Kasteel Rouge | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium
vanhonsebrouck.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,033
Reviews:
405
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
15.92%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
166
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,033 |  Reviews: 405
Photo of Zet
2.89/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lovely ruby colour, but the foam is not worth mentioning (note the paradox). This beer is a mixture of Kasteel Donker (a quad basically) and cherry liquor. For some reason, that led me into expecting some sort of liquified cherry praline, with a plethora of flavour. How naive. Smells, tastes and feels like a cherry coke/dr. pepper. No complexity or balance whatsoever. Not my cup of tea. For health reasons, you're probably better off with the real thing, but not by much obviously.

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Photo of mattsander
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JakeScully
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one came in a Christmas haul gift. Poured into a Chimay glass. Looks reddish, beautiful color. Taste like cherry liquor which might not be for everyone. A feel good brew, but nowhere as good as the Donker from the same brewery.

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Photo of bwbetts
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Miami66
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nunya
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tekstr1der
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've passed this by for years on the shelf never realizing it contained my beloved (and impossible to find in NH thanks to distribution) Donker. After reading the description I was sold. Strangely, the fact that I love this has nothing to do with why I picked it up. I cannot discern more than the slightest background of malt and ripe fruits that makes Donker the bomb. However, this thing is the tastiest fruit beer I've yet encountered. I do love cherries so, and this has them to the brim. Nose is so cherry my mouth waters. Flavor is nearly as cherry-full, somewhat subdued by the aforementioned actual beer.

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Photo of fallenshadow
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WCKDVBZ
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Deanlee
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not bad for a malt beverage although I've had other more drinkable kreiks and cherry beers. I did have a lot cherry residue left in my glass. Great color and smell but it did have a bit of a bite. The stevia, which is an entirely natural sweetener, might be responsible for a slight chemical taste.

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Photo of Prost76
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andylipp
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label says both "Belgian ale with cherries and cherry juice added" and " alt beverage with natural flavors and Stevia."
Stevia? Really?
Looked great in the tulip, a brown translucent color with red highlights. A brown-pink head receded immediately. The smell was straight cherry cough medicine, but not in a bad way necessarily. A slight bit of spice detectable in the nose as well.
Taste was sweet black cherry liquor up front with a bit of medicinal tartness in the finish. I'm told that the base beer is their quad, but there's little indication of malt or. Maybe a hint of chocolate cherry candy. Still pleasant and not overly sweet, despite the addition of "artificial" sweetener.
Feel was substantial but not syrupy like some sweetened beers can be.
It is said that the cherry component of this beer is due to the addition of a cherry liqueur. Makes sense. Not one I am likely to return to but interesting none the less.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding!

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Photo of CyborgX
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hunter
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large bottle, bottled in 2014.

Look - Poured very fizzy, almost like a soda. head of pink bubbles dissipates almost instantly. Ale is a beautifully deep ruby red color.

Smell - The fruit is immediately apparent. Cherry dominates the nose with little else coming through, but it's not unpleasant. Some fruit aleas smell almost like cough syrup; this is just fresh fruit.

Taste - More sour than I expected. Cherries, some measure of spice.

Feel - Sweet and sour at the front, evolving into a slightly bitter aftertaste. Clean on the tongue, not cloying or overpowering.

Overall - If fruit beers are to your liking you'd do worse than this. Manages to be fruity without being overpowering. there's a subtlety to it that other representatives of the style could learn to emulate.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yaron73
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Artwork: Very nice classic Kasteel design. This is the type of classy Belgian label that I can't get enough of.
Appearance: Deep ruby red with pink head. Not much retention or lacing but that could be because of my relatively slow pour (the brewery's recommendation is for a vigorous pour). Pretty clear with no traces of yeast or other floaties.
Nose: Lots of sweet cherries. Sugar and cherry juice.
Taste: More cherries upfront, some cinnamon warmth, and spices. A fairly bitter quinine-like aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Light carbonation.
Overall: Not as complex as I was expecting but definitely a nice enough Kriek. This was my first beer from the Kasteel series and I'd love to try their Donker (which Rouge is based on) to see how it tastes without the added cherries.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 TyrionBeernister
4.88/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of stompilator
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,033 ratings.
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