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.

Added by KarlHungus on 09-25-2007

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Photo of OStrungT
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a ruby red color with a thin reddish head. The head fades fast, leaving a small amount of lace.

This beer has a black cherry aroma. It smells very nice and sweet. It has a slight tart aroma. The fruit aroma dominates.

This beer tastes very much like it smells. Black cherries mostly. It smells slightly tart, and sweet. Really nothing else.

This beer leaves a black cherry aftertaste. It is low on carbonation.

This beer would probably make a decent session beer. The flavor, while different, is not bad, or overwhelming. The ABV might be a little high.

Overall: I love this beer. What more can I say?

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Photo of clvand0
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark red color with a mediun pink head that has ok retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly comprised of sweet cherry juice - not very tart at all, just sweet. Reminds me of a cherry syrup. The flavor is all cherry. Slightly tart and quite sweet - again, reminds me of cherry juice. Leaves a cherry flavor on the tongue. Effervescent. The body is medium and the drinkability is good. The alcohol is not even slightly obvious. Tasty brew.

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Photo of Boomhower
2.76/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep mahogany red with a quickly receding pink head. I am a big fan of Flemish sours, and was looking to try something new when I picked this up. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but figured it would be similar to a lambic. This was a bit of a disappointment. Fist off, it completely lacks any subletly or complexity. It smacks you with cherries throughout. It's strong and malty, which I like, but has a harsh medicinal aftertaste. To be blunt, it's like drinking carbonated cough syrup. I would pass this one by. You can do much better for the price.

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

Fresh off the tap and into a Kasteel chalice.

Dark crimson color, light at the bottom, smallish, very pink head. Pinky, pinky, pink.

Sweet and tart cherries, all up and down and over and out. With a brown ale base lurking beneath. Yup, I can smell it.

Taste: fresh and fruity, bright and tart. Rich and rounded. Lip-smackingly delicious. Big-time pucker, brisk and refreshing.
Rich malt flavor right below, cherries on top. Nice.
Long finish, full presence on the tongue, hangs heavy in the mouth.

good stuff. nice for dessert, or a relaxing nightcap.

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Photo of phisig137
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 4/23/07. Pours a deep mahogany reddish color, with a 2 finger gray-pink head. Decent retention, but no lace and no foam cap.

S- Sweet, artificial fruit smell. Reminds me exactly of Luden's cherry cough drops. Nothing else there, just fake cherry.

F- Better than it smells. Artificial cherry is still the dominant player, but sweet up front, and tart towards the finish. Harsh medicinal finish.

M- Sticky chewy mouthfeel, with a coating lingering finish. Near flat

D- decent

Overall, I'm pretty dissappointed in this one. With the Kasteel name, I was expecting a good, well made fruit beer, not another lambic rip-off like those that they bottle with the St. Louis name. The smell alone is enough to turn you off. All that being said, this could be GREAT to cook with. I can think of a dozen or more marinades and recipes that this would be great for. Perhaps I'll buy another to toy around with...

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Photo of Chaz
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear candy apple amber in color, topped with a dense, frothy two-fingered head. The color of the head is a blend of light tan and red, for what I might best describe as a "dusty pink", and this aspect of the presentation is actually somewhat impressive; the head fills the glass nicely for several minutes befor fading to a ring of moderate lace around the edge. Compared to the visual aspect, the nose is less impressive, it's mostly canned sweetened cherries. Yes, the same kind you use to make cherry cobbler and/or scoop over cheesecake (complete with that thick cherry sauce!), so for the most part it's a sickly-sweet, concentrated, and not at all natural smell. I'm also getting cherry Life-Saver (TM), cherry Tootsie-Pop (TM), and even Cherry Sucrets! So far this is not really my bag, baby. Owing to the color of the head I had to check the label to make sure that there was no artificial color (or sweetener) in this one, but no, there is none - or at least none listed. And the taste? Throw the idea that this might be a fruit lambic -or even a sweetened fruit lambic- right out the window. What this is is a Belgian brown ale jumped-up with fructose-sweetened cherry juice. It's almost an 'either you'll like it or you won't' proposition. While this is medium-bodied and with a nice brisk feel on the tongue and palate, neither is it all that compelling, instead moving from a sweet cherry explosion to a lightly malty booziness and then fading away to a light citric tang and somewhat dull cherry aftertaste. The 8% ABV is welcome here, if only to break through the wall of canned cherry. Drinkability would be better if this were a bit more exciting. Malt profile is dominated by the unnaturally sweet cherry on one hand (bad) and the tart, tangy cherry quality on the other (good), so don't go looking for too much complexity, it's smothered. Apart from that, this is really not a bad beer. It might make an interesting ale to blend with a strong dark Belgian (like Kasteel's own Donker) and it might be an interesting choice for a 'training wheels' fruit beer (instead of Lindeman's, New Glarus, etc), but in the end I had expected more from the Kasteel brand.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The bottle reads, Belgian Ale with cherries, and cherry juice added.

This beer pours a clear dark ruby color. The head is large and dark pink in color. It recedes rather quickly into a nice cap of foam. The aroma is of cherries. It is a nice aroma, but completely lacking in complexity. The taste is of cherries, but with a funky sour milk like aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, it is very noticable that this beer is an ale trying to be a lambic, and not a real lambic. I just cannot deal with that rotten aftertaste. This is a drain pour.

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