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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.


BlueDevil0206's rating

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Bottled. Thanks to pailhead. Pours a very cloudy reddish amber. Aroma is of caramel and malt with some fruitiness....but, surprisingly, not really of cherry. Hops barely present in the aroma. Flavor is sweet and fruity and yeasty, but again, the cherry is not really the dominant fruit flavor. More of a apple, orange, pineapple type fruit profile with cherry in the background. Decent amount of hop bitterness and a slight sour and dry finish. Body was fairly full and it went down easily with moderate carbonation. Not the best fruit beer out there.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drfabulous (4050) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2010
12 ounce. Light brown in color. Cherry soda flavor. Carbonation fades. Soda sweetness.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blklab2007 (1984) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2010
bottle from batch #6898 mine from dak in trade. opened and poured a bit flat with a heavy brown orange amber color and little white head. aroma has deep dank cherry, dark dried fruit, some sweetness, and overall is a bit off. flavor has over ripe dark cherry, more sour than sweet, fig, and some tart bitterness on the end. I can see where this would have been fresh but I cant say age has done this any favors.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbutler1 (1352) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle with a batch # of 6898. A very old bottle indeed! Bottle popped open with very little carbonation. Poured an opaque reddish brown hue with zero head. The aroma is fruity but not overly so. Tart fruit and then a very 1 sided fruity wheat flavor. The bottle is very old so I don’t really know what to expect out of this. Bitter flat aftertaste. Tasty for being old/flat but not too bad, would have loved to taste this one in its heyday! Medium mouthfeel.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
daknole (9225) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle from gcurlow. Love those unrated bells! Pours a murky reddish color, no real head. Aroma of bing cherries, apple juice, cran-cherry juice, and some yeasty notes. Flavor is like drinking a watered down glass of apple cherry juice. This beer is still drinkable, but not all that great. Not that it ever was.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DialSquare (2755) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2010
From an old rating note: 12oz bottle from Andersons in Toledo (I think). Sour cherry taste. tart, acidic - weird taste. Would have to try again for a more complete taste. Only have a score.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wmubronco1992 (621) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Draft at Eccentric Cafe. Pours a reddish amber. Small off white head. Mild cherry aroma. Tastes of tart cherries. Only had a sampler (had reached my limit). Really enjoyed this as a sampler because the Michigan tart cherries stood out, but not sure if I’d want a whole pint. Will definitely try again however.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fulmonte21 (42) - USA - SEP 11, 2009
Too much cherry. Tasted like cough medicine mixed with beer. It was dark drown with a hint of crimson. I really wanted this beer to e good and others in my group did like it, but it just wasn’t for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
coyotehunter (678) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2009
On tap 6/23/09. Pours a ruby ambery color with not much in the way of a head. Aromas are faint of tart cherries and a hint of lemon. Flavor is tart cherry pie filling, though not as medicinal as I anticipated. Somewhat sour and tart on the palate, medium carbonation. A little dry and crisp in the finish. Better than I expected.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Pours with a slightly cloudy amber body topped by a thin head with little lacing. IT’s sweet and full of cherry notes with light malty notes. Light to medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2009
The Birdman is my favorite basketball player. Man that dude can jump out of the gym Somewhat old cherry aroma. Perhaps a touch of oxidation. Very juicy smelling. Pours a murky brownish red with some bubbles. It looks like Naked juice or something. More juicy flavors - all cherry juice, fresh with little sugary sweetness really just real fruit flavors. For some reason after the fresh cherry juicy notes I got a soft touch of smoke. Very odd, but interesting at the same time. Not bad.


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