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 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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Photo of Chaz
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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 -31.2%
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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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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