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Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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85
very good

763 Ratings
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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 17
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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 tr4nc3d
1.75/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I have tried Kasteel-Donker and that was good so I decided to pick this one up when I saw it was brewed with cherries. Unfortunately it was a bad idea.

This poured a light cherry color with really small reddish-white head that disapeared quickly.

You could smell the cherries as you were pouring it. The cherries and cherrie juice is all I could smell.

The tase was like drinking cherry pop, cough drops, with some vicks cough medicine. This turned me off as it was way to much cherry flavored.

Really tartness and cherry flavor.

This beer was not for me, way to much cherry flavor and it needed to be toned down.

tr4nc3d, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark ruby-hued body capped by an inch of pink foam.

Smell: Candy-like nose of sweet-smelling concentrated cherry juice. Jolly Ranchers cooked down into a pot of Kool-Aid where somewhere didn't add nearly enough water.

Taste: Super sweet blend of melted lollipops, Luden's Wild Cherry cough drops, and grenadine. Very light cherry tartness. Some meager perceived hints at actual malts, but it's pretty much straight-up cherries through and through.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit simple with it's delivery of just cherries and jolting sweetness. Me, I'd sooner reach for something a bit more graceful, like New Glarus Belgian Red. Still though, I found it reasonably enjoyable, but I could see many people considering this to be outright cloying.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, gift from Phil.

Tried Jul 2008.

Small sparkly pink head. Well carbonated. Color is reminiscent of blood oranges. Strong aroma of sweet cherries and cinnamon. Starts sweet and tart, cherry is front and center. Medium body. Cherry flavor doninates throughout, ultimately more on the sweet than tart side. Finish is dry, alcohol is present but not too strong. Good sweet contrast to the tartness of the NG Belgian Red.

htomsirveaux, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of BeerZack
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Corked 750ml, dated 2007.

Deep ruby color, almost appearing brown, with a pink one finger head of foam that fades to a bubbly covering.

Smells fantastic. Sweet and juicy tart cherries. Bit of black cherry soda. Hint of alcohol. Nice. Smells a lot like NG Wisconsin Belgian Red.

Tastes a lot like I would have imagined from the nose. Tastes more like the black cherry soda than the tart juicy cherries. The alcohol is a lot more prevalent in the taste and really detracts from the overall impression. Some good acidity here, but still just too sweet and syrupy. This beer is so close to being really tasty, but just misses the mark.

Soft feel, but still bubbly and live. Highly carbonated, but not too stingy and helps to cut some of the sweetness.

Drinkable, but not overly pleasant.

BeerZack, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of glid02
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a cloudy ruby color with a one-finger pink head. The head sticks around for a while then recedes into a thin pancake on top with decent lacing.

Smells like a Sweetart - tons of sweet and sour cherry overpower everything else.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The sweetness is too much for me - it reminds me of something Smirnoff or Mike's would put out to attract women.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and active carbonation and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is not good - at least for me. It's just too sweet and stretches the definition of beer for me.

Overall I think people might enjoy this if they're a big fan of fruit beers, but again, I can't handle it. Caveat Emptor.

glid02, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of NCSUdo
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Red hued brown under a slight red, small head. Decent retention, not much lace.

S: A bit like a cherry pop tart. Cherry and some bready malt, maybe even a slight funky hint (hay maybe?).

T: A bit of the same, cherry dominates. Mostly sweet with a little tartness. Malt is there as well. Decent taste.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is a little too prickly. Drinkability is decent but cherry flavor could be a little over bearing after a while. Pretty good representation of a fruit beer.

NCSUdo, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish-brown color and a clear texture. There was a thin layer of red-colored head and good lacing.

S: Smelled overwhelmingly of cherries and little else. Nonetheless, very aromatic.

T: Tasted of cherries, cherries and more cherries. That and some malt. Not the most blazingly complex of flavors, but very tasty.

M: A very high, lively level of carbonation and a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: While I don't drink fruit beers that often, this is one of the better examples of one. This would be a good summer beer. Easy to drink and refreshing.

avalon07, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, strongly reddish mahogany with a fine-bubbled pinkish head. Scent of cherries dominates the the malty aroma. Flavor is almost too sweet, mainly cherry with an undertone of malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasing, and aftertaste is mainly sweet but not cloying with hints of hops.

