Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 21
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
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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 jboucher
2.53/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Rose Alley in New Bedford, MA

Appearance: Clear dark red hue. Minimal head with no retention. Highly carbonated. No lacing.

Smell: Cherries mixed in Dr. Pepper. Very fruity. Nothing much else going on.

Taste: Dr. Pepper with a hint of Robitussin upon the arrival.
Highly carbonated like the soda. Simple.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Ending notes: I'm not sure if I got the bottom of the barrel, but this beer didn't taste like a beer at all. I was unimpressed despite the positive feedback I've heard while working in a liquor store. A good beer for girls that like Dr. Pepper. Eh..

Photo of cdkrenz
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottled on date for this beverage reads 100324. I assume that indicates March 24, 2010.

A - So much carbonation in this body that it sticks to the interior of my glass like a soda would. The head is minimal but what is there has a reddish hue to a pale tan. The body itself is a nice crimson allowing light to travel through it without restraint.

S - Awesome cherry aroma. It smells like cherry juice. Sweet with a real sharp sour cherry edge.

T - Nothing sour here...until this finish where it fits perfectly. This is a very good tasting beer. It has all the flavor character I like in a fruit beer. Sweet, tart, sour, a hint of malt, and great transitions from one to another.

M - The texture is dry and finishes nicely.

~ This is one of the best fruit beers I've ever had. I definitely recommend this beer to anyone who likes this style.

Photo of Ior
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, darkish red. Pink head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing.

The nose is completely dominated by cherries. Quite sweet, but balanced by tartness. Some marzipan in there, too. Not particularly complex.

Cherries dominate the taste as well. Quite sweet, but there is a nice tartness that provides some balance. Ends with a surprisingly assertiv, dry wood-like bitterness. No noticeable alcohol.

A bit thin for the ABV. Lively and somewhat fizzy carbonation.

The bitter finish leaves you wanting another gulp. But the beer gets too sweet in the long run. The balance and drinkability is better when the beer is cold; recommendation on the label says 6 degrees Celsius.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours dark cherry red, with a fizzy quickly disappearing pink head.
S: smells a lot like a cherry lambic, very sweet aroma that i cant pin point between malt or cherry.
T: cherry, that being said there is some tartness to this right on the back-end. again with the sweetness, cant tell if it is cherry or malt based. does not taste like 8%
M: light syrup almost with a somewhat high carbonation.
D: i personally like anything cherry so this is a winner to me, overall easy drinker, but you must like cherry.

Photo of KajII
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Flute glass]

The aroma (should say WOW) was overwhelming with the scent of cherries, but did have mild notes of a light bread malt and a nice sweet doughy yeast.

It tasted sweet and malty with a very strong note of cherries from the start to finish with a light sourness appearing at the end. The flavor lingered on the taste buds for a nice long while allowing full enjoyment of the fruity nectar.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and a little watery yet nice and creamy in texture with the carbonation being somewhere between medium to moderate.

Overall an extremely tasty Fruit Ale, although it is more like a Lambic than an ale. This is the perfect beer to enjoy at the end of the day with a nice creamy dessert.

Photo of boudreaux
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear, sparkling dark maroon, similar to a sparkling red wine; a frothy, off-pink head, about 1.5 fingers thick, dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing

S: sweet cherries hit the nose up front; a touch of sourness, but no bitterness to speak of

T: sweet cherries and sugar dominate the taste; a hint of sour/citrus flavor is here, but is almost lost in the sweetness

M: medium/heavy body; the carbonation keeps it from being too sweet, but it still tries to coat the tongue, but in a good way

D: too sweet to be more than a 1-2 drink beer

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep muddy red with a thin pink head leaving little lacing behind. Aroma initially reminded me of cherry cough syrup as I was pouring it. After sitting for a touch, the smell of cherries is extremely pronounced but is intermingled with an interesting aroma of earthiness, maybe even a bit of leather. Strong initial sweetness leads to an interesting full cherry flavor. The sugars are pungently noticeable throughout, but almost more so in the finish. Very sweet indeed.

Photo of silentjay
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep purplish brown with a smallish pink-hued tan head that quickly dissipates and laces averagely.

smells exactly like luden's brand cherry throat drops. not much beer behind that. syrupy cherry juice.

a slight bit tart, but more sweet black cherries with a soft-malted brown ale behind that. not cloyingly sweet as the slight tart funkiness balances the sweetness out a bit.

very light carbonation with a light/medium body and a touch syrupy after the swallow and a black cherry flavor left on the palate for a while.

drinks pretty well. very hard to believe it's 8% ABV. Not my favorite, but I can see it having its place and time and pairing rather well with dessert.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red-brown color with wispy head, not exactly what I was expecting. Nose is largely cherries, maybe a bit of acidity, little underlying malt. I went into this under the impression that it was a Flanders Red, but obviously I was mistaken, and a glance at the bottle confirms this. Flavor as a fruit beer is definitely fruity--sweet sticky cherries with maybe a hint of underlying yeastiness and a touch of malt to it. Unfortunately, I think the cherries border on medicinal... not terrible though. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for what I would like, though nothing too remarkable. Drinkability of this beer was pretty impressive, I would have guessed 5% ABV at most. That was pretty cool, but I would pass this one up.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep, ruby-red color. Has a thin, frothy head with pinkish hues that dissipates quickly and leaves some foamy lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of cherries with a little bit of that yeastiness common to most Belgian beers. The cherry smell is much more pronounced than it usually is in most other cherry-flavored beers. It's quite nice actually...

