Kasteel Rouge | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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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 rangerred
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a clear deep ruby red with a half finger reddish-tan head. Decent head retention forming a thin cap over the beer but lacing is practically nonexistent.

Aroma is nearly all cherries. Very reminiscent of cherry Kool-Aid. There are some Belgian Lambic undertones, however, with horse blanket and barnyard letting you know this isn't a soft drink. Really a unique, inviting aroma.

Flavor carries over the characteristics of the aroma with sweet cherry juice along with tartness contributed by the cherries. However underneath the cherry is barnyard funk very typical of a Lambic. This serves to well balance out the fruit and add complexity. While this beer is on the sweet side it never gets cloying and the tartness really helps drinkability. Finish is only slightly sticky and a little drying.

Overall, I am very impressed with this beer and wish I would have opened it up over the summer when it was warmer. The alcohol is nowhere to be found and this is really a guzzler. I really need to seek out some more Krieks and see how this stacks up.

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Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Thejebous
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Gww1864
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of jk3
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JasonSiedman
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and lots of dark cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly medicinal cherry flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of CameronLBell
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Toddzillamz
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quick story, if you find it in your hearts to give me the time to tell it. I may be a bit jaded when it comes to what I believe is a quality beer, and have succumbed to the hype of certain styles of brew over the years. I also succumbed to a 6'2" Czech, but that is another tale. Or tail. I would never in my life take a sip of a damn fruity beer, and the thought of adding fruit was a novelty meant for punier men than me. I have been proven wrong tonight my friends. For tonight I have been exposed to the greatness that is Kasteel Rouge. A cherry bomb that destroys your mouth, but in the most respectable manner. A hidden jewel in the temple that is the Belgian beer empire. This type of beer was always something foreign to me. Like a black girl. She may have beautiful features, but you think that there must be something different going on. You are hesitant to make a move. You remember what your friend once said..."they are spicy." You wonder what the heck this spicy taste thing is all about, and keep your distance, but also keep a fixation. One day, you invite the girl back to your house, and finally kiss her. She tastes the same as everybody else, but you only let her give you a handjob in the end. This is Kasteel Rouge. A gem in disguise but only good enough for hand pleasure. I came. Something you keep around for a quick fix, but not the true love you desire. The sweet pleasure of those lips may get you through the night tonight, but there always comes another day. Keep this beer handy for those quick fixes though my friends.

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Photo of amendt
4.85/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This fine beverage has a look that is not altogether inspiring. Upon reflection, its color seems closest to menstrual blood.

However, chilled to the right temperature and guzzled on a hot day, it is a massive restorative. It is a mind-stretching pick-me-up. You will see the world through new eyes, or rather, ruby-tinted lenses.

This sweet beer (?) is a true discovery. It tastes nothing like you'd expect. Its main theme is that of sour cherries. For those who despise sweet beers -- since sweetness to them represents something emasculated, feminine, and pathetic -- this will surely fall victim to their prejudice. But for those who don't mind sweetness per se, there is a breathtaking transparency to its sweetness: it is not sickly or cloying. With the sour cherries it is bracing and utterly unique.

One overlooked aspect to this drink is that it is a MASSIVE HIT WITH THE LADIES. Again, this might disqualify it from consideration for beer graybeards-in-training. But if you want to rock your girl with a deceptive alcohol content and give her a drink that she will crave, and keep asking for more, then look no further than Kasteel Rouge. How well it masks the taste of rufies I don't know yet. But there is a significant chance that with Kasteel Rouge you won't need them at all.

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Photo of Pat316
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Draft House. Served in a chalice.

A - dark amber with a thin layer of brownish head

S - warm with a hint of alcohol, strong black cherries, some faint malt, just a hint of medicinal syrup

T - sweet cherries, a bit tart, faint medicinal notes, a hint of yeast, some dark malts, alcohol as the beer warms

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a pretty decent fruit beer. The malt provides a nice balance to the tart, sweet cherries. All of the flavors mesh quite well. The alcohol is noticeable, but adds warmth and body and doesn't take away from the flavor. The slight medicinal note is really the only off-putting part of this one and even then it's faint and almost negligible. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red, looks like red wine with no head or lacing at all.

The smell is sweet and fruity, the cherries smell nice.

The taste is sweet and tart with the cherry juice.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with fairly high carbonation.

Overall this is probably more like a fruity wine than beer but it does taste good.
You would definately never guess the abv.

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Photo of heddar33
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of WynnO
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Peller80
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Bilianas
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Nutwood
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mikeg67
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cheeky Monk in Denver. Pours dark amber with a short-lived white head and much lacing. Strong aroma is of cherries. Body is full and smooth. Taste is mostly sour cherry, caramel malt and candy sugar. Finish is long and sweet. This brew is too sweet for me.

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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,066 ratings
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