Cyberkedi, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store in Decatur into a really cool Kasteel chalice.

Pours a deep, clear ruby with a pinkish head that lingered as a cap for the duration leaving good lacing.

The smell is like a cherry lollipop with big sweet cherries dominating. There is some yeast as well, but it's really all about the sugary sweet cherries.

Tastes like a cheery cough drop - lots of big sweet cherries. It's very one-dimensional, but still pretty damn tasty.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and extremely sticky sweet on the palate.

Again, it's not very complex, but sometimes it doesn't need to be to be very good. I enjoyed this one thoroughly though drinking an entire bottle of this might be a task with the overpowering sweetness.

gford217, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a oversized wine glass.

Pours a deep, clear, cranberry with 1 1/2 fingers of rose colored head. Settles down into a thin fizzy retention with some wisps in the center. This flares up rather nicely when swirled, leaving a solid cascade of lace up on the sides of the glass. This look is growing on me as I continue working on this glass and swirl it around. Very handsome looking in the glass. The aroma is soft and inviting, with notes of cherry juice (that are only slightly tart), candied sugar, floral tones, and some yeast.

The taste is very similar, the lightly tart cherry character, candy sweetness, some light hop bitterness in the back. Finishes sweet and dry on the lips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft and creamy feel in the mouth that possesses a bit of a prickle to it. Just the tiniest amount of warmth is present in the body but I would have never guessed that this was 8% ABV.

Nice stuff. Good balance between the cherry tartness and sweet notes and both the body and especially the drinkbility were great. This was a nice one for the wife and I to split.

Kegatron, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of Chinon01
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pretty, engrossing, deep garnet with a thin clingy head.

Nose/ Taste - Medicinal cherry gum drop, cherry skin, cherry juice, and cookie dough. Sweet, sour, with a decent acidic bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability - Both are very good particularly considering the sweetness due to the high tart acidity.

Chinon01, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of baos
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce bottle into Grolsch tulip glass.

A: Deep cherry red and amber body with a three finger purplish pink head. Nice lacing. Head dwindles down to a nice sheen. Charlie this time not Martin.

S: Deep aged cherries, Cherry liqueur, some malts and yeast here and there to help balance the cherries.

T: Fermented Cherry juice, bit of malt and yeast. Very sweet and tart on the get go and pretty sweet and tart throughout. A dryness breaks through on the finish well about 30 seconds after the finish. Lots of cherries here if you no likie cherries you no gonna likie this beer.

M: Nice medium feel on this on almost syrupy but this is cleared up at the finish.

D: I am not big fan of fruity brews, but this one grew on me. As it warms in your glass it warms to the palette. Not a bad beer and if you like cherries you'll really like this one, but give her a try nonetheless.

baos, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this at the company holiday party. Was basically what I expected - a maroon beer with a weak head that smells and tastes like what it is: cherry syrup. There's a little bit of a beer flavor in the taste (not so much in the nose, which is really just sweet, almost cough syrup cherry), with some sourness that's fairly interesting. Body's fine, and the carbonation's fairly appropriate. It's not really my style, but it's not garbage by any means. Probably couldn't have more than one though.

soupyman10, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of echdk3
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into an over-sized wine glass

A_Very thin bubbly halo. No head, opaque dark cherry color. The color saves the appearance which would otherwise be lacking because of the zero head factor

S_Beautifully sweet cherry aroma, marachino syrup

T_Strongly resembles a diet cherry soda. Pure cherry, one dimensional

M_Mouth washing, extremely high carbonation -- too high

D_Hard to drink too many of because of the intense flavor and high carbonation

echdk3, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, deep red. Pours burgundy. Like the wine, not the color. Very small white head.

Smells great! Big, sweet cherry juice with a tiny bit of pleasant yeast funkiness. Not very complex but wow does it smell like some tastyass cherries.

