jtw (1057) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hmm...on tap at the 20th anniversary party. this beer is interesting but just it doesn’t quite do it for me...really not enough cherries, or not enough malt and hops to make it much of anything, and it’s worth getting a hold of to give it a try, but it’s nothing better than easy-drinking. give me anything else bells makes!
can8ianben (1274) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 I typically think that fruit beer is just a bad beer with some fake tasting fruit flavour, but this tastes authentic. Its very nice! Not over the top with fruit flavour, and tastes real enough to think that there are actually cherries there somewhere. It isn’t exceptionally malty, or beerlike, but very well done from my perspective.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the best from Bells, but I actually like this beer. Tasty and interesting. It took me a couple bottles to get this beer, but I actually like it.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2005
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Jam-like sweet cherry aroma incorporates fresh diapers and tomatoes. Clear amber brown with low, white, large-bubbled head that recedes to ring. Sourness is assertive yet overall character seems sweet. No real malt character. Sticky with low carbonation. Bottle sampled with muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from SecretSanta. First off, I just want to let Santa know that this isn’t poop in a bottle. For a cherry ale, I really thought that the cherry aroma would be overwhelming, but luckily, it wasn’t. The Robitussin factor doesn’t apply here. There were some tart cherries in the nose along with some maltiness. Nothing too big. When cold, this is very metallic. As it warms, it gets tart and sweet, but not overly sweet like SA Cherry Wheat. It’s not too bad, but I had to knock a couple points off at the end because there’s just something wrong with the way this one is sitting in my stomach.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Reddish copper with a nice head. Nose is of Luden’s cough drops and hops. At first, as it was a bit cool, it tasted a bit metallic, then that receded, revealing the nice tart cherries. It tastes like it is the pale ale underneath, made with tart MI cherries. Anyway, well worth a try, at least on tap.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Couleur rouge allant presque vers le rose, mousse beige pale adhérant partiellement à la paroi du verre. Arômes synthétiques et fruités de bonbons à la cerise, de confiture et de tomate en conserve! Faible carbonatation, corps d’épaisseur semi mince. En bouche, toujours synthétique, une touche médicinale, faiblement maltée et aucun profil de fruits authentique. Surprenant venant de cette brasserie. Bouteille, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Juillet 2005.
walleye (1060) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
from the bottle. poured a reddish brown, with a off white head that didn’t hang around for very long. aroma, tart cherries, malt, and metallic. flavor get mostly tart cherries but a little bit of sweetness creeps in there and some malts. it does have a clean finish.
hershiser2 (1146) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this both on draft and in a bottle. Appearance is clearish brownish-red with a small tan head. Malty cherries in the nose- but nothing that really stands out saying "drink me." Flavor is kinda the same way... bittersweet cherry, a bit of maltiness- but nothing about it stands out.
carlitoguevara (3) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
We ordered three cases and sent them all back after trying it.
The heartburn bitter was outdone only by the cherry concentrate- a far cry from the Bell’s I remember.