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Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

815 Ratings
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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 18
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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 aquatonex
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark ruby with a good bubbly head that quickly goes away leaving a thin film of bubbles. Good carbonation. Nose smells like yummy cherries, the kind of nose you get from a cherry infused cider. Taste is at first a nice fermented cherry but quickly turns into an almost diet soda sweetness. As it breathes the diet soda-ness but still maintains a strong sugary taste. Doesn't really have any beer-like qualities.

aquatonex, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of hoppough
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a Kasteel chalice, it has a very unique dark red/burgundy like coloring. No real head retention, just a thin lace around the edges.

S- smells of sweet, sour, and artificial cherries. The combination of the sweet and sour cherries gives it a smell similar to a kriek lambic but not quite as sour.

T- Starts off with sweet cherries with a slightly tart sour cherry background and ends with a dry cherry wine like finish.

M- mouthfeel is a little bellow average. It has a prickly, bubbly, over carbonated feel to it, but nothing to overwhelming.

D- It's not a bad beer. This is the first Belgian fruit beer that wasn't a lambic that i've tried. If you're new to this kind of beer and looking to explore then give it a shot, but there are probably better Belgian fruit beers out there.

hoppough, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of boatshoes
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the BBF and remembered being impressed with it at the time of drinking. However, thought I better give it another shot out of the bottle given my slight inebriation during the first experience. Picked up a bottle at the New Beer Distributors in NYC.

Appearance- Pours a very dark cherry red with about a finger of fizzy pink head sitting on top. You can see the cherries in this one from the shade of the color if that makes any sense. Nice looking and would have scored even higher, except that the fizziness of the head almost makes it look like soda-pop.

Smell- Smells intensely of cherries. Not particularly an artificial smell like you might come across in St. Louis or Lindemans but not really the completely authentic cherry smell you get out of a New Glarus Wis. Belgian Red either. So, comes across pretty good on the whole. Apart from the cherries, there is also a very noticeable sweet malt background peeking through.

Taste- Tastes very heavy of a slightly artificial cherry with even more of the sweet malt backbone coming through as well. Almost tastes like a chocolate covered cherry as a result. Interesting, more so than many beers of this variety, but very very sweet after even half a glass.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Didn't like the mouthfeel too much on this one. Slick but at the same time prickly with carbonation. Made it kinda bite into the tongue. Drinkability not too great either given the mouthfeel and the aforementioned sweetness.

Overall, didn't like this one that much the second time though. Scores okay marks for being better than a Lindemans with a more interesting and complex flavor but very much too sweet in the end.

boatshoes, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of taigor
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours deep red color with big pink head and some lacing.

S - Cherry smell with some other fruits.

T - Starts off with sweet cherries and ends up a little tart.

M - Medium body with some carbonation.

D - Personally, I wouldnt drink it again because this is too fruity for guys. Definitely a ladies drink.

taigor, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draught at a gueuze bar in Paris, by the Luxembourg gardens IIRC. I had it once at the Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh a few years ago and found it to be to rich, but then again, I had been walking around all day then...served in a large Duvel tulip, Rouge is burgendy with a magenta head leaving nice lace.

Smell is big cherry, wow is that pure.

Taste is similar, really nice fruit taste, some tartness, only the slightest hint of grain, really very clean.

Mouthfeel is medium light and quite dry, this is what makes this beer quaffable, and differentiates it from more commonly syrupy fruit beers.

Drinkability was pretty high, which surprised me. It could have been the occasion, as I was tired and thirsty from walking around all day on a nice fall day, no sun, t-shirt and jeans, light breeze, but this went down in a hurry, and if my wife afforded me the time, I would have enjoyed another no problem. Very smooth, dangerous ABV, perhaps the best pure fruit beer out there.

ccrida, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Kromes
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark red with a fluffy pink colored head that dies down really quickly.

S: Smells like tart cherries with a little bit of alcohol. A nice aroma, but not very complex.

T: A good cherry flavor at first with some bitter/tart notes. The alcohol shows in the finish and it is a pretty dry finish. Again not too complex, but a nice flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is nice and dry....a quality that makes you go back for more.

D: A good after dinner drink, not as complex as say a cherry lambic, but the cleanness of the flavor is great and the alcohol level in this beer gives it a nice kick.

Kromes, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of JimmyK77
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even from the belgians, probably the least predictable brewers in the world, one expects an 8% alcohol dark belgian ale would have certain characteristics. Kasteel Rouge - dark belgian ale aged over cherries - is cherries staging a coup d'etat. Alcohol, malt, dark fruit, hops - all are annihilated by a dark cherry army. Its absurd! Open the bottle and cherries tingle your nose, pour it and they leap across the room. It is dark cherry brown in the glass, with more aromas of cherry, cherry, and hints of cherry underneath. Who could enjoy it? Even the freakin' head is colored a pale cherry. At your lips, the cherry army marches on your tastebuds. Its...

