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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 cooch69
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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%
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 +6.1%
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 +10.5%
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 +29.5%
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 +9.7%
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 +5.3%
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 -17.1%
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 +4.7%
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 -2.1%
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 -13.2%
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 -13.7%
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.

Photo of Pencible
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark cherry red with quickly disipating reddish white head.
S: It smelled like super sweet candied cherry with a little dark choclate. Reminiscent of a Luden's cough drop.
T: It tasted like cherry taffy. Very sugary sweet with a bit of tanginess from the cherry. The aftertaste was the same, and lasted quite a while.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a ridiculous drink that barely resembled beer. It hid the alcohol well, under all the sweetness. So if you like cherry taffy, this could be considered easy to drink. Too extreme for my tastes; I'd prefer a cherry Belgian beer with more complexity and balance.

Photo of bunnyman
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I initially had this on tap and it so impressed me that I went directly out and got a bottle of it to take to the wife. It's the cherry bomb beer in the best way I can imagine. It's color is dark red with just a hint of the Flemish brown beer underneath. Even the head is pink! The nose is cherry cherry cherry but not the chemical smell that others have mentioned. I smells more like a liquid cherry pie than anything else. The taste is again cherry, sweet and sour with the tang from the Flemish brown ale rounding things out. There is malt and fruit in lovely harmony. There is a full mouth feel with light carbonation. This is a dessert beer no doubt. It's smooth and fruity and yummy but a small snifter is all you need. A 750ml will easily satisfy 4-6 people along with a sliver of a dense chocolate torte. I keep a bottle on hand for just such an occasion.

Photo of curiamagna
4.95/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am lucky enough to live near a beer bar that has this on tap all the time. The manager told me it's a Belgian brown ale aged with cherries and cherry liqueur (the liquid in those chocolate-covered cherries).

To say that the cherry aroma and taste is "pronounced" would be an understatement - it's in-your-face. If you look hard enough, however, you will find the sour Belgian brown flavor and scent hiding underneath. This and the carbonation prevents it from being cloying and makes Kasteel Rouge a one-of-a-kind experience.

If you know someone who won't drink any beer, find Kasteel Rouge on tap and make them try it and see what happens. If you are a double IPA/RIS fan, give it a try. It may become your guilty pleasure, like it has become mine.

No idea what this like in a bottle. I have one waiting for the right moment.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep red color with just the slightest bit of light able to pass through. The head was abrubt and gone within seconds, like a soda pop.

Smell is all cherries. It's pretty one dimensional. It smelled like artificial cherry.

It tastes like cherry robitussin. Extremely sweet, artificial cherry flavor with a slight medicinal burn.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and sweet.

I was not a big fan of this. I was hoping for something more tart but this was extremely sweet and syrupy. Not something I'd try again.

Photo of crashlimo
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Pours dark red with about a thumb worth of light foam. Looks a lot like a sparkling cider; most heavily carbonated beer I've ever seen

S- Cherry... lots of cherry

T- Very, very sweet cherry flavor. the 8% alcohol is hidden under layers of sugary cherry flavor. I would have loved it as a child (not sure if that's good or bad)

M- Quite fizzy

D- If you don't mind that it tastes more like a soft drink than beer than you might have a hard time putting this down. I, for one, will not discriminate as my sweet tooth prevails. I just wish I saved it for desert

Photo of zoso1967
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, this came in one of the coolest goblets ever, with a representation of what I am assuming is the brewery molded into the long square stem. The beer itself was dark as black sweet cherries with a deep pink head that was very foamy and fizzy. The head eventually settled into a pink collar that left no lace at all. The aroma was incredibly fragrant and full of tart cherry deliciousness. I was hungry when I drank this and it actually made my mouth water. Though the smell was dominated by tart cherry, it was very sweet overall, and seemed a tad artificial, more like store bought cherry pie filling than my mom's homemade Michigan tart cherry pie. The flavor was quite well balanced with tons of sugary sweetness, but also a good amount of tartness to keep it from getting out of control. Rich tart cherry flavor ruled the day, but all that sweetness also produced juicy dark sweet cherry flavors that melded with brown sugar notes. I am starting to think this would be an amazing dessert beer. The body is medium, and it somehow manages to stay quite smooth even in the finish, with just a bit of stickiness. This was a surprise with all the sweetness it had going on. It had the perfect amount of carbonation, so perhaps that helped. Though this is a very well made beer, it is perhaps a bit sweet to be extremely drinkable, though compared to its contemporaries, it holds up pretty well in that department. I just realized this is an 8% beer, something I had no idea of when drinking it. I think I will have to raise the drinkability score. Chalk this one up as being surprisingly enjoyable.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL stubby with a bottled code of 070716, thinking this was brewed in 2007 perhaps? It has been in my cellar for quite some time. Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a pinkishly purple fizzy head. Fades quick and leaves a lasting collar and sheen.

