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Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Reviews: 384
Hads: 960
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 25.53%
Wants: 35
Gots: 124 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium | 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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Reviews: 384 | Hads: 960
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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Photo of KFBR392
3.76/5  rDev 0%

Bottled 10/17/2012

Appearance: Pours with a finger of large bubbly head which dissipated quickly to the edges of the glass. Active carbonation is very low. Dark ruby red color.

Smell: Robust cherry syrup sweetness blitz on the front. There is some caramel malt notes with a touch of toffee underneath the cherries but it is very subtle. There are touches of some cherry tartness but overall this aroma has a sweet profile.

Taste: More of a authentic sweetness with lingering tartness on the front of the cherry profile. Syrupy notes being to set in on the body. Some brown ale notes open up on the back end of the body as well with accents of caramel, roasted nuts, and sticky malts. Cherries linger into the finish with some slight medicinal flavors.

Mouthfeel: Rich, syrupy, light tartness, and minimal carbonation bring plenty for the palate to deal with.

Overall: Plenty of cherries but enough of everything else to keep the drinker occupied. The light tartness really adds some authentic flavors which keep this from being overly sweet.

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Wasn't expecting that much but was pleasantly surprised. Aroma is a biscuit and cherries. The flavor is full-bodied with a nice cherry sour element. Extremely well-balanced with the 8% ABV thoroughly hidden. The beer flavor is subtle but definitely present with a faint hop element in the aftertaste. You have to enjoy cherries to appreciate this beer, but it's outstanding if that's what you're looking for.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%

Bottle from World of Beer as a carryout. Pours dark, deep red colored with a finger of pink head that recedes quickly. Cherry boquet off the top of this one , slightly tart but mostly black sweet ones, a bit of cranberry note, very fruity and not much else going on, though it's nice if you're a fan of cherries. Flavor is a big punch of black cherries, not much in the way of hops or malt or yeast or sourness here. Basically black cherry juice with some carbonation. Nevertheless, this isn't extremely overly sweet and is somewhat pleasant as a dessert beer. Medium bodied with plus carbonation that keeps things from being super syrupy. Overall worth having if in the mood for cherries. The thing that sticks out to me here is that it comes with huge black cherry flavor, but without the medicinal cough syrup notes that can often be associated with that.

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Photo of cambabeer
2.65/5  rDev -29.5%

No... not really for me. The huge raspberry flavor in the aroma and taste really come across as more "cough syrup" like than anything. Not very drinkable, had to sip slowly. There's not a whole lot to this beer other than that fruity flavor that overpowers everything else. A little alcohol bitterness and some metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of gtermi
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%

The beer pours a dark reddish brown body, has a delicious cherry smell and the flavor is of strong cherry syrup. Very solid beer, but hard to drink a lot of this at once.

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Photo of Trillessa
4.74/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am new at reviewing beers, so I am not the most familiar with all the standard categories, but I loved this beer. It was the perfect blend of tart and sweetness for my tastes. It makes me think of IBC Black Cherry soda, which I love!!
If you like fruity beers and are not in to hoppy beers, you might find this very yummy.

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Photo of pweis909
2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The best thing I can say is that ounce for ounce, it is cheaper than cherry cough medicine. The cherry is cloyingly sweet. There is a light tartness that is insufficient for balancing sweetness. There is a bitter medicinal aftertaste. Is this sweetness artificial? Is that where the bitterness is coming from? Disappointing

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Photo of tigerbeer90
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 1/25/2012 not sure how age affects this beer

A: Dark ruby red with a pink head that died fairly quickly

S: Cherry liquor. Cherry liquor. Cherry liquor. haha some other dark fruit characteristics but mostly that sweet cherry smell

T: Sweet cherries, some almost cinnamon taste/warming affect. Interesting. I would have liked a little more tartness to balance out the sweet, but still good

M: more coating than I thought it would be

O: First time for this beer and it is quite an experience. Was expecting a slightly tart cherry belgian ale and get a cherry lifesaver. Like I said, this being my first experience and with 2+ years on it, not sure how accurate this review will be for some people who get it fresh (I got this for $1.50 and didn't check the bottled on date...oops!). Good after dinner drink

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Photo of jayawtrey
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a deep red, with little carbonation.

S: It has a wonderful, fruity, and pronounced cherry nose.

T: Sour on the front end. Tart on the back end. Slightly sweet. Surprisingly, cherries do not impart much fruitiness. This particular beer was bottled about 18 months ago, so I think this has everything to do with why so many people have suggested that it tastes like cough syrup. Age does this beer wonders!

