Kasteel Rouge
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #78
Ranked #20,267
3.81 | pDev: 15.75%
May 09, 2022
Sep 25, 2007
Very Good
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Notes: Kasteel Rouge is a blend of Kasteel Donker (Quad) 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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4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by andypeters1971 from Georgia

Somewhat liking drinking carbonated cherry juice but with enough Belgian Strong Dark of a foundation to make exceptionally worthwhile. For some reason has become hard to find, if not completely unavailable in the metro Atlanta area as of early 2022.

May 09, 2022
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3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by KT3418 from Colorado

Questioning someones opinion forever based on this one....I don't think this tastes bad but it tastes like if cough medicine tasted kinda good....which isn't exactly a compliment.

Feb 13, 2022
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2.02/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by marcrech from Brazil

Just another ridiculous artificial flavor and taste. It looks it was created for people who dislike real beer. A pity and a waste of time.

Nov 27, 2021
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1.21/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25
by SevenBeersDaily from Finland

This should not even be called beer or ale. It contains artificial sweetener (Stevia) and tastes more like cherry Kool-Aid than beer. Synthetic, cloying and lacking in quality. Truly one of the worst "beers" I've ever had the displeasure of pouring down the sink.

Sep 26, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours a clear ruby color with a small fluffy head with no lacing.

Smells and tastes of cherries.

Medium light body. Brut mouthfeel.

I was expecting a strong pale ale. Had no clue this was a fruit beer. Otherwise no complaints. Serendipity can work out well!

Jun 11, 2021
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5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by elenaprozorova

One of my favorite beers. And definitely my favorite fruit beer. Strong and bitterly sweet with notes of dark cherry.

May 25, 2021
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3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

Bottle, at the Manneke Pis, Tenerife, as Kasteel Rouge. Served with correct glass. ABV 8%. Dark red colour, nearly black in the glass. Low and short-lived pink head. Strong aroma of preserved cherries. Lovely flavour of preserved cherries and malts.

Apr 23, 2021
4.45 by ZombiePlus from California on Mar 19, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by backblast from Alaska

Smells heavily of cherries and tastes just like a sweet cherry soda with cough drop added. When you approach this one knowing that, it is rather enjoyable.

Feb 18, 2021
3.5 by eldoctorador from Chile on Dec 15, 2020
3.72 by samEBC from Belgium on Oct 01, 2020
3.78 by KensWorld from Florida on Sep 06, 2020
3.65 by Maillard from Ohio on Jul 26, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Captain68 from Russian Federation


Jul 15, 2020
1.65 by OrdinaryManDrinks from England on Jul 03, 2020
3.97 by j0hnc2468 from New York on May 03, 2020
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1.76/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- A vivid deep ruby red with zero sediment in pour+bottle, plus a pale pink-tan head.
S- Sweet cherry perfume, almost synthetic given it's pungency. [Bracing rather for my first sip...]
T- Woah! Alcoholic cherryade? Then I notice a greater depth to the cherry, a mildly sour facet, a distinct taste of real vs synthetic cherry plus quite a strident almond note.
F- Seriously different! The cherry/almond is so prominent it renders the usually very meaty 8% ABV almost invisible.
O- My suggestion; don't give up after the first sip! I nearly did, but persevering I soon found my palate could handle this one as seriously off-piste as it it. This is a GREAT beer to blind-taste on someone else (evil cackle) , so I did so on my wife, with 0 clues on beer/labelling/anything, just handed her the glass. She had the same experience too, 1st sip = eyes + tongue out on stalks, sip 2-3+on 'hmmm/interesting' -> stick with it a bit.
A real swerve-ball of a beer this one, but from a respected brewery you know it's not some kind of youthful alco-pop, there is a history behind the style. Now I shan't be buying it again but I'm quite pleased to say I'll finish it and have found it a learning experience.
330ml bottle BB: 01-2022. Bought from BelgiumInABox for direct import to the UK.

p.s. Only NOW do I see this contains 'Stevia' artificial sweetener - No way! That has no place in any beer full stop. I'm going to amend my rating above while I still can. Wow, shocking!!!

Apr 16, 2020
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3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Radome from Florida

Poured from a 500 ml can into a wine glass.

L - Deep garnet color and crystal clear. Initially some light tan head, but it quickly disappears, except for a ring of single bubbles around the glass. There are also streams of minuscule bubbles constantly rising to the top of the beer.

S - Strong dark cherry aroma reminds me of a cherry cough drop, although it has a fresh impression, not a medicinal one. No beer-like aromas come through.

T - The flavor is also like a cherry cough drop. Although marketed as a Belgian quad, there are no flavors reminiscent of such a beer. No malt, no Belgian yeast. Yet it is still oddly pleasant. It has the strong fruit juice character of one of the mass-market fruit lambics, but without the lambic tartness.

