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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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Reviews: 396 | Ratings: 1,007
Photo of Trillessa
4.74/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am new at reviewing beers, so I am not the most familiar with all the standard categories, but I loved this beer. It was the perfect blend of tart and sweetness for my tastes. It makes me think of IBC Black Cherry soda, which I love!!
If you like fruity beers and are not in to hoppy beers, you might find this very yummy.

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Photo of pweis909
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The best thing I can say is that ounce for ounce, it is cheaper than cherry cough medicine. The cherry is cloyingly sweet. There is a light tartness that is insufficient for balancing sweetness. There is a bitter medicinal aftertaste. Is this sweetness artificial? Is that where the bitterness is coming from? Disappointing

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Photo of tigerbeer90
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 1/25/2012 not sure how age affects this beer

A: Dark ruby red with a pink head that died fairly quickly

S: Cherry liquor. Cherry liquor. Cherry liquor. haha some other dark fruit characteristics but mostly that sweet cherry smell

T: Sweet cherries, some almost cinnamon taste/warming affect. Interesting. I would have liked a little more tartness to balance out the sweet, but still good

M: more coating than I thought it would be

O: First time for this beer and it is quite an experience. Was expecting a slightly tart cherry belgian ale and get a cherry lifesaver. Like I said, this being my first experience and with 2+ years on it, not sure how accurate this review will be for some people who get it fresh (I got this for $1.50 and didn't check the bottled on date...oops!). Good after dinner drink

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Photo of jayawtrey
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a deep red, with little carbonation.

S: It has a wonderful, fruity, and pronounced cherry nose.

T: Sour on the front end. Tart on the back end. Slightly sweet. Surprisingly, cherries do not impart much fruitiness. This particular beer was bottled about 18 months ago, so I think this has everything to do with why so many people have suggested that it tastes like cough syrup. Age does this beer wonders!

M: This beer is slightly dry, and I think the longer it ages the dryer it gets.

O: I intend to buy a few bottles to throw in the cellar!

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Photo of byronic
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is nothing over the top, pours a nice dark red with a lighter head which fizzles out leaving but a trace on the edge of the glass.

The smell is absolutely fantastic. Nice ripe cherries, enough to make you salivate.

The taste follows up the smell with an intense burst of cherry flavour. Almost like biting into a fresh wild cherry.

Light to medium body with mild carbonation, almost goes down to easy. Very sweet with a hint of dryness in the delicious lingering finish. This only results in wanting to take another sip sooner than later.

This one took me by surprise! Not overly complex but definitely a delicious brew. I'd love to have a few bottles in my cellar.

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Photo of henkmudi
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

If you ever tried domestic sour cherry liqueur, this is what beer taste like, and smells also. Sharp,a bit sweet, refreshing and strong. Unlike liqueur, not sticky, and feeling on tongue last shorter. Very good after desserts, especially cakes and pies. Besides cherries, slight amount of wood, pine and earth can be felt.

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

Smell: lots of cherries dark, licorice, a hint of wood.

Tastes: Sweet but not as sweet as lambic, medium carbonation, tart finish, medium density not too watery not too sticky.

Looks: dark red with spots of brown, head becomes a thin layer

Personality: refreshing, you cannot tell the 8%. It’s a sneaky bastard. Get up and you will feel drunk.

Pour: Start pouring low, tilted glass. Finish pouring high to get a reasonable head, about 2 inches. Although the head becomes a thin layer on top and a little clings on the sides. It tastes better at the recommended serving temperature about 40F

Food pair: Drink as a dessert with vanilla ice cream or drink as aperitif. Drinking it will make you hungry.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel glass. Purchased in Smithfield, RI.

A - pours a dark maroon, cloudy body with a light maroon 2 finger head that reduces to a ring of foam.

S - tons of sweet cherries, tart berries, grapes. Cherries really dominate.

T- upfront it's pretty sweet with cherry juice and tart berries on the tongue. The finish has a slightly drying, astringent rindy character.

M- medium body , medium- low carbonation. Juicy

I'm a sucker for a cherry beer and this is nothing more than a cherry bomb. One- dimensional but delicious. Would buy again.

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Photo of Goalcam
2.71/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not the ideal color for ale. Strong cherry flavor up front but a bit of a mucky aftertaste. Really tough to match this one up with foods either. This was one of the least enjoyed red ales I've had. I'd stick with a kriek lambic like Timmermans in the future

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.37/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

A: Clear, medium-dark, reddish-brown color. Head is a thin layer of beige foam with a hint of purple; it fades fast with hardly any lacing.

S: Cherry cough syrup. That's it.

