Kasteel Rouge | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel RougeKasteel Rouge

Brewed by:
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 soupyman10
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this at the company holiday party. Was basically what I expected - a maroon beer with a weak head that smells and tastes like what it is: cherry syrup. There's a little bit of a beer flavor in the taste (not so much in the nose, which is really just sweet, almost cough syrup cherry), with some sourness that's fairly interesting. Body's fine, and the carbonation's fairly appropriate. It's not really my style, but it's not garbage by any means. Probably couldn't have more than one though.

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Photo of echdk3
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into an over-sized wine glass

A_Very thin bubbly halo. No head, opaque dark cherry color. The color saves the appearance which would otherwise be lacking because of the zero head factor

S_Beautifully sweet cherry aroma, marachino syrup

T_Strongly resembles a diet cherry soda. Pure cherry, one dimensional

M_Mouth washing, extremely high carbonation -- too high

D_Hard to drink too many of because of the intense flavor and high carbonation

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Photo of mynie
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, deep red. Pours burgundy. Like the wine, not the color. Very small white head.

Smells great! Big, sweet cherry juice with a tiny bit of pleasant yeast funkiness. Not very complex but wow does it smell like some tastyass cherries.

Tastes very good--the lack of complexity (and beeriness) is a little more present and is slightly detrimental, too. Tastes like super duper cherries. Tastes like a Luden's cough drop. This--goddamnit this is like the Leinenkugel's Nut Brown shit, where it tastes so good it's almost like it's cheating since there's obviously been something added to this that's not beerish enough. I'm more apt to trust Kasteel than Miller, though, so I'll give these guys the benefit of the doubt and assume this is real cherries, and not Xylatol614 or whatever.

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

07/07 dated cork, drank around 8/6/08
1pt. 9.4fl oz to tulip glass, pours a highly carbonated dark rich ruby red, off pink/tannish head, nice bubble lacing, looks deep

smells of nicely blended cherries. candi sugar, sweet, tart, bubblegum

tastes of sweet astringent wild cherry lifesavers, yeast hides in back, sour, tart, a little too sweet for my taste but plenty of good flavors, good carbonation, very easy to drink, light alchohol presence but hidden well

mouthfeel is crisp, sweet, very drinkable - overall nice for desert.. but i likely wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a cloud, ruby red color (like grapefruit juice) with a pinkish, bubbly one-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of cherry cough syrup. Really very sweet smelling. Very little beer-like aromas.

T - It tasted of sweet cherry flavor. Some yeast and grainy qualities.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. Quite fizzy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an interesting beer. Very sweet and very sharp.

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Photo of gdfan47
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the eulogy last night
didnt quite no what to expect

it poured a pretty dark/ cherry color
def can taste the cherry on the nose... def can

it tastes very good, I guess i have Ommegang Rouge on the brain , cause i was expecting this beer to be more sour.. the sweetness def broke through more

def a good beer, maybe it varies from batch to batch .. I dont know

I would def drink this again, but would be more inclined to do so in places that dont have funkier things to try

check it out, i dug it

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Photo of becktone
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes 11-5-08

Eye: Into a Duvel Tulip: In color this beer is an extremely deep dark bloody red....very beautiful. The body is pretty clear as well. Head formation and retention are both okay-perhaps a tad above average. Color of the head is a dirty pinkish-red-white...salamon! thats the color of the head! Overall pretty good looking beer, better than most beers that have any type of fruit aroma...it actually looks like there is a beer here as opposed to a light lager with flavoring added....

Nose: Big cherry nose on this brew, almost like smelling a jar of maraschino cherries just after its been opened. Overall the aroma reminds me a bit of Cherry Seven-Up, real sweet, and big cherry. Also some faint and hidden oak character, some earthy tones...maybe some hints at malt under there though..albeit just an overall malt aroma and nothing specific.... not overly complex, but I love the smell of this beer. This is one is simple and straight forward, nothing gets in the way of what this beer is trying to portray ....straight forward, direct and to the point, this one does it. Real nice.

