Lanchester (178) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on tap at Dieu du Ciel. Impressive appearance; pours a hazy crimson color with a thin and frothy pinkish head. Smells sharp, almost like a cold slice of cherry or rhubarb pie. Taste is immediately quite astringent on the tongue, hints of cherry and rhubarb with prominent acidic tones. Finishes very dry, almost puckering, but is nevertheless quite refreshing. Really seems to get the salivary glands going after each sip. A unique beer and not bad at all.
Agaguk (122) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rose red apperance with a thick redish head and very nice lacing. Aroma: Cherries, rasberries and bubblelicious gum. Flavor: acid, sour, rhubarb and cherries. Palate: medium body, lively carbonation, thick sour finish.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2010 In short: A nice sharp cherry beer. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.
How: Tap at brewpub (summer 2008 batch)
The look: Clear light-red body topped by a short-lived pink head
In long: Nose is cherries (duh!) . This one has a pure natural freshly picked cherries aroma, not maraschino cherries. Taste is sharp, surprisingly very little cherry sourness, slightly acidic, dry, a little lemony, nice astringency. Very refreshing beer. As far as cherry beers go this one is probably the exact opposite of the New Glarus Belgian Red (the most well-known example of the style). On one end you have the Belgian Red from New Glarus Wisconsin with its filling and sweet maraschino cherries character and on the other end you’ve got the Solstice d’ Été aux Cerises from Montreal with its sharp refreshing astringency fresh cherry flavour. And in between the two you’ve got… well… Detroit.
dmac (3511) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the brewpub. Poured a rose red with a small pink head. Big aroma of wild cherries, grass and a nice splash of slight sour funkiness. Flavor on this medium bodied beauty is tart cherries with a slight bitter aftertaste. Very good indeed.
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
While I was drinking my first pint, I saw this beauty walk by several times. She was intriguingly attractive in the light which came through the windows. A wonderful stawberry body an attractive off-white to cherry head. The aroma is sweet and tart with cherries. Very tart on the tounge. I should have had this one last! Big blod flavors, strong lemon presence. Bitterness is there, but well balanced.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is a good hit of cherry, clear pomegranite, tiny off-white head. Light flavour of cherry, some malt as well. Light bodied, sweet, refreshing. Pretty good. Perhaps the year of aging didn’t do any favours to this one.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled draught at DDC on August 26 in the company of tiggmtl, ClarkVV and Olivier_MTL; served in a tall weizen glass. Looks awful purty sitting in the elegant glass, hazy deep pink-red with just a smidgeon of creamy lasting foam....really intense aroma, both sweet and tart cherries and more biscuity malt than I recall in other examples of the style.....on the tongue, tart throughout but never really sour, quite restrained actually which I’d guess would bum some fans of the style out but makes it very quaffable indeed; very juicy with lots of real fresh-cherry character....smooth and easy drinking but not ultra complex; heavier on the malt in the body as well as the aromatics, this is a delight but have no idea if it’s really "true" to style, seems a bit heavy. Still, another winner from DDC no question.
HogTownHarry (5906) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2006 Draught. At Dieu du Ciel. Aged 1.5 years in a cask, and as Olivier_mtl said, perhaps not really a beer to age that long ... Poured hazy pink-red with a small white head. Buttery-buttescotch aroma (diactyl?) initially, then some light grain and vague mildly sour cherry. The taste was quite pleasing - sour cherries, woody acidity, sweet malt - nice, but should be FUNKY. Slick, oily mouthfeel, decent carbonation, very light acidity, a slightly sour and sticky finish - not bad, sort of disappointing - I would love to try a fresh -brewed batch one day.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Robe rose voilée surmontée d’une mousse rose. Arômes sûres de cerises et de blé. Saveurs acides de cerises, de blé et de citron.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught weizen glass at DdC, 8/26/06.
Softly hazy, slightly cloudy, with not a bright, intense red, but more a tangerine-pink with some deeper red highlights in the middle. Off-white head perched atop is initially foamy and about a finger in height, but quickly recedes to partial cover/ring, with light lacing in patches.
Nutty and acidic, sort of like cherry flesh, but without any of the sweetness or juiciness. Dry, for sure, with the signature sour mash tartness (I don’t know if I’d go as far as to call it sour in the nose). Very wheaty, recalling the just-mentioned nuttiness, which also adds a bit of dryness itself, but perhaps dulls the aroma slightly. As it breathes/warms, a bit more acidity comes from the cherries, quite a bit more pleasant and more lively, but overall it just never really establishes a hard lactic or cherry tartness/sourness.
Right away you can feel the dryness. Bone dry, but a strong nutty, blanding wheat-like sensation, smooths out the tartness. Almost astringent-like cherry flavor is fleshy, dry, quite acidic. Lactic notes are rather tame, getting lost, a bit, in the zesty, boisterous carbonation and fair amount of aqueous space it opens up. Still, a true, authentic, lip-smacking cherry tartness is there, mostly on the finish and while it may disappoint a bit, in overall strength, it certainly is drinkable and flawless. No alcohol noted.