Kasteel Kriek - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-14-2002)
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Kasteel Rouge from Party Town, KY.

Poured reddish brown color and an average frothy off-white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate cherry tart fruit aroma. Medium body with lively carbonation. Medium tart cherry flavor with a medium sweet citrus finish of moderate duration.

Refreshing fruit beer.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Bottle. Pours red with a light pink head. Aroma and flavor of sweet candy cherries, cough syrup. Very sweet and sugary. One of my favorite beers from back in the day. Nice, sweet, and tasty.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

Photo of kevd193213
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL Bottle, "Kastell Rouge". Maroon pour with a thin light pink head. Overpowering aroma of dark cherries and bread. Taste of cherries, gingerbread and yeast. Really sweet, think Hoegarden and cherry juice. One and done, unfortunately consuming the entire 750 mL left a really sweet sticky aftertaste. A good idea but probably better if I had shared this with someone.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/16/2008 (Tap @ The Stables, St. Louis, MO): Very cool presentation in a Kasteel glass with a castle on the stem of the goblet-like glass. Fruity natural smells. Not an overwhelming aroma. Pours a very dark blood red body, with a lasting frothy pink head. Has a sweet aroma, very cherry. Effervescent. Tart cherry taste. Nice fruitiness. Very carbonated, soft mouthfeel. Would go great with a sweet dessert.

Photo of GFSchwab
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It poured with a very thin lace around a glass goblet, poured on tap at the Burp Castle over on 3rd ave in Downtown Manhattan.

The aroma was very fruity with intense aroma of a musky cherry blend, with a complex background of wood and thin malty background.

The taste was outstanding with a leathery, very cherry filled taste, with a fizzy tinge that reminded me of blackberry soda.

THe mouth feel was enveloping and complex, leaving a long, lingering flavor of this lambic on my palate.

Although, I would nt consider it a sessionable beer, definitley a sipper to be enjoyed with a fruit/dairy desert at the end of a nice meal.

Photo of blackie
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Served in an 8 oz. round-mouth wine glass. Decent deep red head soon disappears, leaving just the deep ruby, almost pinot noir colored beer.

s: Served a little cold, but after warming the once only cherry aroma opens up to reveal brandy and some sour notes. Sweet, complex layers of natural cherries and dark liquor. Quite comparable to New Glarus Belgian Red at times, but not quite as good.

m: Prickly, lowish carbonation with a full, slick body that dries well.

t: One dimensional at first but becoming quite delicious as it warms. Deep, layered flavors of cherries and sour brown malts well complimented by an alcoholic brandy flavor. Never hot.

d: easy enough, but certainly a sipper...nice dessert beer

on tap at Tyler's Carrboro

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle reads Kasteel Rouge, but I have learned that is the AKA for this brew.

A: Very sexy brew. Pours a dark reddish purple, like a fine wine. The head is nice and thick at the edge of the glass, and is a nice foamy white tinged with purple.

S: Big Cherry aroma all over the nose, with a nice candy like sweetness.

T: MMM, very tasty, Not as sweet as most of the cherry beers I’ve had, and there is a distinct tartness from the fruit which makes this one a real winner.

M: Light and sparkling in body. Very refreshing.

D: I really liked it, just most fruit beers it is a one and I'm done brew though.

Overall: This beer has a very realistic cherry flavor; it is almost like eating fresh Bing Cherries from the bag. It is a nice tasting brew that is a joy to drink. Wish the wife was here to try this one.

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3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in traditional glassware.

Appearance: Deep brown-red color. Medium off-white strawberry head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer.

Smell: All sweetness and fruit. Cherry and strawberry.

Taste: Almost identical to eating a strawberry Jolly Rancher. Slight sourness with a minor bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. The overwhelming sweetness permeates everything.

Drinkability: If you would melt a Jolly Rancher and drink it, this is what it tastes like. Hard to drink.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber red color with a pink head. Aromas of sour dark cherries, right in their prime. In the taste, dark cherry, a small sourness and well a bit surypy, almost medicinal. Aftertaste of a small cherry and a coating in the mouth. Not too sweet, nice alcohol and deffinatly not a girly beer!

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby red. Creamy red head. Thin retention. Very mild laccing.

Nose: Sweet sweet cherry pie, and light caramel. Very enticing.