Gorgeous!! Without being heavy or cloying - fresh, dark cherries and gentle carbonation dance around my mouth in a feat that few other than the Belgians can accomplish and with a flavor that is both singular and complex. I love beer that redefines beer and this beer tosses your beliefs into a vat of cherries.

JimmyK77, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice ruby red body with a small pink head.

S - Huge cherry nose. Sweet and fruity.

T - Big cherry taste, more sweet than tart. This beer is pretty sweet. The taste was a mix of fresh and artificial cherry (cough syrup). High abv but you won't detect much of the alcohol in the taste. Dark sugar sweetness and tartness linger in the background.

M - Light, mildy carbonated and smooth.

D - To me this is easy to drink because it's not too heavy, and not too sweet or syrupy.

Notes - This is a fruit beer that is full of fruit smell and flavor. If you are looking for a real fruit beer experience and not just a beer with a subtle aroma of fruit then this one is a good choice.

BeerForMuscle, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of dstc
2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark ruby red color. Has a light purple head. Average retention and thin lacing.

Strong, super sweet cherry aroma.

Well, tastes a bit like medicine with a metallic like aftertaste. Has an artificial cherry Popsicle flavor. Hides the alcohol well.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth with low carbonation.

Love Kasteel but do not like this particular one. Must admit this is not my style of beer but I just think it is too fake cherry tasting.

dstc, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of mhatters
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Eulogy in an heavy chalice

Pours a deep maroon with a minimal head

The nose is cherry crazy, deep, oaky, sugary, with a hint of yeast.

Sweet and tart - not acidic, the cherry is well balanced with the oak to make a delightful mix. Nothing is too much.

Finished on the sweet side, bit again, not overly sweet

Insanely drinkable, no hint of alcohol, this is such an easy beer to drink

mhatters, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver.

A - Awesome deep red color with a small pink head.

S - Aroma is loads of sweet cherries and sugar, good but almost a bit medicinal.

T - Flavor is, once again, lots of sweet cherries and sugar, with just a tiny bit of alcohol. Also a bit medicinal. It's good, but reminds me a bit too much of Cherry Nyquil.

M - Body is medium with low carbonation. Just a tiny bit syrupy.

D - Average-plus. Would be better if not for the cough syrup aspect.

nickd717, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of Spiderhouse
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A--Dark eggplant color. No head, minimal bubbles.

S--Candied cherries...maybe lifesavers? A few few sour notes. Not much else here.

T--A bit like cough drops or throat lozenges. Synthetic cherry flavor that is not altogether unpleasant, but not desirable either.

M--Good. Nice weight, well carbonated.

D--Enh. I don't care for the flavor really, and even if I did, Lindeman's is a much better alternative. High ABV for this style.

Procured @ Red Carpet Wine & Liquor

Spiderhouse, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of roblowther
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged. Healthy cork pop, looks more like wine than beer. Dark ruby red with a quickly dissipating off-white pinkish head and no lacing. Smells of grapes, cherries, and other fruity goodness. It makes my inner child smile. Tastes of cherries, burnt oak, leather, and a slight ashy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice, slippery and bubbly. Drinkability is good, there is no real alcohol to it (despite its abv). I like it. Different, sweet but not overly so. A fruit beer for those that don't like fruit beers I'd say. Ironic as fruit beers are beers for those that don't like beer, but who am I to spit in the eye of a good cliche'?

roblowther, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of Sweasty
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kasteel Rouge pours deep cherry tinted brown. Things are topped off by a cherry stained white head. Big fizzy head settles down to a slight ring. Lacing is almost nonexistent.

The aroma smacks of juicy and sweet maraschino cherries. Some Tart/funky notes round out the the nose. In the background the dark malts make a slight appearance.

Sweet maraschino cherries dominate upfront, then fade into sour/tart cherries. There is a sweet/sour, leaning heavily toward sweet, quality throughout the middle. The dark malt of the brown ale base add another layer of complexity., and gives the sweet/sour cherries something to grab onto. Things finish with a lingering sweet candy note. The alcohol remains well hidden throughout, making this highly drinkable.

The body sits squarely in the range of medium.There is an effervescent carbonation, and a sticky/sugary mouthfeel.

This is an interesting brew. Kasteel Rouge is definitely in the realm of sweet fruit beers. I generally prefer my fruit beers on the drier side. This brew is still quite enjoyable, and is highly drinkable to boot.

Sweasty, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark, ruby color with a pinkish head that leaves no lacing around the glass.

Smell is of cherries.

Taste is slightly malty up front, then changes to a cherry coke like flavor. And finishes the same.

A bit to syrupy sweet for my taste but it's not a bad beer and worth a try if your into the fruit like beers.

weissbierdrinker, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of vrazionale
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottled on 07 11 29.

A - Deep reddish purple body with a light pink/mauve-colored head. Head is less than half a finger, even with an aggressive pour.

S - Smells like sticky, sweet cherry juice that I used to drink as a kid. Maybe slight hints of vanilla and spices, but the main aroma here is cloyingly sweet cherries.

T - Not too much here besides cherries. Very, very sweet, with a lingering sweetness on the palate for a very one-sided finish.