Tongue: As with the nose, big cherry in the flavor, up front and demanding....tartness as well. Alcohol then comes into play, but not as something that should be looked down upon...especially in this particular beer. It gives it a real nice balance, the flavor of the alcohol balances out the sweetness. Again, maybe some oakiness or earthy tones, though its hard to tell with the alcohol burning up the finer points of the palate...its like "Boom! Cherry, then Alcohol to balance it." Pretty hard to get anything but those two, they dominate the tongue so much. Finish is real dry, which is where some of the oakiness is being perceived. Again, this one is simple and it works. This is one that I originally tried only a single bottle of at a tasting, the memmory of that tasting, of this beer, led to my decesion to buy this beer as a four-pack. I'm glad I did. One of the best beers where fruit plays a major role (excluding lambics) that I've drank.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As afore mentioned this one finishes dry...fits what the beer is doing perfectly. Carbonation is fine and lower than I expected, especially upon inspection and concentration on feel. The slight tartness, low carbonation, and dryness work together in perfect harmony to produce a feel that is unimprovable. It can't get better, this feel is perfect...the body is light enough to make this easy to drink, but heavy enough to give substance. All in all I really don't think that this feel could improve. This is a dangerously drinkable beer. While the alcohol is detectable, it balances the beer so well that it isn't obnoxious, it isn't distracting, it isn't burning....instead it compliments. I look forward to drinking the other three. This is what any beer using fruit should do, be high in alcohol while using it to balance the brew. Fuck that extract shit....If this beer used it, well, then they've done the best job of it I've ever tasted....however I highly doubt that they did. The evidence is in the flavor. If you're a person that likes lambics and Oud Bruins then this is right up your alley. It seems like its kinda a mix of both. Hey, well anyway its really drinkable....one bottle brought me to buy a four-pack of something I might never have bought...I'd say that this is pretty damn drinkable-like a pregnant woman who wants Arby's one minute then watermelon the next....

edit: next morning....okay the whole review is right one except for the pregnant lady part...I swear it made sense at the time, but now I don't quite see what I was getting at, almost but not quite.

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Photo of keoki182
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Madison WI's Malt House. Bold and rich cherry red body with pinkish head. Tons of cherry in the aroma and flavor. My first impression of the taste was artificial cherry, lending almost a medicinal tinge. A second sip (and each subsequent) proved just how wrong my first impression was. Full-on cherry enveloped my taste buds and at 8.00%, provided a dangerous beer to session. If not for the sweetness, I could drink this all night. I love the bitter, burnt flavors in many other styles, but this is just such a unique experience for any beer lover. Superb fruit beer.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really dark red color. There is a little carbonation, but it creates a good-sized head with a pink hue that stays throughout.
Smell is very strong of nice fresh cherries. There is a bit of a malt smell too, giving it the smell of a good cherry lambic.
Taste is very nice for a cherry lambic. There is a strong cherry taste, but it is balanced with a good alocohol taste that does not make this beer as sour as most lambics.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and refreshing at the same time.
I am not a big lambic or sour fan, but this beer defintely scores well with me. There is a good cherry taste without being tangy or overbearing. This beer is a good mix for someone like me, who loves malty thick beers and my wife who hates beer, but loved this offering and is now tasting everything I bring home.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short and stubby Belgian style bottle, pours rich reddish amber, cough syrup style. Pungent cherry nose, quickly departing red hued head and then leaving next to no lace. Sweet, sour, tart, pleasantly fruity, with notes of cherry, raspberry, cough syrup. Layers of dense, pungent and intense fruit. Nice stuff. Well worth a try. Would be nice with a chocolate and/or fruity dessert.

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Photo of DownDaHatch
3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to this Belgian. The High Alcohol contnet at times seems to overpower this beer and can taste a bit like NyQuill. Takes me back to my younger years when sneaking a bit of NyQuill was quite the night out. It forms well in the mouth and is easy to drink if the alcohol doesn't bother you. The smell is strong and pungent and rather pleasing. Overall this is not a bad beer, but then again, nothing special either.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cherry red, almost brown, mild head.

Alcohol smell, cherries, cherry extract.

Sweet carbonated, cherries, malt undercurrent.

Finishes sweet.

This was an expensive beer in a short bottle. But worth it if you like fruity beer. A lot better than Warrants "Shes my cherry pie, cool drink of water what a sweet suprise."

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Photo of requiem960
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Comparable to the Rodenbach - Redbach beer, Kasteel's Rogue has a much higher abv without the smoothness. This is definitely a beer to sip and enjoy over a thirty to sixty minute session.

Pouring the Rogue into a chalice, this beer looks more like a red wine than a beer. The Kasteel Rogue has a soda like carbonation, but finer (more like a champagne). There is very little to no head, but what's there is on the pinkish to brown side.

