TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - APR 27, 2010
330ml bottle.NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2010
Pours a dark purple-red with very fizzy soda-like carbonation -- almost indistinguishable from something like Cherry Dr. Pepper. Aroma is of lovely tart and sweet cherries -- pleasant, but one-dimensional. Flavor is just like the aroma -- strong on cherry but not much else. At least it tastes natural and not like candy. Some grassy hops come out if you look for them but this is all about the cherry. Tingly palate that grows a bit cloying as you approach the bottom of the glass. This is pleasant enough and better than most ham-handed attempts at a fruit beer from breweries who don’t know what they’re doing. But it’s still miles behind pace-setting fruit beers like those from New Glarus.
Pours dark red with no head. Taste and aroma is sweet with cherries, but nicely balanced with a tart, vinegar-like sour finish. Dry, satisfying mouthfeel. Very drinkable and enjoyable. mjs (7685) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 8, 2010
(Bottle, 0.33 l) Poured deep red and almost clear without any head. Aroma contained strongly cherries and hint of malts. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were cherries and more cherries, sweetness and mild bitterness. Aftertaste contained cherries. Alcohol was very well hidden. KajII (801) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2011 Bottle. The aroma (should say WOW) was overwhelming with the scent of cherries, but did have mild notes of a light bread malt and a nice sweet doughy yeast.
It tasted sweet and malty with a very strong note of cherries from the start to finish with a light sourness appearing at the end. The flavor lingered on the taste buds for a nice long while allowing full enjoyment of the fruity nectar.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and a little watery yet nice and creamy in texture with the carbonation being somewhere between medium to moderate.
Overall an extremely tasty Fruit Ale, although it is more like a Lambic than an ale. This is the perfect beer to enjoy at the end of the day with a nice creamy dessert. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Pours a golden yellow color. Aromas of cherry, breads, and a scattering of hops. Flavor is subdued cherry, not as bold as the aroma. Crisp dry finish.
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Pours clear red with white head, aroma is big cherries with some oak. Taste is very much a fruit syrup base, no sour notes. Taste is cherries up front leading into some oak and vanilla and finishes sweet with more cherry flavor. Not bad, nice and smooth. zizzybalubba (1886) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2010
330 mL bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA (listed as Kasteel Rouge, bottled August 6, 2009). Reddish-brown pour with a thin light pink head. Aroma of sour cherry, oak, and Earth. Good tart cherry flavor with a nice mellowness from the oak. Comprable to Lindeman’s Kriek but less artificial tasting and smoother given the oak flavor. A very good fruit beer. skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Tasted this at the Griffin Trade show 3-15-10 this beer was under the name Kasteel Rouge. Pours a clear crimson color with a pink film. Wow, cherry pie filling sums this beer up perfectly. Its abundant in both flavor and aroma. Super thick, syrupy, and sweet. A great dessert beer to sip on, and it would probably be great with a scoop of ice cream. Doesn’t really taste anything like beer, but it’s still damn tasty. drjay44 (3828) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2010
750 ml. bottle. Bottled on 11/27/07.Pours a fluffy, pink tinged head over a clear, dark ruby red (SRM 25) body......nose is drug store cherry cough syrup, with a bit of cherry brandy......taste is sweet cough syrup to start, then a bit of chocolate, finishing with a slightly tart cherry pie finish, moderately sweet throughout......mouth feel is light to medium, carbonation is medium. The cherry aromas and flavors are dominating. Little else comes through in this two and a half year old bottle. Allowing it to warm does not change the balance much.BJCP 6/3/10/4/7 FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2010
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.