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Brewed by Church-Key Brewing
Style: Fruit Beer
Campbellford, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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The perfect merging of tart cranberries and fresh maple syrup from Northumberland County, make this seasonal treat worth waiting the long winter for


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomthompson89 (1896) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
wasnít big on this when i had it on tap but love in the bottle. great wheat cran flavours John you r a great brewer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2004
Really tightly knit cap of tiny bubble that lasted until finished with great lacing. cloudy straw colour in keeping with the wheat aspect of this beer. the cranberry and maple aspect was a little too subtle for my liking but good nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4642) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2005
Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with a huge bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of cranberry bubblegum? mix with some strong wheat malt. Taste is very refreshing with lots of tart cranberry, strong wheat malt and some well balance sweetness from the maple. Nice mix between a wheat beer and a fruit beer. Iím starting to really like brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2908) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2004
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2004
The beer that thinks itís cider. Pale golden carbonated with no head... tastes faintly of berry, but not really cranberry. There is a sweetness to it that makes it overly quaffable. A good drink back brew, not a session brew... I really liked it!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wanderingman (54) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2006
Probably my favourite fruit beer to date. Has a nice appearance pouring a golden colour with a red tint to it, but lacks any sort of head. Amora was a pleasant sweetness that I didnít find overpowering. Taste was wheat with a perfect level of tart carberry and a subtle sweetness from, I would guess, maple. It finished with a little bitterness that seemed just right for rounding out the beer. It was the first fruit beer Iíve had that I actually felt tasted like a beer and not a soda.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1889) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2006
One of the 3 brews I tried at church-key. (Sold out of Holy Smoke at the time...) Bottle: Poured a clear bubbly gold with a thin white head. Nice appetizing cranberry aroma with an underlying straw (barnyard) yeasty smell that I donít particularly find appealing. (Mt. Begbie brews have it for me too...) Nice berry tartness is balanced by some maple sweetness in the finish. Quite nice. ps. I really like Cranberry

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ontbeertaster (2308) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
Tap, pours bright yellow. A bit heady. Aroma is very cranberry like. Has a nice sweet flavour. Not much maple but the cranberry is nice. Nice smooth finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
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. Canít really taste the maple. 8/5/6/3/14 - 3.6

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2004
On tap at the winking judge in Hamilton, Ontario. Pours a sparkling gold body with a thin head. Looks like a regular lager or pilsner. Aromas are sweet and very fruity(cranberry). Reminds me of cranberry juice. Taste is more cranbery than maple, but both are present. Very refreshing. Slight fruit/bitter aftertaste, but it is a good thing. Another good beer from Church Key.


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