Kasteel Rouge | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel RougeKasteel Rouge

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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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Photo of adamette
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, expertly poured at Chef Paul's Bavarian House in Lisle, Illinois, my favorite place to drink beer in the world.

A Pink head, dark brown body. Head stays around for a while. This one came in an incredible gold rimmed glass with "Kasteel Rouge" logo on the side of it with a small replica of the brewery (or some building anyhow!) near the base of the glass.

S Cherries! This was a nice surprise. It reminded me of black cherries, actually

T Sweet, smooth, interesting

M Smooth, not overly full.

D I am not a big fan of sweet, frutiy beers but this one has a high drinkability.

Notes: I would love to have the "Brown Ale" that this is based off of. This beer (the brown ale with cherries added) is excellent.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brasserie V.

At first glance and aroma I am anticipating some kind of Rodenbach like experience but this beer has neither the body nor the high sugar content of a Rodenbach. On the other hand Kasteel Rouge doesn't have the acidity or level of tart/sour qualities that would be found most lambics. So what is it? I'm not sure but it is pretty good.

It comes to me a pinkish red body with plenty of sparkles and a fat pink head. Solid retention. It immediately begins attracting glances from all the women in the bar. This is one of those beers that once one person orders, everyone orders. It looks pretty and yet, I don't feel too silly drinking it as it is served in a big manly chalice.

The aroma is all sweet candied sugar fruits and tart cherries. There may be hints of a brown ale base but they are light at best.

The body strikes me as surprisingly light and bright. This is a refreshing beer and not as sugary as I expected. Still, the tart cherry notes do not go unbalanced. It's really quite nice with bountiful fruit flavor.

Drinkability is modest. Kasteel Rouge makes a fine desert beer and one chalice goes down nicely. Then again, I'm not sure I would want to drink too many of these.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep chocolate crimson hue with a small but persistent reddish tan head that leaves some nice lace on the glass. This one is dimensional and alluring like black marble or obsidian.

S - Tart cherry pie, chocolate covered cherries, maraschino cherry syrup and Hersey's chocolate syrup. This smells like cherry ice cream with chocolate syrup on top. Lovely.

T - Again, chocolate covered cherries. Big time sugar and brandy notes along with the cherry and chocolate. This is tasty, and my fiance loved it.

M - Thick, rich, and sugary with some nice booziness and brandy-like warming qualities.

D - This is a great desert beer to be savored on a full stomach. It's rich and sugary and that kills any sort of session potential, but as a decadent treat it's outstanding.

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Photo of Maudite
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this in my beer stash for a couple of weeks now, and when the desire for dessert struck last night, I thankfully opted for this beer.

A= As one would think, a nice, dark, cherry-red, almost no sign of brown, very, very dark with a semi-dense lacy pink head, about a finger and a half. Head stuck around, sticking sugary to the sides of my Caracole snifter leaving fantastic lacing. Head looked bubbly like a lambic, but the beer was not quite as champagney as I suspected.

S= The obvious, yet pleasing, smell of fresh cherries (like farmstand fresh, not like a synthetic scent or a flavouring induced one...), an acidic fruitiness almost peach-like. A second waft revealed an interesting bubble-gum aroma, exactly the smell of opening a pack of baseball cards. Towards the end there was an intriguing hint of clove which was hard to pinpoint, but was definitely there, though wuite buried.

T= Mainly just tasted like cherry, a cocktail-like dessert drink, not any maltiness, no hop presence I could find. It was good, definitely what I was in the mood for at the moment, just not a "beer." There was not any noticeable flavor other than cherry, and it was not overly sweet or overly cherry, a well constructed brew in this regard.

M= Didn't coat like I would think it should. Not as full or thick. As I let it get a little warmer, it's presence was stronger and more enjoyable in my mouth, almost cotton-candy like in its froth. I was expecting a little more bubbliness.

D= Again, a pleasing beer for the occasion, but one is suitable.

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Photo of Wildman
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear very dark cherry red color and formed a small very pink bubbly head that left trace lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbon is present. An aroma of cherries, cherry pie, cherry cough syrup, etc. The flavor was of cherry, some woodiness and oddly, just a hint of carmel or maybe chocolate masked by the cherry. The body is medium light and the finish is tart. A nice beer from a pretty consistant brewer.

