Kasteel Rouge | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel RougeKasteel Rouge

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium | website

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.

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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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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber red color with a pink head. Aromas of sour dark cherries, right in their prime. In the taste, dark cherry, a small sourness and well a bit surypy, almost medicinal. Aftertaste of a small cherry and a coating in the mouth. Not too sweet, nice alcohol and deffinatly not a girly beer!

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Photo of maddogruss
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a flute glass.

A: Pours a blood red body with a pink head with nice retention and lacing through the finish.

S: Smells like maraschino cherries. A nice, fruit beer smell.

T: Tastes like robitussin, but not as medicinal. Reminded of mixing grenadine and water, but made slightly sourer.

M: A light and smooth mouthfeel that was pretty good and easy going.

D: Ok combination of mouthfeel and taste made this decently drinkable. The robitussin taste got to me later on in the beer which made it less appealing to me.

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Photo of matty
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burgundy colored ale with a pink head that rapidly fades away.Smell is cherries.Taste is sour cherry and malt.This is not a beer you would be drinking during a Sunday football game or while mowing your lawn.I will say this is good but give me an ice cold Budweiser anyday over this!!

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is far more pink than any other beer I've ever had outside of the lambics. Great head with extensive lace. The color is dark, deep burgundy. The light shines through and it appears to be clear.

Strong fruit aroma--like a cherry Lifesaver. This doesn't have the sourness of a lambic.

Okay, this is very close in the taste to a Kriek Lambic. There is sourness which I didn't expect given the smell. The taste is overall very sweet, while the swallow is similar to the classic Krieks. This would be a good dessert beer with some cheese. The body is rich and the carbonation is high.

I would describe this as a lambic wannabe. Overall, I'd say it's one dimensional. It is tasty and decently priced ($9 for 25.4 oz.).

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Photo of Atron67
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brasserie V tonight. very delicious. slightly sweet, a little too sweet to be a super session beer. but very flavorful, very stong cherry flavor and definitely nice solid malt cackbone to it all around. formed a good beer and my non Beer Geek friend found it his favorite new session beer, although lindemans (too sweet for me) was his favorite before hand.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cl stubby poured into a goblet yields a clear dark garnet body capped with a half-finger of fine-bubbled pinkish-beige foam that retains at a thick, creamy sheet that clings to the glass on the drink but leaves no lacing.

The smell of the drink is rich and fruity with plenty of cherry, a snap of crisp apple and a touch of mellow malt.

The taste of the drink is crisp and fruity with lots of cherry competing with a bit of a woody note. A touch of dry malt adds resistance to the tart, pleasant, cherry bite that lingers in the aftertaste

Really crisp and zingy, Kasteel Rouge is plenty tasty with a zip of carbonation and no indication of the abv. The tang of the drink limits the drinkability a bit for me.

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Photo of JoeMayo
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer dares to be different, so you either love it or hate it.

A- Pours a brilliant crimson color with a thick white-ish head and lots of little effervescent bubbles.

S- Very fruity. Sour cherry comes through loud and clear with a mild oaky, earthy spiciness.

T- Tastes more like fruit juice than beer. Sour and sweet cherry flavors balance one another. Hints of oak come through as well. The only hint that this actually is a beer is that it has a little malt flavor in the aftertaste.

M- The carbonation is very pleasant, unfortunately not enough to detract from how syrupy it is.

D- I do love this beer, but in moderation. One beer this sweet is enough for me...on to something hoppy!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of secret santa: Poured a deep red color ale with a light pink color head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of syrupy cherry with too much of sweet cloying notes. Taste is also dominated by the extremely sweet cherry syrup with some very light malt notes. Full cloying sweet body with some average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Too sweet for my taste buds and too much of the fake cherry syrup comes out for me to enjoy this beer.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Arrived a dark, clear ruby red with a pinkish fluffy head.
Pretty much only one aroma in this. Cherries. Kind of a mix of marachino cherries/syrup and some fresh black cherries.
Tastes about the same as the aroma. Sweet cherry flavor hits first and is the dominant flavor. Some black cherry skin bitterness makes a very light appearance.
Medium-thick bodied. A little syrupy in the consitency, small-bubble carbonation keeps it lively.
Pretty high in ABV and sweet flavors to be really drinkable. Alcohol well hidden in the beer.
This would be a great dessert beer. Perfect to have with some vanilla ice cream, maybe even make beer floats with this.

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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.
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