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Kasteel Rouge - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 17
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
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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:
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 Brad007
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Dark ruby red color with reddish one-finger head.

Aroma: Strong and tart, reminiscent of ripe sour cherries. Dominates the overall aroma. I like.

Taste: Sweet and tart at the same time. Strong and delicious. Not overly cloying though. Smooth. Similar to Lindemans Kriek except that it's stronger.

Mouthfeel: A great combination of sweet and tart. Lingers on the mouth.

Verdict: I'd be lying if I didn't say that I loved this beer. It would definitely make a good dessert beer, depending on the dessert entree. I've never rated anything in the category it's in that high but I have to give this high marks for what it is. Feel free to disagree.

Brad007, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of drumrboy22
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Kasteel chalice. Beer was a deep, dark cherry color with a small, bubbly, pink head.

Aroma is all cherry, reminds me of cough syrup. Couldn't really detect much else.

Taste was sweet and somewhat tart. Heavy, heavy cherry flavor. Reminded me of black cherry soda.

Not very complex and kind of disappointing, but not a terrible beer either. I just had higher expectations.

drumrboy22, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle - cryptic encoding on freshness date area -

Pours ruby red with a fizzy pink head. Some trailing lace slides down the glass. The head thins, but stays for the duration.

The smell is of sweet/tart cherries. Smells like the cherry and cherry juice it proclaims to include.

The taste is of - well, cherries. While I'm not overly impressed, I do have to give it kudos for not tasting artificial, as some other fruit beers do. Sweet with some tart balance.

Light-bodied and a tad boozy as it progresses. Becomes more like a spiked cherry cough drop as it goes on. I can't see drinking much of this, but it's fine for what it claims to be. It's no lambic, but it's better than many fruit wheat beers I've had.

jwc215, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. stubby, Belgian 330 mL style bottle,

A: Pours a ruby red, quite a pretty colour actually, with a light rose-pink head, good retention, and limited lacing.

S: Black cherry soda, that's it, strong, but kind of 1-dimensional.

T: Taste is dominated by an artifical extract cherry flavour, similar to Luden's throat drops, or red cherry Life Savers. It tastes good at times, but by the end of the beer, it's just too sweet.

M: Nice and crisp, full-bodied, but like a soda, making it pretty easy to drink for an 8% beer.

D: An interesting concoction, actually tastes more like a cocktail than a beer, like a fruity mixed drink that Conan likes, but I really didn't want more than one in the end.

Halcyondays, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, here goes my second fruit beer. I'm somewhat timid since these aren't really my thing, but I've had this one in the fridge for a while and I think it's time.

Deep, dark cherry color with a big, fuzzy, pink tinted head that leaves lots of slick lacing.

A bit of sweet vanilla shows up in the nose but the dominant force is fresh tart cherries. Light crystal malts support faintly in the background.

Lots of lush carbonation to this one. A touch of light, sweet, black cherries mingles with vanilla at first. Bushels of fresh tart cherries quickly take over, with a bit of toasted malt playing second fiddle. The finish has a woody quality that follows the other flavors nicely.

Definitely not one of my preferred beer styles, but I still say that this is a well done beer. Not as deep in cherry flavor as New Glarus' belgian red, but slightly more beer like (which I actually prefer more). Still, I can't see many occasions when I would want to drink another of these but if you're into cherries, or different styles of beer, you owe to yourself to try this at least once.

Slynger, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of dac
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Sierra Madre.

Dark red with a frothy pink tinged head. Good lace

Fruity Belgian aromas, slight cherry cough syrup aroma.

Malt and sugar flaovrs with esters from Belgian yeast strain. Cherry flavors are noticable and stick on the tounge. Not sour like a kriek, and in my opinion could use some sourness to balance all of the sugar and fruit. Almost comes off as a strong Belgian ale with Robitussin.

Full bodied, syrupy. Beomes a bit cloying like too much candy towards the end of the glass. Needs sour sourness or a bigger alcohol kick to make it worthwhile.

