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Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 16.32%
Wants: 23
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
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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 psuKinger
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my New Belgium snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep shade of red, I've heard that this beer is a Brown ale at it's base, and at first glance it sure looks like that. Brown Ale with a strong presence of (red) cherries added. The head bubbles up with a light red tint to it, but doesn't stick around for long.

S: Cherry dominates the nose, but there are hints of dates and even maybe a touch of chocolate underneath.

The cherry scent here smells quite natural.

T: Spicy, tart, sweet-and sour cherries dominate. But this beer does have some intracasies working underneath. Definitely can detect a touch of chocolate and even the presense of a bit of "dark fruits". A hint of belgian spiciness as well.

Very little, if any, bitterness on the back end. Just sweet, tart, cherry goodness.

M: This beer has a great thickness and viscosity to it. A thick, full, heavy, full-flavored brew. Properly carbonated here is also much appreciated.

D/O: This is "dessert beer" in every sense of the word. For those that say it's "too sweet", I agree with you... if I was trying to have this with a steak. Or trying to sit down and have 3-4 of these with friends. But that's not what this beer is for. It's for dessert. It's to close out a night of moderate drinking on a sweet note. And for what it is? I think it's exceptional. My favorite fruit beer, with no close second to be found.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cork and caged brown bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
8.0% ABV, Goblet pictured, +/- 43°F/6°C, Bottled on 090708 printed on back label, "10/2009 Gebotteld" on cork.

A - Pouring a clear tawny rust red like port, Kasteel Rouge shows very little of it's natural color in the tulip. It's more of a deep mahogany brown with ruby hints poking through. An off tan head springs up effervescently only to recede just as quickly, lace-less too.

S - Mild amber malt and toast notes with a very slight yeast funk underlines the bold cherry aroma. A mix between fresh, tart cherry skin and cough syrup. If you aren't offended by artificial cherry, this one's on the right track.

T - Heavy on the cough syrup cherry in flavor, the taste is a bit bold. A little more subtlty for the cherry allowing some of the nice toasted malt and toffee notes to pull forwards would be great. Phenolic alcohol finishes through the very end.

M - Spritzy carbonation is no surprise after the effervescent pour. This medium-bodied fruit beer is pretty dark through the finish and quite sweet. Faintly thin solvent alcohol is noticeable in the feel and a miniscule tartness from the cherries finishes.

O - It's been said Belgian people like their beer, specifically lambics, sweet and heavier on the fruit. In that case, this one fits right in and I'm confident that it's a hit over there. Unless you're an avid fan of cherries (I know a few people...) and don't mind a little (understatement) bit of syrupy sugar in the flavor, you'll love Kasteel Rouge. If not, don't bother with the $8.49 price tag on this beer. Instead, if you're lucky enough to live in Wisconsin, pick yourself up a Belgian Red from New Glarus for $1 less. Of course, chances are that if you're reading this, you already knew that.

Photo of kojevergas
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Westvleteren goblet in Belfort, France. Reviewed live.

A: Half finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and terrible retention - likely due to the wide serving vessel and high ABV. Solid dark ruby-black colour. Nontransparent.

Sm: Holy black cherry, batman! What a wondrous aroma! And strong, too.

T: Black cherry and candy sugar. It's simple but wonderful. Well built for a simple fruit beer, and certainly balanced. Taste is strong and nice. Amazingly, no alcohol comes through in spite of the simplicity.

Mf: Smooth and wet, matching the flavours of the body near perfectly. It's thick enough to support the ABV and flavour.

Dr: It's incredibly drinkable, has a high ABV that doesn't come through, and is very well priced.

Photo of Kuromaru
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance--Pours a deep cherry/ mahogany with very little head. Appealing a "Pepsi for adults" kind of way.

Smell--Obviously: cherries, cherries, cherries. But beyond that, there's some sweet, lightly toasted malts, a wisp of chocolate, and an ever-so-slight yeast presence.

Mouthfeel--Very mild carbonation. Sticky. Pretty full in the body. Hangs out on the palate.

Taste--Yes, cherries. But also sweet Belgian candy sugar, scant yeastiness, and a more distant tartness. No dectection of alcohol, which is a bit surprising, given the strength.

Overall--Dessert beer, to be sure. Great for once in a while, and a very good example of the style. Highly drinkable and satisfying.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-purple color with a small white head. The aroma is unmistakable. I get a ton of cherries with nothing else. While the aroma is one dimensional, the cherries are well done. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of sweet cherries and maybe a little bit of some caramel or toffee malt. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. If you like cherries, you may like this beer. If you don't like them, this is not the beer for you.

Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split this one with 2 friends on a broiling summer afternoon at a backyard BBQ. Pours reddish brown with a pink-hued head. Smell is all cherries and so is the taste. This is much closer to a black cherry soda than a beer. In fact it's almost hard to detect that it is a beer and the significant ABV is unnoticed. Moderate carbonation. Very sweet. Didn't get any medicinal/robitussin flavors at all. The flemish/sour brown ale underneath the fruit is barely detectable. A fun beer and the ladies seem to really like it as well. Gotta be in the mood for this kind of thing but a perfect dessert beer or sweet refresher. Halfway thru the glass I started munching a BBQ pulled pork sandwich and they went very well together.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a deep ruby colour with a pink head that retains ok before reducing to a film.

S - Strong cherry aromas with some slight sourness.

T - Nice balanced cherry flavour that hgas soem balanced boozyness. A little sour almost lambic, before the sugar balances out the flavours.

M - Light body and full carbonation.

O - I'm not big on these beers normally, but I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dull, reddish brown hue and settles into a rich, bloody purple. The head is a very light purple with giant, fizzy bubbles that fade quickly. It's really living up its champagne image.

S: Aroma is almost pungent with cherries and raspberries followed by some slightly sour citrus and Robitussin. Yes, the cough medicine Robitussin, although it's still inviting. In the back lingers some soft maltiness and a hint of spicy nutmeg.

T/M: Texture is lowly carbonated, surprising considering the airy bubbles. It tastes thick with black and maraschino cherries right up front; the flavor is really in your face all at once. The cough syrup quality becomes immediately apparent but once you get used to it, the subtle sweetness of cherries are really nice. There is some peach and fig that lingers in the aftertaste as well.

There's a lot of great qualities about this beer, and almost as many not-so-great ones. In moderation, Kasteel Rouge is great. In large quantities, it's almost sickening, but you won't have a cold for weeks.

Photo of Francepants06
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured a slight kriek like beer. It had a large reddish white foaming head which dissipated very slowly. It smelled definetely of black cherries. It tasted like a fruit cake and cherry pie. A bit too sweet for me but it was a good beer. I didn't know it was a cherry beer when I bought it.

Photo of quetzal013
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wife purchased this one on a whim and we tried it in a tulip glass. She didn't realize it was cherry flavor so she was a bit shocked at first. It was enjoyable and a nice change of pace from the standard Belgium and IPA styles that we have been having lately. I probably would not try it again anytime soon but it was good.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at basement temp in a tulip glass.

A: very dark purple, pronounced head, no carbonation, no lacing
S: very pleasant sweet cherry smell
T: very tart, cherry flavor that interacts through several waves of complex flavor. I wish I had a version without the cherry, to learn what the underlying Belgian style is. As presented, it's pretty much a lambic with a very nice cross-section of the fruit juice and beer.

Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought 11.2 bottle from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $3.99. Poured into my Schlafly Pint glass and has on the back, Bottled on: 100505.

Aroma- Strong cherries, lambic hints but too mild for one.

Appearance- Has a 2 finger, reddish/brown head that dies down instantly. Has a ruby red body that is clear but so dark, you have to look into the light to see if it is or not.

Flavor- Nice cherry taste and then a light, sour brown flavor. Has nice notes of malt in the end but still is like a lambic style without a doubt. At times, has a very malty, wine-cooler type of taste but then disappears.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Low Carbonation, and has a tart finish but not much sour characteristics.

Overall Impression- Has a nice cherry taste but may be considered a cherry wine-cooler to some. I could down a bottle of this in no time and was hard not too! Easiest beer to drink I've had for a while. Interested in seeing what other people think of this beer. Grab more than one because they go fast!

Photo of Phelps
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish body with pink head that died slow on top of a mild aroma - all cherry. Mostly a cherry taste and passable, not too tart but there is a balance. Has a biting finish thanks to good carbonation. Other than just a light cherry tasting beer that is easy to drink there is not too much to write here; I found this an enjoyable desert beer and a good drink in its own right but this wouldn't be my first pick.

Photo of RickS95
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a good looking beer in general, but nice for the style. It pours a dark burgundy with a think pinkish head. Looks very rich sitting in the goblet.

Doesn't really smell like a beer; the cherry smell is undeniable and overpowers everything else. But, it's such a fabulous smell nontheless.

The taste follows the smell. I expected the strong cherry smell to translate into a sour taste, but it's not at all. It's slightly tart, but there's plenty of sweet to it.

A lot of complexity, as it's sweet, tangy, tart and dry. However, none of the feelings are obnoxious.

The best fruit beer I've ever had. In addition, one of the best beers I've ever had.

