after4ever (6166) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, corked, baled, and foiled. Pours opaque, nearly black, with the faintest of dark amber highlights in the very corners. Thick, foamy medium-pink head that falls quickly away, leaving virtually no head and just a little lace. Huge sweet cherry nose. Not much else in there, and itís a very sharp, sugary, juice-concentrate-like fragrance. Not that it smells synthetic at all, just that itís so intense. Medium body, some tiny carb to provide a bit of tingle but nothing to write home about. Mid-palate has a nice blend of the sweet and the sour from the cherry world. Tastes a bit like a cherry pop, the fruity sweetness is so dominant and pronounced. This is a really yummy beer but, I must confess, the first one Iíve thought would be best served for mixing with other, darker stuff.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 I loved this beer. Itís wonderfully strong flavours are sour and tart, one of the most crisp beers Iíve had. Itís very sour and extremely fruity, super fruity. Will buy again.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a warm red cola brown with a quickly diminishing pink head. Big brash cherry nose. Sweet and round with just a hint of tart and some suggestion of fruity sour beer notes. Very light acidity. Light smalled bubbled body, easy to drink. Sweet with strong cherry notes. A bit sour to tart, from the fruit, with more than a passing resemblance to Liefmanís Kreik. Bigger alcohol. Some astringency, maybe tannic, maybe from the cherries? Acidity like a cola lingers!
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Itís hard to rate this as a beer. The cherry flavor is too strong to taste the beerieness to this. That being said, this beer smells like fresh cherries, pours a nice shade of purple/red, and tastes great. Almost like a cherry wine would taste, but there is plenty of sweetness left in the mix also. For an alcoholic fruit drink, this would probably be aces across the board, since I was rating a beer, not so much.
Strykzone (5004) - 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 (658) - 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 Iíve had at 8% that is actually quite easy to chug.
TBone (12815) - 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 Ýl, smagte den pŚ Delirium Cafe fra fad. Smager sÝdt, og meget af kirsebśr