Thursday, December 29, 2011

Kasteel Rouge

So you guys know I did a Belgian week ending just a few days ago right? Of course you do! Never miss a post, right? Well, I found myself being given some more recommendations and wanting to throw in more Belgian beers than I traditionally have, basically because of how awesome they are. So here we go with Kasteel Rouge brewed by Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck in Ingelmunster, Belgium.

This beer is brewed with cherries and was bottled on 101027, which I'm guessing the year is the first number. The stubby three tiered 11.2 ounce bottle is cool; there is an "8°" marking on the front that I don't know what it means, and a building in the background of the label, which I assume is the brewery. Finally, serve around 43°F.

Cherry aroma, a lot, very fruity and a little yeasty. Oh, yeah! Sweet cherry. Oh, wait, hold up. Tart cherry. Now wait a second. Hmmm. Sweet and tart with a little zing, very nice. Spritzy carbonation makes both stand up and introduce themselves to your taste buds.

A little sugary, perhaps with some strawberry flavors on top of the initial cherry. This is very reminiscent of Cherry Coke, with alcohol, of course. That's a little boring, so maybe it's more like one of those craft fruity sodas from the end of the grocery aisle where no one shops. Yeah, I like that better, too. Sweet overall, but with enough relief and interest to work well. Some of the 8% alcohol is noticeable throughout, but more toward the end. I will say it also tastes a little like cherry medicine, but I don't find that to be unappealing because of that. I liked it.

Something fun. Click on the picture and look at the reflections in the glass and bottle.


kerenmk said...

Well, that's one beer I absolutely hate. Apparently it's very popular in my part of the world, thanks to aggressive marketing and to the wonderful combination of high alcohol volume and sweetness that eases the unpleasant taste of beer - yup, it's cheaper than vodka and redbull and you don't even have to actually deal with the bitterness. Ugh.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hi Kerenmk.

I didn't hate it. Was a little sweet and sugary soda-like for my taste and decent, though I'd probably look to another beer most of the time.

As for it being the get-drunk go-to, that's not a problem here. I think one bottle cost me $5 at the cheapest liquor store in town, not much of an incentive for binge drinking. We have a few others that have that distinction. Four Loko and Wild Blue are two that come to mind.

Thanks for commenting.