ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark ruby-hued body capped by an inch of pink foam.
Smell: Candy-like nose of sweet-smelling concentrated cherry juice. Jolly Ranchers cooked down into a pot of Kool-Aid where somewhere didn’t add nearly enough water.
Taste: Super sweet blend of melted lollipops, Luden’s Wild Cherry cough drops, and grenadine. Very light cherry tartness. Some meager perceived hints at actual malts, but it’s pretty much straight-up cherries through and through.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: A bit simple with it’s delivery of just cherries and jolting sweetness. Me, I’d sooner reach for something a bit more graceful, like New Glarus Belgian Red. Still though, I found it reasonably enjoyable, but I could see many people considering this to be outright cloying.
grandgenie (259) - val-des-monts, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dégusté à l’autre oeil bistro dans un verre trappiste. Version de 330 ml avec l’inScription Kasteel rouge. Une bière d’apparence rouge profond avec une légère gazéfication et un filet de mousse. Une odeur de cerise boisée et de réglisses. Une bière très liquoreuse avec de la pomme grenade et une légère amertume. Une finale bien gazéfier suivis de sucré agréable et de crême soda rouge et de gingembre. Une bière surprenante!
JFGrind (1935) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled as Kasteel Rouge from a bottle @ World Cafe Live Winterfest. Fellow attendees thought it tasted like ’Robitussin’. I had a different take, I thought was an well done blended Belgian Ale. Cherry dominates the flavor but backed up well with malts and a hint of Belgian yeast. I agree with most raters, I couldn’t drink it all night, however it was a well done fruit beer.
Slipstream (2279) - USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap and called Kasteel Rouge. A light and pleasant fruit brew. Strong cherry aroma and flavor. Its weakness is a soda poppy quality.
jerohen (2083) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled 2 years old, thanks to a friend (Arjen). Dark red coloured, pinkish head. Strong cherry aroma. Very sweet cherry flavour, cloying. Overly sweet imho.
bbourque1976 (5) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2009 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Looks like a fine wine with a pinkish head on it. Aroma is full of cherries. Flavor is tart with a slight bite due to the alcohol content. One would not be able to enjoy this all night, but they can enjoy it!
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles on 070924 according to the bottle, 11/07 according to the cork. Pour is red amber, dark, velvety and a pretty pink head. Aroma is full of cherries, strong bittersweet cherries. There is a faint hint of musty Belgian beer, sweet malt yeast. Flavor is very sweet, almost like sparkling cherry juice. This is one of the most fruity-fruit beers I have had, but its one of the more drinkable of the class. The redeeming feature of this beer is that it does close with some malt characteristics with the sourness of the cherries.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep burgundy/red colour with a thin pink head. Light chewy cherry aroma. Rich cherry pit spiciness. Some other apricot pit/almondy nuttiness. Rich and quite sweet. Cherries and a lovely cinnamon/clove character. Lightly vineous character and a soft cherry/fruitiness. Lingering sweetness with a touch of light tartness. This reminds me of Quelque Chose, but a little bit simpler.
Cybercat (4287) - Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque, strongly reddish mahogany with a fine-bubbled pinkish head. Scent of cherries dominates the the malty aroma. Flavor is almost too sweet, mainly cherry with an undertone of malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasing, and aftertaste is mainly sweet but not cloying with hints of hops.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Brick Store in Decatur into a really cool Kasteel chalice.
Pours a deep, clear ruby with a pinkish head that lingered as a cap for the duration leaving good lacing.
The smell is like a cherry lollipop with big sweet cherries dominating. There is some yeast as well, but its really all about the sugary sweet cherries.
Tastes like a cheery cough drop - lots of big sweet cherries. Its very one-dimensional, but still pretty damn tasty.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and extremely sticky sweet on the palate.
Again, its not very complex, but sometimes it doesnt need to be to be very good. I enjoyed this one thoroughly though drinking an entire bottle of this might be a task with the overpowering sweetness.