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Photo of Brad007
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Dark ruby red color with reddish one-finger head.

Aroma: Strong and tart, reminiscent of ripe sour cherries. Dominates the overall aroma. I like.

Taste: Sweet and tart at the same time. Strong and delicious. Not overly cloying though. Smooth. Similar to Lindemans Kriek except that it's stronger.

Mouthfeel: A great combination of sweet and tart. Lingers on the mouth.

Verdict: I'd be lying if I didn't say that I loved this beer. It would definitely make a good dessert beer, depending on the dessert entree. I've never rated anything in the category it's in that high but I have to give this high marks for what it is. Feel free to disagree.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Kasteel chalice. Beer was a deep, dark cherry color with a small, bubbly, pink head.

Aroma is all cherry, reminds me of cough syrup. Couldn't really detect much else.

Taste was sweet and somewhat tart. Heavy, heavy cherry flavor. Reminded me of black cherry soda.

Not very complex and kind of disappointing, but not a terrible beer either. I just had higher expectations.

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Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle - cryptic encoding on freshness date area -

Pours ruby red with a fizzy pink head. Some trailing lace slides down the glass. The head thins, but stays for the duration.

The smell is of sweet/tart cherries. Smells like the cherry and cherry juice it proclaims to include.

The taste is of - well, cherries. While I'm not overly impressed, I do have to give it kudos for not tasting artificial, as some other fruit beers do. Sweet with some tart balance.

Light-bodied and a tad boozy as it progresses. Becomes more like a spiked cherry cough drop as it goes on. I can't see drinking much of this, but it's fine for what it claims to be. It's no lambic, but it's better than many fruit wheat beers I've had.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. stubby, Belgian 330 mL style bottle,

A: Pours a ruby red, quite a pretty colour actually, with a light rose-pink head, good retention, and limited lacing.

S: Black cherry soda, that's it, strong, but kind of 1-dimensional.

T: Taste is dominated by an artifical extract cherry flavour, similar to Luden's throat drops, or red cherry Life Savers. It tastes good at times, but by the end of the beer, it's just too sweet.

M: Nice and crisp, full-bodied, but like a soda, making it pretty easy to drink for an 8% beer.

D: An interesting concoction, actually tastes more like a cocktail than a beer, like a fruity mixed drink that Conan likes, but I really didn't want more than one in the end.

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Photo of Slynger
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, here goes my second fruit beer. I'm somewhat timid since these aren't really my thing, but I've had this one in the fridge for a while and I think it's time.

Deep, dark cherry color with a big, fuzzy, pink tinted head that leaves lots of slick lacing.

A bit of sweet vanilla shows up in the nose but the dominant force is fresh tart cherries. Light crystal malts support faintly in the background.

Lots of lush carbonation to this one. A touch of light, sweet, black cherries mingles with vanilla at first. Bushels of fresh tart cherries quickly take over, with a bit of toasted malt playing second fiddle. The finish has a woody quality that follows the other flavors nicely.

Definitely not one of my preferred beer styles, but I still say that this is a well done beer. Not as deep in cherry flavor as New Glarus' belgian red, but slightly more beer like (which I actually prefer more). Still, I can't see many occasions when I would want to drink another of these but if you're into cherries, or different styles of beer, you owe to yourself to try this at least once.

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Photo of dac
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Sierra Madre.

Dark red with a frothy pink tinged head. Good lace

Fruity Belgian aromas, slight cherry cough syrup aroma.

Malt and sugar flaovrs with esters from Belgian yeast strain. Cherry flavors are noticable and stick on the tounge. Not sour like a kriek, and in my opinion could use some sourness to balance all of the sugar and fruit. Almost comes off as a strong Belgian ale with Robitussin.

Full bodied, syrupy. Beomes a bit cloying like too much candy towards the end of the glass. Needs sour sourness or a bigger alcohol kick to make it worthwhile.

I usually enjoy big full bodied malty sweet beers. This one has some good qualities but just doesn't quite hit the spot for me.

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Photo of Sammy
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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 MisterClean
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml from Manderes in Folsom

A - Dark cherry in color, little to no head present in pour.

S - Dark cherry with light alcohol and light maltiness.

T - Dark cherries, light malt, light ester, which helps provide balance to this beer.

M - Delightful, excellent, almost like a cordial. Very light carbonation.