Photo of rbd13
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear red with a very light head that dissipates fast and leaves very little lacing.
Cranberry and heavy cherry on the nose.
Sweet cherry flavor with a tart finish. Reminds me of a Ludens cough drop.
Medium body and carbonation with a crisp, clean finish.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Rassputtin
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 bottle, dated 091029.

Pours deep blood red. 1/4 of wheat colored head disapates quickly leaving only ring around diameter.

Smells of... Cherries. Tart, cherry pie. Trying really hard, behind the cherry I smell the ale. Either a simple smeller or to complex for me to discern.

Tastes of cherries. The taste is tarter then the smell but not overwhelming. Balanced well I think. Only problem for me is it reminds me of cherry vicks nighttime medicine. It tastes much better mind you, but once you make that connection it's difficult to get away from.

The juice adds adds a thickness feel but not too thick. But again with the cherry cough syrup thought in my head it's hard to give this beer a fair shake. It's a shame cause I believe it's a better beer than I am giving it credit for.

Overall I thnk it's a good beer. Definitely worth trying. And hopefully you don't think of vicks. Above average beer for me.

I think it deserves a second opinion at another time.

Photo of sweemzander
2.41/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 06-08-09.

(A)- Pours a very dark red crimson color. Produced some off-white to pink foam that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Smells just like dark cherry Robitussin; very medicinal with a slightly dry oaky finish. Reminds me of my childhood when I was sick.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell; dark cherry Robitussin. The only big(and better) difference from the smell is a mild tartness in the fruit.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. Very sweet and medicinal. Reminds me of cough syrup really; only with a slightly tart character to it.

(D)- This is an interesting fruit beer, but very sickly sweet and medicinal; I do not like being reminded of that sickly cough syrup from my childhood with each sip.

Photo of vandemonian
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kasteel Rouge is a delicious Belgian cherry beer.

A: Dark red colour with a 4 mm pink head that fades quickly to good lacing. 4

S: All cherries and a little hint of alcohol. 4

T: Sweet cherries up front into a sour, almost aniseed aftertaste. 4.5

M: Foamy and well carbonated. 4

O: Quality cherry beer. 4

Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark red-brown, almost black, small tan head steadily shrinking to thin ring.

Aroma is strong, dark cherry, hints of winey bread and fruit cake.

Taste is strong, dark cherry, darkly toasted bread with hint of coffee grounds, porter, and burnt sugar. There’s a faint tartness, exceedingly faint bitterness. It’s enjoyable and pleasant, with good body and character, but it’s a bit one-dimensional and lacks complexity, the sweet-tart singed cherry predominating almost to the exclusion of all else.

Photo of emmasdad
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of ggilman
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Corked Champagne style bottle.

A - Dark reddish cola color. Thin tight bubbly head, no retention, no lacing

S - Sweet cherries.

T - Same, lots of dark sweet syrupy cherry flavor. Hint of unripe fruit, slightly tart. Sweetness is overpowering

M - thin, crisp, lots of carbonation. Champagne mouthfeel. Light alcohol presence.

O - would like this more if the dark cherries weren't so over powering or sicky sweet. A little bit goes a long way. Would be a decent bottle to open up and share with a few people after dinner.

Photo of output01x
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 2-finger light rose-colored head that soon recedes to a light dusting and ring that clings closely to the edge. The body is a dark near black with traces of blood red when held to light. Lacing is minimal at best.

The smell is an interesting mix of fresh black cherries and maraschino cherry with a hint of cherry Dimetapp. Based on these aromas, I expect cherry, cherry, and more cherry in the flavor.

Sour cherry explodes on the tip of the tongue, washes over the middle where it fizzles, then rests on the back along with a slight alcohol warmth. Oddly, the flavor is not as natural cherry as I was expecting, but more like a cherry soda. It is tart and sweet and reminds me a little of a tame cherry Warheads candy.

Medium bodied with over-the-top carbonation, Rouge fizzes away the instant it touches your tongue. It is more carbonated than Pepsi and only one step from Pop Rocks.

Rouge is so sweet it is tough to finish by itself. I definitely recommend pairing this with some nice dark, chocolatey dessert. While I am not normally a fan of super strong carbonation, I think it was necessary in this beer to prevent a sickeningly syrupy mouthfeel as well as a sickeningly sweet flavor. If you're goal in life is to try every cherry-flavored thing on Earth, this is right up your alley. If not, it might be worth trying once...

Photo of meatyard
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty, clear, deep burgundy with a short, pinkish head that falls quickly to a cover leaving small dabs of lace.

The smell is a strong aroma of sweet cherry and not much else: it's a little simplistic here but what else should I expect?

The taste is very much like the aroma but with a bit of cherry cough syrup thrown in.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side but not unexpectedly so.

Overall: Somewhat one-dimensional but still a tasty, easy to drink beer.

Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.