I usually enjoy big full bodied malty sweet beers. This one has some good qualities but just doesn't quite hit the spot for me.

dac, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of Sammy
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful cherry red, and perfect cherry in nose that wafts cherry a few feet,cherry lace. Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation, this one is fresh. Tasty,a bit of woodiness, not too tart.Second to New Belgium in authentic and complete taste. Solid real and unique.

Sammy, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml from Manderes in Folsom

A - Dark cherry in color, little to no head present in pour.

S - Dark cherry with light alcohol and light maltiness.

T - Dark cherries, light malt, light ester, which helps provide balance to this beer.

M - Delightful, excellent, almost like a cordial. Very light carbonation.

D - I believe Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. tried to make black cherry soda into a beer. Great success! Very drinkable and refreshing!

MisterClean, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of jeonseh
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has this on tap at FFF Brewpub because when I went they didn't have any FFF beers I have never had. Served in the Kasteel Goblet; Also did not notice this at the time but this is y 50th review! whoo!

A - just the color I'd expect from a cheery beer. It was a dark, black cherry color with a clear sheen to it. No cloudiness at all to this; actually a bit reflective. Very attractive looking. A small head that reminded me of the color of the foam of grape soda or maybe even Jones black cherry soda.

S - lots of tart cherries coming off; smells of the fresh cherries that one would get from the grocery store. Also reminds me a bit of the smell of the cherry syrup that one would put into a Coke or something. That syrupy aspect takes away abit from the tart cherry aspect. Not too fragrant either.

T a sharp, tart cherry taste is the main taste profile. Really the taste one would expect from a cherry beer. Has a bit of a sweet and wheat undertones as well that adds a bit of complexity to the beer. Reminds me a bit of bitting into a fresh cherry. The tartness is rather pronounced as it almost makes your mouth pucker and there is also a hit of a lemony citrus in there as well.

MF- this is the aspect of the beer that really makes me feel like I'm drinking a soda more than my beer. A very light, watery mouthfeel and very highly carbonated as well. the carbonation does seem to go well with the tartness but the light body is almost too light but does this turn this beer into one that you can just suck down because it does not really feel like you are drinking anything.

D - hmm overall I like the flavor of this beer but the tartness is just becoming too much. I drink this without any food and I think that on the whole that this is a beer that should only be drank with food. It would also make a good reduction sauce since it is rather flavorful. I think it would go well with a duck or a pork on the whole. Def on that needs paired though and would not really want to drink one alone again.

jeonseh, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of geexploitation
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red cough syrup/beet juice color with a light gray-pink head. The aroma is clean, sugary cherry juice. There's a hint of vanilla-spicy stuff in the background, but it's a reach; this is a very simple, straightforward aroma. On the palate, initially a touch bitter with a cherry underpinning that's only slightly tart. Cherry sweetness comes on around the mid-palate, then dries out a touch, leaving some unpleasant bitter, woody tastes behind at the finish. There's an underlying sweetness and juicyness that is in-line with the note on the bottle saying that plain cherry juice is added to this beer. Mouthfeel is an odd blend of beer-smooth and juice-smooth, with only a slight bit of carbonation. Overall, there's not much to recommend this. It's fruitiness lacks complexity, and perhaps due to the fruit juice addition, there's little beer character that actually shows through.

geexploitation, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours burgundy with a purple tinged head that has some decent inital head but that fades pretty quickly to settle to a ring. Deep, deep aromas of cherry and Cherry Heering with a background smell of cough syrup. Some slightly sour winey smells on the very tail end. Tastes somewhat like cherrry cough syrup as well, but with a pleasant bitterness that runs through it and saves the day somewhat. A touch of fresh cherry flavor floats above the more medicinal taste. Mouthfeel is super sweet, and that combined with the low carbonation level makes this a bit of a chore to drink. Not balanced or subtle at all, and extreme in all the wrong directions.

Georgiabeer, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of hellcatsjg
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark ruby with a slight ring of head that sticks around throughout the glass.

Smell: Big, sweet cherries along with the slightest bit of maltiness.

Taste: Black cherries up front. The cherry flavor then becomes more tart and sour, and a flavor of nuts is present as well. The finish brings the malts that were present in the nose with the cherry flavor going back to the black cherry side.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a good bit of carbonation. Good complex cherry flavor that leaves a good taste in your mouth until the next sip. There is also a nice alcohol warmth as you go.

