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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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2006
In the bottle. Pours a reddish amber color. head is off white. Bottle conditioned, so, after swirling, the beer is a haze of cloudy yeast. Aroma is high with cherries. Slight earthy aroma, maybe from the yeast. Flavor was pie cherries with a tingly tart mid palate. Canít drink this all night long, but it was quite good. The best thing about it is that it is not sickeningly sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2006
this bottle pours a dark amber gives off a noticeable cherry aroma. not more than one of these tonight as it has a sweet somewhat thick taste. pleasant.

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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2005
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Hazy orange-red body, thin off-white head. Toasty aroma with cinnamon and cherry skin. Sourish body (though tart notes quickly subsided) with sweet, musty cherries and a cherry skin finish and Iím pretty sure I also picked up some banana/clove yeast elements which I found peculiar. Alcohol not really detectable. This grew on me as I finished the glass, although it inevitably led to comparisons with the much superior New Glarus Belgian Red. Overall this was pretty good stuff, nonetheless.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4604) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Draught at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul. Mild cherry aroma. Light red, and there is no head on this beer. Some wheat in the aroma, but mostly sour cherries. This is a very sour beer, and I suspect will be too sour for many. But if you enjoy a sour beer give this a try. However, donít expect massive cherry flavor like you find from New Glarus or even in Bellís cherry stout. Medium body.

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.

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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Pours a beautiful amber copper reddish color with a small white lacing head. Aroma is bitter cherries with a hint of vinegar. almost like a red wine. Taste is dominated by sour cherries. Very acidic, almost like a fruit juice gone sour. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2005
2005 bottle from OhioDad, thanks Scott! Consumed on 11/21/05. Cherry and prune juice notes immediately waft up to greet me after opening the cap. Light touches of tartness. It pours an opaque, yet bright, ripe cherry juice colored body. Beige-yellow head is small and has low to moderate retention. Yeast and, seemingly, light munich and pale malts add a dry note to the aroma. Flavor mixes a simple (but not in a sweet way) cherry juice and light tartness, with just a hint of acidity on the very sides of the palate. Carbonation is tiny and wisks the flavor about, left and right, expanding firmly everywhere. Retronasal has some light vanilla and a touch of honey-cream. You really have to be head-over-heels about Bells to appreciate what this beer does. A light fruit beer, yet not a "girlish" fruit beer. Yeast, tartness, cherry flavor, pinch of honey and light acid. Itís all here. Wet, touch watery, body is very light. I can understand the other scores, but yet, I could drink this stuff all night.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBunn (2507) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2007
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Body is a nice reddish amber and there was not a lot of head on the pour. Aromas are strong and tart cherries dominate the nose. Taste is heavily dominated by the tart cherry presence, but it is held in check by enough malt to make this seem like a fruit beer rather than a wine cooler. I donít know that Iíd want to drink more than one since the flavors get a bit overwhelming after a while, but as an occassional treat, it was decent.


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