Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dusty nose of cherries, with a good amount of tartness. Pink colored body with a small white head. Flavor of sour cherries, which turns into a regular tartness. One of the best non-lambic fruit beers.
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy red coloured with a small white head.
Acidic aroma of fruits and wood with notes of berries.
Acidic flavour of fruits and berries.
thebeertourist (4755) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is cherry with a lemony background. Complex vanilla and wood tones are also present. The short-lived head on top of the orangey-red beer is pinkish. Very sour, but with balancing sweetness provided by the cherries. Long, dry woody aftertaste leaving the mouth dry (and wanting more!). Medium body, good carbonation. A world classic!
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours bright red with little head but you can hear the carbonation. I can smell the tart muskiness at arms length. Some sour cherry aroma with muscat and cherry pits. Very sour. Funky barnyard flavor with just a hint of cherry and an extra clean finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pure deep with an initial head but fades. Aroma is strong with sour cherry and some yeasty funkiness. Lots of lactobacillus-like sourness all around and finishes very dry. Also has a bit of tart cherries in the finish which was nice. Pretty good overall.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cherry red with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Smells quite funky. Horseblanket, salty, sour ripe cherry.
Taste is sour and funky. Very earthy and barnyard-like in the flavor. Sour cherry, quite tart. Not a lot of sweetness here. Crisp and dry in the mouth. A whole lot going on here, not sure I was able to catch it all on the first go around. A bit of a sipper due to the sourness but really tasty stuff nonetheless.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2009 Bottle at GBBF, August 2005. Lets think about what I don’t like in a lot of fruit beers. Artificial aroma: Not this one - funky farmyard character, not boiled sweets. Artificial flavour: Nope - definitely gives the impression of genuine sour cherries, and plenty of them. Sticky mouthfeel: No way - this has a lot of sour acidity to cut through the fruit. Too sweet: Definitely not - this is very dry indeed (I like that). Lack of body: Well maybe this doesn’t have the fullest mouthfeel but it does have woody and vinous depths that work well with the fruit. No clout: Not this one - certainly not a puny confection, with plenty of character and a generous 7% alcohol punch (which doesn’t intrude too much). In short, this has pretty much all I could want in a non-lambic (OK so there may be some lambic in the mix) fruit beer. But I still generally prefer beer to taste of beer than of fruit, so a fruit beer has to be really well done for me to appreciate it. This hits the spot perfectly. The very bright red/pink colour is a bit alarming though.
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Red colour, small white head. Sour cherry flavour and aroma. Very dry finish. Hides it’s ABV well.
Sammy (8354) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good till 2015. Quick fading head, more red than pink. Aroma more strawberry than cherry. Intense flavour, acidic, above-average carbonation. Sourness, but not mouth puckering, very drinkable.
Tejas (864) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2005 Nice faded red color. Sour but not overly sour nose. Zero head. Tart cherry/rasberry flavors but not too much so. A nice balance between drinkablilty & sourness. Dry palate but still thirst quenching & refreshing. I really like this. If I could get it here, it would go into the regular rotation.