What impressed me about the beer is the cherry backing has a very good taste. I'd like to compare it to the Redbach, but this beer is a lot more complex. The cherry was the predominate flavor. For a higher abv beer, I was expecting the Rogue to be syrupy like a cough syrup; however, the taste was very flavorful. Imagine a lighter Belgiumesque beer with a cherry pie filling additive in the mix.

The smell was a bit deceiving. The best way I can describe it is like a yeastey cough syrup. The taste definitely made up for the aroma! The mouthfeel was pleasant, and reminded me of something like a Saxo Blonde or Delelrium Tremens. Kind of that medium body type beer with a light carbonation.

Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable fruit beer. I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these in a night, but I'd definetly throw this beer my rotational fruit beer catalog!

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Photo of YaBoyNate
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First beer review for me, I felt I had to for this one.

Poured out of a bottle with the familiar van Honsebrouck logo and a bottled on date "070924". I used a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Thickly poured a velvety crimson, quickly forming a frothy light red two-finger head. Surprisingly large bubbles present. Sits pretty in the glass with very slightly opaque reddish-brown color. Small carbonation bubbles climb slowly through the glass.

Smell- Cherries. Take a cherry coke and toss in some extra cherries. The ale smell is very faint, and mostly just reminds you that there is alcohol present. Overpowering.

Taste- Sweet, sweet cherries. Starts out tasting like cold cherries, and finishes tasting like warm cherries. Somewhere in the middle the comforting Belgian Ale makes a cameo: Slightly nutty and creamy, and then the cherries ride back in. Warm alcohol taste lingers long after the sip along with some kind of sweetness (Honey? Brown sugar? I'm not sure). Very sweet throughout.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and silky. The brew sits in the glass thick but glides in my mouth well. Carbonation feel at the beginning, lessens toward the end.

Drinkability- I'm sorry to say that I would not drink this again. It was a challenge getting through the first 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle as the sweetness and constant cherry tastes were simply overpowering. This is most definitely a dessert beer, and I don't see anyone able to drink much more than 1 bottle. If they'd tone the cherries back a bunch, the fine ale tastes that are present but strangled out would, in the opinion of this reviewer, significantly increase my enjoyment of this beer.

Please let me know what you think of the review. As I said, it is my first and I want to improve upon this skill. Thanks a lot!

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz stubby brown fire plug looking bottle poured into a Chimay chalice,poured a mirky reddish color with a creme colored hue,a 1" creamy white head with a pinkish tint to it. The head fell a bit quick leaving a bit of creamy lace lots of tiny bubbles quickly rising with no stringing. Sort of soda looking.

Smells like cherry ice creme about the best way i could describe it. Has some yeasty doughyness also. Sweet candy-like,yet pleasing enough.

A big strong sour tart cherry taste,very desert-like. Doesn't remind me of beer,yet not offensive,i kind of like it. Sweet sugary upfront with the sour tart cherry taste midway and through the finish with a sweet tart taste lingering. Not syrupy like a lot of fruit beers,has a slight doughy yeasty taste to it, has a bit of a champagne like mouthfeel.Goes down easily the alcohol is pretty well hidden with a very slight touch of heat. Not a beer i could drink more than a couple of,but does go down quite easily. More like a desert beer. If you like cherrie this is the beer for you. Lots of cherry to this beer,yet not to overpowering.

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Photo of brdc
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks JohnGalt1 for this beer.
Large corked bottle, poured into a flute.

Beautiful cherry-red in appearance, bright pink head, some retention and lacing.
Sweetish aroma, lots of cherries, sugar.
Medium bodied, the taste is quite sweet, with very little tartness which leaves it quite unbalanced, and drinkability suffers considerability. There is no way I can have more than a (small) glass.
Wisconsin Belgian Red is significantly superior, if you like a tart taste to balance. If you want unabashed sweetness, this one is for you.

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's/Baltimore Md.

Served in a warm goblet (eh), 1/2 finger head, reddish in color. Billed as "SWEET" by the bartender and it clearly was. Like Kool-Aid, most definitely. Most would be turned off by that but I loved it.

It's sugary and refreshing but still has some beer character, definitely on the fruity/sweet side which I usually abhor, but the whole cherry thing comes through with a ton of raspberry as well.

Higher alcohol than I presumed. DELICIOUS, a candy beer so it's hard to give it great ratings within the style but its enjoyable.

