riversideAK (5404) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of nice tart fresh cherries on top of light bread, dust, and lightly phenolic belgian yeast. Pours pinkish red with a fizzy white head that settles to nothing. Nice color though. Flavors of fresh tart cherries, light spicy/sweet belgian yeast, a hint of hay, dust, and bread. Nice lingering cherry flavor never becomes medicinal or gross. Light alcohol starts to come through as it warms. Good stuff.
FROTHINGSLOSH (3947) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 From the 3/2012 3R6P tasting. +++Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark orange-amber color with no head and no lacing. The aroma was bread, yeast and faint cherries. The flavor was sweet tart cherry, cherry pits and cherry pie filling. The finish was long cherry pie filling and yeast. Moderately full bodied. The alcohol was well hidden. Nice.
Sammy (7026) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The search was for tartness, being cherries and all. What I liked was it wasn’t too sweet. Bottom line: Rather neutral, not bitter or sourness or too sweet, but also somewhat dull. I liked the yeasty Belgians, and secondary cherry flavour, so drank the bottle.
I do not mean to rain on the parade of great BA reviews before me.
Thanks Derek for the bottles.
ardiesr (51) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle. Beautiful pink colour, large head that deosn’t last long. Aroma of cherries and some malt. Flavour is sour cherry with a light malt backbone, very well melded together. Delicious beer, some alocholic warming but no harsh alcoholic burn. Fruit flavours work well with malt, not overpowering.
RumRunner101 (380) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 Sour fruit really comes through on the nose, mild alcohol. The taste is very similar to the smell - sour cherries, yeasty, little bit of bitterness. Sour cherry flavour lingers and then the alcohol warmth comes out. A good beer for the style. The 2013 version is a little more tart and funky. Definitely better than before.
wintyguy (68) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like an inky almost blood red beer with a thin lil head, somewhat pinkish, which doesn’t hang around long at all. You can smell the brettanomyces funk party right away. Sour... sour explosion. the palette needs to adjust... no hop character notes to speak of, sour, tart, pucker lips here. A nice amount of wood character shows through. Cherry is quite noticeable after 2 years in the barrel? More and more you get into it the better and more enjoyable it becomes. Overall I really like it. Not for the faint of heart.
cfrancis (1764) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Derek for this. Pours a clear, pinkish red with small carbonation and a white rim. Aroma is cherry and yeast. Taste is dry like a white wine, sweet cherries, grain and yeast. Simple, yet elegant.
manuchampions (1217) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from 16th St Liquor in West Vancouver. Pours a murky orange brown with a rush of carbonation that diminishes the cream head very quickly. Aroma of yeast and cherries, slight hint of bubble gum. Taste is full on spice and cherry, slight vanilla and marzipan hints, some treacle sweetness. Seems thinner than it should be at this strength. Finish is lingering, slightly boozy and yeasty with the cloying cherry hit there for a long while. Decent.
JHunter (622) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a light ruby red colour with a thin white head not a very strong aroma. The taste is very sourer cherry fruity flavour little wine feel to it but enjoyable
CapFlu (4010) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Spinnakers Spirit Merchant in James Bay, Victoria, for $6.19. Pours a peachy-orange hue. Nose is sour, somewhat lime. Sour cherries come out on the tongue, light, smooth - really not indication of the higher ABV. I suspect for 99% of drinkers this beer is caught somewhere too far in the middle as its not terribly cherry for the immature palate yet its not tart enough for the seasoned veteran. I really like the subtle nature but a good sour mid-palate is always appreciated - how many other Canadian breweries have tried this style of Strong Belgian (>8% ABV) with Cherry? I can only think of Spinnakers Fog Fighter Cherry (Victoria, BC) and Steamworks Sour Cherry Ale (Vancouver, BC). This means that BC rules again.