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Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 926
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 31
Gots: 109 | FT: 2
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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 maddogruss
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a flute glass.

A: Pours a blood red body with a pink head with nice retention and lacing through the finish.

S: Smells like maraschino cherries. A nice, fruit beer smell.

T: Tastes like robitussin, but not as medicinal. Reminded of mixing grenadine and water, but made slightly sourer.

M: A light and smooth mouthfeel that was pretty good and easy going.

D: Ok combination of mouthfeel and taste made this decently drinkable. The robitussin taste got to me later on in the beer which made it less appealing to me. (547 characters)

Photo of matty
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burgundy colored ale with a pink head that rapidly fades away.Smell is cherries.Taste is sour cherry and malt.This is not a beer you would be drinking during a Sunday football game or while mowing your lawn.I will say this is good but give me an ice cold Budweiser anyday over this!! (283 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is far more pink than any other beer I've ever had outside of the lambics. Great head with extensive lace. The color is dark, deep burgundy. The light shines through and it appears to be clear.

Strong fruit aroma--like a cherry Lifesaver. This doesn't have the sourness of a lambic.

Okay, this is very close in the taste to a Kriek Lambic. There is sourness which I didn't expect given the smell. The taste is overall very sweet, while the swallow is similar to the classic Krieks. This would be a good dessert beer with some cheese. The body is rich and the carbonation is high.

I would describe this as a lambic wannabe. Overall, I'd say it's one dimensional. It is tasty and decently priced ($9 for 25.4 oz.). (724 characters)

Photo of Atron67
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brasserie V tonight. very delicious. slightly sweet, a little too sweet to be a super session beer. but very flavorful, very stong cherry flavor and definitely nice solid malt cackbone to it all around. formed a good beer and my non Beer Geek friend found it his favorite new session beer, although lindemans (too sweet for me) was his favorite before hand. (357 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cl stubby poured into a goblet yields a clear dark garnet body capped with a half-finger of fine-bubbled pinkish-beige foam that retains at a thick, creamy sheet that clings to the glass on the drink but leaves no lacing.

The smell of the drink is rich and fruity with plenty of cherry, a snap of crisp apple and a touch of mellow malt.

The taste of the drink is crisp and fruity with lots of cherry competing with a bit of a woody note. A touch of dry malt adds resistance to the tart, pleasant, cherry bite that lingers in the aftertaste

Really crisp and zingy, Kasteel Rouge is plenty tasty with a zip of carbonation and no indication of the abv. The tang of the drink limits the drinkability a bit for me. (715 characters)

Photo of JoeMayo
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer dares to be different, so you either love it or hate it.

A- Pours a brilliant crimson color with a thick white-ish head and lots of little effervescent bubbles.

S- Very fruity. Sour cherry comes through loud and clear with a mild oaky, earthy spiciness.

T- Tastes more like fruit juice than beer. Sour and sweet cherry flavors balance one another. Hints of oak come through as well. The only hint that this actually is a beer is that it has a little malt flavor in the aftertaste.

M- The carbonation is very pleasant, unfortunately not enough to detract from how syrupy it is.

D- I do love this beer, but in moderation. One beer this sweet is enough for me...on to something hoppy! (696 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of gabeerfan
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Arrived a dark, clear ruby red with a pinkish fluffy head.
Pretty much only one aroma in this. Cherries. Kind of a mix of marachino cherries/syrup and some fresh black cherries.
Tastes about the same as the aroma. Sweet cherry flavor hits first and is the dominant flavor. Some black cherry skin bitterness makes a very light appearance.
Medium-thick bodied. A little syrupy in the consitency, small-bubble carbonation keeps it lively.
Pretty high in ABV and sweet flavors to be really drinkable. Alcohol well hidden in the beer.
This would be a great dessert beer. Perfect to have with some vanilla ice cream, maybe even make beer floats with this. (649 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 ounce stubby bottle, price and purchase location not recorded. Sat in the back of the beer fridge for some months.

Pours a reddish auburn, with nice highlights. A thin covering of tiny bubbles is very nice.

Aroma of cherry soda told me this is one fruity adult beverage. To me, the term "Smith Brothers Cough Drops" is a complete and accurate description of this beer's aroma and flavor. First impressions very good, very cherry, quite enjoyable. However, after about 1/4 of the glass is gone, the cloying sweetness gets to be a little too much. Good for what it is, but a little goes a long way.