Nose is bursting with dark cherry pie filling. Somewhat sweet and plenty tart, but there is not much else in here in the way of malt, yeast or hops. Smells delicious though.

Sweetness is balanced a bit by some tartness and maybe a touch of sour. Cherries, raspberry jam and more cherries...tastes very much like pie filling. Alcohol is detectable but does not seem as high as 8%. Carbonation is low and the body is full. It seems like a little bit of dark malt is there if you really pay attention. This is a dessert beer of the highest order. Vanilla ice cream with a square of dark chocolate? Oh yea.

Photo of Soonami
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy Cherries. This is a very fruity beer with strong cherry flavor, and ample cherry taste. I have had this beer both on tap and in an aged bottle and I think the beer in a bottle is better. The cherry sweetness subsides a bit over time, which marries better with the beer over time and allows for some complexity to come through without being overwhelming. It's good to have a small pour, but anything more than 8 or 10 ounces would be too much.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Kasteel chalice.

Drinking this would be a cherry gig indeed! Ahem. Sorry. It pours a mostly clear ruby topped by over a finger of ecru foam that holds a slight pinkish tinge. The nose comprises more than a healthy contingent of cherries, chased by a slight medicinal quality. Something akin to Cherry Coke lies beneath this mass, but can't quite find the right words to express itself. The taste mirrors the smell, though the cough syrup is toned down a bit, allowing the cherries to explore a somewhat more sour path to enlightenment. Again, the Cherry Coke is there as well, possibly aged in some dry oak barrels (not enough to allow a lambic-style experience to blossom, but just enough to be vaguely recognizable). The body is a solid medium, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat drying finish. Overall, a solid fruity Belgian, though not necessarily one I would be able to contantly down.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Deep, dark burgundy with a pinkish head that stays put.

Smell -- Cherries, along with a faint whiff of alcohol.

Taste -- Cherries. Whole lot of cherries and a faint taste of malt. Very sweet, then puckering tartness. Fairly one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied, with ample carbonation. Fairly dry finish for a beer so sweet.

Drinkability -- This was the first time I've had this beer since college and was wondering if my 'refined' palate would still agree with the rouge. All in all, I still really like it.

The sweet/tart cherry flavor was agreeable, though this beer absolutely causes beer fatigue; great for one, maybe two glasses, but then you want to move on...

Photo of zImage
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: An impressive dark red. Very bubbly. Head settled down to a subtle lacing.

S: Smells strongly of cherries. I was worried that it would have smell like cough syrup, like Lindemans, but it's much nicer.

T: Reminds me of cherry soda, but more full flavored, but also more bitter.

M: Also, like soda-pop.

D: Not my favourite. I can appreciate the flavors, but I won't be buying this again.

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

I opened the bottle and right away I could smell the cherries.I poured the bottles (one for me and one for my wife) into pint glasses. There was a very nice head on both glasses. Although at this point the cherry aroma was very strong almost too strong. In the first two to three sips the cherry is very strong, but after that it was very nice as the beer warmed a little. Over all it was a very nice drink more like a cordial than a beer. This was my first experiance with this beer and I am looking forward to having another.

Photo of garuda
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Opaque red in color, not much of any head with no lacing.

S - Mostly cranberries, with some cherry notes.

T - Follows the nose, with more cherry flavoring coming through. Very tart on the finish.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, finishes nice and crisp.

D - This was my first fruit/veggie beer, and I didn't really know what to expect. Overall, it was good for one serving, but I wouldn't get another. By the end, it was just too sweet for me. The alcohol was well hidden, and I couldn't get a hint of it at all. It felt like I was drinking cranberry juice.

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