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Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 871 | Reviews: 369
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

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1.68/5  rDev -55.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of interzen
5/5  rDev +31.2%

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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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.16/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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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4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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