M - There is a slight effervescence here, that ever so slightly helps to lift the clumsy, sticky cherry flavors off the palate, but the brew feels thick and viscous and unappealing nonetheless.

D - I'm trying to give this brew the benefit of the doubt. But it seems terribly one-sided to me. I want to taste more than cherry juice when I drink a beer brewed with cherries. I can imagine that it would pair decently well with a duck pate or a rich chocolate cake, but a beer can't rely on food pairings to make it palatable. Pretty disappointing.

vrazionale, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle served in a tulip. Poured a deep mahogany with a pinkish-tan, half inch, loose head that eventually dissipates into a skim and a thick band around the edges. Nose was cherry Sucrets. Taste consistent with nose - exactly what liquid sucrets would taste like - sweet and tart cherries as well as medicinal notes in the mix. Mouthfeel is between light and medium-bodied and sparklingly effervescent with a fairly dry finish. I like this brew, especially on tap, but I can only have one in a sitting. Nice to have once in a while though when the mood strikes.

Jwale73, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of Casey10
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a small bottle on a whim when spotted at a local store today. Found this to be good not overwhelemed but not bad.

A - brownish red with a small head upon pouring.

S - Cherries, some vanilla spices.

T - I thought it was good almost like a soda then a beer my wife and I agreed that it almost had a ginger quality too it like if you had made a cherry ginger soda.

M - mouthfeel has a tang that stays with you cherrys prodominately.

D - Not sure I would drink a bunch glad I tried it was not bad for this style either.

Casey10, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single bottle into a tulip. It should be noted that this bottle was aged for around 10-12 months. Hazy dark maroon, no seeing through this one. A nice soft pink layer of head rests on top of the glass, creating a nice contrast and an appealing look.

The smell is really explosive. Tons of sweet cherries ooze out of the glass. Some subtle vanilla. Very sweet and encompassing. It lacks complexity, however.

The taste is reminiscent of cherry pie filling. Sweet and tart cherry fill the palate. Again, really in your face. It does have a some what artificial taste lingering in the after taste. Very easy to drink although it is incredibly sweet for my palate. Any of my female suitors would love this beer.

CoolJosh, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. One of these days I will have to invest in some real glassware.

Appearance: deep red-amber with a thick 2-finger reddish head. The bottle says it's brewed with cherry juice and I believe it.

Smell: dark cherries above all else; there is a little malt smell underneath.

Taste: alcohol and cherries. Semi-sweet, semi-dry, tart; there is a little bitterness but relatively little complexity.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with medium carbonation. It's fine.

Drinkability: while I love cherries, this beer is almost over the top. At a certain point, it's almost like drinking a fizzy cocktail made with cherry vodka. It's tasty, but definitely a one-at-a-sitting beverage.

I love cherries with a passion and want to give this beer a super high score, but it focuses on cherries almost to the exclusion of everything else.

flagmantho, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of yesferro
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 7/23/09 at the Kasteelbier 'castle' cellar, bottled.

Looks dark red, had about an inch head on it, the smell was very very cherry, it worried me for a sec but one sip put a smile on my face, they got it right! The beer has a little tartness to it and is far from too sweet, it actually tastes like some delicious cherries, not the syrup flavor other beers have. Good carbonation,this beer beer went down easy but I can't say I'd go back for more any time soon. Still, if I were to have another cherry beer, this one would come to mind!

yesferro, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of thierrynantes
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2009.

Appearance : dark red color with pink foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : sweet and dominated by cherries.
Taste and mouthfeel : very sweet notes of cherry, with alcoohol presence.
Drinkability : sweet commercial krieks (too ABV), I prefer traditional Krieks.

thierrynantes, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep ruby red body with lighter red highlights when held to the light...an almost pink fluffy head forms...spotty lacing

S - Yummy...both sweet and tart cherries...that's it...nothing else...cherries

T - Once again nothing but cherries...they start off sweet and end with a nice tartness

M - Medium bodied...nice carbonation BUT a little syrupy

D - This was a pretty short review...but there's nothing else to really say about this beer except for the cherries...not much "beer" flavor...great to end dinner with

thain709, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Off the tap at The Daily Planet this beer was a deep ruby color with a garnet meniscus. The one-finger of tan head retained as a thin collar and decent lacing. The aroma was very sweet and punchy like cherry cough syrup blended with brandy reminiscent of a kir. The flavors were equally sweet and alcoholic, candy sugar, tart cherries, currants, candied nuts a touch of wood and bitterness plus lots of alcohol heat. Cloying and acidic. The mouthfeel was a touch slick but smooth, the body medium and the carbonation good. The flavor combination was pretty good but it could only be enjoyed strictly as a dessert and I would not order more than one.

thekevlarkid, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of smithflipper
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a deep ruby red, rocky red head falls away quickly.

oaky sweet cherry aroma.

whoa, tastes very sweet. some oaky sourness comes through but is then over powered by candy sugar sweetness and cherry's.

an interesting beer, but not one i'd be rushing out for.

smithflipper, Jun 26, 2009
Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.