Kasteel Rouge | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel RougeKasteel Rouge

Brewed by:
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 NancyE
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I ordered this from a bar thinking I was getting a Killians type of flavor, so I was surprised by the sweetness. A good beer, I would have one for dessert. Not a sour, but extra fruity. 8% alcohol!

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Photo of ajm5108
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I can understand why some might feel this beer is too sugary or syrupy. It certainly is very sweet, but for me it didn't cross that line. The aroma certainly skews towards pure cherry juice with undertones of german malt. Flavor is a tad less concentrated & more like a cherry liqueur with some bready backbone notes. A little raw alchohol / phenol undertone throws it off a bit, but it is still a good beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark red, with a good amount of head.
Smell: A lot of cherry smell.
Taste: Sweet, very fruity, lots of cherry taste. Aa little bit similar to Vietnamese apricot and mulberry juice.
Feel: Medium body. Can't believe it packs 8% alcohol in it.

A nice offering, but a little bit too fruity for a beer.

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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 infinitebruner
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April 9, 2016

11.2 oz bottle, tulip

A – Rich brown with ruby tinges where the light shines through. Off-white, pinkish bubbles bloom atop the beer, with moderate-short retention.

S – Just an absolute bomb of tart cherries, sweet and sour, almost candy-like. Raisins, light vinegar, a touch of chocolate hiding in the back. Zero hop aroma.

T – Tart cherry, tart cherry, tart cherry. No souring/vinegar notes here, tastes like it’s all from the fruit. Some light chocolate malt flavor, and a touch of bitterness on the back end, with lingering sweetness.

M – This is a very sweet beer, but high carbonation and dryness helps to offset that, along with light bitterness on the finish. Still, substantial residual sweetness.

O – I might actually mistake this for a gourmet cherry cola if I didn’t know it was beer. Only that touch of bitterness gives it away. If you like cherry cola, or Belgian dubbels, or both, this is probably in your wheelhouse.

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Photo of Dzu
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark ruby, with a no foam head.
S: Smells cherry, dark fruits.
T: Classical sweet -sour for cherry.
F: Don't feel alcohol. Very smooth!
O: Good belgian rouge.

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Photo of podunko
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25.4 bottle. I love sours, I love cherries. What's not too like? Well, I must say I like this beer a lot, if I have one minute issue, it is a tad sweet. Then I saw the note on the label, stevia! Really??? So very very not necessary, and most likely with a little less sweetness this beer would be perfect. Beautiful red/mahogany color, cherry, cherry, and more cherry, but more sweet than sour. If you like sweet and cherries, this is it!

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours dried blood, ruby red with small, pinkish head, no lacing. Aroma is sweet, cherry, maybe raspberry with a floral quality. Taste is medicinal (my son-in-law draws an analogy to "Robitusin"), very cherry & other red fruit. Tart, musty finish. No hop presence. I agree with a previous reviewer that it taste like cherry cola. To be truthful I'm disappointed.

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Photo of Benjo87
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - hazy dark red to brown in a glass, very small reddish white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - wow! Smells like cherry starburst lollies. Very tart, very candy like. Also has a red wine dark fruit character. Touch of that Belgian yeast coming through. Smells amazing.

Taste - follows the nose perfectly. Tart cherry. It's not as sour as a lambic. Highly carbonated. It does have a certain red wine character about it. Something different. I think it works well, and I'd definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Sathanas
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's like drinking melted cherry cordial... Chocolate, cherries and hints of fine dark Belgian ale! Beers to compare to? Impossible... fans of Samichlaus Classic would love this, I think

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Photo of schoolboy
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bizarre brew, bottled on October 3, 2013. It opens a beautiful dark deep red with just a tiny bit of head.

The aroma is amazing. It smells like perfume - like a powder of cherries, and booze. Truly a unique beverage smell.

The taste is a big sweet and sour treat. I didn't have a lot of choices in my house this evening without going to the store - a few aged brews, including this, one great stout 12 oz, one nice cabernet, and the booze (which I really don't feel like). I did not expect this to taste so wine-like. It's really more like the sweet liquor coming through, but it is nicely balanced by the big sour of the brew.

This is definitely an interesting sipper. I hope I don't tire of it since the whole bottle is for me. How that sits will determine if I buy it again.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From Bottle. Poured a dark red-brown color with a light pink head. Aroma is a load of cherry notes, sweet malts. Light Belgian yeast. Taste is sweet cherry notes, cherry skins. Light booze. Little sour. Really like this.

