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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Fruit Beer
Ingelmunster, Belgium
Serve in Flute, Shaker

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 26, 2010
From a stubby bottle ("bottled on 080602" whatever that means... I donít know how to decipher the code, but I can assume it was brewed in 2008 at the earliest, so the bottle is at least 2 years old). So I poured this one really aggressively and still got hardly any head. Regardless it has a beautiful dark red body with a very small pink head. The aroma is very reminiscent of NG Belgian Red -- all fresh cherries (sweet, not tart). The flavor is no different. As with NGBR, beer this fruity are reminiscent of artificial fruit flavoring and taste similar to a juice box. BUT, it is indeed a very refreshing cherry flavor, which is impressive if it was achieved through a legitimate non-additive brewing process. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. Medium bodied with medium to soft carbonation. Overall: this is a beautiful dessert beer. However, I would never have more than .5 to 1 bottle in a sitting. I think this is just as good, if not better, than NGBR.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2012
330ml bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear deep ruby red with a half finger reddish-tan head. Decent head retention forming a thin cap over the beer but lacing is practically nonexistent. Aroma is nearly all cherries. Very reminiscent of cherry Kool-Aid. There are some Belgian Lambic undertones, however, with horse blanket and barnyard letting you know this isnít a soft drink. Really a unique, inviting aroma. Flavor carries over the characteristics of the aroma with sweet cherry juice along with tartness contributed by the cherries. However underneath the cherry is barnyard funk very typical of a Lambic. This serves to well balance out the fruit and add complexity. While this beer is on the sweet side it never gets cloying and the tartness really helps drinkability. Finish is only slightly sticky and a little drying. Overall, I am very impressed with this beer and wish I would have opened it up over the summer when it was warmer. The alcohol is nowhere to be found and this is really a guzzler. I really need to seek out some more Krieks and see how this stacks up.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DandyWolfFloyd (987) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Aroma - the aroma is very pleasing - itís clearly cherry and it improves over time. It has a slight vinous aroma about it, that is reminiscent of a Sour Ale. Appearance - is a really nice dark ruby red, with only a dash of head that was pink and faded. Taste - It was absolutely delightful. It was sweet with Cherry and Currant as well. It is similar to a slightly tarter A-Treat Black Cherry soda. It is one of those beers that when you share it with someone new to beer, they have a hard time believing itís a beer. Excellent, I didnít want to finish it, I wish there would have been more. Feel - Itís just right in the effervesce and again, and absolute delight. Iíd love to see this just a little less thin. An absolute must try. This is a great beer. I would use this beer as an example of what beer can be with someone who is new to beer, or someone who has had a bad experience trying craft beer and got turned off. This is really a masterful brew. c/o Lisa W. Beer #4 - of the Craft Beer Social Club Chap #1 (LíOuverture Sociale de la BiŤre)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmm635 (978) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Poured ruby red with a small pinkish head. Sweet aroma, mostly cherry juice and sugar. Taste is completely sweet. No balance. Cloying. Much closer to juice or a cherry slurpee than it is to beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gschrade (969) - Collinsville, USA - MAY 12, 2013
I had this at Global Brew. It reminds me of cherry juice, very good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (969) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Interesting beer. Looks cool in the glass > Dark red. Sweet at first then sour. Tons of different flavors as it warms up. Yeasty but not to much so. Would drink again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2011
I am a big fan of the Kasteel products. I havenít had a bad beer from them yet. This is my first of many reviews from this brewery. The Kasteel Rouge pours a dark brownish/red color. Aroma is fair. Although I am not a big fan of the fruity beers what makes this enjoyable, is that the fruit flavor of the cherries does not overtake the taste of the beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Tap at Fountainhead Chicago served in proper Kasteel glassware. Dark reddish brown, mahagony pour with no head. Aroma of fresh Bing cherries. Taste is heavy cherry fruit followed by a delicious Kriek beer. Full in the mouth and fruity but in a good way. Friends and I joke that this is the "most masculine pink beer" in the world. Delicious.

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - SEP 26, 2008
(Bottle). Rather disgusting cherry cough drop aroma. Color is deep red with small fizzy head. Flavor not quite as bad as the aroma. Sweet and sour cherries. I suppose one could enjoy this as a dessert beverage, but really, I have to strain to fit it within my definition of a "beer".

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkydodson (956) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - MAY 2, 2015
the aroma of cherry with some hints of candy and sweet wine... the taste is cherry with shades of red wine, liquor and garden berries... sweet and dry aftertaste...


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