Kasteel Rouge | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel RougeKasteel Rouge

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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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Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a oversized wine glass.

Pours a deep, clear, cranberry with 1 1/2 fingers of rose colored head. Settles down into a thin fizzy retention with some wisps in the center. This flares up rather nicely when swirled, leaving a solid cascade of lace up on the sides of the glass. This look is growing on me as I continue working on this glass and swirl it around. Very handsome looking in the glass. The aroma is soft and inviting, with notes of cherry juice (that are only slightly tart), candied sugar, floral tones, and some yeast.

The taste is very similar, the lightly tart cherry character, candy sweetness, some light hop bitterness in the back. Finishes sweet and dry on the lips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft and creamy feel in the mouth that possesses a bit of a prickle to it. Just the tiniest amount of warmth is present in the body but I would have never guessed that this was 8% ABV.

Nice stuff. Good balance between the cherry tartness and sweet notes and both the body and especially the drinkbility were great. This was a nice one for the wife and I to split.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/18/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is filled with cherries along with light malts despite the dark color.

T: The taste is very tart and sweet with a strong cherry flavor and mild flavors of Belgian yeast and hops. There is a thin malt character. Overall, it tastes a lot like wine.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish for such a fruity beer.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, I have my reservations any time I hear the word "cherry" in a description of a beer, but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

I've had this on tap, in 750ml bottles and in regular bottles. It is not a red ale, but a dandy kriek-like fruit beer. Just like a kriek, this is good if you like strong beer with an explosion of thick cherry flavor. I have officially TWICE made the mistake of ordering this thinking it was a red ale, in my previous naivety.

Pours a dark reddish-brown, nearly opaque, with a healthy pinkish finger of head that recedes rather quickly. Strong cherries in the aroma, overcomes just about all else except maybe a tinge of alcohol. Sweet and sour cherries right up front in the taste, tart, and smooth malts in the background; almost no hops noticeable. Medium bodied but a very thick and syrupy mouthfeel, and decent carbonation. Very drinkable, but it will destroy your palate if you start with it...wait until after dinner or to the end of your drinking session to imbibe this dandy quaff.

Of note: this is my wife's favorite beer, and I always keep 750s in stock.

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Photo of mactrail
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This seems to be a beer you either love, or don't. I think it's an outstanding fruit beer and a great example of the softer side of Belgian brewing. On tap at The Public House in La Jolla.

This has the most delicious cherry flavor with a heavenly scent of cherries. It's so much better than the Lindeman's fruit beers. Bad cherry extract is such a wretched thing, that you should taste this so see how good cherry can taste in a beverage.

This is so deeply fruity with a nice touch of sweetness, but balanced by the tart finish. Rich but light bodied. Attractive red amber color with a fine-grained and long-lasting foam. Zingy on the tongue with just a nice acidity, like real fruit.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark ruby-hued body capped by an inch of pink foam.

Smell: Candy-like nose of sweet-smelling concentrated cherry juice. Jolly Ranchers cooked down into a pot of Kool-Aid where somewhere didn't add nearly enough water.

Taste: Super sweet blend of melted lollipops, Luden's Wild Cherry cough drops, and grenadine. Very light cherry tartness. Some meager perceived hints at actual malts, but it's pretty much straight-up cherries through and through.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit simple with it's delivery of just cherries and jolting sweetness. Me, I'd sooner reach for something a bit more graceful, like New Glarus Belgian Red. Still though, I found it reasonably enjoyable, but I could see many people considering this to be outright cloying.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black cherry with maraschino cherry highlights and a cherry blossom colored crown. Guess what fruit the brewers used in Rouge? The foam is fizzy and crackly to start, then settles down and looks decent in the end. It isn't the least bit sticky, though, and doesn't deposit more than a few sorry looking scraps of lace.

The nose is fruit lambic-like and is bursting with sweet and sour cherries. The sweetness must be due to malt sugars (and possibly candi sugar) because only sour cherries were used. Even though the aroma doesn't give any hints, the base beer is a brown ale.

Rouge tastes like one of those quality fruit lambics that favors sweet over tart and funky. Not that it isn't tart and funky, but sweet holds the upper hand throughout. This big fruity Belgian is surprisingly deep and is dangerously drinkable as well.

