duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Marzipan and glace cherry in the aroma. Flavour is sweet, yet the relatively high alcohol of 8% seems to make the sweetness less candy-ish, and the finish is quite warming, and a little more fuller. Still, this is a bit too sweet for me.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draught at Mugs. Dark ruby colored with a thin head. Cloying cherry aroma. Sweet, almost cough syrup cherry flavor, except cough syrup has a bit of an herbal, medicinal note, whereas this just tastes like cherry syrup for later use in cherry sodas, or snow cones. Fortunately, this was "dessert" for me after a burger. Otherwise, it would have been tough to finish.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2007
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle in trade from TURD. I love the Kasteel beers. So I went into this thinking that it would blow me away and instead I almost blew chunks. The guy dumping the cherry juice quite obviously sneezed as he was pouring and lost control of the cherry juice filled vessel and too much went into the batch. This was waay waayyy waaaayyyy to sweet.
cheap (3659) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 On tap at the Trivia Pub. Poured into a really cool looking Kasteel glassware. The surprise of the summer. Big dark red ruby color. Barely any head but there is a girdle on the inside edge of the glass. This beer looks simply pretty! Fruity tart aroma, very attractive. Taste is fantastic, tart sweet and fun. For 9%, it certainly is not overwhelming in the alky flavors department. Tho there is some alky bite but hey, how can you completely hide 9%? Nearly flat. Nice legs and lacing. Has the feel of many well made champagnes or wines Iíve tasted. Mild well controlled malt alky bite during the finish. Perhpas a little more alky than I like in this type of brew but it does not distract from the enjoyability factor. Over all simply DEE LISH. I enjoyed this so much better than the blonde. Reminds me a bit of Manescevitz cherry. Definitely the best tasting fruit beer Iíve tasted, and I have tasted a few.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Brasserie Beck in Washington DC. Listed as Kasteel Rouge. Pours grape ape dark in color with a pretty 1 finger pink head. Nose is cherry with sweet syrup in it. Taste is sweet cherry and it has a kick in it that is a nice surprise for a Belgian fruit beer.
redlight (2299) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherries all over the nose, candy, jolly ranchers. Pours very dark red, very dark, which is surprising. MMM, thats tasty, not as sweet as some cherry beers iíve had, there is a little tartness from the fruit. Has a very authentic cherry flavor, like i was eating the fresh fruit. I donít know how much of it i could drink at one time, but it is enjoyable.
keepersj12 (2460) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cherries, cherries, cherries. If you donít like cherries, stay away. This grew on me and I really liked it at the end of the glass. On tap at Monks in Philadelphia.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at MN Town Hall. Nice cherry aroma on this this red beer with foamy red head. Sweet light cherry taste with an almost cough drop character.
rayg1 (532) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Moondog Cafe in Charlotte. Had a sample of this with Ross. Pours a raspberry color with a light pink fluffy head. Tart cherries invade the nose upon taking a sniff. Taste is......you guessed it! Cherries! Yeah, its safe to say that is the sole flavor going on in this beer but itís not a bad thing at all. Ross and I both agreed that this is the closest thing to New Glarus Belgian Red weíve had and like he said its sweet and tart and full of wonderfully hidden alcohol. Awesome brew.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Moondog cafe, charlotte. Pours out a dark red color with a pinkish colored head on it. Smell is full of cherries, but no real sour funk that a lambic posseses, only this isnt a lambic so that is kind of a moot point. Cherries are all in the flavor, very sweet, very easy to drink, 8% is not detected at all. This is a good rival for New Glarus BR. Really good stuff.