22:41:38 | More by Phelps
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

I've had this on tap, in 750ml bottles and in regular bottles. It is not a red ale, but a dandy kriek-like fruit beer. Just like a kriek, this is good if you like strong beer with an explosion of thick cherry flavor. I have officially TWICE made the mistake of ordering this thinking it was a red ale, in my previous naivety.

Pours a dark reddish-brown, nearly opaque, with a healthy pinkish finger of head that recedes rather quickly. Strong cherries in the aroma, overcomes just about all else except maybe a tinge of alcohol. Sweet and sour cherries right up front in the taste, tart, and smooth malts in the background; almost no hops noticeable. Medium bodied but a very thick and syrupy mouthfeel, and decent carbonation. Very drinkable, but it will destroy your palate if you start with it...wait until after dinner or to the end of your drinking session to imbibe this dandy quaff.

Of note: this is my wife's favorite beer, and I always keep 750s in stock.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 16:36:16 | More by Rifugium
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap this afternoon at The Wynkoop Brewing Company. Pours a nice reddish brown color with a very quickly dissipating head. Aromas of tart cherries and a little sourness. Light bodied, tart and crisp, with flavors of tart cherries and sweet malt.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2011 02:09:21 | More by emmasdad
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2.53/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Rose Alley in New Bedford, MA

Appearance: Clear dark red hue. Minimal head with no retention. Highly carbonated. No lacing.

Smell: Cherries mixed in Dr. Pepper. Very fruity. Nothing much else going on.

Taste: Dr. Pepper with a hint of Robitussin upon the arrival.
Highly carbonated like the soda. Simple.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Ending notes: I'm not sure if I got the bottom of the barrel, but this beer didn't taste like a beer at all. I was unimpressed despite the positive feedback I've heard while working in a liquor store. A good beer for girls that like Dr. Pepper. Eh..

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 05:25:53 | More by jboucher
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New York

1.05/5  rDev -72.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the worst tasting beer I have ever had. Made with Sour Cherries?!?! Who had that bright idea. I guess if you like cherries, or cough syrup, this beer might be for you. On top of the horrid taste, it is a very low carbonated beer, making it even less appetizing.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2010 17:34:34 | More by dgthompson
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4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kasteel rouge strong cherry beer made with sour cherry and cherry liquor; description says it's the liqueur in Mon Cheri candies. Blood red to ruby with an inch of pink-towards-lavender head that dissipates slowly, leaving a fine film even after 20 minutes.

Strong cherry flavor; deep sweetness and fresh and preserved fruit flavors both like a cherry wine with a head and like a liqueur without the medicinal syrup of a cheap kreik. An excellent alternative and boundary pusher; it made my wife very happy and allowed me to linger at Three Floyds long after our meals were finished. A little sweet and thick to be truly "drinkable" but also certainly worth a taste if you know what you are getting.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2010 15:25:18 | More by salvo
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3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught at Papago Brewing Company, Scottsdale, AZ

Impressive appearance; dark, blood/ruby red color with a thin, pink head.

Aroma is intense with cherry being the predominant feature.

Taste is bold, yet smooth; a definite cherry soda impression, yet not as sweet. I did not detect the "artificial cherry" flavor noted by other reviewers. - I adore fresh cherries in season, and this brew reminded me of such natural essence.

Mouthfeel is quite satisfying. As others have noted, this would pair nicely with dark chocolate. This is an excellent dessert beer, in my opinion.

I am not partial to fruit beers, as a rule, but this one hit my sweet spot, so to speak.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 05:26:34 | More by NWFLyer
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4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I initially had this on tap and it so impressed me that I went directly out and got a bottle of it to take to the wife. It's the cherry bomb beer in the best way I can imagine. It's color is dark red with just a hint of the Flemish brown beer underneath. Even the head is pink! The nose is cherry cherry cherry but not the chemical smell that others have mentioned. I smells more like a liquid cherry pie than anything else. The taste is again cherry, sweet and sour with the tang from the Flemish brown ale rounding things out. There is malt and fruit in lovely harmony. There is a full mouth feel with light carbonation. This is a dessert beer no doubt. It's smooth and fruity and yummy but a small snifter is all you need. A 750ml will easily satisfy 4-6 people along with a sliver of a dense chocolate torte. I keep a bottle on hand for just such an occasion.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 23:54:45 | More by bunnyman
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 22:35:41 | More by curiamagna
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, this came in one of the coolest goblets ever, with a representation of what I am assuming is the brewery molded into the long square stem. The beer itself was dark as black sweet cherries with a deep pink head that was very foamy and fizzy. The head eventually settled into a pink collar that left no lace at all. The aroma was incredibly fragrant and full of tart cherry deliciousness. I was hungry when I drank this and it actually made my mouth water. Though the smell was dominated by tart cherry, it was very sweet overall, and seemed a tad artificial, more like store bought cherry pie filling than my mom's homemade Michigan tart cherry pie. The flavor was quite well balanced with tons of sugary sweetness, but also a good amount of tartness to keep it from getting out of control. Rich tart cherry flavor ruled the day, but all that sweetness also produced juicy dark sweet cherry flavors that melded with brown sugar notes. I am starting to think this would be an amazing dessert beer. The body is medium, and it somehow manages to stay quite smooth even in the finish, with just a bit of stickiness. This was a surprise with all the sweetness it had going on. It had the perfect amount of carbonation, so perhaps that helped. Though this is a very well made beer, it is perhaps a bit sweet to be extremely drinkable, though compared to its contemporaries, it holds up pretty well in that department. I just realized this is an 8% beer, something I had no idea of when drinking it. I think I will have to raise the drinkability score. Chalk this one up as being surprisingly enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 13:11:20 | More by zoso1967
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Opaque red in color, not much of any head with no lacing.

S - Mostly cranberries, with some cherry notes.

T - Follows the nose, with more cherry flavoring coming through. Very tart on the finish.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, finishes nice and crisp.

D - This was my first fruit/veggie beer, and I didn't really know what to expect. Overall, it was good for one serving, but I wouldn't get another. By the end, it was just too sweet for me. The alcohol was well hidden, and I couldn't get a hint of it at all. It felt like I was drinking cranberry juice.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 22:11:35 | More by garuda
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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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