islay (775) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. pour into a Kasteel trappist glass, on tap at Blue Nile in Minneapolis on 10-30-2007. I drank this as I awaited the release of Surly Darkness í07. Labeled as ďKasteel Rouge.Ē Sharp, sour, fruit aroma: cherry (not surprisingly), raspberry, sweet red wine, cherry cough syrup. Also dessert scents: milk chocolate, cream, cherry cordial candy. Pours a translucent dark brown, a deep mahogany with a red hue. Moderate amount of light pink, frothy, fluffy, uneven head with large bubbles. Produces nice lacing. Unique and intriguing appearance. Very fruity and sour, wine-like taste. Red grape juice, cherry, cherry syrup, cherry-flavored sucking candy, cough syrup, and sugar candy flavors. Not a bad strong Belgian bruin ale underneath the cherry, but the fruit flavors almost completely overshadow the base beer. Odd but good, dry fruit aftertaste. Medium body. Somewhat oily in the palate. Lively on the tongue. Iím not a huge fruit beer guy, and make no mistake; this is a fruit beer, but Kasteel Rouge seemed to be well made, and Iím glad I tried it.
SSSteve (3560) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
pours a black cherry color with a small fizzy pink head. aroma of black cherries. flavor is very sweet as expected from the makers of the sweetest beer of all time! kasteel donker of course. somewhat medicinal finish with a strange hint of raw pumpkin guts. not sour..which i like. but unfortunately too much cherry and too much sweet = too cloying! they should offer this in a smaller bottle.
Palidor19 (2849) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
its got that real black cherry astringent flavor that is well known. Everything just scream Cherry. goes down quite nice. a tad on the tart side but very drinkable.
nick76 (4128) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is fantastic because of the cherries. It is sweet and not the least bit tart which is what I expected. The appearance is maroon with a small head. The flavor is bitter and sweet with cherries. The palate is a bit thin. Overall this is pretty good.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Monkís Cafe, Philadelphia. Pours a deep reddish-brown with a pinkish head. Aroma is strong cherry with a bit of almond and malt detectable (likely from the cherry pits). Taste is strong cherry, dissolving into carbonation with a bit of an alcohol aftertaste. I was surprised at the effervescence of this beer. Heavily fruit beers are not usually my bag, but this was pretty good.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - OCT 21, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled @ GDBTF. Pours a disturbing pink red color with pinkish foam. Very strong cherry aroma, like a jolly rancher. Thin and prickly on the palate, alcohol ends up making it taste like dimetapp. No thank you.
Arayaga2 (1716) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red and beautiful with a thin pink head. Aroma is very cherry... rather like a cherry soda, really. Taste is also very cherry, with hints of vanilla. Reminds me of dissolved sweet-tarts, though certainly more sweet than tart. Mouthfeel is strange, perhaps undercarbonated, and alcohol is in no way apparent. $3.50/11.2oz
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at Eulogy. Muddy reddish brown with a pink head. Aroma is sweet maraschino(sp?) cherries and little else. Taste is very sweet with a ton of cherry, has a light tartness but itís still too cloying for my tastebuds...Alcohol very well hidden though.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Stone. Dark reddish brown with a pink creamy head. strong cherry/raspberry aroma. Cherry candy taste and a bright palate.
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at Brouwers. Sweet cherry aroma with a dark Burgundy appearance. Flavor is of sweet dark cherries. The alcohol is cleverly concealed. I was not expecting much but this beer is a knockout.