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Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 870
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 23
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
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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 chaz410
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
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
1.06/5  rDev -72.2%
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
3.67/5  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
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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 +7.6%
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
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
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
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
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%
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 -8.1%
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 -3.4%
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
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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
3.65/5  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 +7.6%
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.

Photo of cooch69
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kasteel Rouge pours into the Kasteel goblet a mahogany brown color with a fair bit of lacing but no real head. When poured into a flute this is a different story though.
This beer smells really inviting. I'm getting a really unprosscesed barley scent here. Almost like an unmalted grain. The cherries are definetly dominant though. This beer is very cherry, with the cherry pits adding an almond like scent to the mix. I'm also getting a very small alcohol presence and a bit of a hop hit and run.
This beer tastes just like tart cherries, and nuts. Mostly almonds and Filberts. It is pretty refreshing, and goes away pretty quick despite the alcohol in it.
Rouge has a pretty syrupy mouthfeel(medium bodied). It has a small carbonation to it and it's aftertaste lasts not that long.

Photo of RuudJH
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having tried several of Kasteel beers, this one I actually liked best: it's sour and sweet. Neither of the tastes are dominant. It's just well balanced.

Dark red colour, with an off pink head. Not too big.

Smell and taste are fruity, mainly kriek/cherries. Sweet and sour combination.
Mild and refreshing aftertaste.
I'm not saying this beer is a great kriek, but for a Kasteel beer, it's actually not bad at all (i've had some disappointments with this brewery, but this brew is very ok).

Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark ruby red color that is mostly transparent. the head is a murky reddish dirty brown color, thin and bubbly.

S-hint of metalliic phenol with light yeast intermingled with huge aromas of slightly tart cherries blended with a touch of cherry cough syrup.

T-huge blast of ripe cherries with a touch of tartness. notes of lactic acid add a creamy flavor and texture to the beer. a light pepery spiced yeast seems to play underneath the huge cherry flavors.

M-full bodied and very syrupy and creamy texture. good carbonation giving it a lively crisp finish with just a hint of driness. its very juicy throughout the drink.

D-very tasty brew with a huge cherry blast and very straight forward. the palate really sells this making it very creamy with huge cherry flavors. they don't try to do too much here, simple and enjoyable.

Photo of xrdsci
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

A: Garnet color. Quickly fading pink head, leaving only a ring around the glass.

S: Cherry dominates, maybe a little tartness.

T: Again, the cherry flavor dominates. Mostly sweet, with hints of sourness. Doesn't taste artificial or medicinal in any way. I don't see the comparison to Luden's cough drops - this tastes darker. Finishes dry with a slight tannin bite.

M: Tingly carbonation. Only slightly syrupy.

D: Very good. Never would've guessed the ABV on this one - very well hidden. Goes down very easy.

Photo of funkyaudio
4.92/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the strong cherry nose, I was concerned this was going to be a complete bust of a beer. It ended up being a beer I probably won't purchase again, but I do appreciate it's craftsmanship and character. It could have come across like cherry cough syrup, but instead was more like a sour cherry soda with touches of beer. Be careful though...the higher alcohol is not that noticeable most of the time you are drinking it, so a few minutes after you finish the alcohol sneaks up and says hello!

Photo of salvo
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kasteel rouge strong cherry beer made with sour cherry and cherry liquor; description says it's the liqueur in Mon Cheri candies. Blood red to ruby with an inch of pink-towards-lavender head that dissipates slowly, leaving a fine film even after 20 minutes.

Strong cherry flavor; deep sweetness and fresh and preserved fruit flavors both like a cherry wine with a head and like a liqueur without the medicinal syrup of a cheap kreik. An excellent alternative and boundary pusher; it made my wife very happy and allowed me to linger at Three Floyds long after our meals were finished. A little sweet and thick to be truly "drinkable" but also certainly worth a taste if you know what you are getting.

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

2007 vintage.

Pours a deep, cloudy ruby red with a pink head...the head falls to a ring and a skim of top coat that leaves no lacing...very active carbonation.

The smell is pretty obvious...Mmmm...cherries!

Taste like cherry pie filling...yum yum! It is sweet and full of cherry flavor.

This isn't no light weight fruit beer; this baby has some body with a lot of carbonation...it is sticky and dry.

All around good beer! Went well with bbq chicken; a little too much on its own to drink a lot of.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance: garnet red with some decent head retention

smell: like artifical wild cherry bubblegum or candy

taste: had a medicinal quality with the wild cherry flavor. did not taste real. Like a ludens cough drop and the sweetness was not balanced with the sour aspect.

mouthfeel: light bodied. fizzy/heavy carbonation.

drinkability: I had high expectations and it didnt deliver

Photo of NWFLyer
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught at Papago Brewing Company, Scottsdale, AZ

Impressive appearance; dark, blood/ruby red color with a thin, pink head.

Aroma is intense with cherry being the predominant feature.

Taste is bold, yet smooth; a definite cherry soda impression, yet not as sweet. I did not detect the "artificial cherry" flavor noted by other reviewers. - I adore fresh cherries in season, and this brew reminded me of such natural essence.

Mouthfeel is quite satisfying. As others have noted, this would pair nicely with dark chocolate. This is an excellent dessert beer, in my opinion.

I am not partial to fruit beers, as a rule, but this one hit my sweet spot, so to speak.

Photo of rudzud
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gotta love Belgian Beerfest

A - Pours a ruby red hue with a very small pink fizzy head that rapidly disappeared leaving a fizzy light pink ring.

S - Big on the dark cherry aroma. Maybe a little bit of funky yeast but its really all about the cherry.

T - Really sweet flavor that is distinctly cherry and nothing else. Some sips I can taste dark cherry, others I get an artificial taste. Still, a good flavor.

M - Nice high carbonation is almost like a soda beer. Still with all the carbonation it seems to leave a sticky/syrupy finish.

D - Its a nice fruit beer. Not too too sweet, not too too artificial tasting. Would be nice though to have a bit more fresher taste and less artificial.

Photo of jpmclaug
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a stemmed tulip

A - Ruby red body with a pink head on top.

S - slight bit of funk mixed with a hint of cherries

T - Sweet artificial cherry flavor up front with a bit of shocktart like sourness at the end. Kind of an artificial medicinal flavor that kind of turns me off. Pretty sweet as well. This beer is ok but not fantastic.

M - medium body with a ton of carbonation

D - Would be much better if the artificial flavor wasn't present. Still this beer is pretty decent. I would drink this again but don't see myself buying it again anytime soon.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Dark, almost blood red and crystal clear. A small, quick to die pink head that reminds me of the head on a cola.

S - Sweet, dark cherries dominates. There is little else in the way of aroma.

T - Sweet, not quite a cough syrup cherry flavor but cherries are about all that comes through. As it warms malted barley begins to becomes apparent and there is an earthy spicy bitterness in the finish.

M - Spritzer like in the carbonation, but the sweetness of the beer leaves an almost sticky sensation on the tongue.

D - A very interesting beer. Lots of cherry flavor, goes great with dark chocolate. The 11.2oz bottle is a little too much though. Drinking it by itself the beer begins to lose its appeal and I couldn't follow it with a second one.

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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 870 ratings.