Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2007 2004 edition quite different. Cranberry nose very prominent. Poured thin, similar body to the Northumberland Ale. Maple and cranberry flavours again, much more prominent. A decent summer drink and much improved.
2005 re-rate- much more improvement again - cranberry eased back a bit, seems less artificial and wonderfully balanced with sweet maple. A great summer quencher and one that I have turned many people on to this year. Excellent effort.
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 9, 2003
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Very light in aroma, hard to find anthing. Slight maple accent, based on thin body. Needs more juice.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tasted at TFOB. Golden appearance with slight head. Aroma was of fruit, but I couldn't pick up exactly which fruit. Flavour was watered down and not as bold as the aroma.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Gold in colour. Aroma was sweet and of cranberries. Not being much of a maple fan I was glad that I didn't notice any of it, just a faint cranberry flavour. Finished sweet. Not a great beer but at least it is interesting.
jercraigs (9836) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2007 May 2007. Bottle from the brewery courtesy of Tupalev. Very cranberry centric flavour is more tart than the sweet cranberry aroma. Pleasant light bitterness in the flavour balances it nicely. Not much maple, light hint of musty basement in the finish. Average palate. Quite serviceable fruit beer - I am somewhat surprised that this is rated so low. 6+/3/7/3/14 - 3.3
<P>July 2003. Sampled the Cranberry Maple wheat which I had not tried before. It was quite good, and pleasantly surprising since I am sometimes not a fan of cranberries. Can’t really taste the maple. 8/5/6/3/14 - 3.6
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours slightly cloudy gold, white head. a refreshing tart american wheat with a hint of cranberry fruitiness. there was a bit of sweetness but it didn't seem very maple like. not bad.
Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden colour with a thin white head. I was intrigued by this flavour combo, but there's not much to it. The cranberry is there, although not very strong. Couldn't really find the maple. Not bad, though if you want a light-tasting, slightly fruity beer on a warm summer evening.
GregClow (3187) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Pint on draught at Volo. I’d heard that this beer had improved in the couple of years since I had it last, so I thought I’d give it another shot. Bright, clear golden colour with a faint wisp of a head. Sweet berry aroma that reminded me of Kool-Aid. Flavour is somewhat simple, with the slightly artificial but tart & refreshing cranberry flavour meshing nicely with the light, sweet beer. Not a lot of maple in there that I could find, but definately a good amount of cranberry. It was a great beer to have right after a 20 minute walk to the bar in 35 degree heat, but I don’t think I could drink more than one in a sitting. And yeah, I agree that it’s improved a bit.
Original rating: Being a fan of both flavours used in this beer, I expected a lot, but I ended up somewhat disappointed. Colour is a limp straw yellow with not much head. Aroma is very mild, with slight notes of malt and berry. The flavour is well-balanced but bland, with hints of cranberry in the background and little evidence of the maple. It’s not an awful beer by any means, just not as distinctive as the name would suggest. [5/2/5/3/10]
Cartoonkhaki (1252) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light yellow gold. Very thin head. Very slight bitter hops. Not much wheat with a faint tasting of Cranberry... no maple. Found it light in sweetness and not to full in body. Nice aroma nothing special.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pale golden. Typical Church Key hoppiness in the nose, somewhat burntish roasted hops. Some wheat notes as well and a very light fruitiness. The body is slightly tart with a light fruitiness. Drying light hops at the end and very sweet overall. Quite gross as far as I'm concerned. More tart and more cranberry, less sweet please.