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Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

763 Ratings
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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 17
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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 Sammy
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful cherry red, and perfect cherry in nose that wafts cherry a few feet,cherry lace. Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation, this one is fresh. Tasty,a bit of woodiness, not too tart.Second to New Belgium in authentic and complete taste. Solid real and unique.

Sammy, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

t0rin0, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and lots of dark cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly medicinal cherry flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

acurtis, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yet very dark red in color (opaque when viewed from a distance) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high pink head that gradually died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of cherries are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by flavors of cherries and has a slight bit of sweetness. It's the type of cherry flavor you get with cough medicine (but in a good way).
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate (rather thick considering the style) and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are also some slight hints of tartness.
O: This beer can be considered one dimensional, but it's a nice one to enjoy if you like cherries. This would make for a nice selection if you want something fruity but is a lot heavier compared to a lambic.

metter98, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black cherry with maraschino cherry highlights and a cherry blossom colored crown. Guess what fruit the brewers used in Rouge? The foam is fizzy and crackly to start, then settles down and looks decent in the end. It isn't the least bit sticky, though, and doesn't deposit more than a few sorry looking scraps of lace.

The nose is fruit lambic-like and is bursting with sweet and sour cherries. The sweetness must be due to malt sugars (and possibly candi sugar) because only sour cherries were used. Even though the aroma doesn't give any hints, the base beer is a brown ale.

Rouge tastes like one of those quality fruit lambics that favors sweet over tart and funky. Not that it isn't tart and funky, but sweet holds the upper hand throughout. This big fruity Belgian is surprisingly deep and is dangerously drinkable as well.

On the palate, it's easy to appreciate the brown maltiness of the brown ale. Those flavors stay in the shadows, however, allowing the bold and bright cherry fruit (and juice) to shine like a thousand suns. What they do is add an extra few layers of complexity that pale malt wouldn't have been able to accomplish. The taste score can be explained by the fact that I'm a sucker for well-brewed, sweet beer.

The body/mouthfeel is at least medium, with a slick stickiness due to all the sugars. It's also perfectly bubbled, which helps. There's a sparkly quality that adds energy without being obnoxious about it.

Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck hasn't failed me yet. Kasteel Rouge is a fantastic choice if you like sweet fruit beer that is also deep, rich and complex. This brew is a more than pleasant surprise and is a repeat purchase for sure.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of secret santa: Poured a deep red color ale with a light pink color head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of syrupy cherry with too much of sweet cloying notes. Taste is also dominated by the extremely sweet cherry syrup with some very light malt notes. Full cloying sweet body with some average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Too sweet for my taste buds and too much of the fake cherry syrup comes out for me to enjoy this beer.

Phyl21ca, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm convinced that this brewery could pee in a bottle, cap it, and it would turn out great. They simply can do no wrong. This beer proves it. A burst of tart cherry aromas fill the nose, followed up by a vineous, woodiness, and sharp berry character. The beer looks darker than most fruit lambics, but still take on a red hue, laced well, and held a firm foamstand throughout. Flavors of tart (nearly sour) cherries swirl around a solid malt base to amplify a sweet / savory / wine-like complexity. A firm hop bitterness combines with a sharp astringency to temper the intense fruitiness and sweetness. Alcholols are hardly detectable, but thin the beer for ease in drinking. Finishes with a candy-cherry flavor and a bitey-bitterness. It certainly picks up on a lot of Framboise-type character, but a bit more malty, and less intense sourness might make it prefered.

BEERchitect, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Texasfan549, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

GRG1313, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -34%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
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.

kylehay2004, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark ruby-hued body capped by an inch of pink foam.

Smell: Candy-like nose of sweet-smelling concentrated cherry juice. Jolly Ranchers cooked down into a pot of Kool-Aid where somewhere didn't add nearly enough water.

Taste: Super sweet blend of melted lollipops, Luden's Wild Cherry cough drops, and grenadine. Very light cherry tartness. Some meager perceived hints at actual malts, but it's pretty much straight-up cherries through and through.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit simple with it's delivery of just cherries and jolting sweetness. Me, I'd sooner reach for something a bit more graceful, like New Glarus Belgian Red. Still though, I found it reasonably enjoyable, but I could see many people considering this to be outright cloying.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was great after having a good meal. Opened a bottle of this as a dessert. The pour was a reddish brown color with a good looking head on it. The smell of the cherries were pretty impressive mixed with a little funk and some yeast. The taste of the beer is sweet and has just a bit of tartness to it from the cherries. The mouthfeel is light and pretty refreshing, has a good amount of lively carbonation. Overall I feel that this beer is quite good. Worthy of checking out.

Knapp85, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

oberon, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Kasteel chalice.

Drinking this would be a cherry gig indeed! Ahem. Sorry. It pours a mostly clear ruby topped by over a finger of ecru foam that holds a slight pinkish tinge. The nose comprises more than a healthy contingent of cherries, chased by a slight medicinal quality. Something akin to Cherry Coke lies beneath this mass, but can't quite find the right words to express itself. The taste mirrors the smell, though the cough syrup is toned down a bit, allowing the cherries to explore a somewhat more sour path to enlightenment. Again, the Cherry Coke is there as well, possibly aged in some dry oak barrels (not enough to allow a lambic-style experience to blossom, but just enough to be vaguely recognizable). The body is a solid medium, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat drying finish. Overall, a solid fruity Belgian, though not necessarily one I would be able to contantly down.

TMoney2591, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

emerge077, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a cloud, ruby red color (like grapefruit juice) with a pinkish, bubbly one-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of cherry cough syrup. Really very sweet smelling. Very little beer-like aromas.

T - It tasted of sweet cherry flavor. Some yeast and grainy qualities.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. Quite fizzy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an interesting beer. Very sweet and very sharp.

zeff80, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/18/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is filled with cherries along with light malts despite the dark color.

T: The taste is very tart and sweet with a strong cherry flavor and mild flavors of Belgian yeast and hops. There is a thin malt character. Overall, it tastes a lot like wine.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish for such a fruity beer.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, I have my reservations any time I hear the word "cherry" in a description of a beer, but this one is pretty good.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well it pours very red with a pink head. Nose is like candied sugar. Flavor is like liquified cherry Jolly Ranchers. It's just sweet. Bloody sweet. Feel is fine. Nice carbonation with a good liquid feel. It's easy to drink, but it's just reeeeal sweet. Like I said: liquified Jolly Rancher.

RblWthACoz, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a oversized wine glass.

Pours a deep, clear, cranberry with 1 1/2 fingers of rose colored head. Settles down into a thin fizzy retention with some wisps in the center. This flares up rather nicely when swirled, leaving a solid cascade of lace up on the sides of the glass. This look is growing on me as I continue working on this glass and swirl it around. Very handsome looking in the glass. The aroma is soft and inviting, with notes of cherry juice (that are only slightly tart), candied sugar, floral tones, and some yeast.

The taste is very similar, the lightly tart cherry character, candy sweetness, some light hop bitterness in the back. Finishes sweet and dry on the lips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft and creamy feel in the mouth that possesses a bit of a prickle to it. Just the tiniest amount of warmth is present in the body but I would have never guessed that this was 8% ABV.

Nice stuff. Good balance between the cherry tartness and sweet notes and both the body and especially the drinkbility were great. This was a nice one for the wife and I to split.

Kegatron, Dec 26, 2008
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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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