Taste: With almost no bitterness to it at all, this beer is all cherries. Strong cherry flavor throughout with a slight yeastiness at the end. Has a slight alcohol edge to it. Reminds me a bit of a stronger Lindemans Kriek.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with a surprising amount of body to it.

Drinkability: A highly drinkable and highly enjoyable Belgian fruit beer. While it's not a lambic, its flavors certainly bring that to mind. I could definitely see this beer appealing to non-beer drinkers. It's easily quaffed despite its 8% ABV. All in all, an enjoyable, non-challenging fruit beer.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/06/11 notes. Shared with my girlfirend and some friends pre Superbowl; this is her favorite beer. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a ruby red color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet, sweet cherries, raspberries, and maybe a little other dark fruits. Very sweet, not tart at all.

t - Tastes of very sweet cherries, cherry juice like. Maybe some other dark fruits but cherries dominate once again. Again, no tartness at all. Very enjoyable, but a tiny bit too sweet for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - I thought this was a very good beer, but it is very sweet and dominated by cherries. I love cherries and like sweet beers so enjoyed it but I could see hwo this is too much for some people. If you're looking for a funkier or sour/tart cherry beer, this one is not for you; it's all sweet, no sour. Would have again.

Photo of brystmar
2.1/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewer's note: this is among my least favorite styles and features one of my least enjoyable flavors (sour cherries), but I really tried to be objective here.

A: deep, murky red with minimal head. Honestly doesn't look particularly delicious.

S: the Kasteel-Robitussin collaboration is quite apparent in the nose. Super tart cherries all over the place; I'm squinting too hard to find anything else. This is the first time I've ever given a 1.0 to anything, and this is absolutely deserving -- I quickly became a mouth-breather for the duration of this review.

T: the taste is leagues better than the smell (mercy!), albeit not fantastic in its own right. Cherries abound, more sweetness than I expected given the nose, and finishes reasonably clean. Trying to take the style into consideration here, but it's tough, man.

M: medium-bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation. Fits the style.

D: my brother and I split this 11.2oz bottle over lunch, and we were both content with leaving the ~6oz that remained on the table for the trash.

Photo of chaz410
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2009 bottle.
Pours a murky deep red body with a pink tinted head.
Smells of musty sweet cherries, hints of rasberries and some cherry cough syrup.
Taste of thick cherry sweetness with loads of heavy froathy wheat character. There's lingering alcoholic flavors of sweet caramel, ethanol, some candied sugar notes and finishes with no burn but residual sweetness.
Mouthfeel is very full and thick with little alcohol finish.

Photo of dgthompson
1.05/5  rDev -72.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the worst tasting beer I have ever had. Made with Sour Cherries?!?! Who had that bright idea. I guess if you like cherries, or cough syrup, this beer might be for you. On top of the horrid taste, it is a very low carbonated beer, making it even less appetizing.

Photo of stearns16
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark cherry red with not much head

S- like a glass of cherry juice

T- hardly seems like a beer until the end when it sneaks up on you. Very tasty - especially if you like cherries

M-smooth finish

D-quite refreshing, but not sure I'd want to drink more than one.

Photo of cetherid
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass.


kind of an ugly beer. murky dark purple color. not really any head.


extremely sweet smelling cherries. Like a cherry soda. Kinda similar to a lindeman's kreik.


sweet cherry juice but a little bubbly like a soda or lambic. Flavor isn't as funky as a lambic. Not much tartness to it, mainly sweetness. Not much else to really describe. very tasty. Like a dessert beer. alcohol is very well hidden for it's ABV. Don't really taste any alcohol.


very bubbly. Get a nice sweet coating of cherry juice in the mouth.


good, but perhaps a little too sweet to have more than a pint of this. Easy to find beer, but kinda expensive IMO. Would love to have this on tap, but 1 pint is more than enough in a sitting, unless you love sugary sweet beers.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark purple color with a thick frothy pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mildly tart cherry scent that's fruity as hell and quite refreshing. The taste is good as well. It has a wonderful cherry flavor that's refreshing and faintly tart. The yeast adds a good deal of character and the juice contributes a good deal of sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking fruit based beer. It has an elevated alcohol level that's well hidden and tremendous drinkability.

Photo of AdamBear
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown, almost black with a pink head

S-wow smells like a handfull of fresh picked cherries!....but not in an overly fruity way...but in a way that would perfectly complement a beer.

