lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap. pours a ruby red with a nice 11/2 finger fluffy red pinkish head. aroma is dark cherries with skins and some Belgian yeast with some chocolate. has a medium body with good lacing and carbonation. flavor is the same as aroma but more of the Belgian yeast shows thru and is stronger than the aroma. i donít know about mixing a brown ale with cherries and Belgian yeast but not to bad.
jbuzz (752) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A tasting at Three Cellars Milwuakee.
Deep Red. Very Cherry and very crisp. Not overly sweet. This is a great holiday beer. Maybe the best Fruit beer I have had.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009 Definitely darker than I expected. Still red, but dark, blood red with pink head. Head didnít hang around very long. Was hoping for a more sour beer, but the beer tasted just like Ludemanís cough drops, which is actually really not a bad thing. I think itís achieved what itís going for, but not loving it. Liking it quite a bit, though. Surprised to realize that itís 8%; doesnít taste like it.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a super dark amber with a bright pink foamy head. Aroma is all cherries. Flavor is the same, but nicely tart and crisp. A great example of the variety.
after4ever (6111) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, corked, baled, and foiled. Pours opaque, nearly black, with the faintest of dark amber highlights in the very corners. Thick, foamy medium-pink head that falls quickly away, leaving virtually no head and just a little lace. Huge sweet cherry nose. Not much else in there, and itís a very sharp, sugary, juice-concentrate-like fragrance. Not that it smells synthetic at all, just that itís so intense. Medium body, some tiny carb to provide a bit of tingle but nothing to write home about. Mid-palate has a nice blend of the sweet and the sour from the cherry world. Tastes a bit like a cherry pop, the fruity sweetness is so dominant and pronounced. This is a really yummy beer but, I must confess, the first one Iíve thought would be best served for mixing with other, darker stuff.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 I loved this beer. Itís wonderfully strong flavours are sour and tart, one of the most crisp beers Iíve had. Itís very sour and extremely fruity, super fruity. Will buy again.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a warm red cola brown with a quickly diminishing pink head. Big brash cherry nose. Sweet and round with just a hint of tart and some suggestion of fruity sour beer notes. Very light acidity. Light smalled bubbled body, easy to drink. Sweet with strong cherry notes. A bit sour to tart, from the fruit, with more than a passing resemblance to Liefmanís Kreik. Bigger alcohol. Some astringency, maybe tannic, maybe from the cherries? Acidity like a cola lingers!
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Itís hard to rate this as a beer. The cherry flavor is too strong to taste the beerieness to this. That being said, this beer smells like fresh cherries, pours a nice shade of purple/red, and tastes great. Almost like a cherry wine would taste, but there is plenty of sweetness left in the mix also. For an alcoholic fruit drink, this would probably be aces across the board, since I was rating a beer, not so much.
Strykzone (4910) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cool looking beer with a distinctive red color, reddish head, and a delightful aroma of cherry wood. Only knock is that it became slightly bitter but this was an enjoyable beer.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2oz bottle, "Kasteel Rouge", courtesy of hopscotch. Thanks, Eric! Pours a deep burgundy color, like black cherry juice; light pink head with medium-sized bubbles retained at the edges; patchy lacing. Strong, sweet aroma of cherry juice, black cherries, and sugar water; generous cherriness, but to the point of being cherry juice perfume. Medium mouthfeel: upfront is cherry juice and black cherries pits, the slightest tartness, but the mid-palate is lacking any significant contributing belgian character; a better commercial description would be "cherry juice w/ belgian ale and cherries added", or just "cherry juice." But good cherry juice. Medium finish, showing red fruits and a touch of dough (for me: the first and only hint of a belgian ale lurking underneath).