On the palate, it's easy to appreciate the brown maltiness of the brown ale. Those flavors stay in the shadows, however, allowing the bold and bright cherry fruit (and juice) to shine like a thousand suns. What they do is add an extra few layers of complexity that pale malt wouldn't have been able to accomplish. The taste score can be explained by the fact that I'm a sucker for well-brewed, sweet beer.

The body/mouthfeel is at least medium, with a slick stickiness due to all the sugars. It's also perfectly bubbled, which helps. There's a sparkly quality that adds energy without being obnoxious about it.

Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck hasn't failed me yet. Kasteel Rouge is a fantastic choice if you like sweet fruit beer that is also deep, rich and complex. This brew is a more than pleasant surprise and is a repeat purchase for sure.

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date of 07 04 14, so fairly young. Pours an effervescent garnet/burgundy with 2+ fingers of pinkish/purple head. This beer is fairly attractive, shows the viscosity of a salad dressing.

S: Cherries & some oak

T: Sweet cherry, some tartness & acidity up front. Dryness, plus a bit of vanilla as this warms. Finishes pretty darn dry, oaky with a bit of raspberry, & cherry & just a hint of vanilla. A little too sweet to rate this higher, but tasty none the less

MF: Slick with medium body & lively carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, might get old after a while due to the sweetness & dryness, but this worked for me & my wife dug it too

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

The head is far more pink than any other beer I've ever had outside of the lambics. Great head with extensive lace. The color is dark, deep burgundy. The light shines through and it appears to be clear.

Strong fruit aroma--like a cherry Lifesaver. This doesn't have the sourness of a lambic.

Okay, this is very close in the taste to a Kriek Lambic. There is sourness which I didn't expect given the smell. The taste is overall very sweet, while the swallow is similar to the classic Krieks. This would be a good dessert beer with some cheese. The body is rich and the carbonation is high.

I would describe this as a lambic wannabe. Overall, I'd say it's one dimensional. It is tasty and decently priced ($9 for 25.4 oz.).

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/06/11 notes. Shared with my girlfirend and some friends pre Superbowl; this is her favorite beer. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a ruby red color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet, sweet cherries, raspberries, and maybe a little other dark fruits. Very sweet, not tart at all.

t - Tastes of very sweet cherries, cherry juice like. Maybe some other dark fruits but cherries dominate once again. Again, no tartness at all. Very enjoyable, but a tiny bit too sweet for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - I thought this was a very good beer, but it is very sweet and dominated by cherries. I love cherries and like sweet beers so enjoyed it but I could see hwo this is too much for some people. If you're looking for a funkier or sour/tart cherry beer, this one is not for you; it's all sweet, no sour. Would have again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Kasteel chalice.

Drinking this would be a cherry gig indeed! Ahem. Sorry. It pours a mostly clear ruby topped by over a finger of ecru foam that holds a slight pinkish tinge. The nose comprises more than a healthy contingent of cherries, chased by a slight medicinal quality. Something akin to Cherry Coke lies beneath this mass, but can't quite find the right words to express itself. The taste mirrors the smell, though the cough syrup is toned down a bit, allowing the cherries to explore a somewhat more sour path to enlightenment. Again, the Cherry Coke is there as well, possibly aged in some dry oak barrels (not enough to allow a lambic-style experience to blossom, but just enough to be vaguely recognizable). The body is a solid medium, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat drying finish. Overall, a solid fruity Belgian, though not necessarily one I would be able to contantly down.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's
Dark brown in color with garnet at the edges and a thin bubbly off white head that quickly dissipates. Huge tart cherry on the nose with faint bready toasty caramel underneath. The flavor is huge tart cherry syrup with faint tartness and light caramel maltiness. This shit is like liquid cherry candy, why did it take me so long to find this?

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice ruby red body with a small pink head.

S - Huge cherry nose. Sweet and fruity.

T - Big cherry taste, more sweet than tart. This beer is pretty sweet. The taste was a mix of fresh and artificial cherry (cough syrup). High abv but you won't detect much of the alcohol in the taste. Dark sugar sweetness and tartness linger in the background.

M - Light, mildy carbonated and smooth.

D - To me this is easy to drink because it's not too heavy, and not too sweet or syrupy.

Notes - This is a fruit beer that is full of fruit smell and flavor. If you are looking for a real fruit beer experience and not just a beer with a subtle aroma of fruit then this one is a good choice.

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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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