Taste: Starts off a little tart. Soon the flavor mellows leaving some mild caramel flavors. Allmost a little woodiness. This is cherry beer with out being sickenly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Dry but sweet mouthfeel. Lingers long enough to make your tongue want more. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Where is this 8%? You certainly can't taste it. Great drinkable beer.

Photo of matthewfuchs
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at The Sharp Edge (Crafton, PA)
Dark red appearance, black cherry juice looking. Low carbonation. Smelled sweet and a little overpowering in cherry. that matched the taste. Very sweet but not too heavy. Could have one for desert, but would opt out for many other beers, but not fruit beers. this was actually drinkable. I usually hate krieks, but not this one.

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3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Reddish purple with a tiny pink head. No lacing.

S - Cinnamon, cherries, nutmeg.

T - Sweet cherry pie filling, nutmeg, cinnamon. The aftertaste is bland with some very faint lingering cherry pie.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, a bit refreshing.

D - Hard to drink all of it - way too sweet. I might try it again, sometime. Definitely tastes like cherry pie.

Photo of Crosling
1.3/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Unattractive color of a watercolor artist’s dirty water. The head implodes without notice. A dull, one dimensional aroma of cherries and nothing else. Alcoholic cherry soda is all this stuff is. I’m always surprised what people consider good fruit beers. This is terrifying, cloying and very one-dimensional. I’ll let the Fort Collins water treatment facility deal with this.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: The normal generic label for this ‘Kasteel’ has the same design as that of the Blond and Brune. However, this one has a red bordered label and is described as ‘Belgian Ale Fermented with Cherries’. Arrives in a Green 750ml [1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz] flask-like Belgium bottle which has a deeply dimpled base. As with the Blond & Brune, this Kasteel has a Champagne presentation, right down to the fact that the entire neck is covered in a thin metallic red foil. Cork, Capped and Caged; once the foil and silver cage & cap was removed, the thumbed cork was easily plucked from the mouth of the towel. A quiet “porrrp”, but not much of an audible exhibition with this one. The cork is dated ‘Gebotteld 04-2001’, and the reverse label has this listed at Alc. 8% Vol. and with a Best Before Date of 05-2004 printed in small white text, with the code 00515A underneath it.

Appearance: Yet again my trusty Duvel Goblet fares well and proves to be the right choice. The body has a murky brown tinge at first, but on closer examination and strongly backlit it has a deep ruddy red body that glistens with a deep blackcurrant hue. A purple-pink head fizzes into life during the pour but quickly effervesces into nothing. Flat appearance is not helped by the low levels of carbonation. Average appearance.

Nose: Smells like a funky Brown Ale soaked in Cherries. Some light caramel, Flanders Brune and a light Flanders Red all mix into a solid Tart Cherry Base that has a sweet fruity and exceptionally enticing nose. Deep inhalation reveals some complexities to this one, thanks in no part to some aging in the Bottle no doubt.

Taste: Hmmmm……Lovely!! Sharp and tart whole cherry fruit start, dark skins, sweet feel but with a Brown Ale characteristic. Woody feel, cherry soaked oak back end with some caramel. A Lambic-Kriek though? I’m not so sure…for it lacks that truly funky acrid lactic sourness that would surely convince me otherwise. Nevertheless, this is far from the sickly sweet Cherry cough syrup messes that are so often offered up. Maybe this is a Brown Ale steeped in Cherries, maybe not, but it is most certainly a sort of Cherry Ale…ah, who knows what it really is?!? – Whatever, this is a damn good brew that is vastly superior to most of the pseudo Cherry brews out there; this one makes you think for sure.

Mouthfeel: Dry and tart at first, with some cherry sweetness in the middle and a malty chewy cherry caramel ending that lingers with a tart sweetness that never rises above the dark cherry skin fruity feel. A sturdy brew.

Drinkability: No sign of the 8% alcohol anywhere. Has enough Tartness and Brown Ale to fight and balance the sweet aspects, lending a definitive “fruity brown ale” dimension. Drinks extremely well I must say, in fact this is damn quaffable.

Overall: Only cost me $6.95 for the 750ml and it represented extremely great value. Referred to as “Kasteel Kriek”, but I’m not sure why, for it is in fact nothing of the sort, there is no mention of the word Kriek anywhere on the label. This seems to be more of a Belgium Brown Ale steeped in Cherries, and it is done extremely well.

Rarely seen, but highly respectable and well put together.

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Kasteel Kriek from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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