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

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RATINGS: 973   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle. A - Deep crimson, cherry oak color. About average sized bubbly head that is a mix of off-white and red. Disappears pretty fast, but leaves a good lacing. S - Lots of cherry smell, both sweet and tart. Sometimes it smells more like a cherry/cranberry juice and other times more like a cherry candy or Kool-Aid. I keep smelling to try to find more smells, and keep getting a very faint background that seems to have the brown ale smells, but this is quite faint and always gives way to the cherry. T - Tart cherry kick to start off the sip. This then mellows out into a sweeter cherry taste that accompanies the brown ale malts. Along with that finish is an earthy kind of taste with a bit of wood taste and a whisper of vanilla (less than what usually will accompany a woody tasting beer). Throughout the sip, there is a faint, but steady, sourness as well as a vinous taste. Different levels of sweet, sour and tart at different times. Alcohol is very well hidden. M - Medium body with slightly above carbonation. Good amount of sweet stickiness to the beer. D - Depends on how much you like cherries, and how much you like some sweetness in the beer. The sweetness and stickiness hurt drinkability a bit, and I probably wouldn’t want another in a night. However, I would want to drink it again if I was craving something cherry and slightly sweet. Notes: Lots of cherry flavor. I think it would make a good dessert beer (like their Brune). Slightly sweet, but nothing like the overly sweet lambics, and it has enough tart and sour flavors to give it more of a balance and more than one dimension. Seems somewhere between a sweet lambic and a Flemish Red. Good for a sweet and sour/tart cherry kick.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Syzzer (590) - Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2012
I drank this under the name "Kasteel 8 Rouge". The nose and taste are of cherry cough syrup. Trying to block this perception, I tried to appreciate the cherry juice, but it is too overwhelming. The head is weak, but lingers around the edge of the glass- the head is a reddis-tan. The color of the beer is a red cherry cola. The yeast and malts of belgian.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gschrade (590) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bricks (589) - Delaware, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bar-none, probably the best smelling beer I’ve ever experienced, smelled and looked like melted Ludens Cough Drops. Though, that did not make for an especially pleasant beer -- seemed artificial.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Yummy and delicious rival to Lindemans Kriek Lambic. Mainly fermented cherries, but also with the love of the some malt. Mainly cherries though. Quite delicious and wonderful.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stangger (583) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle at iron abbey. Medium brown pour. Funky, lightly cherry aroma. Fruity, cherry, very oily, sticky. Minimal carbonation, no lacing. Nice sour finish. Not lindeman’s but good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
angelkostvo (579) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 8, 2012
Dark purple color with pink head. Aroma of cherries, nuts, lactose. Taste is as the aroma - amazing, you cannot tell that it has 8 procents of alcohol. May be the best fruit beer I had.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2010
Red; light pink head. Strong aroma of cherry, cough syrup? Flavor - lots of cherry, a bowl of cherries. Medium body, carbonation. Not bad. For a cherry beer, I would rather it be lighter and with more cherries, or the stronger oaked route. This is sort of stuck in between. A little lacking in drinkability.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (574) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2013
My friend Barry brought a few to Lenny’s Memorial Day picnic and I was very pleased to have my first taste of this delicious cherry bomb. A fully satisfying and very tasty offering.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ectuohy27 (570) - ESTONIA - JUN 2, 2010
Holy crap, this is the mother lode of beers. 8% abv , rich, velvety, layered. Outstanding aroma of sour cherry--is this a vishnya beer or just chereshnya with souring yeast?--its appearance is a shimmering miasma of ruby and onyx. Oh and did I mention it tastes freakin’ outstanding? -0.2 for perhaps a bit more complexity, and for giving me (and other brewers) something to aspire to. On the TDL--this against Lindemans Kriek. (riverside, high bridge, hunterdon; $7.99ish ++)


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