Kasteel Rouge | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

Added by KarlHungus on 09-25-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,036
Reviews:
405
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
15.92%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
168
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,036 |  Reviews: 405
Photo of Sammy
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown with red hues. thin head.

S: Candy, cherry and raspberry (mostly dark fruit)

T: Mostly sour cherry with a sweet sugary finish. Typical fruit beer without the complexity I was looking for.

M: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: You have to appreciate the style to appreciate the beer. Russian River obviously have done well in this genre and therefore I tend to compare my Fruit beers to them. This one was good, not too offensive.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and lots of dark cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly medicinal cherry flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great beer. pours deep dark mahogany in color with a lasting quarter inch bubbly tan head into one of the coolest beer specific glasses ive ever seen. smells like cherry jolly ranchers, a bit artificial on the fruit front, very sugary, with plenty of red and caramel malts in there as well. flavor is also very jolly rancher-like, tart and sweet, tons of cherries. more of a jellied or candied cherry flavor than a fresh cherry, but it works well in this beer. the belgian yeast compliments it very nicely. mouthfeel is pretty solid, lots of carbonation and a somewhat bigger than medium body. not sure id drink these all night, but it was a nice beer to try once, especially on tap. the cherry in this is unlike the cherry in any other beer ive had. definitely check this one out.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was great after having a good meal. Opened a bottle of this as a dessert. The pour was a reddish brown color with a good looking head on it. The smell of the cherries were pretty impressive mixed with a little funk and some yeast. The taste of the beer is sweet and has just a bit of tartness to it from the cherries. The mouthfeel is light and pretty refreshing, has a good amount of lively carbonation. Overall I feel that this beer is quite good. Worthy of checking out.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yet very dark red in color (opaque when viewed from a distance) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high pink head that gradually died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of cherries are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by flavors of cherries and has a slight bit of sweetness. It's the type of cherry flavor you get with cough medicine (but in a good way).
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate (rather thick considering the style) and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are also some slight hints of tartness.
O: This beer can be considered one dimensional, but it's a nice one to enjoy if you like cherries. This would make for a nice selection if you want something fruity but is a lot heavier compared to a lambic.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm convinced that this brewery could pee in a bottle, cap it, and it would turn out great. They simply can do no wrong. This beer proves it. A burst of tart cherry aromas fill the nose, followed up by a vineous, woodiness, and sharp berry character. The beer looks darker than most fruit lambics, but still take on a red hue, laced well, and held a firm foamstand throughout. Flavors of tart (nearly sour) cherries swirl around a solid malt base to amplify a sweet / savory / wine-like complexity. A firm hop bitterness combines with a sharp astringency to temper the intense fruitiness and sweetness. Alcholols are hardly detectable, but thin the beer for ease in drinking. Finishes with a candy-cherry flavor and a bitey-bitterness. It certainly picks up on a lot of Framboise-type character, but a bit more malty, and less intense sourness might make it prefered.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml, squat stubbie bottle - wow, another brew from this outfit that contains Stevia sweetener.

This beer pours a clear, dark magenta-brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy pink-tinged white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying, ebbing lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of strong cherry cough drops/syrup, a further free-range sugary sweetness, subtle caramel malt, a bit of other muddled black orchard fruit, and a hint of metallic warming alcohol. The taste is bready caramel malt, somewhat tart candied cherry, suggestions of more dark fleshy fruit, a masked earthy mustiness, some faintly spicy yeast, and a very subtle leafy, weedy bitterness.

The bubbles are pretty testy in their far-reaching fizzy and frothy overtones, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, but in an over-sugared crystal fruit drink manner - a little gritty and pithy. It finishes sweet, but not egregiously so - the tartness and an indistinct bitterness keeping things from going totally off the rails.

Yeah, there's a certain off-putting artificial flavour permeating this offering, which hinders the cherry syrup character, and almost obliterates the subtleties of the Quadrupel base. Not too hard to drink, I suppose, but I'm starting to get more and more wary, for some reason, come bottoms up.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Westvleteren goblet in Belfort, France. Reviewed live.

A: Half finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and terrible retention - likely due to the wide serving vessel and high ABV. Solid dark ruby-black colour. Nontransparent.

Sm: Holy black cherry, batman! What a wondrous aroma! And strong, too.

T: Black cherry and candy sugar. It's simple but wonderful. Well built for a simple fruit beer, and certainly balanced. Taste is strong and nice. Amazingly, no alcohol comes through in spite of the simplicity.

Mf: Smooth and wet, matching the flavours of the body near perfectly. It's thick enough to support the ABV and flavour.

Dr: It's incredibly drinkable, has a high ABV that doesn't come through, and is very well priced.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of secret santa: Poured a deep red color ale with a light pink color head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of syrupy cherry with too much of sweet cloying notes. Taste is also dominated by the extremely sweet cherry syrup with some very light malt notes. Full cloying sweet body with some average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Too sweet for my taste buds and too much of the fake cherry syrup comes out for me to enjoy this beer.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a cloud, ruby red color (like grapefruit juice) with a pinkish, bubbly one-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of cherry cough syrup. Really very sweet smelling. Very little beer-like aromas.

T - It tasted of sweet cherry flavor. Some yeast and grainy qualities.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. Quite fizzy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an interesting beer. Very sweet and very sharp.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/09/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger foamy light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sweet/tart cherries, raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, and dark malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sweet/tart cherries, raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruit tartness and light yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherries, raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, and dark malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from fruit tartness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, and lightly syrupy/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, and dark malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +18%
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.

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