Drinkability: Very high. Surprising complexity for such a sweet fruit beer, which is a good thing. The high ABV may limit what you would want, but a very good example within the style.

hellcatsjg, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi-transparent, dark crimson with a small, off-white head that quickly fades into a mild cap. Tiny speckles are left around the glass.
Smell is of heavy cherry juice and brown sugar without much more to say...very pleasant though.
Taste is of cherries abound with a likeness to cherry flavored lifesavors and juicy juice punch in a can, along with some bagged prunes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with vinuous notes and standout wild cherries that linger to a sweet, cupcake finish.

weeare138, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of malcontent
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a proper Kasteel chalice, this beer pours a gorgeous mahogany with brilliant ruby edges. Head is off-pink and simply doesn't go away. Perfect.

Smells like the spitting image of a Sweet Tart. Yummy, but not like a beer probably should.

The front end is a wild rush of sweet and sour cherry but the finish is disarmingly malty. A brandy-like flavor blends into a strange nuttiness (and a strange hint of cacao). Not as sour as I'd like but very interesting.

Not overly thick which is a relief because excessive body in fruit beers can sometimes translate as syrupy-ness. I don't know that I could drink another of these but it certainly was worthwhile.

malcontent, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 wine bottle picked up at the Coop for about $8 (may be more may be less... I forget). Shared with a work buddy .. mine from a Kasteel tulip glass. Poured at fridge temperature and allowed to warm to room temperature.

Appealing lite pink head that drops quickly leaving no lacing... beautiful reddish Pinot Noir color when held up to the light.. but when held down toward the floor you can see there are some brownish components.

Aroma is firmly and decidely in cherry territory... I am sure malts and hops are there.. but my untrained nose is nowhere near able to pick them out.. smells of fresh cherry juice and little to nothing of anything else.. not artificial either.

Flavor is again obviously big sweet cherries.. wow... wow... no alcohol.. just reminds me of an organic cherry soda.. fresh and refreshing. a touch of astringency either from wood or the cherry pits/skins who knows.. but it adds to the overall complexity. Sweet for sure but the palate is medium with small bubble carbonation that begs for another sip. I say after only one glass that I could drink a bunch of these, but I am sure the alcohol would kick me in the brain and sooner than later the sugary nature would make me want something hoppy... finish has an Amaretto characteristic that I find very nice.

This brew is a cherry delivery device ... fresh black cherries to be exact. Certainly in the top 5 of fruit beers I've enjoyed and probably the 2nd best cherry beer I've had to chance to try.... this is a Belgian Style with cherries; New Glarus Belgian Red is the best cherry brew I've had ... some how the NGBR comes out on top although this one is more complex... even though my brain and palate can't pick out the complexities.

Reviewer notes... I rating this brew based soley on its merits as a fruit beer NOT a Belgian beer.

JohnGalt1, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 2007, Sampled December 2007
Pours with a pink hued, tan colored head that starts out at a fat-one-finger in thickness. The beer sits in my glass a very dark, opaque, concentrated red / amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby color when held up to the light. Wow, this is definitely a cherry beer; aromas of cherry skins, candied cherry pulp, concentrated cherry notes similar to cough syrup are all quite noticeable. This smells like a real cherry syrup or candied and by real I mean there is clearly real cherries used here. There is really not much in the way of hop or malt aromatics here.

Sweet tasting, though perhaps not quite as much as the aroma would have suggested. There is also a nice fruit tartness to this beer that helps to offset the sweetness some. Medium bodied, but both the cherry flavors and the tartness seem to make this beer quite drinkable, much more than one would expect from an 8% beer. This finishes with a light tannic, cherry skin character that imparts a touch of astringency along with the tart cherry bite. Carbonation & carbonic acid add a bit more bite and a touch of a frothy feeling to this brew as well. Fleshy cherry flavors, a hint of vanilla and a touch of woodiness (pit or cherry skin derived). The hop character is practically non-existent (perhaps some slight bitterness) and the malt only plays a supporting role to deliver the cherry flavors.