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Photo of theboozecruise
2.69/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I tried this one pouring a 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet.

The beer has a deep red color to it, fitting of the name 'rouge', and almost no head at all. The aroma is mild, but there is a definite hint of cherry. Once tasted though, the cherry explodes! This is a very very sweet beer, dominated by the cherry flavor. It's tough to drink more than one or two in a session because it's so rich.

A good beer, but not one I'll be looking to purchase again anytime soon.

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Photo of ckaufman
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep dark reddish brown in color with a minimal pinkish head and limited retention.

S: Strong smell of cherries along with some licorice and wood. Deep malt in the nose alongside a potent yeasty scent.

T: Very sweet cherry flavor up front followed by a malty cherry finish... cherries, cherries, and more cherries!

M: Low carbonation with a medium bodied feel in the mouth.

D: Way too sweet to have more than one of these at a sitting. A great beer to enjoy after dinner perhaps.

I'm glad I tried this beer on draft, but will probably not revisit again... unless of course my girlfriend orders it and can't finish it herself!!!

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sharp Edge Brasserie in suburban Pittsburgh.

Carbonated red with white lacing and head. Smells and tastes like the aforementioned cherry cough syrup, but sweeter and more appealing. Not too strong, but the fruity flavor is a little too much for me to consider too drinkable. Interesting, but not something I enjoyed too much.

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Photo of cannabanaceae
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a chalice.
Looks like sparkling dark red wine in the glass, with a little white head that huged the rim. No lacing.
Smelled like sour cherries, medicinal smell and sweet overall.
Taste started with carbonation bubbles in front followed by a sweet cherry taste that tasted like a melted cherry popsicle. Ending with a hop bitterness that could not even begin to stand up to the sweet cheery juice. VERY SWEET.
Finish is,,,, hard to finish a whole bottle. Small amounts are better to share with freinds in little tasting glasses. NOT a session beer whatsoever, but a after dinner sipper. Maybe on a day that looks like the town on the bottles picture, a smoggy dark dreary night.

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Photo of koopa
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky red pour with a well retained pink head and nice lacing.

S: Cherries and grenadine

T: Almost like a lambic but more beer based. Enjoyable

M: Nice amount of carbonation gave it a smooth mouthfeel.

D: Carbonation helped with the drinkability as well but I'm glad I shared this bottle amongst friends rather than drinking the whole thing.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep blood red/garnet with no lace at all.
Smell is of cough syrup like cherry, wheat yeast and malt.
Taste is cherry, malt, yeast, light alcohol, sweet.
Light effervescence, smooth, medium full body. A dessert beer for certain, but a fine one.

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

rating #1000 at Ratebeer... wow, this is wonderful stuff... delightfully fruity and clean, with loads of cherries!! .. light purple-red colour .. good lacing .. one of the nicest most enjoyable beers in existence!! .. bottle was Kasteel Rouge, same as Kasteel Kriek...

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Photo of bsoakley
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the first time i tried this beer, it was not a pleasant experience. i had had their donker and when someone handed this to me and said it was kasteel i just took a big gulp and...uggg! but uggg in a way when you are biting into a peanutbutter sandwich and you expect that creamy sweetness and you suddenly realize that you have the wrong sandwich, that you in fact have a liverwurst sandwich. so lets not take kasteel as uggg, but rather understand that was my first reaction whilest anticipating a total different sensation. now that i have sat down with this beer a few times and have known what to expect i will admit that its grown on me considerably.

serve on tap into a snifter. color is a nice amber red with a lite pink froth on top. lacing around the glass is nice. the smell is of rich cherries with (i hate to say this) a hawaiin punch familiarity(which i like). the taste is sweet, again with cherries but you also get this crazy mouth feel of sugar, coating your teeth, drilling cavaties. rich in taste but lite in weight. you could certainly drink several of these if you can get past the sweetness which i feel once that you get half way thru the glass you are so use to it that you just are anxious to get to the next or perhaps i am just showing symptoms of early diabetes.

i also have enjoyed doing a black and tan of sorts with this beer. mixing it with old rasputin imperial stout, floating it. its not an easy task. i call it THE AMBER SPIDER. its amazing like eating a chocolate covered cherry. the combination of the two beers also creates a really nice head on the rasputin. makes it a bit more creamy. i had two last night!

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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,023 ratings.
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