T: It tastes like cherry cough syrup, too. OK, not exactly -- There is a tart, fruity taste initially, but it doesn't last long before the cherry flavor takes over. And it isn't a good cherry flavor. It tastes exactly like cough syrup, down to the phenolic TCP flavor, the booziness, and the bitter medicinal taste in the finish. This is not good.

M: It took concentration to separate the mouthfeel from the taste. It was pretty well carbonated, although thin. Just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: This is Zima with a double-shot of cherry cough syrup. I've had a really good sour beer with cherries before, so cherries aren't the problem. It's the fact that this is simply not a good beer. Pretty much a drain pour.

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Photo of FLima
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown reddish color with a thin head with very short retention.
Strong aroma of sour cherries and caramels.
Predominant sweet flavor of cherries cough medicine, slightly sour with caramels on the background. Dry and acid aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation. One of the best examples of hiding such alcoholic content, at 8% abv.
Very assertive beer, it is all about cherries, cherries, and I almost forgot, cherries.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dug up my tasting notes from well over 2 years ago. Drank the night of John & Theresa's wedding in the hotel room right before the reception. Purchased a single bottle from Pinocchio's in Media. Poured into a plastic hotel cup when I did the review. From my notes on the Comfort Inn notepad:

A: cranberry-like color w/small head that fades quick. Good carbonation. (4.0)
S: wild cherry, almost dark like aromas. (3.5)
T: tastes cherry, maybe a little too syrup, almost like kid's cough syrup. (2.5)
M: slight funk, sour, but not overwhelming, bitter. (4.0)
O: good light sour, a little too syrup-like. (3.5)

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Photo of JayQue
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable. Poured a brownish-red into a Dobbelen IPA Trippel flute. Great crimson highlights when held to a light. Medium size pink delicately bubbling head. The head is fast fading and lacing is minimal.

Aroma is strong, malty beer with slightly sweet cherry as the dominant aspect.

Taste is very good. Sweet cherry juice up front, somewhat muted by maltiness. Then the tart cherry flavor kicks in. very flavorful.

Mouthfeel is impressive. Nicely carbonated, Sweetness up front is muted by malts and the tart finish is very inviting. A rich beer with no hint of the alcohol.

Overall this is a very good beer. I had it with cheese and it makes a nice complement.

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Rastel goblet. Excellent head with large bubbles. A bit of a champagne feel to the pour - very effervescent. In the glass the beer is a dark ruby/garnet color. Smell is good. Very sweet. A hint of jolly rancher in the nose. The mouthfeel is wonderful, very refreshing and tangy. Taste is sweet but balanced, definitely not a session beer but a good change-up or after dinner beer. Very enjoyable, but not one to have everyday.

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Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Sharpedge Creekhouse: Served in a great Kasteel Chalice. This one pours a dark ruby tinged brown color. There was a wisp of a tan head that left some lacing. It has a nice nose. Some cherries, and some sweet caramel malts. Some other fruits hiding down in there. The flavor is very nice. Cherries on top. A hint of tingling on the tongue. Good malt body, with some sweetness. A touch of chocolate also. I wouldn’t sit down and drink a lot of these, but I would definitely have it again!

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle, bottled on 2011/02/09. Served in a Innis & Gunn stemmed glass.

Appearance: Dark ruby red with a tan head shaded with red. Head is thick at the edge, and thinner across the top, but persistent. Some sheets of lacing noted, but they tended to slide back down the glass.

Smell: Black cherry with a leafy mustiness in the back. With a swirl the cherry comes out more and is fruitier.

Taste: Tart cherry, balanced by the sweetness of the malt. Hint of some candi sugar with the sweetness. Sour cherry finish with a lingering tartness.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and sticky, but with an airy carbonation. Nice.

Overall / Drinkability: I feel that the beer is the vehicle that carries and showcases the cherries, and allows the cherry flavor to be the main highlight, but not be too much. Alcohol is very well hidden; I doubt I would ever know this was 8% ABV unless I had looked it up prior to drinking it. A very nice beer showcasing cherries. That being said, I cannot have more than one. It's good, but by the end of the glass my palate is tired and wants something else. If the Belgian ale underneath could come out more and play with the cherries, then you'd have something really amazing here. Glad I tried it, but at the price here in the US, doubt I would get it again.

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Photo of jonb5
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Dark purple, almost opaque, small pink head, moderate retention.

S: Cherry, candy sugar.

T: Exactly like cherry sweets I used to eat as a young child, oaky notes, molasses slight boozy burn but barely alcoholic.

M: Prickly carbonation which faded, thick texture, smooth.

O: Cherry, cherry and some more cherry, deceptive, wouldn’t want too many, could be ruinous.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours deep red with an aggresively-sounding beige, quickly-evading head that leaves no lacings what so ever.