T-mmm comes and goes with a very decent cherry flavor. it tastes more refined than a lambic or other fruit/vegetable beers that i've had...in fact i think this is what those types should inspire to be like. there's a slight hint of alcohol tanginess to the end.

M-good amount of carbonation with a dry finish

D-mmm the taste does stay all the way through. i love the cherries so much. i could drink this one all night long!

Photo of ThaCreep
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Nose hard enough in cherry juice, low foam. It looks like a bit of a cherry cola. Fortunately, the mouth is not as laden with cherries as you might think. A bit of bitterness, acidity but a tad far from being truly compelling. We note, however, esters aftertaste ABV and very discreet. The real problem with this beer is that its creators have lost between two conceptions. Either take the side and make a fruity beer, certainly commercial, but fruity and sweet as desired. Either take the side of strong beer and produce a beer, fruity indeed, but the structure as strong as its larger counterparts. What a pity.

Photo of Domingo
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a favorite draft item of mine, but this is my first experience with a bottle.
Pours a blood red color with a thick white foam.
The nose is huge on fruit. Tart cherries and slight citrus'y yeast.
The flavor starts off sweet with bing cherry notes, but more sour character starts to show up in the middle with the yeast-focused and slight bready notes from the beer creeping in. The finish has a tiny bit of hop character that interrupts the sweet fruity notes, but doesn't linger too long.
Mouthfeel is thick and slightly syrupy, which limits the urge to drink it too quickly.
Not too bad - and you can definitely sense that this was an inspiration for the New Glarus fruit beers.
The only major issue is that the beer character isn't too strong, but this is still a pretty solid choice that won't break the bank.
An easy recommendation for those getting into Belgian beers or as a dessert pairing,

Photo of xylophonica
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark ruby/grape colour. No real head to speak of..

S - Sweet cherry but with heaps of sugar.

T - Again sweet cherry flavour with an awful lot of sugar involved. Has some port-like elements as well.

M - Carbonation is mild and very sweet on the palate.

D - in summation this is incredibly sweet but also nice and fruity. Might be nice for a change but you wouldn't want to drink too many.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/18/2010, St. Augustine with PP on and OAR concert night. Enjoyed by all 4 of us.

Looks like a full bodied cherry juice or concentrate with a small head and no lace/retention.
Smells and tastes of pseudo natural cherry flavor with maybe a dash of Ludens cough drops if you are sensitive to strong cherry flavors. Taste is much more intense than the smell.
Mouthfell is semi slick body.
You have to like over the top sweet cherry flovers to like this one, avoid it if cherry is a turnoff or if you have very had a bad Nyquil experience. ABV is hidden very well.

Photo of clarkm04
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/7/08

Appearance- Very deep dark cherry cool. Medium pinkish/reddish head retention and fairly carbonated.

Smell- A huge presence of tart cherries in the nose.

Taste- Very awesome. This beer is an ideal dessert beer. A very complex cherry taste throughout the flavor profile with a nice clean finish. The front has a slight cherry tartiness but quickly descents into sweetness. This beer is not as tart as the smell would indicate. Very A very unique beer and the only thing similar would be New Glarus's Belgian Red. Some confuse all Belgian fruit beer as lambics but this beer has far less carbonation and less tart/funkiness than you would find in a lambic.

Mouthfeel- Creates a little pucker on the palate and a nice carbonation strike mid-tongue.

Drinkability- Very high. I plan to consume the whole wine bottle myself.

Overall- An outstanding and readily accessible beer. I would recommend this beer to anyone who wants a nice sweet nightcap/dessert. Very delicate and outstanding. Outside of Belgian Red which is impossible to find, this is my favorite dessert beer or beer similar to the Belgian Red style.

Photo of thecarster1
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a snifter, dark black cherry coloring, little bit of fizzy pinkish purple head that fades quick to a little lace and a ring around the glass.

s- funk, cherries, lots of tart cherries, sweet, interesting for sure.

t- right off the bat - tastes like a funked up fermented cherry soda. some sweetness, some barnyard funk, can taste the strength a bit, authentic cherry taste though.

m- fizzy medium body.

d- a sipper, definately interesting though, would drink this again but probably not seek out to buy.

Photo of DaveHS
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-Pours a deep burgundy with a red, tan tinted head that dissolves quickly, leaving a thin ring of bubbles around the glass. No lacing.

S-Cherries, Jolly Ranchers, fruit acidity.

M/T-Not at all what I expected. The cherry flavor is what this beer is all about, supported by the body and maltiness of a Belgian strong pale ale. Tartness registers on the tip of the tongue, but quickly recedes into intense fruit sweetness. That's not to say it's cloying, the beer is well balanced and pleasant. The alcohol is well hidden. The best beer I've had from Kasteel. Carbonation is low to moderate.

D- Higher than expected. For a non-sour Belgian fruit beer, it's very enjoyable.

Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 832 ratings.