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 WankelEngine
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Goose Island chalice

A: Pours a deep ruby red color. There is a small foamy head with a light pink hue.

S: Smells overwhelmingly of sweet cherries. I can also detect some contributing notes of caramel and just the slightest hint of tartness.

T: Just cherries and cherries. It is very fruity sweet, almost cloyingly so. Some of the cherry flavor tastes a bit fake, likely due to the addition of cherry juice and not just the actual fruit (as per the description on the bottle). There is a slight lactic sourness at the back of my mouth which gives the flavor some depth.

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of fizzy carbonation. Sticky from all the sugar.

O: I was looking for a Gueuze or something similarly sour and this was what we ended up getting. The cherry flavor is really sweet and I think a little bit overdone. I can definitely taste the addition of cherry juice and its not a good thing. If the cherry flavor were dialed back a bit it would be better.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Everydayoff
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a goblet by freshness date.

The body is likely clear with dark ruby red hue, the pour forms small to medium pinkish head with short retention. It dissipates to some foamy patches on top with no real lace from the dissipation.

Nose is poked by cherries producing tart aroma along with hint of some spice yet slight medicinal.

Even sour cherries seem to predominate through out but there are other components exhibiting. Alcohol ester reveals in the middle yielding some spiciness and sweetness also supporting by sugar, malt and dough. The bitterness from hop, some smokiness, medicinal bitterness and burnt trait moderately pinch trying to balance the edge of tartness from sour cherries.

The body is rather medium to full with a bit chewy mouthfeel, smooth with fine crisp through the palate, dry finish.

Rather strong fruit beer with more depths and characters but it’s still easy to drink anyway.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Stunner97
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- amber red in color with thin lacing that very quickly faded away, very low amount carbonation,

Smell- sweet and sour cherry, slight malt, medicinal, overall mostly cherry,

Taste- starts very sweet and finishes with slight tartness, mostly cherries and sweetness, but really is a nice enjoyable flavor, nice sweet tasting desert style beer that though sweet doesn't become way to sweet

Mouthfeel- very light and smooth for the abv, nice mouth feel

Drinkability/overall- i actually did enjoy this beer but you have to know what you are getting into when you buy this beer it is straight up cherry desert beer, that being said its not cloying sweet and has nice enjoyable flavor, its a good beer that I would occasionally go to when looking for an after dinner desert kind of treat, though not hard to drink best split with someone

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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

Had on-tap at the Fountainhead in Chicago. I dig the glass it comes in with the little castle at the base of the stem! Beautiful deep red with a weak head but a nice burnt sugar/cherry nose. The taste is really well balanced--you can appreciate the bitter brown ale beneath, but the sweet cherry holds center stage. Slightly sugary mouthfeel but well-carbonated, and I found that it got a wee bit medicinal as I neared the end of the glass.

I think I would give a slight edge to New Belgium's Frambozen taste-wise because that's more tart, while this is more sweet, but this is still one of my favorite beer styles and I would have again.

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Kasteel Rouge from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,073 ratings