D - I believe Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. tried to make black cherry soda into a beer. Great success! Very drinkable and refreshing!

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Photo of jeonseh
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has this on tap at FFF Brewpub because when I went they didn't have any FFF beers I have never had. Served in the Kasteel Goblet; Also did not notice this at the time but this is y 50th review! whoo!

A - just the color I'd expect from a cheery beer. It was a dark, black cherry color with a clear sheen to it. No cloudiness at all to this; actually a bit reflective. Very attractive looking. A small head that reminded me of the color of the foam of grape soda or maybe even Jones black cherry soda.

S - lots of tart cherries coming off; smells of the fresh cherries that one would get from the grocery store. Also reminds me a bit of the smell of the cherry syrup that one would put into a Coke or something. That syrupy aspect takes away abit from the tart cherry aspect. Not too fragrant either.

T a sharp, tart cherry taste is the main taste profile. Really the taste one would expect from a cherry beer. Has a bit of a sweet and wheat undertones as well that adds a bit of complexity to the beer. Reminds me a bit of bitting into a fresh cherry. The tartness is rather pronounced as it almost makes your mouth pucker and there is also a hit of a lemony citrus in there as well.

MF- this is the aspect of the beer that really makes me feel like I'm drinking a soda more than my beer. A very light, watery mouthfeel and very highly carbonated as well. the carbonation does seem to go well with the tartness but the light body is almost too light but does this turn this beer into one that you can just suck down because it does not really feel like you are drinking anything.

D - hmm overall I like the flavor of this beer but the tartness is just becoming too much. I drink this without any food and I think that on the whole that this is a beer that should only be drank with food. It would also make a good reduction sauce since it is rather flavorful. I think it would go well with a duck or a pork on the whole. Def on that needs paired though and would not really want to drink one alone again.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red cough syrup/beet juice color with a light gray-pink head. The aroma is clean, sugary cherry juice. There's a hint of vanilla-spicy stuff in the background, but it's a reach; this is a very simple, straightforward aroma. On the palate, initially a touch bitter with a cherry underpinning that's only slightly tart. Cherry sweetness comes on around the mid-palate, then dries out a touch, leaving some unpleasant bitter, woody tastes behind at the finish. There's an underlying sweetness and juicyness that is in-line with the note on the bottle saying that plain cherry juice is added to this beer. Mouthfeel is an odd blend of beer-smooth and juice-smooth, with only a slight bit of carbonation. Overall, there's not much to recommend this. It's fruitiness lacks complexity, and perhaps due to the fruit juice addition, there's little beer character that actually shows through.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours burgundy with a purple tinged head that has some decent inital head but that fades pretty quickly to settle to a ring. Deep, deep aromas of cherry and Cherry Heering with a background smell of cough syrup. Some slightly sour winey smells on the very tail end. Tastes somewhat like cherrry cough syrup as well, but with a pleasant bitterness that runs through it and saves the day somewhat. A touch of fresh cherry flavor floats above the more medicinal taste. Mouthfeel is super sweet, and that combined with the low carbonation level makes this a bit of a chore to drink. Not balanced or subtle at all, and extreme in all the wrong directions.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark ruby with a slight ring of head that sticks around throughout the glass.

Smell: Big, sweet cherries along with the slightest bit of maltiness.

Taste: Black cherries up front. The cherry flavor then becomes more tart and sour, and a flavor of nuts is present as well. The finish brings the malts that were present in the nose with the cherry flavor going back to the black cherry side.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a good bit of carbonation. Good complex cherry flavor that leaves a good taste in your mouth until the next sip. There is also a nice alcohol warmth as you go.

Drinkability: Very high. Surprising complexity for such a sweet fruit beer, which is a good thing. The high ABV may limit what you would want, but a very good example within the style.

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Photo of weeare138
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi-transparent, dark crimson with a small, off-white head that quickly fades into a mild cap. Tiny speckles are left around the glass.
Smell is of heavy cherry juice and brown sugar without much more to say...very pleasant though.
Taste is of cherries abound with a likeness to cherry flavored lifesavors and juicy juice punch in a can, along with some bagged prunes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with vinuous notes and standout wild cherries that linger to a sweet, cupcake finish.

