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Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 85 | 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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Ratings: 871 | Reviews: 369
Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of yesferro
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Photo of thierrynantes
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of thain709
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of smithflipper
3.6/5  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.

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

Poured deep burgundy/maroon almost purple with no head. Very interesting color. Clear. Big cherry nose, which is expected, also hints of musty earth and oak.

Taste of big sour cherries up front with just a bit of spiciness. Lively, light body, some sweetness in the middle, then back to a bit of sour bite in the finish.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. Not sure of it as a session brew due to the sweet/sour component, but I would have it again, especially on a hot summer day.

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

I poured this one into a Chimay large chalice. It has a dark purple color with a small initial head that fades quickly. The aroma is totally cherry, appropriately enough, rather sweet. Nice flavor. I expected cloying sweetness, from the aroma, but actually it's fairly tart and dry. The flavor is extremely cherryish, which I happen to be partial to. There's also an oaky woodiness underneath, and a light amount of bitterness but with no hop flavor. The finish is acidic and dry.

Very drinkable fruit beer.

Photo of Seru1
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First High Alcohol beer bought in AL after the new law. Noted for personal pride. Poured in a pint glass from a 4 pack.

Appearance - A Very dark beer with almost corona of light cherry red, when held to the light it hovers around the brownish black core. The Head is nice but thin and pinkish red and dissapates quickly leaving a nice amount of pleasing lace.

Smell- Gladly the cherries really come through with hints of sweet and sour, with a little creaminess I associate with the malt on the back end.

Taste- A nice sweet mouthfull of Tart yet sweet cherries. The Malt and small amount of hops are backup singers to the well represented cherry. It's not candy sweet but it does well represent the sweet/tart flavor of natural cherries.

Mouthfeel- It feels arther thin on the tongue but the flavor does fill my mouth and linger.

Drinkability- Well the four pack didn't last long at all. I tucked one away to review today, but the other three were gone between my friend and I in a half hour.

In close I am glad I tried this beer. I have a real sweet tooth and this is definatly satisfying it. It may not be the worlds most complex beer, but it's not trying to be. It's just a good easy drinking beer thats perfect for summer. So drink up my fellow sultans of sweet!

Photo of BarrelO
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottling date 6/2/08.

A: Dark red body. An effete pink head doesn't last long but leaves a respectable amount of lacing.

S: Completely dominated by cherries, leaving no doubt as to what to expect when you take the first sip.

T: Yep, cherries. Teeters between sweet and tart. Stops just short of being cloying. A slightly phenolic character emerges as it warms up.

M: Thick and sticky, like cough syrup.

D: Yeah, it's kind of girly. But you'd be hard-pressed to find a better dessert beer or a better gateway beer for someone with a sweet tooth.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is crazy cherry! Mmm, so cherry! Slight sourness and hints of malt. Mostly cherry. Smells great.

Pours a murky red-brown color with a mild pink head. Looks okay.

Tastes tart and sweet and incredibly fruity. Some underlining malt, some sugary sweetness, lots of mildly-puckering tartness, faintest of bitterness. Tastes good. Feels good. Very good drinkability.

Overall Impression: A cherry-flavor beverage. The only downside, really, is that it tastes more like a Mike's Hard Cherry-aid than a Belgian beer. Regardless, it's tasty. I feel rather guilty for rating it so high when it's been so heavily de-'beer'ed, but eh... it's good.

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

I have enjoyed this brew previously at bars, but having sampled the Founder's Cherise a few weeks ago at a tasting, I wanted to give this style a proper review..
Pours out a deep cranberry-cherry color, bit of murky browness adding to the color spectrum.
The head is nice, light, and slightly pinkish tone. The head settles entirely too quickly however, leaving no lacing. The only reminder of it's existence is a light amount of wispy foam resting on the top of the beer.
Smells of oaky cherrywood, spicy cinnamon, sugary esthers, with the yeast adding in a musty spice that really puts this brew akin to German Gluhwein..yeah actually a bit of peppercorn spice is apparent. Light sweetness comes through, adding a very "cherry flavor" that is quite pleasent. A very Lambic quality in this beer.
Taste is a wonderful suprise. What fears I had of overriding sweetness have quickly dissapated. Complete encapsulation of everything delicious about a cherry in a brew. Sweet, yet tart, fruity yet slightly musty and "belgian" in flair and flavor. The Brett flavor of Lambic is not here, rather relying on the flavor and quality of the tart/sweet flavor of cherry.
Finishes a bit sweet and sticky on the palate, but is as enjoyable as freshly squeezed juice. Drinkability is a key factor, is there alcohol in this, except in the spicy smell?
I would happily pair this with a pepper encrusted venison tenderloin with a merlot reduction, or duck with a cherry sauce.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Goblet

On tap at Canal Street Pub & Restaurant - Reading, PA

Serves up a deep clear red, ruby perhaps, with a very thin purple-ish head that was not retained. Would have received a better score if the head was better retained.