M: This beer is slightly dry, and I think the longer it ages the dryer it gets.

O: I intend to buy a few bottles to throw in the cellar!

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Photo of byronic
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is nothing over the top, pours a nice dark red with a lighter head which fizzles out leaving but a trace on the edge of the glass.

The smell is absolutely fantastic. Nice ripe cherries, enough to make you salivate.

The taste follows up the smell with an intense burst of cherry flavour. Almost like biting into a fresh wild cherry.

Light to medium body with mild carbonation, almost goes down to easy. Very sweet with a hint of dryness in the delicious lingering finish. This only results in wanting to take another sip sooner than later.

This one took me by surprise! Not overly complex but definitely a delicious brew. I'd love to have a few bottles in my cellar.

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Photo of henkmudi
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

If you ever tried domestic sour cherry liqueur, this is what beer taste like, and smells also. Sharp,a bit sweet, refreshing and strong. Unlike liqueur, not sticky, and feeling on tongue last shorter. Very good after desserts, especially cakes and pies. Besides cherries, slight amount of wood, pine and earth can be felt.

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Photo of tomordonez
5/5  rDev +33%
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.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel glass. Purchased in Smithfield, RI.

A - pours a dark maroon, cloudy body with a light maroon 2 finger head that reduces to a ring of foam.

S - tons of sweet cherries, tart berries, grapes. Cherries really dominate.

T- upfront it's pretty sweet with cherry juice and tart berries on the tongue. The finish has a slightly drying, astringent rindy character.

M- medium body , medium- low carbonation. Juicy

I'm a sucker for a cherry beer and this is nothing more than a cherry bomb. One- dimensional but delicious. Would buy again.

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Photo of Goalcam
2.71/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not the ideal color for ale. Strong cherry flavor up front but a bit of a mucky aftertaste. Really tough to match this one up with foods either. This was one of the least enjoyed red ales I've had. I'd stick with a kriek lambic like Timmermans in the future

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.37/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

A: Clear, medium-dark, reddish-brown color. Head is a thin layer of beige foam with a hint of purple; it fades fast with hardly any lacing.

S: Cherry cough syrup. That's it.

T: It tastes like cherry cough syrup, too. OK, not exactly -- There is a tart, fruity taste initially, but it doesn't last long before the cherry flavor takes over. And it isn't a good cherry flavor. It tastes exactly like cough syrup, down to the phenolic TCP flavor, the booziness, and the bitter medicinal taste in the finish. This is not good.

M: It took concentration to separate the mouthfeel from the taste. It was pretty well carbonated, although thin. Just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: This is Zima with a double-shot of cherry cough syrup. I've had a really good sour beer with cherries before, so cherries aren't the problem. It's the fact that this is simply not a good beer. Pretty much a drain pour.

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Photo of FLima
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown reddish color with a thin head with very short retention.
Strong aroma of sour cherries and caramels.
Predominant sweet flavor of cherries cough medicine, slightly sour with caramels on the background. Dry and acid aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation. One of the best examples of hiding such alcoholic content, at 8% abv.
Very assertive beer, it is all about cherries, cherries, and I almost forgot, cherries.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dug up my tasting notes from well over 2 years ago. Drank the night of John & Theresa's wedding in the hotel room right before the reception. Purchased a single bottle from Pinocchio's in Media. Poured into a plastic hotel cup when I did the review. From my notes on the Comfort Inn notepad:

A: cranberry-like color w/small head that fades quick. Good carbonation. (4.0)
S: wild cherry, almost dark like aromas. (3.5)
T: tastes cherry, maybe a little too syrup, almost like kid's cough syrup. (2.5)
M: slight funk, sour, but not overwhelming, bitter. (4.0)
O: good light sour, a little too syrup-like. (3.5)

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Photo of JayQue
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable. Poured a brownish-red into a Dobbelen IPA Trippel flute. Great crimson highlights when held to a light. Medium size pink delicately bubbling head. The head is fast fading and lacing is minimal.

Aroma is strong, malty beer with slightly sweet cherry as the dominant aspect.

Taste is very good. Sweet cherry juice up front, somewhat muted by maltiness. Then the tart cherry flavor kicks in. very flavorful.

Mouthfeel is impressive. Nicely carbonated, Sweetness up front is muted by malts and the tart finish is very inviting. A rich beer with no hint of the alcohol.

Overall this is a very good beer. I had it with cheese and it makes a nice complement.

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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.