Kasteel Rouge | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel RougeKasteel Rouge

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Style: 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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Ratings: 1,077 |  Reviews: 415
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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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was a very attractive glowing burgundy with a frothy grape juice film.

Smells of grape jolly ranchers and white bread with a slight tartness to it.

Tastes very soft and smooth with a dry candy cherry and a wheat and sourdough. Finished rather lactic.

Feels enticingly thin and creamy with a soft gentle carbonation.

A bit sour, but not too bad.

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Photo of surlyseth
4.92/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Blue Nile.
A: Deep Purple color. dirty-light-reddish head.
S: Overwhelming black cherries, but not too sweet! Lovely!
T: Delicious! Sweet up front and a little tart on the sides and in the back to keep you coming back for more. Are you sure there's alcohol in this?!?
M: Reminiscient of a black cherry soda. Like a Clearly Canadian or something. Highly carbonated, but very pleasant. Not too syrupy either.
D: I can't wait to get back in there for another.

One of my all-time favorite beers on tap.

Note: Not nearly as good from a bottle!

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Photo of Drew966
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kastell Rouge pours a deep, dark cherry red with a minimal ring of pink head circleing the glass from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. I really like the smell, they nailed black cherry. The taste is nice too, it has a nice cherry flavor, tart and sour balanced nicely with sweet. Definitely not cloying or medicinal which could easily happen. This isn't something I would drink often, but frankly I think it's quite enjoyable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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 yemenmocha
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

POurs deep brown with off pink colored head.

Nose is like any other Kriek style - very sour cherry. Pleasant.

On the palate though as a semi-overcarbonated, syrupy sour cherry flavor that isn't up to par with others of the same style I've had before.

Finish is a little sticky sweet and cola like.

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Photo of RunawayJim
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer was served in an Allagash tall tulip style glass. Poured a dark reddish purple color with a thick foamy light purple head. Smells immediately of cherry and perhaps some other berries.

Tastes like sweet and tart cherries and maybe a little raspberry and blackberry. It's a very fruity flavor. There's a nice mix of sweet and tart/sour flavors. Neither is overpowering of the other, but both are very present.

Ample carbonation and a nice smooth mouthfeel make this beer very drinkable. I had no idea what the ABV was when I tried it. I didn't notice the alcohol until long after the beer was gone. It was very good and very drinkable. I could have easily spent the night drinking nothing but this beer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ Papago
The beer pours a deep black cherry color, the head creamy and reddish purple in color, the size modest, as it depletes, and the lace forms a thin but concealing sheet. Nose is steeped in sweet ripe cherries, with a nut-like undertone, tart and crisp, a real delight for the ocular and olfactory senses. Start is ripe sweet fruit at the front; tart at the back, hint bitterness also present, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a stinging acidity, tart cherry flavor carries to the end, not a hint of the eight percent alcohol, what a “Hoot”.

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Photo of rallison
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark purple with a 1/2 finger pink head that dies to almost nothing.

Smells of very sweet cherries and cherry LiveSavers. The smell I find overly sweet and one-dimensional.

Taste balances the sweetness a bit. Still very sweet from the cherries, but there is a touch of tartness to balance things out. While enjoyable, it is also not that complex. I will say that this is tasty as a dessert beer.

Mouthfeel is a touch rich, but the carbonation balances some of it.

Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, recommended for certain circumstances. Could also be a good crossover beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 callmemickey
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A lovely burgundy (dark red-brown-purple)... with a slight cream head that sticks around for a minute before leaving behind lace on the glass.

S: Rich, delicate black cherry aroma... sweet and sour blend from start to finish with hints of almond.

T: The taste follows the aroma.>. sweet cherries hit the mouth first followed by the sour-tart finish.

M: Much smoother and more pleasant on the tongue than some other cherry beers... the medium body is complimented well by lasting carbonation.

O: Despite being my favorite of the cherry (non-lambic) beers, I can only drink one of these in an evening... but I would certainly return for another.

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Photo of tapman
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color of the body is a deep purple with a light pink 1 1/2 finger head. It really is quite pretty and looks more like some kind of future drink than a beer. Lacing is foamy, but always present.

Smells of tart, fresh cherries with a subtle hint of chocolate. choco-malt is very small, however.Not much else gets past the cherries.

Very cherry describes this beer. I'm torn on this one since I have a big sweet tooth which this really appeals to, but it is missing, what do you call it, oh yea, beer taste. Malts are practically non-existent in any fashion outside of gentlely supporting the cherries.

Mouthfeel is bubbly like soda-pop, yet syrupy from a ll of the sugar. Reminds me too much of a 'malted-beverage' to be happy with. Still, it is pretty refreshing thanks to the puckering tartness that hits the side of one's palate.

This beer is very drinkable for me, though it isn't necessarily drinkable by beer standards. It tastes like a really awsome Slurpee. Hardcore beer zealots might frown on this one for abandoning their hops and malts for overly masking cherries. I like it because it tastes like liquid cherry candy and has 8%. Best candy ever!

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Photo of OStrungT
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
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 -0.5%
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 -27.7%
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 +6%
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 -23.3%
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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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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