Tastes very good--the lack of complexity (and beeriness) is a little more present and is slightly detrimental, too. Tastes like super duper cherries. Tastes like a Luden's cough drop. This--goddamnit this is like the Leinenkugel's Nut Brown shit, where it tastes so good it's almost like it's cheating since there's obviously been something added to this that's not beerish enough. I'm more apt to trust Kasteel than Miller, though, so I'll give these guys the benefit of the doubt and assume this is real cherries, and not Xylatol614 or whatever.

mynie, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of drxandy
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

07/07 dated cork, drank around 8/6/08
1pt. 9.4fl oz to tulip glass, pours a highly carbonated dark rich ruby red, off pink/tannish head, nice bubble lacing, looks deep

smells of nicely blended cherries. candi sugar, sweet, tart, bubblegum

tastes of sweet astringent wild cherry lifesavers, yeast hides in back, sour, tart, a little too sweet for my taste but plenty of good flavors, good carbonation, very easy to drink, light alchohol presence but hidden well

mouthfeel is crisp, sweet, very drinkable - overall nice for desert.. but i likely wouldn't buy again.

drxandy, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a cloud, ruby red color (like grapefruit juice) with a pinkish, bubbly one-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of cherry cough syrup. Really very sweet smelling. Very little beer-like aromas.

T - It tasted of sweet cherry flavor. Some yeast and grainy qualities.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. Quite fizzy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an interesting beer. Very sweet and very sharp.

zeff80, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the eulogy last night
didnt quite no what to expect

it poured a pretty dark/ cherry color
def can taste the cherry on the nose... def can

it tastes very good, I guess i have Ommegang Rouge on the brain , cause i was expecting this beer to be more sour.. the sweetness def broke through more

def a good beer, maybe it varies from batch to batch .. I dont know

I would def drink this again, but would be more inclined to do so in places that dont have funkier things to try

check it out, i dug it

gdfan47, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of becktone
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes 11-5-08

Eye: Into a Duvel Tulip: In color this beer is an extremely deep dark bloody red....very beautiful. The body is pretty clear as well. Head formation and retention are both okay-perhaps a tad above average. Color of the head is a dirty pinkish-red-white...salamon! thats the color of the head! Overall pretty good looking beer, better than most beers that have any type of fruit aroma...it actually looks like there is a beer here as opposed to a light lager with flavoring added....

Nose: Big cherry nose on this brew, almost like smelling a jar of maraschino cherries just after its been opened. Overall the aroma reminds me a bit of Cherry Seven-Up, real sweet, and big cherry. Also some faint and hidden oak character, some earthy tones...maybe some hints at malt under there though..albeit just an overall malt aroma and nothing specific.... not overly complex, but I love the smell of this beer. This is one is simple and straight forward, nothing gets in the way of what this beer is trying to portray ....straight forward, direct and to the point, this one does it. Real nice.

Tongue: As with the nose, big cherry in the flavor, up front and demanding....tartness as well. Alcohol then comes into play, but not as something that should be looked down upon...especially in this particular beer. It gives it a real nice balance, the flavor of the alcohol balances out the sweetness. Again, maybe some oakiness or earthy tones, though its hard to tell with the alcohol burning up the finer points of the palate...its like "Boom! Cherry, then Alcohol to balance it." Pretty hard to get anything but those two, they dominate the tongue so much. Finish is real dry, which is where some of the oakiness is being perceived. Again, this one is simple and it works. This is one that I originally tried only a single bottle of at a tasting, the memmory of that tasting, of this beer, led to my decesion to buy this beer as a four-pack. I'm glad I did. One of the best beers where fruit plays a major role (excluding lambics) that I've drank.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As afore mentioned this one finishes dry...fits what the beer is doing perfectly. Carbonation is fine and lower than I expected, especially upon inspection and concentration on feel. The slight tartness, low carbonation, and dryness work together in perfect harmony to produce a feel that is unimprovable. It can't get better, this feel is perfect...the body is light enough to make this easy to drink, but heavy enough to give substance. All in all I really don't think that this feel could improve. This is a dangerously drinkable beer. While the alcohol is detectable, it balances the beer so well that it isn't obnoxious, it isn't distracting, it isn't burning....instead it compliments. I look forward to drinking the other three. This is what any beer using fruit should do, be high in alcohol while using it to balance the brew. Fuck that extract shit....If this beer used it, well, then they've done the best job of it I've ever tasted....however I highly doubt that they did. The evidence is in the flavor. If you're a person that likes lambics and Oud Bruins then this is right up your alley. It seems like its kinda a mix of both. Hey, well anyway its really drinkable....one bottle brought me to buy a four-pack of something I might never have bought...I'd say that this is pretty damn drinkable-like a pregnant woman who wants Arby's one minute then watermelon the next....