F - Thin to medium body with low carbonation. Hops bitterness is not noticeable, but something keeps it from becoming too cloying, yielding a moderately sweet palate leading to an off-sweet finish. Low alcohol presence.

O - This beer has an amazing cherry flavor, but it is disappointing as a Belgian Quad.

Mar 27, 2020
3.79 by arzt from Russian Federation on Jan 04, 2020
4 by gvickery from Texas on Dec 29, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Iamchzh from Canada (NB)

Kasteel Rouge 8° Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck ,Belgium . Strong beer/Fruit beer. Pours a deep red, red wine colour with a pink head that disappears quickly. A robust smell of sweet cherry's and crushed cherry stones . First sip is sweet cherry juice, bitter almonds and some delicate sour cherry taste, moderate tannins. Long lasting clean sweet finish.

Dec 28, 2019
3.6 by 1mrbeer from Ohio on Dec 26, 2019
3.18 by edthehead from New York on Dec 17, 2019
3.53 by generallee from Virginia on Dec 05, 2019
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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by teromous from Virginia

This is from a stubby bottle. There doesn't appear to be an import or bottle date listed.

Appearance: The body is a dark reddish-brown color with a hint of deep purple around the edges. It has good clarity where light shines through. The beer forms a short purple-pink fizzy head that quickly dissipates leaving nothing behind. No lacing.

Aroma: It has a gentle cherry aroma. It smells a bit like cherry candy or a cherry lollipop.

Taste: Up front there is a sweet cherry candy flavor. It gets a little bit tart as it passes across the tongue. There is a hint of caramel flavor that comes through in the middle. Towards the end there is a bit of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: It feels medium-light and effervescent. The beer is very clean and drinkable.

Overall: If you enjoy cherries then you will like this beer. There isn't any Belgian yeast character but the beer does taste very clean. I could drink it from time to time and I would recommend it to those who enjoy cherries and sweeter beers. The label does say that this is a "Malt beverage with natural flavors and Stevia" so the Stevia could be what is contributing to the sweetness.

Nov 28, 2019
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2.14/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice glass.

Pours a deep cherry cola color with a half finger of off-white head. The head is gone instantly, leaving no lacing as it settles into a thin ring.

The aroma is straight cough syrup. That's it.

The flavor has more depth, but not much. There's notes of cherry cough drops and booze, followed by some caramel and dark malt. Finishes subtly tart. Just not a lot going on here.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Relatively soft and smooth with some slight alcohol warming.

Overall, this just isn't a good Quad. The cherry flavor is entirely medicinal, the malt is just...there, and any other notes are overpowered by the cherry "flavor". Not worth your time.

Nov 25, 2019
3.19 by Lanas from Greece on Oct 21, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5
by Daniel473 from Netherlands

Splendid, exquisite execution. Delightful taste, sovereign taste, best brewers ever: Castle

Oct 02, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by OlaB from Norway

Pours a dark red-brown color with a medium top off pink-white head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of cherries with some malt notes.
The flavour is tart and sour cherry and candy notes with some maly notes in the back. Alcohol is hidden very well in the flavour, and it goes down very easy. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
An interesting and enjoyable take on a quadruple, but not my type of beer.

Sep 27, 2019
4.12 by jbehlar from Mississippi on Aug 08, 2019
3.47 by darktronica from Indiana on Jul 27, 2019
4.18 by Dalbeast from Wyoming on Jul 20, 2019
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 6.85 (Including tax and discount)/11.2oz bottle ($ 0.612/oz) from State Line Liquor, Elkton, MD. Reviewed 7/17/19.
Undated bottles. On shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Cerise, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, red and transparent.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.6 cm, aggressive center pour), dirty pink, fizzy, medium density, short retention, diminishing to a three mm crown and thin partial cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4 – Strong cherry cough syrup, fades.
Flavor – 4.25 – Cherry – initially like cough syrup but the medicine edge soon fades leaving a very pleasing sweet cherry. No alcohol taste or aroma (8 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, bordering on syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation - 3.75 (-0.25 points for undated individual serving container.) Distinctly sweet cherry, none of the sourness as in Kriek beers. It has Stevia added to increase the sweetness without raising carbohydrates.

Jul 17, 2019
3.94 by steverx8 from England on Jul 09, 2019
4.16 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania on Jun 24, 2019
3.99 by travelguy from Ohio on May 25, 2019
4.28 by Baumli from South Carolina on May 09, 2019
3.25 by David19457 from New Jersey on May 03, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Murky red in color, light passes through.

Small white head; no lacing.

Smells of fresh cherry juice, no joke.

Thin mouthfeel.

The taste is of tart-yet-sweet fresh cherry juice.

Hard to believe this has any alcohol, much less 8%. A delight.

Apr 28, 2019
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