mikem409 (1462) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a hazy cooper with not much head. aroma of cherry and oak. you taste the oak big here followed by the sour cherry big booze also
50belair (1855) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another awesome bottle shared by Sean at 3F. Cloudy light brown pour with a white head. Sour cherry aromas. Outstanding with sour cherry , vanilla, and oak notes. Wow, what a freaking good fruit beer......
SlovakSniper (2839) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Courtoisie de JulienHuxley) Un anneau de mousse flotte sur un liquide rosé. Le nez comporte des cerises légèrement surettes et sucrées avec une petite touche de massepain. Les saveurs sont peu agressives avec des cerises surettes qui rencontrent une levure sauvage édulcorée et de très fines touches de sirop contre la toux. En bouche, le liquide a un corps léger avec une texture gonflée par une bonne effervescence. La finale se fait sur des notes légèrement surettes et timidement douces.
rodenbach99 (2968) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille avec iconographie art déco (j’aime). Merci Patrick. Le liquide est de couleur œil de perdrix. Il n’y a pas de mousse. De légères particules flottent dans le liquide. Le nez est quelque peu suret avec des notes de cerises et de levure sauvage. La bouche est très effervescente. L’attaque ressemble à une vrai bière sure et ensuite se sont les cerises qui dominent. Des cerises qui me font penser au mélange de tarte à la cerise. Un produit distinctif.
flatmatt (1025) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at MBGSF 2011. Pours a pinkish amber, extremely hazy. Sour aroma with berry and cherry. Flavor has sour cherries with berries and hints of caramel. Rather nice.
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25-Feb-11 (12-oz sample bottle not commercially available: Free bottle for stewarding the 2008 World Beer Cup in San Diego, CA) With just a competition label taped to the bottle, the beer is called Reserve Cherry Tripel, but it was entered into the Wild and Barrel Aged Sour Beer category, so that’s the clue that this isn’t really a Tripel. Pouring the cloudy, orange-amber beer into a tulip glass, only large, white bubbles form from the pour and immediately dissipate, leaving the thinnest of rings around the edge. Without even putting my nose to the glass, the sourness is evident from aromas wafting into the air. At closer range, the nose offers tart cherry, vinegar, oak barrel, and a touch of funk and horse blanket, signs of quality and solid craftsmanship. Oak is very prominent in the overall flavor, and it tastes like new oak rather than something like red wine or bourbon barrels. Cherries are very tart with just a hint of sweetness in the background and hints at cherry pie filling (but far less sweet), but other fruits such as star fruit and grapefruit are also suggested. The base Tripel is not recognizable, but there is a modest, general maltiness in the background, especially in the finish when some of the acidity has faded off the palate. There is a bit of horsey funkiness from the wild yeast, but at most, it’s generally adding a subtle character in the background. The flavors are well-integrated and in pleasant balance from entry to finish, but three years of cellaring might have helped in this regard. Carbonation is light, but this is more than offset by the medium-high acidity, so this light-medium bodied beer is dry, bright, and vibrant on the palate. Overall, this isn’t a world-class sour – it’s not complex enough and needs more influence from wild yeast – but this is still a solid American sour. Very enjoyable and worth seeking out, though this is an early release, before it officially became a bottled product, and it’s been cellared for three years, so YMMV.
kbutler1 (1346) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. So I begin by cracking this open and turning my back to grab some glassware, a nice NB tulip, and turn around and this thing is gushing out of the bottle a slightly pink foam, hmm, well carbonated? Pours a hazed reddish/pinkish color with a tiny bubbled slightly pink head. Sour/tart sweet cherry pie filling notes in the nose with the slightest touch of booze notes. Light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Tart cherry notes dominate the flavor along with a nice maltiness but not overly sweet. Mildly funky with some acetone in the beginning. Ends with a slight brett medicinal funk aftertaste. The flavors are all rounded out with a nice woodiness that is pretty subtle. Decent lace. This is pretty good in my opinion. I’d drink this again given the chance.
Thorpe429 (5007) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Azurelimits for sharing this at a recent tasting.
A: Pours a bright off-pink with a nice head. Great color with this one.
S: Tart, sour cherries alongside some citrus, a bit of funk, and some lactic sourness.
T: The cherries are in perfect balance between the sweet and sour aspects of the taste spectrum. A nice dryness coming in there as well along with some watermelon Jolly Rancher characteristics.
M: Thin and pretty dry. Good carbonation.
D: Very nice and drinkable. I’ll definitely be making a stop at Big Rock when I’m up in Michigan Memorial Day weekend.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-03-2010
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle – Shared at a local BA tasting. Pink, white creamy head. Soft funked cherry aromas with undercurrents of sour lemon, wood, and booze. Milky sour cherry pie and musty yeast flavors are well rounded by a lightly tart lemon zest and oak finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very well done…
brokensail (9959) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a hazed light reddish-pink sort of color with a nice white head.
S: Lots of tart and mildly sweet cherry aromas are immediately noticeable along with some lactic notes. Not much of the base tripel and maybe a touch of funk going on.
T: The flavor is similarly rich in cherries, with a really strong tart cherry pie flavor. The lactic acidity is a bit more sharp here, and I enjoy that. Nicely sour, but a touch of sweetness as well.
M: The body is medium with a nice carbonation to it. Despite a decent amount of sweetness from the cherries, this beer is pretty dry.
D: A really nice beer that I would happily drink again. Got to love those sour cherries.