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Photo of malcontent
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a proper Kasteel chalice, this beer pours a gorgeous mahogany with brilliant ruby edges. Head is off-pink and simply doesn't go away. Perfect.

Smells like the spitting image of a Sweet Tart. Yummy, but not like a beer probably should.

The front end is a wild rush of sweet and sour cherry but the finish is disarmingly malty. A brandy-like flavor blends into a strange nuttiness (and a strange hint of cacao). Not as sour as I'd like but very interesting.

Not overly thick which is a relief because excessive body in fruit beers can sometimes translate as syrupy-ness. I don't know that I could drink another of these but it certainly was worthwhile.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 wine bottle picked up at the Coop for about $8 (may be more may be less... I forget). Shared with a work buddy .. mine from a Kasteel tulip glass. Poured at fridge temperature and allowed to warm to room temperature.

Appealing lite pink head that drops quickly leaving no lacing... beautiful reddish Pinot Noir color when held up to the light.. but when held down toward the floor you can see there are some brownish components.

Aroma is firmly and decidely in cherry territory... I am sure malts and hops are there.. but my untrained nose is nowhere near able to pick them out.. smells of fresh cherry juice and little to nothing of anything else.. not artificial either.

Flavor is again obviously big sweet cherries.. wow... wow... no alcohol.. just reminds me of an organic cherry soda.. fresh and refreshing. a touch of astringency either from wood or the cherry pits/skins who knows.. but it adds to the overall complexity. Sweet for sure but the palate is medium with small bubble carbonation that begs for another sip. I say after only one glass that I could drink a bunch of these, but I am sure the alcohol would kick me in the brain and sooner than later the sugary nature would make me want something hoppy... finish has an Amaretto characteristic that I find very nice.

This brew is a cherry delivery device ... fresh black cherries to be exact. Certainly in the top 5 of fruit beers I've enjoyed and probably the 2nd best cherry beer I've had to chance to try.... this is a Belgian Style with cherries; New Glarus Belgian Red is the best cherry brew I've had ... some how the NGBR comes out on top although this one is more complex... even though my brain and palate can't pick out the complexities.

Reviewer notes... I rating this brew based soley on its merits as a fruit beer NOT a Belgian beer.

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

Bottled April 2007, Sampled December 2007
Pours with a pink hued, tan colored head that starts out at a fat-one-finger in thickness. The beer sits in my glass a very dark, opaque, concentrated red / amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby color when held up to the light. Wow, this is definitely a cherry beer; aromas of cherry skins, candied cherry pulp, concentrated cherry notes similar to cough syrup are all quite noticeable. This smells like a real cherry syrup or candied and by real I mean there is clearly real cherries used here. There is really not much in the way of hop or malt aromatics here.

Sweet tasting, though perhaps not quite as much as the aroma would have suggested. There is also a nice fruit tartness to this beer that helps to offset the sweetness some. Medium bodied, but both the cherry flavors and the tartness seem to make this beer quite drinkable, much more than one would expect from an 8% beer. This finishes with a light tannic, cherry skin character that imparts a touch of astringency along with the tart cherry bite. Carbonation & carbonic acid add a bit more bite and a touch of a frothy feeling to this brew as well. Fleshy cherry flavors, a hint of vanilla and a touch of woodiness (pit or cherry skin derived). The hop character is practically non-existent (perhaps some slight bitterness) and the malt only plays a supporting role to deliver the cherry flavors.

This is definitely way too easy drinking, not so sweet that it becomes cloying this beer just disappears from my glass. Very simplistic in its one dimensional cherry character, but still certainly enjoyable if you like cherries; I certainly had no problem consuming my 330ml bottle of this.

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Photo of budducci
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark reddish color and has a heavy cherry smell. The head on it never rose much and disappears quickly.

The flavor was incredible. I expected something like a lembic, but the cherry flavor was perfect and not that sweet at all. This is a good pre-dinner drink. I think the flavor might be a little too much to have with a meal.

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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 merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stubby bottle pours a clear ruby body with a small and fleeting pink head. Speckles of lace cling to the sides of the goblet. Aroma is sweet black cherries and some earthy yeast. Light medium body has a restrained carbonation. Taste is sweet and tart cherry, almost candy-like. The cherry overwhelms the subdued malt and hops presence. The 8% abv is not noticed. If you like sweet and tart cherries you will enjoy this one.

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Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,093 ratings