edit: next morning....okay the whole review is right one except for the pregnant lady part...I swear it made sense at the time, but now I don't quite see what I was getting at, almost but not quite.

becktone, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of keoki182
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Madison WI's Malt House. Bold and rich cherry red body with pinkish head. Tons of cherry in the aroma and flavor. My first impression of the taste was artificial cherry, lending almost a medicinal tinge. A second sip (and each subsequent) proved just how wrong my first impression was. Full-on cherry enveloped my taste buds and at 8.00%, provided a dangerous beer to session. If not for the sweetness, I could drink this all night. I love the bitter, burnt flavors in many other styles, but this is just such a unique experience for any beer lover. Superb fruit beer.

keoki182, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really dark red color. There is a little carbonation, but it creates a good-sized head with a pink hue that stays throughout.
Smell is very strong of nice fresh cherries. There is a bit of a malt smell too, giving it the smell of a good cherry lambic.
Taste is very nice for a cherry lambic. There is a strong cherry taste, but it is balanced with a good alocohol taste that does not make this beer as sour as most lambics.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and refreshing at the same time.
I am not a big lambic or sour fan, but this beer defintely scores well with me. There is a good cherry taste without being tangy or overbearing. This beer is a good mix for someone like me, who loves malty thick beers and my wife who hates beer, but loved this offering and is now tasting everything I bring home.

BDIMike, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short and stubby Belgian style bottle, pours rich reddish amber, cough syrup style. Pungent cherry nose, quickly departing red hued head and then leaving next to no lace. Sweet, sour, tart, pleasantly fruity, with notes of cherry, raspberry, cough syrup. Layers of dense, pungent and intense fruit. Nice stuff. Well worth a try. Would be nice with a chocolate and/or fruity dessert.

Billolick, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of DownDaHatch
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to this Belgian. The High Alcohol contnet at times seems to overpower this beer and can taste a bit like NyQuill. Takes me back to my younger years when sneaking a bit of NyQuill was quite the night out. It forms well in the mouth and is easy to drink if the alcohol doesn't bother you. The smell is strong and pungent and rather pleasing. Overall this is not a bad beer, but then again, nothing special either.

DownDaHatch, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cherry red, almost brown, mild head.

Alcohol smell, cherries, cherry extract.

Sweet carbonated, cherries, malt undercurrent.

Finishes sweet.

This was an expensive beer in a short bottle. But worth it if you like fruity beer. A lot better than Warrants "Shes my cherry pie, cool drink of water what a sweet suprise."

Murchmac, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of requiem960
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Comparable to the Rodenbach - Redbach beer, Kasteel's Rogue has a much higher abv without the smoothness. This is definitely a beer to sip and enjoy over a thirty to sixty minute session.

Pouring the Rogue into a chalice, this beer looks more like a red wine than a beer. The Kasteel Rogue has a soda like carbonation, but finer (more like a champagne). There is very little to no head, but what's there is on the pinkish to brown side.

What impressed me about the beer is the cherry backing has a very good taste. I'd like to compare it to the Redbach, but this beer is a lot more complex. The cherry was the predominate flavor. For a higher abv beer, I was expecting the Rogue to be syrupy like a cough syrup; however, the taste was very flavorful. Imagine a lighter Belgiumesque beer with a cherry pie filling additive in the mix.

The smell was a bit deceiving. The best way I can describe it is like a yeastey cough syrup. The taste definitely made up for the aroma! The mouthfeel was pleasant, and reminded me of something like a Saxo Blonde or Delelrium Tremens. Kind of that medium body type beer with a light carbonation.

Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable fruit beer. I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these in a night, but I'd definetly throw this beer my rotational fruit beer catalog!

requiem960, Oct 11, 2008
Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 763 ratings.