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Photo of erk0607
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: A very dark amber, ever so slightly red, clear, minimal lacing just around the edges of the glass

Smell: This threw me off... this smells like cherry twizzlers. No surprise about the cherry, but it smells the exact same as opening up a bag of the candy.

Taste: Unique of all the reds I've tried... I wouldn't say it is super sour, but there are definitely sour notes. There's some fruity aspect to it, but I can't say that it is the dominant flavor that sticks out... the fruityness kind of blends in with the other beer attributes, maybe with the maltiness of the other beer that this is mixed with? You get a funky flavor that follows the sour as you taste more and more of it.

Feel: Interesting mouth feel too, it drinks as a liquid, but when you let it sit on your tongue, it gets lighter, almost foamier. Has an interesting tingle.

Overall: Definitely a beer to serve slightly chilled, but not fridge cold. I'd be willing to try it again in a month or two to see if my thoughts on it change but I don't need to get it every time I stop by the beer shop.

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

A - Nice deep cherry red color that's crystal clear, thick and frothy vanilla cherry lacing.

S - Sweet cherry aroma that's borderline sugary cloying, vanilla.

T - Cherry from start to finish - cherry, cherry, cherry. (Did I mention "Cherry"?) Dark cherry skins, faint sweet cherry malt, not cloying at all, but cherry juice sweet without being obnoxious. Tart cherry.

M - Big medium body, gentle and elegant carbonation on the tongue.

O - Sweet, but not cloying. ABV extremely well hidden.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ruby red appearance, doesn't look super manly, but she pretty. Aroma was sugar cherry.

Taste is all about that cherry. Sweet, not sour, not tart. Not "beery" to most people. Total desert beer.

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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 drmeto
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-dominated by cherry flavour
-fairly big currant note
-good hoppy note
-nice malt backbone
-well carbonated
-cherry,mildly hoppy finish

A little too sweet,otherwise a very good beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Pours reddish brown under a 1” foam collar. Spicy cherry aromas with some dark malt. Has a Belgian brown ale backbone supporting a hefty dose of tart cherries. The tartness from the cherries balances the brown ale sweetness. Not as tart as a Lambic or Flanders brown or red, but very refresing and drinkable.

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

Included in the tasting menu at Qui (Austin, TX) alongside semifreddo desert, poured into a desert wine glass. Clear, dark ruby red. Relatively dry, fruity and medicinal. Taste and aroma of cherry Sucrets - in a good way.

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Photo of Trooper92292
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My girlfriend rates this in her top ten. I'm amazed by the natural cherry taste presented in this beer. The two year aging helped the final taste. It's something I want to get again and have. 2-3 years and this beer is at it's peak.

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Photo of justinp444
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dated 2013/11/28, (almost 2 years old), pours a off-white rosy head that quickly dissipates. Smell of cherry (maraschino), lemon, citrus, floral, and a small notes of sweet malt. Taste is much the same with tons of cherry, and sweet malt aftertaste. It wasn't as syrupy or sweet as expected of a fresh bottle and definetly balanced with age. Full mouthfeel, smooth rich body and a nice small crisp ending.

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Photo of brap
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting VERY sweet blend given how tart the Kasteel Triple was I was kind of surprised at how sweet this was. That said it, is tasty if you're in the mood for a kind of shaved ice cherry bomb of a beer. If you're not it's going to be a fruit bomb that will probably disappoint. It happened to suit my particular mood that moment so I loved it. My girlfriend who only likes lambics and really fruity beers also loved it.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells floral initially, like the hand soap in a cheap restroom. Cherry tartness saves it.

Flavor is very sweet, with definite liqueur presence throughout. The cherry character counters nicely with tartness. That aroma is tough to get past. Definitely a guilty pleasure, flavor-wise. Too sweet for a full glass.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours a very dark red with an off white head of foam. ..good lacing.

Smells of wild cherries, much like the cough drops.

Tastes a bit on the sweet side but has that mild sour character to offset that. Even has a bitter side to it.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Goodish brew that, Umm, I don't quite understand why it has to be 8% abv.

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Photo of farmhaus
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Look: A deep plum color, with some red in the carbonation.
Nose: Cherries. Strong. Luden's cough drops.
Taste: Cloyingly sweet. Syrupy amounts of cherry, berries, and other light, stone fruits.
Feel: Minor body that finishes quite dry.

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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,023 ratings.
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