The aroma was of sour black cherries, that was about it. Fairly strong, simple, but pretty well done.

The taste was a decent sour cherry. Nothing else was noticeable.

The beer felt light, smooth and was fairly easy to drink. It has a very bitter aftertaste, but not off-putting. It was dry and had no real carbonation to speak of. For the style, not the best but not the worst either. Perhaps the beer would have worked better after dinner.

Photo of janubio
4.87/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Another bsolutely great Kasteel beer! I first tasted this one in some bar in Amsterdam a few months ago and I was absolutely impressed. I found a place to buy a bottle and have it home. Served in a Kasteel glass. Very beautiful cherry red colour, with wonderful ruby reflections when hold it to the light. Pinky creamy foam, like a cherrie ice cream, that last just for a second. Smells of cherries, marzipan, apple pie, bitter almonds or Amaretto. A like brandy flavor, tastes of cherries, vanilla, apricot, acid notes from the cherries, but is also sweet, nice balanced, and I find even some pepper. Really great, but of course, you can't drink many of them in the same night...

Photo of drizzam
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a small funky shaped 11.2 oz. bottle with cryptic bottled on code of 070716.

Appearance - Clear ruby red with half finger light pink head that doesn't really stick around all that long.

Smell - Smells like ripe cherries straight out of the produce section of the supermarket. Not a lot else going on in the nose of this one.

Taste - Tastes like moms cherry pie, but with a bit of alcohol bite. This is reminiscent of Lindemanns Kriek, but not quite as tart.

Mouthfeel & drinkability - Medium bodied mouthfeel...almost creamy on the palate. Finishes fairly crisp with a strong cherry aftertaste. I can taste a small bit of alcohol but not what I expected with the 8% ABV. Overall, this is a very solid brew...one I will be recommending to all of my friends that enjoy this brewing style.

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

Purchased this one at Vintage Estates in Boardman. No particular reason, just one I had never tried.

Pours a very dark red, almost grape juice like. Red crown of head, decent lace saves this from just being average.

Smells of cherries, cherries, cherry juice, and can't really smell anything else. More of a sweet than sour scent.

Taste is similar with a bit of a dry bite. This isn't nearly as much of a sugar bomb as a Lindeman's kriek, but it is on the low end of that ball park. Good, a little bready aftertaste.

Mouth is a little syrupy which is kind of nice as I am used to these type of beers being very thin and bubbly.

Good stuff, especially considering a Lindemans is approximately the same price for a small bottle as this was for a 750ml.

Photo of armock
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biggreen for sharing his bottle with me.

A - Poured a dark ruby color with a pinkish head that leaves lacing behind

S - A whole lot of dark cherries

T - The taste is sweet and sour like drinking a cherry pie a taste that I for one liked

M - This beer has a thinner body but not in a bad way with high carbonation to it

D - To me this was one delicious beer one that I could drink for dessert or drink with a slice of cheesecake one of the best fruit beers that I've had worth trying

Photo of lehkost
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This marriage of a Belgian Strong Brown Ale and black cherries is counterintuitive at first, but when you try this beer, you realize why it's a good idea, and also why you hope another brewery gives it a go.

I feel that Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck is a hit-or-miss brewery. Some of their beers are amazingly implemented (Brigand, for example) and some, I just don't care for (I will not name these). In between are their abbey-style brown (donker) and tripel. I feel that both of these abbey-styles are too sweet to be as drinkable as their more established counterparts (especially the trappists), and adding cherries into the mix simply makes things sweeter, which is a turn-off for me.

Some people love this beer...it is rich and sweet and fruity and malty and run-on after run-on. I see the merit in their arguments, and I don't, by any means, intend to say that this is not a good beer. This is a good beer, but it could just be a lot better. I think that cutting the sweetness on this might make this beer an A+ for me.