This is definitely way too easy drinking, not so sweet that it becomes cloying this beer just disappears from my glass. Very simplistic in its one dimensional cherry character, but still certainly enjoyable if you like cherries; I certainly had no problem consuming my 330ml bottle of this.

Gueuzedude, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of budducci
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark reddish color and has a heavy cherry smell. The head on it never rose much and disappears quickly.

The flavor was incredible. I expected something like a lembic, but the cherry flavor was perfect and not that sweet at all. This is a good pre-dinner drink. I think the flavor might be a little too much to have with a meal.

budducci, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date of 07 04 14, so fairly young. Pours an effervescent garnet/burgundy with 2+ fingers of pinkish/purple head. This beer is fairly attractive, shows the viscosity of a salad dressing.

S: Cherries & some oak

T: Sweet cherry, some tartness & acidity up front. Dryness, plus a bit of vanilla as this warms. Finishes pretty darn dry, oaky with a bit of raspberry, & cherry & just a hint of vanilla. A little too sweet to rate this higher, but tasty none the less

MF: Slick with medium body & lively carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, might get old after a while due to the sweetness & dryness, but this worked for me & my wife dug it too

russpowell, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stubby bottle pours a clear ruby body with a small and fleeting pink head. Speckles of lace cling to the sides of the goblet. Aroma is sweet black cherries and some earthy yeast. Light medium body has a restrained carbonation. Taste is sweet and tart cherry, almost candy-like. The cherry overwhelms the subdued malt and hops presence. The 8% abv is not noticed. If you like sweet and tart cherries you will enjoy this one.

merlin48, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Something I picked for me and the wife to enjoy today and I have to say I really impressed with this cherry infused beer.Poured into a small tulip glass a mauve maroon color with a large blooming pink head that clung nicely to the glass as it settled slowly.Wow the mix of sweet and tart is almost candy-like well like a sweet tart,neither overpowers the other.A dessert beer to behold but not wimpy afterall it is 8%alc. but the candied sweetness along with somewaht lactic tartness in the finish just makes you wanna drink more its almost addicting.Fruit infused beers when done right are awesome and this along with Founders Rubeus may be my two favorite,take it for what it is and you will thoroughly enjoy it.

oberon, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was a very attractive glowing burgundy with a frothy grape juice film.

Smells of grape jolly ranchers and white bread with a slight tartness to it.

Tastes very soft and smooth with a dry candy cherry and a wheat and sourdough. Finished rather lactic.

Feels enticingly thin and creamy with a soft gentle carbonation.

A bit sour, but not too bad.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of surlyseth
4.93/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Blue Nile.
A: Deep Purple color. dirty-light-reddish head.
S: Overwhelming black cherries, but not too sweet! Lovely!
T: Delicious! Sweet up front and a little tart on the sides and in the back to keep you coming back for more. Are you sure there's alcohol in this?!?
M: Reminiscient of a black cherry soda. Like a Clearly Canadian or something. Highly carbonated, but very pleasant. Not too syrupy either.
D: I can't wait to get back in there for another.

One of my all-time favorite beers on tap.

Note: Not nearly as good from a bottle!

surlyseth, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kastell Rouge pours a deep, dark cherry red with a minimal ring of pink head circleing the glass from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. I really like the smell, they nailed black cherry. The taste is nice too, it has a nice cherry flavor, tart and sour balanced nicely with sweet. Definitely not cloying or medicinal which could easily happen. This isn't something I would drink often, but frankly I think it's quite enjoyable.

Drew966, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/18/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is filled with cherries along with light malts despite the dark color.

T: The taste is very tart and sweet with a strong cherry flavor and mild flavors of Belgian yeast and hops. There is a thin malt character. Overall, it tastes a lot like wine.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish for such a fruity beer.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, I have my reservations any time I hear the word "cherry" in a description of a beer, but this one is pretty good.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of yemenmocha
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

POurs deep brown with off pink colored head.

Nose is like any other Kriek style - very sour cherry. Pleasant.

On the palate though as a semi-overcarbonated, syrupy sour cherry flavor that isn't up to par with others of the same style I've had before.

Finish is a little sticky sweet and cola like.

yemenmocha, Nov 21, 2007
Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 763 ratings.