GoufCustom (398) - HONG KONG - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle bought at Craftissmo in Tsim Sha Tsui East.
Translucent deep ruby red colour; One finger head and pinkish red foam which last about 40 seconds; Good sticky lacing with notable soft carbonation; Aroma of canned cherry, fresh cherry, cherry syrup, hint of kriek lambic, perfume and musty cellar; Nice sweet and potent tart taste of cherry, malt, alcohol, sugar, light wine, light liquorices, lime and very herbal hops; Mid to light body, thin and slick palate; Mouth feel is dominated by sweet and strong cherry liquor forced its way onto the Kasteel Donker, the result is fairly Kriek Lambic-like - sweetness somehow edged over the Kriek sourness, winely but still malty. Donker’s booze remains potent and tastes still very nice. Umm!... Hoppiness is perfume and musty cellar aroma, moderate liquorices led to memorable bitterness as part of the nice taste, and a hopped cherry liquor finish; Wet after taste, very easy to nicely sweet mouth.
Comments: This one is what an ideal beermix should be: an already decent Belgian Brown being mixed with moderate dose of cherry liquor. The result is a beer with nice Kriek characteristics - winey, malty and musty. Cherry’s taste is a good balance of sweetness, sourness and hoppiness. Tasting this is like having a nice comfy trip. High-end and convincing. Lovely!
R2k2 (254) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A cherry-red clear beer with a somewhat pink layer of foam. It has the sour smell of "krieken". it also tastes that way, but it leaves some room for some bitterness. The aftertaste is sweet/sour.
Een mooi, kersenrood helder bier met een ietwat roze schuimkraag. In het aroma zit dan ook het zurige van krieken. Dit gaat ook zeker over in de smaak, maar maakt ook zeker ruimte voor wat bitterheid. De nasmaak is lekker zoet/zurig.
Maakun (77) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark reddish brown, with medium slightly pink head. Cherry candy, strawberry jam, cassis soft drink. Touch of maltiness, rye-bread. Taste is very sweet, with a sour touch and slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied, slightly sticky. Drinkable, but tastes more like soft drink or candy than beer.
budedou (68) - Villemandeur, FRANCE - DEC 5, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I don’t like this Red Strong Ale....
Too much an industrial taste...
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sbron (28) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2013
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Fles 33cl. Rode kleur kleine schuimkraag. Eerste smaakimpressie; noemen ze dit bier?? Kersen smaak..meer wijn idee.
markextrae (426) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
from bottle at a bar some time ago. poured a dark red colour with a short lasting head. a lot of cherries and raspberries. nice warm and strong alcohol feeling.
Zer0 (793) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours scarlet with a fast dissipating beige head. Aroma is sweet cherries, slightly metallic anda bit of raspberry. Although unexpected from Kasteel, this is a good beer. Maybe a guilty pleasure. Taste is quite sweet but fitting with this one. Medium to full body with average carbonation.
boto (1759) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Sharpedge Creekhouse: Served in a great Kasteel Chalice. This one pours a dark ruby tinged brown color. There was a wisp of a tan head that left some lacing. It has a nice nose. Some cherries, and some sweet caramel malts. Some other fruits hiding down in there. The flavor is very nice. Cherries on top. A hint of tingling on the tongue. Good malt body, with some sweetness. A touch of chocolate also. I wouldn’t sit down and drink a lot of these, but I would definitely have it again!
Sevenlee (1054) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice red colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is quite fruity of course, of cherry and other fruits. Taste is sweet fruit leading to a dry finish. Nice stuff.
brnandersen (1375) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl. bottle. Beautiful deep ruby colour with a small, dense light pink head. Sweet aroma with marzipan, cherries, caramel malts, hints of tart berries and wood. Taste is medium to heavy sweet. Medium to full body with a thicker texture. Lively carbonated which saves this beer from being cherry juice. Finishes drying with cherries and tart berries. Definitely not for consumption in larger quantities. However, worked fine with my Ameretto-cherries dessert.