On the nose, pronounced black cherries. The head is red-pink, and the color of the beer, when held to light, is a very deep and beautiful red. The flavor is complex, but not that complex. The cherries are so powerful that it is hard to get a handle on what else is going on with the beer. A nice goblet of this, with its ABV and sugar content serves as a substitute for dessert, not a companion.

Definitely not an opener, but can be a memorable closing beer for those with the taste for it.

Photo of Suds
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a mostly brown color, with ruby red highlights (especially when held to the light). The head is an interesting pinkish color, without great staying-power. The smell is very good. Lots of cherry flavor in the aroma (dominating, actually), with also a little malt and alcohol underneath. Ripe, black cherry aromas are central, though. The taste is reminiscent of black cherry soda, although not artificial. It's mildly sweet, with a nice tang and slightly sour note. Not at all like a fruit lambic, yet just a bit sour. The sourness does a great job providing some balance to the beer, which could easily become too fruity without it. Malt is present in the flavor as well. No hop character at all. Although it was in the aroma, there is basically no alcohol in the flavor. Fairly full in body, especially for a fruit beer. Great, lingering finish with lots of cherry.

Photo of champ103
1.97/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. At first a two finger pink head forms and gently recedes. Light lace.
S: Very sweet, cherry cough syrup. Not good.
T: Similar to the nose. Cherry cough syrup. Cloyingly sweet. Tastes very artificial.
M/D: Way over carbonated for my tastes. High carbonation and alcohol burn does not make a good beer to drink.

What is this? Nothing I will ever drink again. On occasion I like a good fruit beer, but this tastes like artificial cherries. I will probably end up poring the rest out.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, burgundy, no head

Smell: cherries, sweet and sour, some currents

Taste: very cherry

Mouthfeel: a sour start, then it gets sweeter with a sour lingering finish. very crisp, medium body

Drinkability: For a fruit beer, this is awesome. While it tastes cherry, it still feels like beer. I will certainly seek this one out again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black cherry with maraschino cherry highlights and a cherry blossom colored crown. Guess what fruit the brewers used in Rouge? The foam is fizzy and crackly to start, then settles down and looks decent in the end. It isn't the least bit sticky, though, and doesn't deposit more than a few sorry looking scraps of lace.

The nose is fruit lambic-like and is bursting with sweet and sour cherries. The sweetness must be due to malt sugars (and possibly candi sugar) because only sour cherries were used. Even though the aroma doesn't give any hints, the base beer is a brown ale.

Rouge tastes like one of those quality fruit lambics that favors sweet over tart and funky. Not that it isn't tart and funky, but sweet holds the upper hand throughout. This big fruity Belgian is surprisingly deep and is dangerously drinkable as well.

On the palate, it's easy to appreciate the brown maltiness of the brown ale. Those flavors stay in the shadows, however, allowing the bold and bright cherry fruit (and juice) to shine like a thousand suns. What they do is add an extra few layers of complexity that pale malt wouldn't have been able to accomplish. The taste score can be explained by the fact that I'm a sucker for well-brewed, sweet beer.

The body/mouthfeel is at least medium, with a slick stickiness due to all the sugars. It's also perfectly bubbled, which helps. There's a sparkly quality that adds energy without being obnoxious about it.

Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck hasn't failed me yet. Kasteel Rouge is a fantastic choice if you like sweet fruit beer that is also deep, rich and complex. This brew is a more than pleasant surprise and is a repeat purchase for sure.

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

pours a dark red with some head that disipates to nothing. no lace.

smells like cherries. real cherries, not sweatener.

tastes like a cherry soda that will get you drunk! this is desert, and great desert at that.

this is very sweet, and I could drink this all day...except there are better beers for me to waste my time with.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kasteel Rouge

A- Deep purply red with a small non lacing head.
S- Sweet sugary grapes with a sour raspberry cherry nose.
T- Huge sweet plum and berry (raspberry) with an even more, sour cherry and red wine grape body and finish.
M- Very sweet and fruity. Much like a red wine. Big dry tart grapes. Slight tart vinegary feel as well.

Overall- Too fruity, too much like red wine.

Photo of Tone
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark maroon color. 1/4 inch head of a purple color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells strongly of cherries and the slightest sweet malt aroma. Fits the style of a Fruit/Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp. There's an average carbonation level and a strong tartness. Tastes of cherry first, then a strong cider flavor, and a very tart finish. My girlfriend swears by this brew, but it's nothing special by my standards. I'm not a huge fruit beer fan, but this was drinkable.

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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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