Kasteel Rouge | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Kasteel Rouge is a blend of Kasteel Donker (Quad) 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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Ratings: 1,075 |  Reviews: 414
Photo of Squire
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep garnet red color that shimmers in the sunlight.

Nice aroma. The scent is of dark cherry resting on a bready malt base.

Taste of cherry that manages to be light, rich, sweet and tart at the same time. Very complex and layered yet possessing an elegant simplicity. There is depth in the flavor that's more than cherry, dark Mission figs perhaps, yet cherry dominates like the string section in a Mozart composition.

Texture enters light but finishes medium with just enough carbonation to balance.

This is a cherry flavored brew that is far more elegant than that sounds.

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Photo of mishi_d
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dewsby
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of logicalparadox
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of danflux
2.55/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rose red pour with a bubblegum pink head.

Aromas of cherry juice, slight faint pleasant vinegar, and amaretto.

Flavor is of slight tart cherry vinegar, some almond, dark cherries, and a pleasant faint alcohol astringency. Very dangerous at 8%.

Flavor is puckering and heavily carbonated, slight hottness from the booze. Drying tart finish.

Overall, Kasteel Rouge is one of my favorite beers - always has been, just haven't had time to sit down and review it officially. If you've never had this on tap, it totally kills. Sipping the head is like cherry nut ice cream. It's a really fabulous beer.

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Photo of Freepack88
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of greedysoul
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Libeertarian
4.84/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From notes taken 02/04/17:

Bottled April 23rd 2014 (though I purchased it Summer 2016). Didn’t realize that until I cracked it open, so now I wish I had waited the full three years before opening. Oh well, close enough.

Very dark red at thinnest point of glass, approaching black everywhere else, copper around the edges. Clear, though, looking down at the right angle I can see the bottom of the glass. Pinkish-creamy brown head, all creamy foam. It sinks from its initial finger down into a long-lasting filmy foam around the sides of glass. All cherry, all the way, on nose, very strong and extractive. Think of cherry licorice, if any food equivalent. Can’t wait. First thing I notice is a generic strong tartness but in the back of the mouth, the strongest cherry sensation I have every been hit with just explodes and gushes forth. Like the label says, cherry juice with cherries in it. On the one hand, I suspect dark cherries, but this is way more tart than those usually are, so could be lighter cherries with dark fruit character from the beer itself, which otherwise takes a back seat to what was added. If I had to name at least one other flavor, it would be raspberry in the background or dark chocolate lingering retro-olfaction. I still have yet to try a Cherry Lambic, but now I wonder how similar this is to one of those, at least concerning flavor. Full-bodied, slick, works its way up to a fine velvet. Warming, highly acidic, a tiny bit astringent.

This is my highest rated beer to date, out of over 500. I am almost ashamed of that fact given it isn't even within much of a style. I had someone tell me the base for this was Kasteel's Quad. That is rated at 100 by the Bros, so maybe, given how cherries are just about my favorite fruit, my rating isn't too much of a stretch after all.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's
Dark brown in color with garnet at the edges and a thin bubbly off white head that quickly dissipates. Huge tart cherry on the nose with faint bready toasty caramel underneath. The flavor is huge tart cherry syrup with faint tartness and light caramel maltiness. This shit is like liquid cherry candy, why did it take me so long to find this?

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Photo of Zet
2.89/5  rDev -24.3%
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 -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Shanex
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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 bb-magic
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Miami66
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nunya
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tekstr1der
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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 -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WCKDVBZ
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Deanlee
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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 -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andylipp
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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