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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Tart ale made with Michigan cherries.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 Tart cherry aroma, tart cherry flavor over a sweet caramel malt body. Barely one-dimensional and a huge disappointment.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2005
I bought a six pack and drank a few last night, and enjoyed them. I looked forward to having more of them tonight. Its not that remarkable, but certainly is very drinkable. I doesnít have alot of nuances. I can definitely taste some cherry but not that much. This really doesnít match up to Bellís Oberon Ale, which the Liquor store clerk told me is thie Bellís brew their store sells the most of. But to give an idea of its quality, Iíd definiitely rate it a notch or two above any Sam Adams brew Iíve had, and it correspondingly costs about a dollar more.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2005
I think Kalamazoo should have either made a bigger commitment to the cherries, or just dropped the idea altogether. Itís drinkable enough, a slightly tart cherry taste over some rich caramel malts. The cherries in the nose are faint. The brownish-red color isnít all that appealing. Might be more so if it produced a decent head. Theyíre also charging too much for this mediocrity.

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2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Looks like apple cider in my glass. Almost no head Tart cherry flavor pretty sour. Overall this isnít a beer Iíd care to drink much of.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2005
On tap at the eccentirc. Amber body, cherry malty aroma. Taste is a sour cherry, caramel ale. A good effort but not one of bells best.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 Pours dark red with small tan, creamy head. Aroma is strongly of cherries. Flavor is lots of cherries, very tart and sour. A hint of sweet malt in the end.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Pours red with a white head. Smells strongly of cherries and yogurt. Tastes very tarte with cherries and some moderate hop notes. Tarte finish. More subdued than some other cherry beers Iíve had but still very good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Subtle cherry cobbler nose showing beer like fumes underneath. Red tinted amber, with a thin off-white layer of small bubbles. Malty flavors surrounded by subtle cherry tartness. Tart astringency in the end with somewhat of an alcohol heat presence. Somewhat bland and boring and surely not worthy of being able to satisfy a cherry craving.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Pours a deep ruby copper with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet and sour sauce and green hoppiness. Body starts lightly sweet and fruity, turning more sour, mildly earthy, and oily toward the sticky cherry finish. A very confused example of a fruit beer that, coming from Bells should be better. Needs more malt for balance.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Pours a charming hazy orange-red rose tint and releases a head that produces a highly metallic aroma. Flavor is similar -- tart cherries to the point of tasting metallic. While I donít necessarily want a fruit beer to taste like a wine cooler mixed with lager, this one could have used a bit more sweetness and less tartness. Aftertastes vaguely reminds of cherries once again, if only the actual beer itself tasted like such. Instead it tastes like homebrew made with unfiltered iron-infused well water. Not at all pleasant, and quite a disappointment from this great brewery.


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