Alcohol very well hidden. A nice little diversion, but honestly, this should have been a taster sized serving. (715 characters)

Photo of orcasteve
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a real rich dark red, from the moment i opened the bottle the room filed with cherries, my mouth was wattering at just the smell, it was love at first sip, this one is like a less sweet cherry soda with a slight belgan beer aftertaste, this one could pass as fine wine. as far as cherry beer goes i think this one is top dog for me so far beating out lindamins, next time i will buy more than just the 11.2 oz that i got, if you like cherry beer this one is for you! (466 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Blackberry body with light cherry red highlights topped with a thick finger of pinkish-red foam; rings of pink lace around the Ommegang glass--quite unique appearance, like carbonated cough syrup. Rich, sweet cherry nose, slightly boozy. I expected the taste to border on cloying, but that isn't so. It's undeniably sweet, but also more than a little tart, like cherry blended with an ample amount of cranberry. Sweet, but also more complex than expected; really delicious. Ample carbonation make the mouthfeel nearly ideal, boozy black cherry soda-like beer that is all-too easy to consume.

One of the more distinct and impressive beers I've had in some time, better than a straight-up Lambic, while nearly as sweet and more complex. Excellent. (746 characters)

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a big fan of the flavored/fruit beers, some are good while some make the attempt but tragically fail. This is the latter. From the crimson clear color, looking at this through a glass almost looks like peering through a liquid filled ruby with tons of little bubbles for your enjoyment. The rose white head appears fast but lingers for a slow dissolve showing that there are definately cherries in the mix. Sour cherries fill the air with hints of malt and oak adding to the desire of the mix. With the first taste you get blasted with the sweetness of the cherries that slowly turns a sour edge. The thin crispness and high carbonation fill your mouth making a smooth feel that ends in a bitterness that is quite enjoyable. Overall this beer is great, form the mid range ABV to the flavor it proved it's self, to me, at least it would be a great beer to pop open and have with desert. (890 characters)

Photo of ballewblake
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from bottle. Deep red with a off white pink head that lowers quick on a gentle pour. Nice steady ring around the glass edge contrasting the redish brown brew. Good carbonation from appearance, the D at the bottle of the duvel glass is constantly providing an escape of bubbles and creating a white circle in the center. Smell is totally cherry with some brown ale undertones. Very sweet taste up front, slightly bitter in the back, carbonation is good on the tongue, the cherry isn't really in your face in taste. Not really medicine like a lot of these styles can be. Not a bad cherry. (606 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cherry red-brown color. Served with an attractive, if large-bubbled head. Good stick, with a hint of ruby coloring on the cap.

Very aromatic cherry aroma blasting out from the chalice. Somewhat tart on the nose, but quite sweet, forebodingly.

Super-sweet in the mouth. Cloyingly, stickily, cough-syrupy sweet. And this is cold. Very fruity, cherry flavor definitely. There's no tartness and not enough carbonation to whisk any flavors off your tongue, leaving the sipper with Robitusson on their palate.

The finish is again very sweet, long lasting, and sticking very much to the tongue and palate. I found this unpalatably sweet and way too close to drinking cherry cough syrup (at the risk of repeating myself). To its credit, the alcohol was hidden pretty well. (770 characters)

Photo of punkindrublic50
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Available on tap and bottled at Capone's. Initially tried in a sampler set with some pretty heavy duty stouts and IPAs, in which setting it proved to be a quite tasty refreshing cherry beer. It wasn't until several days later when I was drinking the bottle I picked up that I realized what was wrong with it: while being good it more closely resembled carbonated cherry juice rather than of a beer. Very good cherry juice to say the least, nice sweet smell, never cloyed, slightly syrupy but with more than enough carbonation to compensate, but still... I would highly recommend this beer in small quantities as a quick refresher in between tasting some deep stouts or porters, but never in quantity and NEVER as a standalone bottle. (733 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There is that slight head, if that can even be called a head. Pink with big bubbles and more carbonated that warm ginger ale. Pay that no mind, and the gem clear liquid ruby tantalizes the eyes from within the castle stemmed chalice.

