Kasteel Rouge | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium
vanhonsebrouck.be

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by KarlHungus on 09-25-2007

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#19,741
Reviews:
420
Ratings:
1,093
pDev:
15.45%
 
 
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Photo of Mclusal
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

M91

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Photo of brauseboof
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(11.2 oz bottle, no date but bottle had dust on it at the liquor store... poured into a teku, why not?)

L: brilliant, ruby-hued liquid; foam didn't rise as high as anticipated, left only a broken, spitty cap - collar keeps, but no lace... bottle says "Malt beverage with natural flavors and Stevia" - - "yum" ... bottle contains no sediment

S: the cherry liqueur aroma blasts out while pouring... really all I smell on the nose, only a touch of booze... altogether smells of a cherry hard candy or medicinal lozenge... maybe some underlying dark dark (candy) sugary caramel... more vinous than beer-like... appealing for what it is

T: not quite as sweet as expected, but does overall taste like liquefied hard candy and cherry liqueur... finish and aftertaste has a subtle background note of chocolate-covered caramel... bit of a generic malt beverage flavor eventually emerges from the background

F: super easy drinking, maybe a little bit of syrupy edge going through, but it thins out by the finish... aside from a little residual stickiness on the palate and a rather mild warmth at the back of the throat, the space between sips is fairly dry

O: had this years ago once or twice, remember not caring for it much, but it being a favorite of some female co-workers... not something I would ever want to purposefully buy again for myself to consume... reviewed this to style, but it's more akin to a sweetish Belgian noel ale than a quad - probably should be in Belgian Strong Dark category, no? ... now that I'm thinking, it does maybe bear some passing resemblance to Troegs Mad Elf, minus a bit of booze - this does need a lil more power

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Photo of Spoetnik
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great colour, very dark red. Unfortunately the foam wasn't very long lasting. Tast of cherry is quite strong. A bit to sour in my opinion. It has quite a high alcohol percentage, which is a bit weird in combination with the fruity taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brutalist
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PaleAleWalt
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DylanBrkhff
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice looking black glass with red tint and has a crystal clear sweet cherry smell. Tastes very sweet and fruity, something I like so I really enjoyed it. It's hard to put the glass down on this. It is also not as harsh as you'd expect from a quadrupel, drinks surprisingly easy. Great beer.

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4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Melted ludens cough drop

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Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I was incredulous, as I am sure that you will be at my claim, when I peered into the cooler at the Corner Foodery on Sansom Street in Philly & spied 500-ml CANs of this beer on display! 8=O A Quad in a CAN for The CANQuest (tm)?!? It is simply one more of the final frontiers for CANned beers & one for which I advocated from the outset.

From the CAN: "Belgian Ale"; "Castle Brewery (Bierkastel) Van Honsebrouck"; "Brewed within the Kingdom of Belgium".

The tab was rectangular, more old-school than I am used to, so I was careful in CANducting the Crack! so as not to snap it off. My Glug was a modified Gussie Busch in that although it was directly into the C of the glass, it was not as aggro as usual. I was kind of disappointed when the head formed, but was less than a finger and it was pinkish, fizzy, foamy & showed poor retention, quickly fizzing away to wisps. Color was a Garnet/Ruby/Mahogany Reddish-Brown (SRM = >17, < 22 or N/A) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like cherry pie! It was more sweet than tart, more towards cooking cherries than the tart one that come from MichiCAN, with a light breadiness, like pie crust. I kid you not. The first thing that came to mind was cherry pie. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, just better than watery. The taste was surprisingly slightly tart, not nearly as sweet as the nose had led me to expect. It was very much of cherries, though. Mmm. I liked the interplay between the cherry flavor and the base beer which this site had identified as a Quad. Therein lies a problem - rating it as a Quad is going to hurt its numbers. It is low in its ABV for the style & the emphasis is on the addition of fruit. The CAN does not even mention that it is a Quad. Warming, it became more tart & less sweet, which may be a CANsideration if you prefer tart cherry flavors. Finish was semi-dry to dry, tart, but just sweet enough so that I am hesitant to call it outright dry. It was a very interesting find in a CAN, but one was satiating by the end of the 500-mls.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap - pours a deep mahogany color with short pinkish white head leaving a tiny ring of bubbles on the surface. Nose is soft sweet cherries. Taste is slightly sweet , slightly tart cherry with just a hint of malt. Feel is rather thin and easy to drink. More fruit forward than I prefer but still quite good, would drink again.

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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bwarren82
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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2.14/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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