S: Cherries, cherry-kernel-bitterness, raspberries - in short very red berries. Sweet malt and some nice yeast.

T: Follows the smell and the bitterness is even more obvious.

M: Long bitter cherry-like aftertaste. Body is on the fuller side, while the carbonation is mild.

O: This was, after the apperance, a nice surprise.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Stubby 330 ml bottle with a bottled on date which reads "091029". I'm set to take off. On to the beer:

The addition of cherries gives this beer a hue of dark crimson. It wants to be dark brown colored, but it ends up being more crimson than brown. Attractive enough body. No head was formed on the pour, just a little bit of lace hanging around the edges of the glass. The aroma is merely okay, being focused on a strong cough drop cherry aroma which is very sweet. There are vague hints of cherry skins and tartness, otherwise it's a sweet domination.

Thankfully the taste is not nearly as sweet as the aroma, though just a reminder it does have a sweet flavor. Sweet with a little tart note, some alcohol bringing a metallic note. It has a cider character to it. It's a full bodied beer with gentle carbonation hitting the palate.

Merely okay in the world of beers, certainly below the high standard which Belgium cranks out. Might be something to try if you're in the mood for a beer which tastes little like beer. If so, I prefer Quelque Chose.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

A - Pours a murky, reddish-cola color. (Nothing I have ever seen before) Half-finger whiteish-pink head of tiny fizzy bubbles which disappeared almost instantly. No lacing to speak of.

S - Moderate strength aroma of sour cherries steeped in booze.

T - Wow. Rich cherry flavor. Sweetness balanced by a pleasant sour tartness. Slightly vegetal, with a hint of beet. A cola flavor reminiscent of Coca-cola in the mid-palate. But overall it's not very complex, with cherry, cherry, and more cherry.

M - Light bodied, with fizzy sparking carbonation. Finishes the exact opposite of "dry".

O - A very good fruit beer. Something I'd have to be in the mood for, and to be honest as good as it was, a bomber of this was just a little much. A 11.2 oz would be perfect.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red with amber hues. Pink 1-finger head to medium- retention.

Cherry cough drops, kirsch, bubblegum, medicinal feel to the nose. Aromatics are very aggressive.

Tart cherry, cough drops, sweet tarts, candied and medicinal. Funky and disjointed in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied, synthetic candied mouthfeel. A little cloying on the finish.

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Photo of joedumond
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Everything about this beer is good from the start.
Then you start to drink it.
Ater a while with the bottle you begin to tire of it.
I offered some to well informed beer company and heard, "it tastes like 'Tussin."
The cherry flavored beer got me once before with the Russian River Supplication.
That was a little better but I'm not a fan of either.

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Photo of hackmann
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: dark cola body with a reddish tint; bridal blush one finger head; no lacing

Aroma: big time cherry, cola,

Flavors: big cherry cola flavor; light-moderate tart cherry; if there are any other flavors it is covered up by the big time cherry flavor; I like cherries but I like my ale to taste like an ale with some fruit

Mouthfeel: light-moderate tart cherry; cherry; and cherry on the aftertaste; light-moderate carbonation; but you don’t even think about the carbonation because of the cherry

To the Point: need I say it again … cherry; I think I am drinking a cherry cola; I don’t think I can finish even on bottle of this; half way thru and I am taking this glass to my wife; if you like cherry flavored colas this would be perfect for you;

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark reddish ale with small head.

S: You get the cherries right away. Very pungent cherry smell with not much else coming through.

T: I had to check the label again to make sure this was beer. It tastes very close to wine. At least it burns your tongue the same way.

M: Tastes too much like wine. The cherry flavor is extreme and covers up any other tastes. Not easy to hold in your mouth for long. Little to no aftertaste.

O: Very different than anything I've ever had before. It's worth trying just for the experience but I wouldn't make this a go to beer.

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Photo of Vladimiriuz
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The view of this master beer of Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck 'Kasteel Rouge', is a very good and
a nice dark, red, velvet fluid of very nice pleasure...

The nose brings me back to the Garden of Red Fruits most of fresh dark cherries of the Spring Morning...delicate and sweetness of Nature...

The taste, My God,...in 1 word absolute enjoyment! a Perfect combination of strong dark beer with fruity cherry. My kind of good fruit beer! There are ufcourse cherries in the taste, a soft taste of aromas of beer but not over pounding. Fresh, lightly sweet and very good drinkable, a quite dangerous but a very, very great beer! About the dangerous part it is fresh and a fruity beer but with the alcohol of 8%, you will not recognize it in this fantastic beer. You will drink more and more....

For me one of the best beers ever!

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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,007 ratings.
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