Kasteel Kriek - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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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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 barnzy78
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of psinderson
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 Denali
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Burp Castle in New York City.

Appearance: Blood cherry red. Almost no head (what appeared to almost be the remnants of a head was off-white).

Aroma: Sweet cherries.

Taste: Very sweet and slightly tart cherries, and only cherries. Unfortunately, there were no lambic-like flavors to complement the cherry flavor. There were also no other fruit flavors other than cherry.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and dry.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, ABV was not very noticeable.

Comments: Singular cherry taste. Nothing bad with that taste, in fact the cherry flavor was quite good, but had no lambic-like flavors. Perhaps I will like the bottled version better.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
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 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 Rastacouere
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep ruby body with a fairly shy (I expected much more anyway) off-white head, quickly dissipating. Obviously bottle-conditioned. Aroma is very sweet, like cherries rolled in powder sugar with notes of leaves, caramel, branches, yeast. Taste is heavily sweet, woody, leafy. More deepness than the aroma had lent me to believe with vanilla flavors and a little something flowery. Its acidity is really subdued though while it could use more and feels sticky at time, while not being cloying. Low carbonation and medium body. This is a nice drink and above average fruit beer, but this just doesn’t hold up to the class and distinction from kriek lambics.

Photo of Clemskis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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
(3.6/5)

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 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.

Photo of tdamron
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of tpd975
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.

Photo of frank4sail
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red color with no head or lace. Slight acidic sweet nose with hints of berry in there. Sweet original taste with a hook finish of bitterness and slight astringency. The sweetness of the cherry (almost berry) taste is cut well with the bitterness in the finish. I liked the taste and enjoyed this very much as an after dinner drink. It was not overly sweet like many others in this style that I have tasted.

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 Beertracker
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Jose9e
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 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 jcalabre
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draught at Stuffed Sandwich, San Gabriel, CA. This pours a dark cherry red color with no head. The aroma is cherry, well balanced between sweet and tart. The cherry flavor dominates, and it works well. again, it's not too sweet or tart. This was an extremely enjoyable beer for a hot day.

Photo of Mick
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow!! Kool-Aid meets beer and in a good way. Very berry cherry taste. Thin bodied, almost an oily look, but big cherry taste. Slight astringency compliments the flavor making this one a good beer. Very sweet overall but refreshing and quenching. Red color, no head or lace. Would be perfect on a hot night.

Photo of Eir
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Kasteel Kriek from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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