Oh, the temptress beckons, as it reaches out of the chalice and grabs the nose with Jolly Rancher sweet tart cherries.

Cheek puckering tartness never leave one wanting, as it counters with sweet cherries. The flavor profile never strays too far, but hits on all cylinders, as it explores the complexity of berries, and a touch of nuts. Seems to never quite finish, as it lingers for a good long while.

High on the syrup scale, one can feel a film throughout the mouth, even with such high carbonation.

This is a good aperitif, and worthy of returning too occasionally, but it is a unique experience, not to be over indulged.

Years ago, this was my first authentic Belgian. I aged this bottle, just under a year, and found the trial aided the aroma, at the expense of the flavor. Not a bad trade, but worth making note. (1,057 characters)

Photo of treyrab
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet

A: Deep scarlet color with a minor head that dissipates quickly to a minor film. Clear with no resemblance of any sediment

S: Strong cherry syrup smell and grenadine. Minor hop presents, but I can tell not enough to balance out the sweetness

T: Very cherry and grenadine with a minor malt taste as well, but drowned out by cherries

M,D: Mouthfeel is very smooth, but you feel this one after you're done.

Overall a good beer, but extremely sweet if that is your style

RJR (497 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger pink head that fades to a ring and leaving traces of lace. Deep red color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet cherry nose. Flavor is sweet maraschino cherries with a sweet & sour cherry finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $4.39 for a 330ml bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma. (307 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew just became available to us here in West Tn so I grabbed a bottle to check it out.

Deep burgundy color with a small rapidly forming head....

Of course, big time cherry aromas but I can smell some malt in this as well which seems to cut some of the sweetness just a bit... Smells really good...

Very sweet cherry flavor, almost tart. There's also a quality to this that seems a little funky... And I like it..

It is what it is... A sweet cherry ale that tastes great. I doubt I could drink this all night but it is a good brew and one that I will be buying again.. (577 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of amiles
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bar On Bueana Chicago this sunny afternoon...

Brew arrived in a very classey Kasteel glass. I like the little house structure at the base of the glass. Very neat. Dark red color with a little bit of a red head. Smell was of cherries, and booze. Almost tastes like cherry coke with a shot of alcohol in it, very simple beer. Mouthfeel was decent, medium carbonation. Took me a while to finish but that's ok. I would order again. (438 characters)

Photo of bosco7
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark red, like red wine. Head is red as well. Disapates quickly.

Smells like Dinetap or something. Cherry aromas overwhelm the nose.

Tastes much like it smells. I can't pick out much but the cherry. It is quite sweet. Where's the malt? Finish is medicinal. Tastes okay in a fruit drink kind of way not a beer kind of way.

I can't really recommend this brew, it tastes like cough syrup with a hint of beer. (417 characters)

Photo of orangemoustache
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep bight crimson/scarlet when held to light,the head is a nice pink panther color,this looks very nice.The nose is cherry cola and yeasty.Sweet fresh cherries upfront and throughout,reminds me of Jollyrancher tartness,nice maltieness midway keeps it interesting and distracts from the cherry.The mouthfeel is soft and spritzy,not syrupy or sticky at all it's very good considering cherry syrup is added I belive.A great Belgian offering,quality. (455 characters)

Photo of albern
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is all about the cherries. It pours a nice ruby color with some head and minimal lacing. The smell ... you guessed it, cherries. The taste is basically a flatish cherry cola with some tartness and a slight sweet malty background that appears in the finish. The two endearing qualities to this beer are its refreshing crispness and the very well masked over 8% ABV. I was hoping for more of a Flemish Red experience, and instead I got a slightly artificial cherry experience that isn't bad, but one I'm not keen on returning too either. As the beer begins to settle, I'm getting more of a cherry cough syrup taste that is not all that nice. As one reviewer said, this would be a nice after dinner dessert beer in place of a sweet wine. Okay, I'll go with that, but drink it before it gets too cough syrupy. (815 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

11.2oz. Bottle

Pours a dark reddish color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, minimally sticky lacing around the edge. The nose is a sweet/sour cherry, and some malts. The taste is sweet/sour from the cheeries, slight malts. Medium body, easy drinking for a 8% ABV brew for sure. Drinkable, my first from this brewery. (377 characters)

Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.