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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a dark ruby red with a two finger slight pink head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, fruit, and cherry cough syrup. The flavor was of sweet malt, big cherry, subtle cream, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The cherry coming off of this one in both the aroma and flavor were rather intense. On the aroma it seriously reminded of cherry cough syrup that I had when I was feeling bad as a child. However, this did taste MUCH better. There was a nice cream note going on to help balance out the cherry sweetness, but it was a case of too little too late. A very sweet finish to my day, but I could see this one opening up quite a few people to this style.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Semi-hazy red to brown pour with about a finger of white to light pink head that doesn't stick around for long. The beer looks beautiful in my Kasteel Chalice.

S: I can smell cherries from around five feet away. Up close, the aroma is like that of a cherry candy. Slightly medicinal, cloyingly sweet, almost artificial fruit that is huge.

T: The taste has only hints of that artificial note I was fearing from the smell. It is still a very sweet cherry drink that borders on a non-sour lambic. Cherry-soda like. Slight malt character underneath. It is very difficult to pick up anything that isn't cherry.

MF: Lighter body than I expected with a low carbonation. The sweetness does hurt the drinkability as there's just nothing to balance it out.

O: This was so interesting! Much sweeter than I thought because it was described as a quad on the menu. I recommend you try it if you see it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a chalice. Bottled on 1/11/12

A - Fizzy, red tinged head quickly dissipates. Perfectly bright, and a nice deep red color.

S - Dark, over rippened cherries. Faint alcohol behind a nice curtain of sweetness. A nice, sweet red wine quality. Has a great cherry fragrance but I've actually had framboises that explode more so with that smell. Nice clean yeast. The alcohol is still hidden well after warming a bit.

T - Has a quick, bright cherry flavor immediately but is overshadowed by warm alcohols. A moderate amount of acidity. Leaves that nice cherry flavor but also a lasting warmth. Some sweetness up front but dries up with a spicy yeast finish.

M - Medium bodied, Fizzy/high carbonation that suprisingly doesn't lighten the beer much. I would also include a bit of warmth to its mouthfeel.

O - Has a nice deep red look to it and a good cherry smell. I was dissappointed in its lack of flavor depth. At 8% abv I feel it couldn't release some other nice flavors before it was overwhelmed by alcohol. I thought the carbonation was appropriate and had a somewhat light feel to an alcoholic beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great beer. pours deep dark mahogany in color with a lasting quarter inch bubbly tan head into one of the coolest beer specific glasses ive ever seen. smells like cherry jolly ranchers, a bit artificial on the fruit front, very sugary, with plenty of red and caramel malts in there as well. flavor is also very jolly rancher-like, tart and sweet, tons of cherries. more of a jellied or candied cherry flavor than a fresh cherry, but it works well in this beer. the belgian yeast compliments it very nicely. mouthfeel is pretty solid, lots of carbonation and a somewhat bigger than medium body. not sure id drink these all night, but it was a nice beer to try once, especially on tap. the cherry in this is unlike the cherry in any other beer ive had. definitely check this one out.

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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,036 ratings.
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