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:
1,032
Reviews:
404
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
15.92%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
165
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,032 |  Reviews: 404
Photo of raylpendleton
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ajm5108
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I can understand why some might feel this beer is too sugary or syrupy. It certainly is very sweet, but for me it didn't cross that line. The aroma certainly skews towards pure cherry juice with undertones of german malt. Flavor is a tad less concentrated & more like a cherry liqueur with some bready backbone notes. A little raw alchohol / phenol undertone throws it off a bit, but it is still a good beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Lucular
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sokol_1993
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark red, with a good amount of head.
Smell: A lot of cherry smell.
Taste: Sweet, very fruity, lots of cherry taste. Aa little bit similar to Vietnamese apricot and mulberry juice.
Feel: Medium body. Can't believe it packs 8% alcohol in it.

A nice offering, but a little bit too fruity for a beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/09/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger foamy light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sweet/tart cherries, raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, and dark malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sweet/tart cherries, raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruit tartness and light yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherries, raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, and dark malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from fruit tartness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, and lightly syrupy/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, and dark malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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

Photo of MonkeyBread
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of infinitebruner
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April 9, 2016

11.2 oz bottle, tulip

A – Rich brown with ruby tinges where the light shines through. Off-white, pinkish bubbles bloom atop the beer, with moderate-short retention.

S – Just an absolute bomb of tart cherries, sweet and sour, almost candy-like. Raisins, light vinegar, a touch of chocolate hiding in the back. Zero hop aroma.

T – Tart cherry, tart cherry, tart cherry. No souring/vinegar notes here, tastes like it’s all from the fruit. Some light chocolate malt flavor, and a touch of bitterness on the back end, with lingering sweetness.

M – This is a very sweet beer, but high carbonation and dryness helps to offset that, along with light bitterness on the finish. Still, substantial residual sweetness.

O – I might actually mistake this for a gourmet cherry cola if I didn’t know it was beer. Only that touch of bitterness gives it away. If you like cherry cola, or Belgian dubbels, or both, this is probably in your wheelhouse.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of noz03
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

L: Dark ruby, with a no foam head.
S: Smells cherry, dark fruits.
T: Classical sweet -sour for cherry.
F: Don't feel alcohol. Very smooth!
O: Good belgian rouge.

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Photo of bryanlindsey12345
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of podunko
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25.4 bottle. I love sours, I love cherries. What's not too like? Well, I must say I like this beer a lot, if I have one minute issue, it is a tad sweet. Then I saw the note on the label, stevia! Really??? So very very not necessary, and most likely with a little less sweetness this beer would be perfect. Beautiful red/mahogany color, cherry, cherry, and more cherry, but more sweet than sour. If you like sweet and cherries, this is it!

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Photo of Synthetrix
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothmanscott
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours dried blood, ruby red with small, pinkish head, no lacing. Aroma is sweet, cherry, maybe raspberry with a floral quality. Taste is medicinal (my son-in-law draws an analogy to "Robitusin"), very cherry & other red fruit. Tart, musty finish. No hop presence. I agree with a previous reviewer that it taste like cherry cola. To be truthful I'm disappointed.

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Photo of Hoganlaw
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a super solid beer. It reminds me of a New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red, but stronger. Really nice mouthfeel and flavor bursts with cherries.

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Photo of n2pux
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stezz420
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jdm5161
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,032 ratings.
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