Strykzone (4913) - 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 (3207) - 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).
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at PP C-Bad under the Kasteel Rouge banner.Dark red color with very little head. Nose of cherry and more cherry. Flavors of sweet cherry and bit of tartness. Minimal alcohol perception. Almost like drinking a glass of cherry juice. Very good if you are into it. Not alot of complexity though.
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Everything about this beer is distinct. It looks like Roddy Grand Cru in the goblet, but with a nice frothy head. Smells like a cherry soda, and tastes like a soft microbrewed cherry soft drink. Mouthfeel is thick and delicious like a homebrewed soda pop. Finish is dry with a strange bitterness. This is the only beer I’ve had at 8% that is actually quite easy to chug.
TBone (12545) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled as "Kasteel Rouge", 33 cl (BB 05/2009)
Dark ruby/cherry red color, small red-pinky head. Deep cherry juice aroma with alcholic notes. Acidic cherry juice, strong warming alcohol in the finish. Less sweetness than in many cherry beers. Kriek on drugs. Simple but straightforward.
skovtrolden (1) - DENMARK - FEB 18, 2008 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
God øl, smagte den på Delirium Cafe fra fad. Smager sødt, og meget af kirsebær
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour is a clear, fairly dark ruby with a somewhat skin tone pink head. The aroma, strangely enough, reminds me of the fruit scent most commonly noticed in those immaculate bathrooms you walk into when visiting a wealthy individual. The aroma is pleasantly "round" in sweetness with a very subtle tartness to it. ("Round" as opposed to sharp aromas.) The initial flavour is pretty much a cherry juice. As the brew sits on the tongue for a little longer, tart and bitterness begin to slowly escalate but stops short of its overall sweetness. The light tart and bitter bite gives the finish some mild dryness. Generally sharper notes in the flavour tend to outlast the "rounder" ones. But since the sharper notes in this one is just so subdued, the sweetness actually persists as long, and at times longer, than the tart bitterness. This is pretty good. But what would really make this shine in my would be more tart. Granted, I love these kinds of beers extremely tart, but for this one, I think just a hint more would be fantastic... at least enough tart to match its sweetness.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Max’s. Brown with a red tint and a white head. Very strong cherry aroma. Not a bad taste. Very sweet with cherries and a sour finish. Intense and not too complex. Not bad, but a bit too syrupy for me. Needs more of a balance.
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 Vintage ~ Happy Valentine’s Day!
2/14/2008: Kasteel Rouge is the color of a cranberry’s skin and has a fluffy rouge-colored head. The aroma has sour cherry, some artificial cherry, and a hint of that lambic-like funk. The first sip is sweet like a cherry sucker with a bit of alcohol/cough syrup flavor in the finish. However, the next sip and those in sucsession start to reveal more of the nuances of this beer such as a real, sourish cherry flavor, some tartness, and hints of that funky lambic-like quality. This beer is generously carbontated, but not fizzy. It has a medium-light body and is quite tasty. I got this for my wife for Valentine’s Day and she did enjoy it. It isn’t as good or complex as the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/new-glarus-belgi Glarus Belgian Red that she loves so much, but at least I can buy this one in the area and it isn’t too terribly expensive!
1 pt 9.5 fl.oz. bottle (Alc. 8% by Vol. ~ Bottled on: 070416) recommended by tish and purchased at The Party Source in Bellevue, Kentucky . Rating #199 for this beer...
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours red with a fine, pink head. Aroma is sweet, with a strong aroma of cherry. Mouth feel is moderate with a lot of bubbly tingles. Flavor is very moderately sweet cherry.